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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 […]

New album highlights talent of Worship Arts program
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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 […]

Christians reconsider the diversity of theology
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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 […]

Gentrification impacts historically black churches
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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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Churchgoers lose sight of the Great Commission

Over half of the churchgoers in America are uncertain of the Great Commission, causing concern for many church and missions leaders. A study called “Translating the Great Commission” conducted by Barna Research says that 51 percent of churchgoers are unaware of the Great Commission. Many of those who have heard […]

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Gilson shares thoughts on sexual orientation

Rachel Gilson, a writer, speaker and campus minister, shared her personal journey of reconciling her sexuality and her Christian faith in chapel on Thursday, Jan. 24. In high school, Gilson identified as an atheist and a lesbian. During this time, her perception was that Christians opposed her because of her […]

Disability ministry seeks community engagement
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Disability ministry seeks community engagement

John Brown University’s newly-created Disability Awareness ministry begins this spring semester by encouraging conversations about stigma, disabilities and support within the student body and community, The Disability Awareness ministry focuses on increasing conversations, engagement and awareness. Ministry leaders Savannah Crittendon, junior business management major, and Jessica Oldenettel, freshman communication major, […]

DC Comics introduces Jesus as latest superhero
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DC Comics introduces Jesus as latest superhero

DC Comics is publishing a new comic featuring Jesus Christ as a primary character in March 2019. “Second Coming” by Mark Russell will feature Jesus’s return to Earth to team up with a Superman analogue. According to DC Comics, the storyline will feature “the return of Jesus Christ, as He […]