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Almost all Americans celebrate Christmas, but most say COVID-19 will cause some changes to their usual holiday habits. A new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research looks at how Americans plan to celebrate amid a pandemic.

South African liberation theologian and anti-Apartheid activist Allan Boesak recently offered a blistering critique of former U.S. President Barack Obama, comparing the popular politician to biblical tyrants like Pharaoh and Herod. Boesak delivered his comments in response to Obama’s new book.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is urging those attending services at houses of worship to adhere to COVID-19 precautions, like wearing masks and practicing social distancing, particularly for indoor services.

All six presidents of Southern Baptist Convention seminaries signed a joint statement released Monday denouncing Critical Race Theory. The statement purports to add to the SBC’s confessional document, adding yet another doctrinal layer for affirmation at the schools.

The coronavirus has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the biblical town revered as Jesus’s birthplace at the height of the normally cheery holiday season.

As a church planter and missionary in Croatia, Eric Maroney looks for new strategies to share the Gospel. When a Brazilian ministry partner pitched the idea of a radio ministry, Maroney saw it as a part of a larger strategy to spread the Gospel and connect seekers with local congregations. 

National Guard troops were deployed during this summer’s widespread unrest over racial injustice following George Floyd’s death. Now chaplains say they’re working on main lessons learned from those tumultuous times for whenever they may be mobilized again.

As Georgia becomes the nation’s political hotspot this winter before twin runoff elections Jan. 5 that will determine control of the Senate, faith-based organizing is heating up on both sides. One of the candidates is a Black Baptist pastor.

The coronavirus has extinguished some traditional holiday cheer at the Illinois Capitol. There will be no Christmas tree nor any holiday displays inside or outside the building.

Gordon Coleman, pastor Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in Callaway County, Missouri, talked with Word&Way after vandals left massive damage on Wednesday to the Black Baptist church founded by enslaved people before the Civil War.