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President Obama Cites Exodus on Immigration Reform: 'We Were Strangers Once Too'

(UPDATED) Reactions from Sam Rodriguez, Russell Moore, Jenny Yang, Noel Castellanos on Obama's motive vs. method.
President Obama Cites Exodus on Immigration Reform: 'We Were Strangers Once Too'
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Update (Nov. 20): Tonight President Barack Obama outlined his executive action on immigration reform, which could impact up to 5 million immigrants. He gave two citations: one from former President George W. Bush, and one from Exodus 23.

"Scripture tells us that we ...

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| Family and Sexuality; People; Theology

Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage

(UPDATED) Warren turns Vatican conference into 'revivalist meeting,' while Moore explains why marriage crosses theological boundaries.
Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage
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Update (Nov. 18): "There is always a danger in being the 28th speaker in a conference," said Rick Warren during his speech today at Pope Francis's marriage conference. "What's left to say?"

Apparently plenty, as Warren's speech—which ...

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| International; Research; Theology

Here's What Protestants in 18 Latin American Countries Believe and Practice

New Pew research identifies who evangelizes most and who believes the prosperity gospel, among many other topics.
Here's What Protestants in 18 Latin American Countries Believe and Practice
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The latest data not only show that Protestants are remarkably ascendent throughout the longtime Catholic stronghold of Latin America. The Pew Research Center also offers a window into who evangelizes most, which millennials pray and attend church most often, and just how ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Kenya Bans New Churches Amid 'Miracle-Faking Spree'

After TV exposé, attorney general seeks ways to rein in fake pastors.
Kenya Bans New Churches Amid 'Miracle-Faking Spree'
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Prompted by news coverage of alleged illegal activity by pastors promising miracles, Kenya’s attorney general has banned new religious organizations from registering as the East African nation moves to enforce stricter regulations on churches, mosques, and temples.

The ...

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| Church and State

Good News for Pastors: Court Overturns Atheist Victory on Housing Allowance

But question remains: Will IRS agree with DOJ that atheists count as 'ministers of the gospel'?
Good News for Pastors: Court Overturns Atheist Victory on Housing Allowance
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Churches can stop worrying that their pastors' best benefit will be taken away by an atheist lawsuit—for now.

Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court's high-profile 2013 decision that the longstanding clergy housing allowance was ...

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| International; Research; Theology

Sorry, Pope Francis: Protestants Are Converting Catholics Across Latin America

'Francis effect' may yet materialize. But for now, Catholics have hit record low across 19 nations and territories.
Sorry, Pope Francis: Protestants Are Converting Catholics Across Latin America
Pew Research Center

[Editor's note: CT also took a deeper look at differences between what Protestants believe and practice in each country.]

Enthusiasm for the first pope picked from Latin America has prompted predictions of a “Francis effect” revival among the region’s ...

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| People

Jerry B. Jenkins Shuts Down Christian Writers Guild

(UPDATED) After 50 years, effort to train next generation of Christian authors comes to an end.
Jerry B. Jenkins Shuts Down Christian Writers Guild
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[Updated with comments from Taylor University's Dennis Hensley]

Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins has ended his formal effort to train the next generation of Christian writers.

"Unfortunately, I’m not as happy as I look here, despite that my seven-year-old ...

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| International; People

Plane Crash Kills Myles Munroe, Bahamas' Best-Known Pastor

Samuel Rodriguez says ORU alum 'breathed, lived, and died expanding the kingdom of God.'
Plane Crash Kills Myles Munroe, Bahamas' Best-Known Pastor
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En route to the international leadership conference he was hosting today, the Bahamas' best-known pastor, Myles Munroe, died with his wife and seven others in a plane crash Sunday.

The 60-year-old founder and president of Bahamas Faith Ministries International was an ...

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| People; Religious Freedom

Answered Prayer for IDOP: North Korea Frees Missionary Kenneth Bae After Two Years

(UPDATED) Bae: 'Thank you ... for lifting me up and not forgetting me.'
Answered Prayer for IDOP: North Korea Frees Missionary Kenneth Bae After Two Years
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Update (Nov. 10): At a news conference, Kenneth Bae thanked his supporters for "lifting me up and not forgetting me" during his long captivity in North Korea. "It's been an amazing two years," he said. "I learned a lot, I grew a lot, lost a lot ...

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| Church and State; Family and Sexuality

For First Time, State Bans on Same-Sex Marriage Upheld by Appeals Court

Get ready for a Supreme Court showdown after Sixth Circuit says two judges shouldn't make a decision for 32 million citizens.
For First Time, State Bans on Same-Sex Marriage Upheld by Appeals Court
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An Ohio court has given the US Supreme Court an offer on same-sex marriage that the high court likely can't refuse.

After the Supreme Court sidestepped the issue of a national right to same-sex marriage in 2013, experts on both sides predicted the court would intervene ...

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