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Religious exemptions in question during outbreaks

With the increase in outbreaks of once-eradicated diseases, medical professionals, religious leaders and everyday individuals are examining the validity of religious exemptions to vaccinations. Cases of measles spiked to 71 individuals, including many children under the age of 10, in Washington, making it “the largest measles outbreak in more than […]

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Biblical Studies Division embraces faith communities

Students eager to learn about various perspectives and worldviews found learning opportunities on and off campus through the Division of Biblical Studies. In the Division of Biblical Studies, students can learn about religious diversity inside the classroom. Intro to Hinduism and Buddhism, which the department offers every spring semester, allows […]

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Aging with grace: faith during the stages of life

As social media has started to give people a glimpse into the highlight reel of other people’s lives and the fear of missing out has seen a steady increase in millennials and Generation Z, another age group has shown an increase of loneliness in recent years. People ages 65 and […]

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Symposium initiates campus interfaith dialogue

Bringing together community leaders from different faith traditions, the 2019 Diversity Symposium, “Evangelicals at the Religious Roundtable,” sought to initiate cross-cultural conversations among student, faculty and staff. The symposium, hosted by John Brown University’s Diversity Committee, Dave Vila, professor of biblical studies and Robert Moore, associate professor of history, featured […]

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New album highlights talent of Worship Arts program

“Heads, Hearts, & Hands,” a new album released by the John Brown University Worship Arts program, highlights talent and changing dynamics of student worship leaders. The album was released on March 5 and features 13 songs written by students in JBU’s songwriting class offered every two years, including “Christ over […]

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Students find rest and encouragement from retreats

This past weekend, almost 100 students left the stress of school for three days of reflection, fellowship, relaxation and no cell service. The students were given the opportunity through the men and women’s retreats to unplug from the world, learn from two dynamic speakers, strengthen old relationships and make new […]

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Christians reconsider the diversity of theology

In an effort to reconcile history and increase cultural competencies, Christian institutions and churches confront both their bookshelves and their interpretations of Scripture. The highest percentages of religious commitment among Christians can be found in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the United States, according to a study by from the […]

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Gentrification impacts historically black churches

As developing shopping centers and art districts in cities attract young, mostly-white millennials, historically black churches are struggling with congregants leaving due to the rising cost of living. First, it was white flight: upper middle-class families fleeing to the suburbs when minorities began integrating with white neighborhoods in the late […]

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Churches confront challenges in racial reconciliation

Today, 86 percent of American churches lack any meaningful racial diversity, according to the Equal Justice Initiative. A study published by Baylor University reported that “the percentage of immigrants in multiracial congregations decreased from over 5 percent in 1998 to under 3 percent in 2012.” The same report wrote that […]

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InterVarsity emphasizes the power of the gospel story

His friends in his fraternity used to call him “Satan,” but now York Moore serves as a National Evangelist for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and converts people to Christianity because of what he calls “the power of the gospel.” Moore, the guest speaker for Spiritual Renewal Week at John Brown University, […]