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Reimagining Religion Conference: The Future of Religion in Los Angeles

What does the future of religion in the United States look like? Even as religious affiliation declines, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture finds signs of innovation and vitality in …

The New York Times: The Creation of a Modern Megachurch

In a few years, Zerephath Christian Church in New Jersey has transformed from the dwindling base of a little-known denomination to a large megachurch. The New York Times reported on this transition, turning to CRCC’s …

BBC News: INC Christianity Is Growing and Influencing America

The fastest growing Christian movement in the United States aims to bring the rule of God to earth, CRCC fellow Brad Christerson told BBC World Service in a radio documentary on “INC …

Revisiting the legacy of Jerry Falwell Sr. in Trump’s America

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Recently, President Donald Trump appointed evangelical Christian leader Jerry Falwell Jr. to head the White House education reform task force. Not much is known …

Christianity Today: Greg Laurie Joining Southern Baptist Convention

Christianity Today quoted Richard Flory, senior director of research and evaluation, in a news story about Greg Laurie joining the Southern Baptist Convention. Here’s an excerpt from the article: “I am really curious …

ThinkProgress: Multiracial Churches Gaining Prominence

In the era of Trump’s presidency, multi-racial churches are growing in prominence. Their organizing is a response to and departure from the racism embedded in predominantly white evangelical Christianity, ThinkProgress reported an article that features …

Beautiful Gate: Envisioning Christian Faith in Los Angeles

Beautiful Gate defines itself as a movement, not a church or community. Located in Los Feliz and founded by missionaries Samuel and Priya Theophylus, Beautiful Gate is an example how some Christian …

The Kingdom of God and American Exceptionalism

Does America have a special God-given role in the world? In meetings with both evangelical and religiously unaffiliated young adults in Los Angeles, I have seen a shift in the understanding of …

The Rise of Network Christianity: How Independent Leaders are Changing the Religious Landscape

The Rise of Network Christianity: How Independent Leaders Are Changing the Religious Landscape Brad Christerson and Richard Flory (Oxford University Press 2017) The writing of this book was supported by the Pentecostal Charismatic Research …

Five Trends to Watch in Religion in 2017: Culture Wars, Compounds & the Next Reformation

2016 was a year that no one could predict. Last year, we laid out several religion trends worth noting. To see how our forecasts matched with reality, give them a review. The unpredictable nature …

The Orange County Register: Irvine pastor Rev. Mark Whitlock exhorts church to ‘set a moral tone’ during Trump Presidency

In response to the surprising Trump victory of this year’s Presidential election, the Rev. Mark Whitlock is encouraging for faith organizations to be prominent moral voices against any future policies that could …

Surprised American Evangelicals Voted for Trump? They Have a History of Racism

This post originally appeared on International Business Times. As a scholar of religion, one story that has intrigued me since the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaign is how Trump’s candidacy—now his …

Might, Right and White Privilege: It’s Morning in America, the Sequel

This post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. Early this morning, when Donald Trump accepted the presidency of the United States, Ronald Reagan and Jerry Falwell were somewhere enjoying the last laugh. Their …

How a New Generation Is Changing Evangelical Christianity

Since the late 1970s, American evangelicalism has been largely identified with right-wing politics. Conservative religious values entered the political sphere through movements such as Moral Majority and Focus on the Family that …

“There is Sin and Evil in the World”: Reagan, Trump, and the News Media

This post originally appeared in The L.A. Review of Books. HOW DID A LYING, philandering blowhard convince millions of Americans — including white evangelicals and the working poor — that he should …

America magazine: Trump Makes a Place for Faith

As presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks more on his own faith to appeal to religious voters, his statements remain largely ambiguous. America, a national Catholic magazine, interviewed CRCC’s Andrew Johnson about his …

L.A. Times: ‘A delivery boy’ for God: Greg Laurie and his Harvest Crusade

The Los Angeles Times interviewed CRCC’s Richard Flory for an article about the 27th annual Harvest Crusade and its founder Greg Laurie. Nearly 100,000 people are expected to attend the event (now named …

Making Evangelical America Great Again: Trump and “Wall” Christians

Along with many other observers, I have been struggling to understand how nearly 80 percent of white evangelical Protestant voters can support Donald Trump, someone who has a dubious church-going record and …

Manny Pacquiao, Championship Boxer, Has a New Opponent: Philippine Poverty

This article originally appeared in Christianity Today. It is available in full behind a paywall on their site.  A political candidate was recently elected who is a bigger celebrity than Donald Trump, …

Dobson’s Baby: Trump’s Baptism at the Evangelical-Washing Font

This post originally appeared in Religion Dispatches. Donald Trump is now a “baby Christian“? Now that Trump has become the presumptive GOP nominee—the old guard has stepped forward to engage in an ancient …