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“Harry Potter and the Sacred Text” is a popular podcast that uses the seven-book series by author J.K. Rowling as the basis for discussions of virtues and for spiritual practices. The chance to discuss the series from a spiritual standpoint brought 300 fans to a live show last week in a sold-out auditorium at the Indianapolis Public Library’s Central Library.

The gospel is about changing the human heart, healing brokenness and spiritual life. Barnabas is a “son of encouragement.” a person who sees through God's eyes beyond the challenges.

“Church can no longer simply be an experience to be passively consumed; rather, we are called into the participatory life of a community," wrote C. Christopher Smith in “Reading for the Common Good.” "Reading is a vital practice for helping our churches navigate this shift.”

(RNS) — “Amazing Grace,” the documentary about the making of what would become the best-selling live gospel album, spends 87 minutes giving viewers a chance to see the woman known just as Aretha go back to her roots.

MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- In 47 years, Roger Breland traveled more than 4 million miles across 47 countries, presented over 12,000 concerts and produced 100 albums. His 31 years with TRUTH, among the first widely successful contemporary Christian groups, helped launch the careers of artists such as Avalon and 4Him.

(RNS) — Friends, family and supporters of prominent Christian author Rachel Held Evans are pooling funds to help cover her medical expenses after she was hospitalized over the weekend and placed into a medically induced coma.

CONWAY, S.C. -- Wynness Thomas, former church pianist and choir member at Tilly Swamp Baptist Church, is living out a dream she's carried in her heart for decades -- to have one of her songs published in a hymnal.

“If only I had been there when Jesus surprised his disciples after the cross,” we say, “because that would be the ultimate motivation to change the world.” Let's think about that.

(RNS) — On Friday (April 19), the hashtag #PrayForRHE appeared on Twitter, forming a prayer chain for popular writer and speaker Rachel Held Evans, as news spread she has been hospitalized and in a medically-induced coma.

(RNS) — “Breakthrough” dramatizes the true story of Joyce Smith, whose 14-year-old son, John, despite spending more than 15 minutes underwater on a frozen Missouri lake in 2015, walked out of the hospital on his own three weeks later.