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A Splintered Boko Haram Becomes an Even Greater Threat to Christians

The plight of the 218 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls remains uncertain after a recent split in the world’s deadliest terrorist group.
A Splintered Boko Haram Becomes an Even Greater Threat to Christians
Stephane Yas / Getty Images

A fracturing Boko Haram isn’t good news for the 218 mostly Christian schoolgirls who have been held captive since 2014.

In fact, militants killed 10 and kidnapped 13 more women and children from the primarily Christian village of Chibok on Saturday—the same place ...

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| Family and Sexuality; International

Southern Africans Set to Test Anglican Ban on Same-Sex Unions

The province is scheduled to vote on gay clergy and blessing civil unions.

When the global Anglican Communion censured the Episcopal Church in the United States for redefining marriage eight months ago, it warned that similar actions would be applied to other provinces "when any unilateral decisions on matters of doctrine and polity are taken ...

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| Research

Same-Sex Couples More Likely to Ask Presbyterian Pastors to Marry Them

More pastors are open to LGBT people serving in their churches than being married there, LifeWay finds.

More than 120,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide last year. (The number of American weddings in 2014, by comparison, was more than 2.1 million.)

For preachers, requests to officiate a same-sex wedding remain rare. ...

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| International

The Promised Law: Christians Wait for Egypt to Authorize New Churches

Current laws, which have been in place since 1856, require Christians to get the consent of the local Muslim community—and the country’s president—before building a church.
The Promised Law: Christians Wait for Egypt to Authorize New Churches
AP Photo/El Shorouk Newspaper, Roger Anis

Egypt is scheduled to vote as early as next month on a law that would ease the country’s historic restrictions on church construction.

More than 160 years ago, the Ottoman Caliphate ordered that anyone who wanted to build a Christian church get the approval of the country’s ...

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| International

Indian Supreme Court: State Response to Anti-Christian Mob Violence ‘Inadequate’

The chief justice also said it was "very disturbing" that so many perpetrators had not yet been brought to justice.
Indian Supreme Court: State Response to Anti-Christian Mob Violence ‘Inadequate’
Anto Akkara / World Watch Monitor

In 2008, the death of a Hindu leader led to the worst case of anti-Christian violence in India’s history.

About 100 Christians were killed, 300 churches attacked, 6,000 Christian homes damaged, and 50,000 people displaced when Hindu fundamentalists blamed Christians for ...

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| People

Celebs from Michael Phelps to Kim Kardashian Want a Purpose-Driven Life

The bestseller's buzz has not died down 15 years later.

One of the 40 million copies sold of The Purpose Driven Life ended up in the large, paddle-like hands of Michael Phelps.

In between winning Olympic golds, Phelps made headlines for very different reasons: repeated DUIs, parties and pot, weight gain and rehab. A couple of years ...

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Largest For-Profit Christian College to Open Seminary This Fall

Grand Canyon University recently failed to take itself off the market.
Largest For-Profit Christian College to Open Seminary This Fall
Grand Canyon University

The country’s best-known Christian for-profit college, Grand Canyon University (GCU), has announced that it will open an independent, non-denominational, for-profit theological seminary this fall.

The announcement came just before the Department of Education reported last ...

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| Religious Freedom

California Lawmaker Drops Controversial Proposal to Regulate Religious Colleges

SB 1146 won't be the religious liberty threat many Christians feared.

A day after religious leaders released an open letter calling on California to protect religious liberty in higher education, the lawmaker behind a controversial bill dropped the proposal in question, allowing religious schools to keep exemptions to anti-discrimination laws ...

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Clergy Working Fewer Hours, Getting Paid More

Counting the cost is getting easier.

The wages of battling sin are getting better for men and women of the cloth.

Non-Catholic clergy have experienced significant increases in income even as their work weeks declined by more than 15 percent in recent decades, according to a major new study of clergy compensation ...

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| International

Israel Accuses World Vision Gaza Staffer of Giving Millions to Hamas

(UPDATED) World Vision halts Gaza operations, but disputes Israel’s accusations of fraud.

Update (August 9):

World Vision questioned Israel’s accusations that Gaza branch manager Mohammad El Halabi siphoned off tens of millions over the past decade, saying it still has not seen any evidence.

“World Vision’s cumulative operating budget in Gaza for ...

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