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‘Bluff City Law’ takes on the Catholic Church in episode 9

Are there exceptions to every rule? The team at Strait and Associates asks the big questions on tonight’s episode of “Bluff City Law.”

  Bride, bishop shot at wedding: N.H. church cancels services

Saints linebacker won’t have to pay fine; school shows support with ‘Child of God’ headbands

SC car dealership offers free Bible and AR-15 with purchase: 'God Guns and America!’

  Church welcomes PRIDE community

  Man with cancer baptized days before he died

At UN, Trump focuses on religious freedom, not climate

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  Sikeston DPS officer resigns following social media posts

  Running to keep families together, focus of event

  Business, local church work together to support disc golf tournament

Heartland church celebrates 200 years

KSLA Salutes: Marine hits the road to try and erase race

  Pastor preaches his last sermon after 42 years

  Church pays off $3 million in medical debt, helping nearly 1,600 people

The goal was to help people in Pope, Johnson and Conway counties, with church leaders working with a New York-based non-profit, RIP Medical Debt, on the issue.

John 3:16 Ministries Community Fest scheduled for Saturday

David Crowder will be the headliner for this year’s John 3:16 Ministries Community Fest.

‘In God We Trust’ motto to appear in every Louisiana public school this fall

Each school can choose how they want to display the national motto, but there is a minimum requirement of at least a paper sign.

  Community gathers in prayer ahead of start of school year

A few dozen people gathered in prayer Sunday evening on the 50-yard line of a high school football field.Their goal: to pray for the upcoming school year.

  Dozens of Memphis churches participate in day of service

  Families, Inc. hosts bash to help kids get ready for school

  Ohio teen makes miraculous recovery 7 months after brutal baseball bat beating

  Church celebrates 175 years with events planned all week

  Grand jury indicts woman for killing Memphis pastor, shooting his wife

Church eliminates $6.2M worth of medical debt in Indiana

Florida high school principal reassigned after questioning the Holocaust as fact

The principal responded that while the mother had her beliefs, not all parents shared them.

Bible shortage? Publishers say tariffs could cause it

Millions of Bibles — some estimates put it at 150 million or more — are printed in China each year.

  Back from the dead: Doctors revive man 20 minutes after electrocution

Michael Pruitt, 20, was carrying a metal ladder while helping his stepfather at a job site when the ladder touched a live electrical wire.

  11 and 12-year-old suspected of vandalizing church

Craighead County sheriff’s deputies arrested an 11 and 12-year-old suspected of doing thousands of dollars in damage to a local church.

His wife died during childbirth; 21 days later, his newborn son passed away

A Florida father who lost both his wife and newborn son within a month of each other isn't succumbing to heartbreak. Instead, he's working to make sure no other parent has to go through what he has.

  Mass shootings transform how America talks, prays, prepares

The unending litany of mass shootings in recent years — the latest, on Friday, leaving 12 dead in Virginia Beach, Virginia — has built an unacknowledged community of heartbreak, touching and warping the lives of untold thousands.

  ‘Like a small kid again’: Man recounts leaving Amish community at 17, adapting to new world

John Shrock left home at the age of 17 to join a new family and culture he never knew. He said it was all worth it.

Army veteran, minister says Chicago police mistakenly raided his home

Police say they’re looking into how this happened. The minister says he holds no ill will but wants the department to admit it made a mistake.

Teens swept out to sea pray for help, rescued by ship named ‘Amen’

Heather Brown and Tyler Smith, both 17, took a “senior skip day” from school and headed to Vilano Beach. But the choppy water and strong current swept them out to sea, where they were stuck for two hours.

Confirmation students won’t join church, citing LGBTQ rules

The eight students were scheduled to become part of the congregation at First United Methodist Church in Omaha, NE. But the class, comprising seventh- and eighth-graders, declined and issued a written statement instead.

Trump hosts winning Baylor women’s basketball team

The Lady Bears, who beat Notre Dame 82-81 earlier this month, were served fast food from Wendy's, McDonald's and Burger King in the State Dining Room — the same spread that other sports teams were served during their visits to the Trump White House.

FBI got tips minutes before California synagogue attack

The FBI said it got tips about a social media post threatening violence against Jews just minutes before a gunman killed a worshipper and wounded three others at a Southern California synagogue.

Hackers strike Ohio Catholic church, steal $1.75M in email scheme

The church was tricked into sending $1.75M to hackers in an email scheme.

  As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers.

Woman carrying gun, infant tackled by parishioners after threatening to blow up San Diego church

Police say the gun the suspect was carrying was not loaded, and no explosives were found on site.

  Woman has baby days after having a stroke

The day she was born was far from easy. It started when Vivian Santos told her husband she had a headache. Her husband called 911 after she passed out in bed.

  Short-circuit ‘likely caused’ Notre Dame fire

The official, who spoke anonymously about the ongoing investigation, said investigators still don't have the green light to work in the cathedral and search in the rubble for safety reasons.

Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years

The figure hit a low of 50% last year, according to a new Gallup poll.

  Official: Notre Dame faced ‘chain-reaction collapse’ in fire

Notre Dame Cathedral would have burned to the ground in a “chain-reaction collapse” had firefighters not moved as rapidly as they did to battle the blaze racing through the beloved landmark building, a French government official said Wednesday.

  Buttigieg handles anti-gay hecklers during Iowa rally

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg brushed off anti-gay chants from some hecklers who interrupted his Iowa events Tuesday.

  Middle school textbook in East Tennessee stirs religious controversy

A new school book's writings on religion is causing controversy.

Oklahoma couple visiting Paris saw the Notre Dame fire in person

Medicinebird's were less than half a mile away from the cathedral fire, after visiting it just a few days ago.

  Police: Murder suspect tried to escape police custody after shooting Memphis pastor, wife

A murder suspect tried to escaped police custody hours after killing a Memphis pastor and injuring his wife.

Mormons to allow baptisms for children of gay parents, repealing 2015 rule

The surprise announcement by the faith widely known as the Mormon church reverses rules that triggered widespread condemnations from LGBTQ members and their allies and marked a jarring shift from the religion's push to carve out a more compassionate stance on LGBTQ issues.

Arkansas pastor to lead Southern Baptist committee

Arkansas Pastor Ronnie Floyd has been elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee

  59 graves at Jewish cemetery vandalized with anti-Semitic symbols and language

Police are searching for suspects in the mass vandalism of a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts.

  Arkansas church having services at community center after losing building to fire

St. Mary Baptist Church in Hughes, Arkansas is having services at the local community center.

  Boy forced to wipe Ash Wednesday cross off forehead at Utah school

Like millions of Catholics and Christians around the world, fourth-grader William McLeod received an ash cross on his forehead to commemorate Ash Wednesday, the start of the Easter season.

Dems struggle to respond to Rep. Omar over Israel comments

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cautioned Democrats not to question each other's motivation or patriotism. Her remarks come as they pull back from the original plan to vote on a resolution implicitly rebuking Rep. Ilhan Omar for saying lawmakers are under pressure to pledge “allegiance” to Israel.

  Woman burned in Palestine robbery shares story of survival, faith

A woman who was lit on fire during a gas station robbery in Palestine is speaking out about her experience.

  Vatican admits secret rules for priests who have kids, report says

Vincent Doyle, a man whose father was a Catholic priest, told the Times he was shown a document containing the guidelines when he traveled to Rome. The Vatican confirms the document exists, but says it is "internal."

  Former Memphis bishop accused of sexual abuse

Carroll Dozier, the first Catholic bishop of Memphis, has been named on a list of priests accused of child sex abuse.

  Alabama lawmakers file bill for elective Bible course in public schools

Would you give your blessings for your child to take a Bible class in his or her public school?

  “Heaven Has A Wall” grocery store ad ignites controversy

A family-owned Christian grocery store with locations across several states in the Southeast is dealing with backlash as customers argue a weekly ad mailer included a controversial political message.

Report: Hundreds abused by Southern Baptist leaders, workers

Two newspapers uncovered that hundreds of Southern Baptist church leaders and workers have been accused of sexual misconduct over the past 20 years.

Holy water: Giant cross washes ashore on Florida beach

The sacred symbol appeared on a Fort Lauderdale beach over the weekend.

Sarah Sanders: God wanted Trump to be president

Speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested a possible factor in Trump's win: divine will.

’Bible literacy’ bills, endorsed by Trump, reopen divide over religious studies in public schools

Laws proposed in a handful of states promote the academic examination of the Bible, but critics have argued that in practice it amounts to religious education.

‘I pray every day for the Lord to use me:’ SC FedEx delivery driver recounts chance meeting with stranger on a delivery route

A South Carolina woman’s passionate and heartfelt video after an encounter with a woman on her delivery route and her message to help others in need has gone viral, with the video amassing more than 14 million views.

  Celebration of life held for prominent Jonesboro woman

Community members came together Saturday to celebrate Elder Susan Woods Rodgers.

  Pastor tumbles on trampoline while trying to make analogy

Matthew Thompson’s sermon didn’t go as planned but his message was widely seen on social media.

Vatican spokesman, deputy resign amid crisis period for pope

The Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, and his deputy resigned suddenly Monday amid an overhaul of the Vatican's communications operations that coincides with a troubled period in Pope Francis' papacy

  Cameras given access near site of Jesus Christ’s baptism for first time in 50 years

The churches are near what is believed to be the baptismal site of Jesus, one of the holiest places in The churches are near what is believed to be the baptismal site of Jesus, one of the holiest places in Christianity. (Source: CNN). (Source: CNN)

Satanic Temple allowed to intervene in Ten Commandments case

A federal judge is allowing the Satanic Temple to intervene in a lawsuit challenging a Ten Commandments monument installed near Arkansas' state Capitol

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

  Group asks 3 Wise Men display be taken down, residents of Michigan town rush to defend it

A group asked that the Christmas display be removed from a public school's roof overlooking town.

  Church goes “no shave” for November

Sutton Free Will does no shave November for prostate cancer

Firefighters battle blaze at old church

White County firefighters spent most of Saturday battling a fire at a old church, with crews working feverishly to help save the building.

Church to offer free Thanksgiving dinner

An area church will be providing a free Thanksgiving dinner early this year for families who are in need.

Springfield yoga community responds to pastor’s sermon

Springfield's yoga community is speaking out after a pastor at an Assemblies of God megachurch warned Christians to avoid the popular activity because he claims it has "demonic roots."

Birth control mandate dropped for some businesses with religious, moral objections

Government programs that provide free or subsidized contraceptive coverage to low-income women will continue.

Jewish nurse: I treated mass shooting suspect out of love

A Jewish nurse who treated the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect says that he saw confusion but not evil in the man's eyes, and that his own actions stemmed from love

Pope decries attack on Christian worshippers in Egypt

Pope Francis has decried the attack on pilgrims in Egypt, saying they were killed "for being Christians."

Muslim crowdfunding campaign for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims tops $200,000

The money raised will go to support the short-term needs of the shooting victims, paying for things like funeral expenses and medical bills

Teacher saves priest after he passes out while speaking

Staff members from one Memphis catholic school are being praised for saving a priest's life.

  Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims remembered: ‘The loss is incalculable’

A day after the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead, officials released the names of the victims. The oldest of them was 97. The youngest was 54. They included a pair of brothers and a husband and wife.

  Police: Synagogue gunman said he wanted all Jews to die

A gunman who expressed hatred of Jews exploited a vulnerability common in so many houses of worship across the country – doors that are unlocked for worship – to target a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Pope Francis grieves for Jewish victims in Pittsburgh

Pope Francis is grieving with Pittsburgh's Jewish community following the massacre at a synagogue there, denouncing the "inhuman act of violence" and praying for an end to the "flames of hatred" that fueled it