The tax-free housing allowance for ministers remains intact because a federal appeals court in Chicago struck down a challenge to the benefit on Nov. 13. The leaders of the Freedom from Religion Foundation who challenged the constitutionality of the allowance lacked legal standing to
Expectations were very high by the time Jesus made his appearance as a baby in a Bethlehem stable. The Jews had waited hundreds of years for the coming of Messiah. They were confident that, in short order after his appearing, Jesus would set the
When Congress overwhelmingly approved a measure last month to relieve spiraling student debt, churches probably didn’t realize the problem hits closer to home than expected — many pastors are leaving seminary and divinity school with tens of thousands of dollars in loans.
The Boy Scouts of America made its big decision on May 23. Scouting will no longer exclude from participation boys who believe they are homosexual in their sexual attraction. Churches should consider the undeniable ministry and evangelism component to their relationship with Scouting before severing
A “profound spiritual odyssey” prompted Abraham Lincoln’s forging of the Emancipation Proclamation, one of “the most revolutionary documents ever signed by an American president,” a prominent religious historian told a conference on racial reconciliation.
Japan received relief in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but many residents affected by the disasters still need to recover. The BGCT disaster recovery has scheduled a June 19-26 trip to help.