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Church banned from school building, worships on NYC street
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The ongoing saga of New York City churches continued with Heavenly Vision Christian Center opting to hold worship services on the street. The church's pastor, Salvador Sabino, held an outdoor service Sunday with about 350 people gathering in 40 degree weather, because his congregation was denied a permit to meet in the public school they usually meet in. More



Nonprofit groups oppose Obama's change in charitable deductions
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For the fourth year in a row, President Barack Obama is proposing lower tax deductions for the wealthy on donations to churches and other nonprofit organizations. And for the fourth year in a row, nonprofit groups say the change would lead to a dramatic drop in charitable giving. Under the Obama proposal, the tax break for charitable donations would fall from 35 percent to 28 percent for the top 2 percent of taxpayers, those earning more than $250,000. More

Why church fraud happens more often than you think
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The Rev. Alan R. Werth said he stayed far away from the congregation's money. He didn't want to be accused of mishandling funds. So when Werth found out in 2001 that the church's secretary just down the hall had stolen more than $160,000, he felt shocked and devastated. Religious organizations can be particularly vulnerable to financial fraud, experts say. Their culture of trust, volunteer leadership and often a lack of training in financial management can create opportunities for theft and embezzlement if good internal controls are not in place. More

17 ways the church may become accountable to the state
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Should the IRS form an advisory committee to oversee church tax law? Is the clergy housing exclusion constitutional? To what extent should churches be accountable to the government for the way in which they operate? These are three of the seventeen issues the year-old Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations are wrestling with. More

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The price of religious advocacy in Washington, DC
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In 1988, political scientist Allen Hertzke published his landmark study of religious lobbying and advocacy groups in Washington, D.C. Twenty years later, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life partnered with him for a second look. Among the results, such groups have doubled to 212 (five times as many as in the '70s), outpacing lobbying and advocacy groups in general. And, in a big change, as many now work on international issues as on domestic ones (most work on both). More

Florida church holds service for blacks, whites 'bridging the gap'
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The Rev. Derrick R. Harris calls Sunday morning the most segregated time in America. Black and white people stopped dining at different restaurants and learning at separate schools decades ago, but the intermingling hasn't made it into a lot of churches yet. Harris decided to do something about that divide. He invited people of predominantly white congregations to worship shoulder-to-shoulder with the mostly black members of his church. More



Major provider will continue to sell controversial NIV Bible
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Complaints that the New International Version of the Bible is inaccurate and too gender-inclusive are not going to stop one of the world's largest Christian resource producers, LifeWay Christian Resources, from selling it. Critics said the translation, which was updated in 2011, is filled with errors when it comes to language about gender, using "brothers and sisters" instead of "brothers" and "they" instead of "he" for a single pronoun. That kind of approach undermines the authority of the Bible, they said. More

Cost-effective compassion: The 10 most popular strategies for helping the poor
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Concern for the poor is a fundamental pillar of Christian identity and calling, a constant theme throughout the Bible. But what are the most effective ways to help those living in developing countries: things that actually help people rise out of poverty, and that carry with them a sizable "bang for your buck" — programs in which the impact on the poor is significant per donated dollar. Answering this question proves more difficult than you'd expect. More

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Online spiritual resources for observing Lent available
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Two resources to help observe the season of Lent are available online, one provided by the Birmingham, Ala.-based Passport Inc., the other by a Baptist congregation in Charlottesville, Va. Journey to the Cross, a Lenten devotional series sponsored by Passport, features scripture, prayer and meditative thoughts, accompanied by music recorded by pianist Ken Medema. More

Looking for Christian themes in movies? Here are critics' choices
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Hollywood's century-old repertoire of films offers a rich lode of Christian themes, say some observers who see value in mining for them. Several of this year's Oscar-nominated movies such as "Tree of Life," "The Help" and "The Descendants" — as well as many older films — reflect explicit biblical ideas, according to critics. More

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Proven fund-raising principles
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If a congregation truly embraces the theology of giving, and if members manage their lives on the principles of Christian stewardship and tithing, then the problems of raising the funds necessary to meet the ministry's budget are generally resolved. However, this is not always the case. Statistics tell us that fewer than 5 percent of church donors actually tithe. So what are the most effective ways to raise money for the annual budget? More

How do your service efforts introduce people to Jesus?
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Meeting physical needs is crucial, but it rarely leads to deep and lasting change. Integrating social action and evangelism is essential for reaching the whole person, physically and spiritually. Seven pastors and ministry leaders explain how they're serving their communities in ways that result in spiritual transformation. More

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8 Web design trends in 2012
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As Web Design Month continues, it's time to look at some important trends in Web design. Most of us don't do the nitty-gritty detail work of hands-on Web design and chances are you don't either. So, we're going to look at the trends from the 30,000-foot level that leaders and communications directors can understand. More

Top 5 lies people believe about Christians
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Are all Christians judgmental jerks, out to convert you at the drop of a hat? There is a long history of that kind of misunderstanding and people simply not knowing what Christians are really like. Not to pick a fight, but it's time to set the record straight. Here are the top-five lies about Christians, starting with their so-called "lack of intelligence…" More
 


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