Religion Today

  Churches adapt for COVID-19

Central Baptist Church in Paragould is getting creative and adapting to meet COVID-19 guidelines. The past few Sundays have looked a little different for Central Baptist Church in Paragould. Church services were moved to the Greene County Fairgrounds to accommodate more people.

Some Southern Baptist Convention leaders dropping the word ‘Southern’ due to history of slavery

  Church rebuilds after tornado in Lake City area

  Churches continue in-person services while adjusting to COVID-19

Liberty: Falwell agreed to resign, then reversed course

Church donates 500 water bottles to school district

  Mid-South churches, private and charter schools reap millions in taxpayer-funded loans

Continued Coverage

Tennessee church donates $1K to each employee at local police dept.

  Pastor discusses impact of list of churches released by ADH

Arkansas AG sues TV pastor over virus treatment claims

  Sikeston First Assembly of God church lends a hand to the community

  Summer camp canceled over COVID-19 concerns, ‘stringent requirements’

  CDC links Ark. COVID-19 outbreak to church gathering

Mother’s Day church service exposed more than 180 people to coronavirus in California

The infected person who attended tested positive for the virus the following day. The church’s pastor says the person in question did not have symptoms during the service.

  Southeast Mo. family chooses faith over fear

Their plan is to choose joy, each day.

  Storm damages Clarkton, Mo. church

Deacon JT Moodey said the destruction happened very fast.

  Mid-South school plans to reopen next week

The coronavirus pandemic forced education leaders across the Mid-South to cancel schools for the rest of the year, but one private school in Shelby County plans to reopen next week.

Federal judge blocks Kansas limits on religious gatherings

  Pope urges solidarity on an Easter of both joy, virus sorrow

  People ticketed $500 each after attending Greenville drive-in church service

Police to record license plates of churchgoers Easter weekend

Heartland pastor gets creative for Easter Sunday service

Palm Sunday services held without public; some on rooftops

Cleburne Co. COVID-19 outbreak linked to church outing

One of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in Arkansas can be traced back to a single church outing in Cleburne County.

Area churches help the HUB with donations

A couple of area churches gave from their heart this week as they donated money to the HUB, officials said Wednesday.

Coughing pope cancels participating in Lenten retreat

A coughing Pope Francis told pilgrims gathered for the traditional Sunday blessing that he is canceling his participation at a week-long spiritual retreat in the Roman countryside because of a cold.

Church latest victim of catalytic converter theft

Police are searching for the person who shimmied beneath three church vans and stole their catalytic converters.

China’s ‘War on Terror’ uproots families, leaked data shows

A newly revealed database out of China has exposed in extraordinary detail the detention of 311 individuals, most of them Muslims, offering the fullest view yet into how officials decided who goes in and out of detention camps.

Her husband died in December; She still got Valentine’s flowers from him this year

Even during his last days, Ray Tenney found a way to show his wife just how much her loved her.

July trial set for suit over Arkansas Ten Commandments

A trial seeking the removal of a privately funded Ten Commandments monument from the Arkansas Capitol grounds is set to begin this summer.

  Fire destroys house, stops at scriptures written on studs

Fire investigators were stunned to find that flames had stopped at several scriptures written on wall studs in a house that was completely destroyed.

Franklin Graham: Super Bowl halftime show was ‘showing young girls that sexual exploitation of women is okay’

Evangelist Franklin Graham was not a fan of Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.

Auschwitz survivors warn of rising anti-Semitism 75 years after camp liberation

About 200 survivors returned, many of them elderly Jews from Israel, the United States, Australia, Peru and elsewhere.

Minn. church says it never asked older church members to leave

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that The Grove United Methodist Church was going to usher out gray-haired members in effort to attract more young parishioners.

Struggling Minn. church asks older members to leave

The struggling church wants to build a new congregation with young families.

‘What a glorious day’: Arkansas inmates get baptized while in jail

The Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office made a big announcement concerning the spirituality of their inmates.

Man who shot church gunman gets highest Texas civilian honor

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday gave Texas’ highest civilian honor to a 71-year-old man who shot and killed an armed attacker at a church in December.

United Methodist Church announces proposal to split over LGBTQ issues

The proposal would create a new conservative “traditionalist” Methodist denomination and potentially other Methodist denominations in the coming years.

Pope offers hope against darkness in Christmas Day message

Francis told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square that “the light of Christ is greater.''

Evangelical tussling over anti-Trump editorial escalates

In a letter Sunday to the president of Christianity Today magazine, the group of evangelicals say the anti-Trump editorial is a dig at their characters as well as the president’s.

  Heartland church displays 600+ nativity scenes

There are exactly 605 nativity scenes set up throughout several rooms in the church.

  Brookland United Methodist Church holds Fall Bazaar

Proceeds from the auction and vendor fees will go towards the youth ministries at the church.

  ‘Trying 2 impeach Jesus too!’ N.C. church making news again for controversial sign

A Kannapolis church is raising eyebrows again with another controversial sign involving the political divide among Americans.

‘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.”

35,000 expected for Church of God in Christ convention

One of the largest conventions of the year in St. Louis has now begun

‘Click to Pray eRosary’: The Vatican’s new phone app

The device made of black agate and hematite rosary beads and a “smart cross.”

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

Authorities say the presiding bishop of the New England Pentecostal church, 75-year-old Stanley Choate, was shot in the chest with a handgun.

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

A Metairie Catholic school showed support to a Saints player by letting students wear headbands expressing their faith.

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

A car dealership in South Carolina is offering a free Bible and AR-15 with any vehicle purchase.

  Church welcomes PRIDE community

Issues facing the LGBTQ community were the focus of a special community meeting.

  Man with cancer baptized days before he died

A UAB cancer patient gave his family one of their greatest gifts before he died, he was baptized. Roberts was dying of lung cancer, wheelchair-bound and unable to breathe without oxygen tubes. His last wish was to be baptized before he died.

At UN, Trump focuses on religious freedom, not climate

Trump's latest U.N. trip comes after nearly three years of an "America First" foreign policy that has unsettled allies and shredded multinational pacts.

  Sikeston DPS officer resigns following social media posts

Sikeston DPS Chief McMillen said he is taking the complaint very seriously.

  Running to keep families together, focus of event

With sneakers laced and runners stretched, 180 people were ready to show their support towards keeping mothers and children united.

  Business, local church work together to support disc golf tournament

A disc golf tournament worked to combine a business and church within the community and show others what it’s all about.

Heartland church celebrates 200 years

More than 150 people packed the church for a special Sunday celebration service.

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

Carlen Charleston decided he wanted to spend the next three years traveling across the country sharing more about his non-profit “ERASE Races: The American Unity Movement.”

  Pastor preaches his last sermon after 42 years

At the Forest Home Church of the Nazarene, families and friends of Pastor Ken Stallings celebrated his 32 years at the church.

  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

The Memphis District Association of Churches delivered box lunches to firefighters and police officers and ministered to 200 homeless people with meals, water and Gatorade.

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

Families, Inc. held their 5th annual Back 2 School Bash to give away backpacks, supplies and even haircuts.

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

Marcus Bailey is proof that miracles happen every day.

  Church celebrates 175 years with events planned all week

The New Hope Baptist Church near Black Rock was established in 1844 and erected in 1940.

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

Investigators say Latoshia Daniels shot and killed Brodes Perry inside his Collierville apartment in April 2019 and shot Perry's wife who survived.

Church eliminates $6.2M worth of medical debt in Indiana

Stories of medical debt from within the church’s own congregation motivated members to give.

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.