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So Long New York: American Bible Society Heads to Philly

A year after putting its iconic building on the market, ABS exits the Big Apple after nearly two centuries.
So Long New York: American Bible Society Heads to Philly
American Bible Society

After nearly 200 years in New York City, the American Bible Society (ABS) is departing for Philadelphia, one of an increasing number of religious institutions selling once iconic urban properties.

A 12-story building located blocks away from Central Park, ABS’ headquarters ...

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| International

YWAM Missionaries Won’t Be Deported over Visa Issue

With 300 missionaries at risk during sponsorship suspension, organization learned “hard lessons” about record-keeping.
YWAM Missionaries Won’t Be Deported over Visa Issue
YWAM Harpenden / Facebook

Hundreds of YWAM (Youth With A Mission) missionaries whose visas were suspended last month get to continue ministry work in England and Wales after government officials reinstated the organization’s sponsorship status today.

In December, Britain suspended licenses ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Robert P. George to Saudi Arabia: Whip Me Instead of Raif Badawi

Offering to take 100 lashes each, 7 of 9 USCIRF commissioners 'would rather share in' blogger's punishment than 'watch him being cruelly tortured.'
Robert P. George to Saudi Arabia: Whip Me Instead of Raif Badawi
Amnesty International / Facebook

Following Saudi Arabia’s decision to flog a dissident blogger 50 times on a weekly basis for the next five months, seven of the nine members of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) have asked the Muslim nation to whip them instead.

“Compassion, ...

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| Church and State

No Worship Services in Public Schools, New York Mayor Tells Supreme Court

Bill de Blasio campaigned on the promise of letting churches rent school space. Now he’s asking the Supreme Court to prohibit it.
No Worship Services in Public Schools, New York Mayor Tells Supreme Court
NYC Mayor's Office / Flickr

When Bill de Blasio campaigned against Michael Bloomberg in 2013 to become mayor of New York City, he promised to reverse a highly contested city policy that prohibited churches from renting public schools for worship services. In response, religious voters helped de Blasio ...

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| People; Religious Freedom

Obama to Imprisoned Pastor's Wife: Saving Saeed Abedini in Iran Is 'a Top Priority'

Abedini's 6-year-old son asks President of the United States: 'Please bring daddy home' by March birthday.
Obama to Imprisoned Pastor's Wife: Saving Saeed Abedini in Iran Is 'a Top Priority'
Courtesy of ACLJ

Hours after giving his seventh State of the Union address, President Barack Obama met in person with Naghmeh Abedini, an Idaho mother who has spent more than two years advocating for the freedom of her husband, Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, jailed in Iran.

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| Research

Roll Tide and Read Your Bible: Alabama Ranks No. 1 for Scripture Lovers

Southern states dominate annual list of Bible-minded cities.
Roll Tide and Read Your Bible: Alabama Ranks No. 1 for Scripture Lovers
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The Bible Belt lived up to its name as Southern locales topped the American Bible Society (ABS) and Barna Group’s annual list of Bible-minded cities, with Birmingham, Alabama, earning the No. 1 spot.

The rankings, based on a city’s Bible reading habits and beliefs, ...

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| People

'Broken' Ergun Caner Resigns as President of Brewton-Parker College

Caner brought struggling school back to health. Now he will focus on his own.
'Broken' Ergun Caner Resigns as President of Brewton-Parker College
ErgunCaner.com

Six months after his son’s death by suicide, Ergun Caner stepped down today as president of Brewton-Parker College (BPC). After working hard the past year to successfully restore the struggling Southern Baptist college to health, Caner told trustees he now needs to ...

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| Religious Freedom

Christians Celebrate Supreme Court Approval of Religious Prison Beards

'No religion is an island,' says Becket Fund after successfully defending Muslim prisoner.
Christians Celebrate Supreme Court Approval of Religious Prison Beards
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Despite the current popularity of beards among evangelical pastors, facial hair isn’t a requirement for Christian men. But since it is a sign of faith for some Muslims, Sikhs, and others, religious liberty advocates are celebrating the US Supreme Court’s unanimous ...

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| Theology

Duke vs. Franklin Graham: Which Christian Spaces Are Off-Limits to Muslim Worship?

Call-to-prayer controversy at university chapel prompts debate over sharing sacred space.
Duke vs. Franklin Graham: Which Christian Spaces Are Off-Limits to Muslim Worship?
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Duke University’s reversal of today’s plan to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer from its historic chapel tower has reinvigorated a debate over shared worship space.

The Durham, North Carolina-based school had authorized Muslim students to recite the three-minute ...

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| People; Theology

The 'Boy Who Came Back from Heaven' Retracts Story

(UPDATED) Alex Malarkey's mother, grandmother, and publisher weigh in on retraction of best-selling book; John MacArthur first raised concerns two years ago.
The 'Boy Who Came Back from Heaven' Retracts Story

Update (Jan. 21): Tyndale House Publishers revealed more details today about the publishing and retraction of its bestselling The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, stating it was "saddened to hear that Alex [Malarkey] is now saying that he made up the story of dying and ...

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