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150 Million Bible Readers Were Searching for Love Most in 2014

Bible Gateway finds patterns in how the world searched and read the Bible this past year.
150 Million Bible Readers Were Searching for Love Most in 2014
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John 3:16 was not among the Bible verses most widely shared or remembered in 2014, based on worldwide YouVersion users. But it still tops the list of verses the world seeks out, according to a report released by Bible Gateway based on 1.5 billion pageviews by 150 million ...

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India Intervenes on Christmas Conversion of Thousands of Christians to Hinduism

In Modi era, are government officials finally reining in Hindu nationalists?
India Intervenes on Christmas Conversion of Thousands of Christians to Hinduism
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A plan to convert 5,000 Indian Christians and Muslims to Hinduism on Christmas Day has been canceled by local officials. But organizers insist the conversions are merely postponed, and plan to protest Christmas baptisms at churches instead.

The ultimate aim of the Hindu ...

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Korea's Christmas 'Psychological Warfare' Canceled After All

South Korean Christians reverse plan to light the North Korean border with holiday cheer.
Korea's Christmas 'Psychological Warfare' Canceled After All
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Military tensions have caused a leading group of South Korean Christians to drop plans to construct a tower on the North Korean border and light it up with Christmas cheer.

"The establishment of our Christmas tree [tower] was to be a religious event aimed at promoting ...

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Sorry Again, John 3:16: The World's 10 Most Popular Bible Verses of 2014

YouVersion studies which scriptures 164 million users shared and remembered most this year.
Sorry Again, John 3:16: The World's 10 Most Popular Bible Verses of 2014
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[Editor's note: Bible GateWay also offers a year-end analysis of the Bible searches of 150 million visitors. One takeaway: Most were searching for love.]

Philippians made out well this year. The New Testament letter authored by the Apostle Paul contained 3 of the top ...

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Does the Gospel Mandate Racial Reconciliation? White Pastors Agree More Than Black Pastors

Recent research informs today's A Time To Speak conference, where Bryan Loritts, John Piper, Matt Chandler, and others will discuss race.
Does the Gospel Mandate Racial Reconciliation? White Pastors Agree More Than Black Pastors
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African American pastors are less likely than white pastors to believe that the gospel mandates racial reconciliation, but more likely to be actively involved in reconciliation efforts, according to a new LifeWay Research survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors.

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Do They Know It's Christmas in Sierra Leone? Ebola Cancels Celebrations

Deadly disease brings a bit more accuracy to much-maligned Band Aid advocacy song.
Do They Know It's Christmas in Sierra Leone? Ebola Cancels Celebrations
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The lyrics to a popular yet much maligned Africa advocacy song are now a bit more defensible, given that Ebola has led Sierra Leone to ban Christmas celebrations.

"Do they know it's Christmas time at all?" asks the chorus of Band Aid's 1984 fundraising ...

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Kony 2012's Invisible Children Makes Major Cuts for One Final Year Fighting the LRA

'Heavy-hearted' but 'incredibly proud,' advocacy group plans to shutter most operations by end of 2015.
Kony 2012's Invisible Children Makes Major Cuts for One Final Year Fighting the LRA
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Before the "Ice Bucket Challenge" and "Gangnam Style," there was "Kony 2012." The controversial campaign targeting Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) which has long plagued Uganda, remains an advocacy game-changer ...

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Christian Advocates Approve of First Non-Christian Ambassador of Religious Freedom

US Senate confirms influential rabbi, David N. Saperstein, to fill vacant office.
Christian Advocates Approve of First Non-Christian Ambassador of Religious Freedom
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Nearly six months after his nomination, America's first non-Christian ambassador of international religious freedom was confirmed by the US Senate 62-35 on Friday. Rabbi David Saperstein, a former law professor and director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, ...

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Ebola Medical Missionaries Named Time's Person of the Year

Samaritan's Purse and SIM staff among physicians honored for 'risking, persisting, sacrificing, and saving.'
Ebola Medical Missionaries Named Time's Person of the Year
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For their “tireless acts of courage and mercy,” Time magazine has named the Ebola fighters—including missionary doctor Kent Brantly and staffer Nancy Writebol—its 2014 person of the year.

Brantly, Writebol, and other medical staff—mainly volunteers—stepped ...

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| Family and Sexuality

Bob Jones University Apologizes for Failing Sexual Abuse Victims

(UPDATED) 300-page GRACE report recommends BJU impose 'corrective action' on chancellor Robert Jones III.
Bob Jones University Apologizes for Failing Sexual Abuse Victims
Bob Jones University

[Updated with details from GRACE report and BJU response. First published Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 6:31 p.m.]

A two-year investigation into how Bob Jones University (BJU) responded to dozens of victims of sexual abuse over four decades recommends that the Christian school ...

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