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What Mark Driscoll Told Brian Houston at Hillsong Conference

(UPDATED) Debate continues over how long pastoral restoration should take.
What Mark Driscoll Told Brian Houston at Hillsong Conference
Mars Hill Church

Update (June 30): Earlier this month, Brian Houston announced that Mark Driscoll would no longer attend the Hillsong Conference. [See previous report below.]

Today, Driscoll showed up with his wife Grace—in a 30-minute, pre-recorded video interview with the Australian ...

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| Church and State; Family and Sexuality

Struggle over Same-Sex Marriage's Religious Liberty Ramifications Begins

(UPDATED) Liberty Institute sees good news, but other Christian legal groups disagree.
Struggle over Same-Sex Marriage's Religious Liberty Ramifications Begins
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The second act of the national debate over same-sex marriage began this week with a focus on religious liberty.

The Liberty Institute framed Friday’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage as actually a victory for religious liberty. The assessment was ...

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| Church and State

Did Supreme Court Skip the More Important Obamacare Subsidies?

Pro-life groups argue taxpayer premiums are funding abortions.
Did Supreme Court Skip the More Important Obamacare Subsidies?
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Two leading pro-life groups say the recent US Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) means that taxpayer dollars will continue to pay for abortions.

“Federal taxpayer subsidies are helping pay for over 1,000 health ...

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| Family and Sexuality

Here's What Supreme Court Says about Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom

(UPDATED) Justices disagree whether one paragraph gives enough protection.
Here's What Supreme Court Says about Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom
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State bans on same-sex marriage are no longer legal in America, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today.

So the question becomes: How will gay rights and religious rights be balanced?

Below is what the justices said in today's majority opinion and four dissents, as well ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Sudan Punishes Imprisoned Pastors after American Advocacy

Jesus' encouragement to visit ‘the least of these’ in jail proves tricky in practice.
Sudan Punishes Imprisoned Pastors after American Advocacy
Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Two South Sudanese pastors whose legal plight is drawing comparisons to Meriam Ibrahim have been isolated by Sudan. They won’t be heard from until next Thursday, when a judge lets them speak in a Khartoum court.

The question is what role American advocacy played in ...

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| Research

US Churches Receive Less Trust Yet More Money Than Ever

Giving USA and Gallup find new records in opposite directions.
US Churches Receive Less Trust Yet More Money Than Ever

Americans may be losing their religion, but they’re still willing to fill up the collection plate.

A new report from Giving USA found that Americans gave a record $114.9 billion to religious groups last year, a 2.5 percent increase in current dollars (and a 0.9 percent ...

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Tullian Tchividjian Resigns after Admitting 'Inappropriate Relationship'

(UPDATED) Billy Graham's grandson: 'Welcome to the valley of the shadow of death...thank God grace reigns here.'
Tullian Tchividjian Resigns after Admitting 'Inappropriate Relationship'
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Popular pastor and author Tullian Tchividjian has resigned as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.

A grandson of Billy Graham, Tchividjian cited "ongoing marital issues" as the reason for his departure from the PCA congregation in Fort Lauderdale, ...

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InterVarsity Regains Access to Cal State Campuses

(UPDATED) Requiring Christian leaders will no longer bar student ministry from recognition.
InterVarsity Regains Access to Cal State Campuses
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Update (June 22): InterVarsity has given CT more details about its reinstatement at 19 California campuses.

"Cal State has not changed the language of their 'all comers' policy," said Greg Jao, vice president of campus engagement. "They have clarified ...

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| Research

A Lament for Charleston: What Makes This Mass Shooting Different

Christians respond to the deadly attack at a South Carolina church.
A Lament for Charleston: What Makes This Mass Shooting Different
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Among the startling details in America’s latest mass shooting was the location: a church Bible study.

A gunman killed nine people from a historic African American congregation in Charleston on Wednesday. The incident is the deadliest church attack in decades.

Violence ...

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Bankruptcy Court Rejects 'Flawed' Sale of Family Christian Stores

The 'prolonged, controversial, and contested' sale of America's largest chain of Christian retail stores continues.
Bankruptcy Court Rejects 'Flawed' Sale of Family Christian Stores
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Once again, a bankruptcy court has denied the sale of America's largest chain of Christian retail stores.

CT previously reported how Family Christian Stores, after filing for bankruptcy, was planning to be purchased by FCS Acquisition, a subsidiary of the chain's ...

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