We've compiled the top stories of the week. Here's what you need to know:
Evangelicals call on Trump to help migrant children
A group of prominent evangelicals called on Congress and the Trump administration this week to immediately address the needs of migrant children who are being deprived of basic needs in detention centers.
“Overcrowded and unsanitary conditions are inappropriate for anyone in detention, but particularly for children, who are uniquely vulnerable.” — Evangelical Immigration Table
The call comes amid reports documenting the disturbing conditions hundreds of migrant children have faced.
Some evangelicals say the reports are inaccurate.
Christian mom forced out of library drag show for teens
A recent “teen pride” event at a Washington library featured a drag queen performing a strip-tease dance, a sex advice panel, free condoms, and gift cards for chest binders, according to a local Christian mom who was forced to leave.
The mother, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to threats, witnessed the LGBT event — that went on despite protests — over the weekend and called it “really sick.”
"I actually haven't had a problem with drag queens until they started pushing this onto kids like this," she said.
2020 Democrats debate immigration, abortion
Twenty Democratic presidential candidates squared off this week in the party’s first debate of the election season.
Donations to religion declined by $2 billion
Giving to houses of worship, denominational bodies and religious television and radio declined in 2018 by nearly $2 billion.
The Giving USA Foundation’s annual report revealed that individual giving decreased 3.4 percent in 2018, marking the greatest decline since the recession of 2008 and 2009.
Rise of internet preachers
Internet preachers have been on the rise with audiences as large or larger than that of long-time pastors.
“People choose to follow people who are portraying the version of Christianity that they are comfortable with.” — Marcus Rogers, internet preacher
Read CP’s feature on online preachers.
Read another feature on the trend of dying churches merging with megachurches
Victims of a bus accident in Colorado; the bus was carrying those who attended a youth conference
More than a dozen Christian families who were forced to flee their homes in India due to threats and harassment
Love Running Wild by Tasha Layton (June 28)
Be Alright by Karlos Nichols (June 28)
Not Safe: Discovering God's Dangerous Plan for Your Life by Mark Batterson (June 25)