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In a bid to solidify his evangelical base, President Donald Trump vowed to protect prayer in public schools and took new steps to give religious organizations easier access to federal programs.

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Amid a potential denominational split aimed at resolving the church's divide over LGBTQ rights, United Methodist Church leaders in South Carolina are issuing calls for prayer and are urging members to engage in meaningful discussions around controversial topics.

God knows our important stats. He knows how many resolutions we’ve failed to complete. He knows how many of his passes we’ve missed. He knows how many times we’ve fumbled the ball. He knows all of this and yet he still loves us.

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United Methodist Church leaders from around the world and across ideological divides unveiled a plan Friday for a new conservative denomination that would split from the rest of the church in an attempt to resolve a yearslong dispute over gay marriage and gay clergy.

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I suppose yuletide emotions can differ between person and place, but it occurred to me that there may be a reason that I experience the Christmas spirit best between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

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Recruiting new talent is perpetually on the minds of college football coaches, and Swinney, who will lead Clemson against Ohio State in the Dec. 28 Fiesta Bowl, has struck a chord with prospects who come from strong Christian backgrounds. 

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In the midst of medical uncertainty, the family rekindled and celebrated their own truths. The ritual helped them navigate the harsh maze of medicine and restored meaning to their world.

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In an age marked by acts of violence against minority faith groups and schools, the new head of school is striving to make Addlestone Hebrew Academy more community-focused while maintaining a safe environment where children receive a high-quality education and gain a deep appreciation for Jewish culture.

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The church conducted a reverse offering where, across its 13 physical campuses, church leaders had put $30,000 into 5,500 envelopes. Members were instructed not to give the money back to the church or spend it on themselves, but to instead conduct a spontaneous act of kindness.

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“When you’re 20 years old,” he said, “and you start fishing bodies out of the harbor, you don’t last very long. It’s a part of the war that I can hardly talk about because these guys had tried to swim in burning water to get to shore."

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Hundreds of LGBTQ residents in the tri-county region fear they'll lose their jobs over their sexual orientation, lack access to quality and informed healthcare, and have been physically and verbally attacked in public, according to a recent survey released by a local advocacy group.

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It’s a dilemma people have when they assume there are only two explanations for unanswered prayer. They either believe there’s something wrong with their faith or there is something wrong with them.

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How could I tell my wife that I wanted to go to Iraq to fathom the sorrow that had become my job to understand, not just regret? More than that, I wanted to tell families that I had seen how their loved ones handled the act of dying. 

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We feel safer living in a California community that implements “fire-wise” practices in spite of living with a few inconveniences like my jammed electric recliner and no TV to watch.

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My doubts used to worry me a bit, but as I’ve aged I’ve come to see those doubts as an honest wrestling match, the kind of struggle that sharpens my wit, keeps my mind open and builds my spiritual strength.

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I’m a chaplain who doesn’t always like to go to church. Truthfully, some churches make me uncomfortable.

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