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What Evangelicals Think About Scotland's Independence Vote

(UPDATED) After narrow "No" vote, Scottish evangelicals say churches will take lead in building the 'new Scotland.'
What Evangelicals Think About Scotland's Independence Vote
Evangelical Alliance Scotland

Update (Sept 19): A narrow majority of Scottish voters (55%) voted no Thursday on independence from the United Kingdom. In the wake of the contentious referendum—which saw more than 80 percent of voters participate—the Evangelical Alliance Scotland called for ...

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| People

Lecrae Brings Reformed Rap to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show

(UPDATED) Performance with The Roots was the first by a Christian rapper on late-night TV.
Lecrae Brings Reformed Rap to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show
Reach Records

Update (Sept. 19): On The Tonight Show Thursday, Jimmy Fallon congratulated Lecrae for his No. 1 album, Anomaly, and invited him to return for another performance.

For the night, Lecrae joined Fallon’s house band, The Roots, for musical interludes between segments. ...

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James MacDonald Asks Forgiveness for Unbiblical Discipline of Harvest Bible Chapel Elders

Megachurch pastor confesses board slandered three elders as 'false messengers' last year.
James MacDonald Asks Forgiveness for Unbiblical Discipline of Harvest Bible Chapel Elders
Screenshot of Harvest Bible Chapel video

On Sunday, prominent pastor James MacDonald told his 13,000-member Harvest Bible Chapel congregation that he and his elder board were wrong for how they publicly disciplined three elders last year.

“For many months, we have labored under the awareness that our church ...

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| Research

Does Islam Encourage Violence More Than Other Religions?

New Pew survey examines who says yes and no.
Does Islam Encourage Violence More Than Other Religions?
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As debate continues over President Obama's assertion about the religious nature (or lack thereof) of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, a new Pew Research Center study finds that more Americans across the board believe that Islam encourages violence more than other ...

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How 727 Megachurches Spend Their Money

Leadership Network and Vanderbloemen find what determines pastor salaries (and who might be most underpaid).
How 727 Megachurches Spend Their Money
Courtesy of Leadership Network

Two organizations that know megachurches well have released a new study they describe as “by far the biggest-scale, cross-denominational response anyone has ever collected about church finances.”

Leadership Network and Vanderbloemen Search Group surveyed 727 ...

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| Family and Sexuality

Should Pastors Follow Pope Francis and Marry Cohabiting Couples?

Scenario is increasingly common in Protestant congregations.
Should Pastors Follow Pope Francis and Marry Cohabiting Couples?
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The group of 20 Italian couples to be married by Pope Francis on Sunday—his first wedding ceremony as pope—includes pairs who have been living together and already have children, reports Catholic News Service (CNS).

Cohabitation goes against the Roman Catholic ...

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Facebook Finds Bible, C. S. Lewis Have Affected Many Users

Social network studied 130,000 status updates to find most-influential books.
Facebook Finds Bible, C. S. Lewis Have Affected Many Users
Facebook screenshot - UBS Digital Bible

“List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way,” a recent Facebook meme directed. “Don't take more than a few minutes, and don't think too hard. They do not have to be the 'right' books or great works of literature, just ones that have ...

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InterVarsity Will 'Reinvent' Student Ministry on California State Campuses

Christian fellowship finds silver lining in being booted from America's largest university system.
InterVarsity Will 'Reinvent' Student Ministry on California State Campuses
Courtesy of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

In response to being derecognized by America's largest university system, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship announced today that it is "developing a new style of campus ministry" that doesn't "rely on established campus structures."

The new methods ...

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Fired 'Back to the Bible' Pastor Cleared of Charges by Megachurch

(UPDATED) Radio show defends dropping John Munro, says 'misinformation and rumors' of 'being unfair' to Calvary Church pastor are 'harmful.'
Fired 'Back to the Bible' Pastor Cleared of Charges by Megachurch
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Update (Sept. 10): Facing accusations of "being unfair" to John Munro, Back to the Bible stands by its decision to fire the Calvary Church pastor as its lead Bible teacher amid celebration of the radio show's 75th anniversary.

"Misinformation and rumors ...

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| People

Stem Cell Concerns Don't Freeze Evangelical Enthusiasm for Ice Bucket Challenge

(UPDATED) ALS raises $100 million in 30 days; pro-life groups worry about embryonic research.
Stem Cell Concerns Don't Freeze Evangelical Enthusiasm for Ice Bucket Challenge

Tens of thousands of Americans—including dozens of evangelical leaders—have eagerly shivered and shaked their way through the ice bucket challenge, despite concerns from Catholic leaders and pro-life groups that the viral video craze may be sending millions to ...

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