Worshipers leave a Sunday service at the Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC), a fast-growing congregation in Washington, D.C., that embraces Calvinist Christian teachings. Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
Taneesha Johnson (far left) distributes church programs as members of the congregation enter CHBC for a Sunday worship service. Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
Church members and visitors attend a Sunday service at CHBC. The church has more than 700 members who hold to Reformed, or Calvinist, doctrine. Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
Dr. Mark Devor, senior pastor at CHBC since 1994, gives his hour-long sermon during a Sunday service. “A lot of people think religion is something you piece together from ideas you think are sweet and that you personally find beneficial,” says Pastor Devor. “No…. It’s an objective reality. It’s just what it is.” Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
An overflow of worshipers watch and listen to Pastor Devor on projection-TV screens in the basement of CHBC. Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
Kasey Gurley testifies about her faith during the annual ladies Christmas tea at CHBC. “I worship my own comfort, my own opinion of myself,” she says. “Like the idolatrous people of Judah, we deserve the full wrath of God.” Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
People bow their heads in prayer at the beginning of a one-hour class titled "Guidance" before the main church service at CHBC. Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
Catherine Snow prays during the ladies Christmas tea at CHBC. More than 200 women attended the annual event, with church members taking the opportunity to introduce neighbors and co-workers to the church. Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
Hardline Islamist insurgents, including the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, now control a second Syrian province after Raqqa, the stronghold of the Islamic State group. But ISIS isn't allied with the Islamists who tookover Idlib.
ByMariam Karouny, Reuters
Islamist groups including Al Qaeda's Nusra Front - but not ISIS - have seized the city of Idlib for the first time in Syria's civil war, fighters and a monitoring group said on Saturday.