When Do the Latest Hillsong and Bethel Hits Belong in Your Sunday Lineups?

How worship pastors decide whether to sing to the Lord a new song. “Learn these tunes before you learn any others,” John Wesley wrote in his Directions for Singing. “Afterwards, learn as many as you please.” The specified “tunes” were those included in the 1761 publication of the early Methodist hymnal, Selected Hymns. Wesley’s seven directions for singing have long been included in the opening pages of the United Methodist Hymnal. They include... Read More

Hold the horses: Gambling change could end harness racing at Pompano Park

“The entire industry would be left with nowhere to go in the state, and it would ultimately cost these families the only livelihood most of them have ever known,” she told state senators on Monday. “These families have been through a roller-coaster of emotions on whether their way of life will continue and whether their industry will survive.” ... Read More

Asking God to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Christians organize prayer campaign ahead of climate change conference in Glasgow. Christians in Asia, Europe, and North America will gather monthly from spring to fall to offer intercessory prayers ahead of the United Nations climate change conference scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland, in November. The prayer campaign is organized by former Baptist missionary Lowell Bliss and includes leaders from the Lausanne/World Evangelical Alliance Creation Care Network, A Rocha International, Youth With... Read More

After YouTube pulls DeSantis video for mask fallacies, governor holds another COVID-19 talk with same docs

Another two panelists, Jay Bhattacharya, professor of medicine at Stanford University, and Martin Kulldorff, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, were two of the authors of the Great Barrington Declaration, which openly called for herd immunity through natural infection. The third author, Sunetra Gupta, was a panelist in March but did not participate in Monday’s panel. ... Read More

David Garrison on Why We Must Pray for Muslims Around the World

I urge Christians to pray for Muslims, for their salvation, for their blessing in Jesus Christ I recently had the privilege of delivering the sermon at my local church. I took the opportunity to share from Acts 17:26-27, “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is... Read More

Florida reports lowest COVID case count in six months

Palm Beach County: Test results for residents were reported , leading to a daily positivity rate of %. That’s from % the previous day. Broward County: Test results for residents were reported , leading to a daily positivity rate of %. That’s from % the previous day. Miami-Dade County: Test results for residents were reported , leading to a daily positivity rate of %. That’s from % the previous day. ... Read More

Inside the case of a Florida tax collector that ensnared US Rep. Matt Gaetz

Their inquiry culminated in 33 federal charges against Greenberg, 36, including sex trafficking of a minor, bribery, fraud and stalking — and led to a mushrooming political scandal that burst into national news in recent days and ensnared Gaetz, who is a close ally of former President Donald Trump, and other influential Florida Republicans, with the investigation continuing. ... Read More

Interview: Gender-Identity Conversations Don’t Have to Be Scary

Preston Sprinkle gives guidance on thinking biblically and listening in love. Of the many books concerning Christianity and LGBT topics, most have addressed the front end of the acronym, leaving the back end woefully neglected. Yet questions of gender identity are growing in volume and urgency, both within and outside the church. In his latest book, Embodied: Transgender Identities, the Church, and What the Bible Has to Say, Preston Sprinkle, president of the Center for Faith, Sexuality... Read More