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Pew: Religious Terrorism at Record Low, Government Persecution at Record High | 51% of French do not believe in God, survey says | 56% of Practicing Christians Believe Understanding Their Calling Is a Solo Journey

The Case for Optimism

The only national flag with a Bible on it

'I Needed That Prayer': Broncos Safety Justin Simmons Thanks God for 'Impactful Prayer' Moment with QB Teddy Bridgewater | ‘All the Self-Glory Stuff Is Fleeting’: Raiders QB Derek Carr Re-Directs Praise to God After ‘MVP’ Chants | Rags to Riches: Christian Boxing Great Pacquiao Announces Retirement | 'The Jesus Music' stars reflect on highs, lows of Christian music: 'We aren’t perfect, we’re forgiven' | Country Star RaeLynn Celebrates Gift of Life in ‘Most Personal’ Project Yet, Pro-Life Song ‘She Chose Me’

John Piper denounces bedroom role-playing: ‘Fantasized sin is sin’ | Why Mindfulness isn’t Christian | The Masks of Atheism

Breaking: Google-YouTube to Ban ANY CLAIMS that “Vaccines are Ineffective or Dangerous” despite the Death Numbers – Suspends Robert F. Kennedy’s Account | "Declaration Of Media War": Russia Threatens Total Ban On YouTube After Major Channels Deleted | California bans travel to Ohio over law protecting religious freedom of healthcare professionals | Police arrest COVID cops-rejecting pastor when he lands in Canada | ‘They Will Have to Wait’: Unvaccinated Australians Will ‘Lose Their Freedoms’ After Lockdown Ends, Official Says | NBA player denied Vaccine religious exemption… Won’t play any home games… | Colorado medical school sued for denying religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Babylon Bee: 7 Powerful Verses In The Bible That Support Vaccination

Surveillance capitalism: Elements of a Christian response

Why the 'Women's Health Protection Act' Is So Deceptive and Dangerous | 'Science Is on Our Side,' Pro-Life Sen. Marsha Blackburn Tells Abortion Supporters

Parents Sue California over Curriculum that Directs Students to Pray to Aztec Gods | It Is Our Responsibility to Teach Our Children Wisdom

Lava topples Church in Canary Islands

United Airlines Pauses COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Workers Seeking Religious, Medical Exemptions

Pastor pledges to stop eating until Congress passes climate bill but hopes it won’t take long | 'As church leaders, we must speak up' - over 1,100 sign letter to PM over Universal Credit cut

Christian Grandmother Faces Million Dollar Penalty for Declining to Create Floral Arrangements For Gay Wedding | GrubHub is Rewarding Restaurant Owners for Being Homosexuals

Oxford college caves to woke mob, apologizes for letting Christians use campus

Megachurch Pastor Releases Cringey Rap Video, Dressed in Chains, Tattoos and Gangster Garb | Joel Osteen Claims Jacob Slept with Wrong Woman Because He Was Drunk | SBC EC member resigns over ‘denominational wide corruption’ | Ed Litton’s Church Members Allegedly Threaten Bloggers Who Exposed His Serial Plagiarism | SBC exec committee sparks outrage after 'unprecedented' vote on sexual abuse investigation | Southern Baptist seminary heads join chorus of critics as leaders balk on abuse probe | Southern Baptists, at impasse, postpone vote on sex abuse probe for a week | Squires: David French advocates for social and racial justice when he should promote biblical justice | John Hagee denies that Jesus is the only Messiah?

Here’s How Christians Bring Bibles Into Iran, Where It’s Illegal To Possess One | Afghanistan: ‘Christian Taliban’ Ask to ‘Meet Jesus’ | Pakistan’s Anti-Forced Conversion Bill Shot Down

Chinese Christian Taken Away to be Interrogated on His Church

| Six Christians in India’s Karnataka State Falsely Accused of Crimes as Government Calls for Anti-Conversion Law | Custody of a 14-Year-Old Christian in Pakistan Awarded to Her Abductor by High Court | Algerian Christian Sentences Upheld and 3 Churches Sealed | Pakistan: Hindus Beaten, Tortured for Getting Water from Mosque | Christians 'Under Siege' in Kaduna State, Nigeria, Area Leaders Say | Radical Hindu Nationalists Burn Four Christian Homes in India | Herdsmen Kill Christian at Worship, 30 Others in One Day | Bloody Sunday Night: 44 Christians Killed by Militant Fulani | Hindu Extremists Beat Pastors at Police Station in India

No, No, Bad Dog: Dogs in the Bible | Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible | 3D scans show boat-like formation matching 'biblical' description of Noah’s Ark, archaelogists say

Has Sodom Been Found? Scientists Say Meteor and Fire from Sky 'Melted' Ancient City | The Report | Answers in Genesis have in the past expressed skepticism about Tell el-Hammam as a possible site | Sodom Destroyed by Meteor, Scientists Say. Biblical Archaeologists Not Convinced.