Church isn’t always what it seems on TV. During the beginning of the pandemic, Christians met in parking lots, in lakes, and gathered around computers and televisions at home. Pastors and congregations struggled to find the sweet spot of meeting safely yet routinely. But out of the pandemic came the realization that many Christians are opting for a smaller Church home or “Mini Church.” CBN News Reporter Wendy Griffith noticed this trend and talked to local pastors about why Christians are drawn to intimate atmospheres and why it’s important for Christians to join with each other in fellowship – regardless of the setting.

Nearly three weeks into the standstill between Russia and Ukraine, not much has developed besides an accumulation of equipment and medical supplies near the border. In the calm before the potential storm, CBN News Chief Political Analyst David Brody sat down with Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the potential motives behind Putin’s playbook and consider if the United States has a moral obligation to help Ukraine.


A new Pew Research poll finds Americans are, in general, not happy with the economy, with 72% describing the economy as either "fair" or "poor," and only 1 in 4 Americans saying they are confident the economy will be better a year from now. The main reason is inflation, as prices are up nearly across the board. This week, the Federal Reserve indicated they're preparing to raise a benchmark interest rate in order to help fight inflation, but how much will it help? CBN News Financial Editor Drew Parkhill joins the Rundown to talk inflation, supply chains, as well as new GDP numbers and what they mean for your bottom line. 

Also, a recent study found millennials are increasingly leaving organized faith and Christianity altogether. An increase in the number of so-called "religious nones'' is on the rise, worrying pastors about the future of their congregations and the faith at large. CBN News reporter Brody Carter joins us to talk about why a growing number of young people are leaving behind the faith in which they grew up and what, if anything, the church can do about it.


Now into our third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Omicron wave seems to be receding in many parts of the country, but the virus is showing no signs of leaving us. The question now seems to be, when will this virus transition from being a pandemic in which everyone continues to take maximum precautions in order to prevent getting infected, and into an endemic mode, one in which we learn to live with it? A Monmouth University poll out this week finds 7 in 10 Americans agree that it’s time to accept COVID-19 is here to stay and we need to get on with our lives. Is that true and, if so, how do we do that? CBN News Medical Reporter Lorie Johnson joins the show to discuss.

Also, is Israel capable of launching a successful military strike against Iran to stop their nuclear weapons program? In 2015, when the Obama administration and other western nations reached a deal with Iran on their nuclear program, the US estimated Iran’s breakout time would be 12 months. Now, officials believe that timeframe has been trimmed down to just one month. So as the Biden administration seeks to restart talks with Iran regarding their program, what does Israel have to say about it and what are their options? CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell joins the Rundown to talk about his story on that, as well as a couple other hot button issues in the region.


CNN's Jeff Zucker steps down suddenly in surprise announcement as the embattled news network deals with the lawsuit from recently fired host Chris Cuomo. Ex-porn star turned Christian talks to CBN's Faithwire about finding freedom. A woman makes a disturbing claim about Facebook's new "metaverse". These stories and more on today's Daily Rundown.


Nearly two years into the pandemic, cities and universities are doubling down on COVID restrictions – especially in the Ivy Leagues. Far from settling into a 'new normal', students and faculty are faced with mandatory testing and masking with restrictions barring students from eating at local restaurants – if they can even enter the campus at all. From students and teachers to parents and representatives, many believe these policies are over-the-top, including Senator Rand Paul. CBN News Senior International Correspondent George Thomas spoke to the Senator recently about the “draconian” policies that threaten students’ freedom and psychological well-being.


On today’s episode of the CBN News Daily Rundown: Caitlin Burke joins the podcast to discuss the breaking news of Justice Breyer announcing retirement, plus her interaction today with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. Plus, details on the Freedom Convoy in Canada.


Evacuation efforts in Ukraine are underway, after fear of Russian aggression grew significantly over the weekend. On January 23rd, the State Department published a travel advisory for families of U.S. Embassy Personnel in Kyiv to start evacuating as soon as possible. This comes despite a warning from the Biden Administration that the U.S. isn’t in a position to help do so, underscoring U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten the embassy’s ability to assist Americans. CBN News Senior International Correspondent George Thomas is on today’s episode to fill us in on what happened over the weekend and what U.S. involvement or lake thereof could mean for Ukraine and the United States.

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Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard a religious freedom case surrounding a flag on a flagpole called Shurtleff v. City of Boston. In 2017, Director of Camp Constitution Hal Shurtleff applied to fly a Christian flag outside of Boston’s City Hall in honor of Constitution Day. Although various other flags representing other countries and causes had been flown on the same pole, the city denied Shurtleff’s request. Nearly five years later, the highest court is considering whose voice the flagpole represents: the government, or the public. As we await a decision, CBN News National Security Correspondent Caitlin Burke discusses key points from last week’s arguments, which way the court may be leaning, and what this case means for religious liberty.


Last November, Republicans in the state of Virginia pulled off a shocking upset when Glenn Youngkin surprised the political world and defeated Democratic candidate and former Governor Terry McAuliffe in that state’s race for governor. In what was called a bellwether election for the upcoming midterms, Winsome Sears, a Jamaican-born former Marine, followed suit, becoming the state's first female Lt. Gov. as well as the first woman of color and person of Jamaican descent to hold state-wide office. CBN News reporter Heather Sells sat down for an in-depth interview with Lt. Gov. Sears for a wide-ranging discussion that can been on Sunday, January 23rd at 10pm ET on CBN News, CBNNews.com and the CBN News app, and she joins this week's Rundown for a preview.


President Biden held a press conference today and took questions from several reporters, who took the opportunity to ask Biden about the many problems Americans are facing today including inflation, high gas prices and more. Biden responded by saying he's made "great progress" and blamed any shortcomings on republicans. We break down Biden's comments plus take a look at Open Doors and their update on Christian persecution around the globe with the release of their annual World Watch list. 


The U.S. is celebrating the safe release of four hostages from a Texas synagogue on Saturday. A British gunman held the rabbi and three others in captivity for eleven, terrifying hours before being killed by the FBI’s hostage rescue team. An investigation into the act of terror has escalated to an international level with the FBI and UK probing the potential motive behind the attack. CBN News Senior Reporter Dale Hurd is on today’s podcast to talk about what we know and the truth behind the attack that many are afraid to name.  

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Less than a week away from the biggest pro-life event of the year, March for Life, we’re taking a look at what we’re marching for: up close and in detail. Nearly two decades after 3D and 4D ultrasound technology made its debut, the science is better than ever and changing the way women view their pregnancy. CBN News Reporter Charlene Aaron talks about what modern science is revealing to us and how it’s key to taking down Roe v. Wade.