Study Finds ‘Church Hopping’ is Becoming More Common
By Christine Misner   |   03.06.20
In its new State of the Church 2020 study, the Barna Group has uncovered how Americans are maintaining their connections to churches while at the same time “renegotiating” what those connections look like in terms of today’s society.
So-Called ‘Death With Dignity’ Resolution Advances in Evanston
By Christine Misner   |   02.13.20
Evanston, Illinois, a North Shore suburb of Chicago, has a reputation in the rest of the state as being affluent and liberal. Last year, its city council voted to levy a 3 percent tax, with a cap of $10 million,...
Illinois Rep. Invites Christians to ‘Pray for Springfield’
By Christine Misner   |   02.01.20
What would happen if church members from around Illinois came to Springfield and sat praying in the House gallery each time it met during the spring 2020 session? What could God do in Illinois? That’s what Illinois State Rep. Dave...
Thomas More Society Fights Pro-Life Discrimination in NY
By Christine Misner   |   01.25.20
A federal lawsuit has been filed against New York City and the state, too, over their effort to include abortion in civil rights protections.
Wisconsin Group Tries to Force Illinois City to Remove Cross From Mural
By Christine Misner   |   01.11.20
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has sent a letter to a south central Illinois City seeking removal of a cross from a mural painted near a local high school. A petition, which now has over 23,000 signatures, has been...
New Federal Rules to End Discrimination Against Faith-Based Child Welfare Providers
By Christine Misner   |   12.23.19
The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed new rules that would end regulations put in place by the Obama Administration that prohibited faith-based child welfare providers from receiving federal funding without abandoning their beliefs.
Youth, Religion, and the Rise of the ‘Nones’
By Christine Misner   |   12.11.19
For the last few years the fastest growing group in religion are the “Nones.” Not the kind that wear black and white habits, but the kind that don’t identify with any religion at all. According to the American Family Survey...
Yes, Chick-fil-A’s Decision Hurts
By Christine Misner   |   11.21.19
When Chick-fil-A announced the change in its charitable donation process on Nov. 18, the faith-based social media world reacted swiftly. Some with shock and disbelief, others with anger, and then there were those who went on the defensive. It all...
Survey Finds 7 in 10 Millennials Support Socialism
By Christine Misner   |   11.15.19
A recent survey has found 70 percent of Millennials say they are likely to vote for a Socialist. The survey conducted by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation also found just one in two have a favorable view of Capitalism....
Trump Reverses Obama on Faith-Based Foster Care and Adoption
By Christine Misner   |   11.13.19
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed new rules Nov. 1 allowing faith-based providers to continue serving their communities in a manner consistent with their religious beliefs. According to a conference call between Vice President Mike Pence’s office and the media, the Obama rule jeopardized the ability of faith-based providers to continue serving their communities, penalizing them for their deeply held beliefs. It did so by forcing these providers to either place children in the homes of same-sex couples or discontinue care.
<center>U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr<BR> Offers Honest Assessment of the Culture to Notre Dame Students</center>
By Christine Misner   |   10.24.19
When U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr addressed law students at the University of Notre Dame his remarks would have been widely accepted 10-15 years ago. Today, the culture has changed making what once were traditional moral standards now controversial positions. He outlined how the Founding Father’s enshrined their belief of religious liberty in the U.S. Constitution, “which provides for limited government, while leaving ‘the People’ broadly at liberty to pursue our lives both as individuals and through free associations.”
Raising Kids in Church is Good for Future Communities
By Christine Misner   |   10.07.19
In good news for church going families, a recent study by Harvard University’s School of Public Health found kids raised going to church are happier adults. The study explored the association of the religious involvement of children and teens with their mental health and physical well-being as young adults.
Fair Maps Could Be a Solution for Illinois
By Christine Misner   |   09.17.19
Former State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) has two words for his fellow Illinoisans, “Fair Maps.” Fair Maps is an effort to break the hold Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) has on the state’s election map. On the website,...
New Book Examines ‘Faith for Exiles’
By Christine Misner   |   09.11.19
A new book coauthored by David Kinneman, president of Barna Group, reveals the church dropout rate among young people who profess Christianity has increased in the last decade. But research also found a bright spot which became the focus of the book, “Faith for Exiles: 5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon.”


Christine Misner
Christine Misner

Christine Misner grew up in northeastern Missouri, but now lives and works in central Illinois. She loves to write, travel, and discuss politics. You can follow her on Twitter @LCMisner.

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