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Former House Speaker Indicted, Resigns from Wheaton Advisory Board

Dennis Hastert has been accused of hiding $1.7 million in hush payments.
Former House Speaker Indicted, Resigns from Wheaton Advisory Board
U.S. House of Representatives

Former House Speaker and Wheaton College alumnus Dennis "Denny" Hastert paid $1.7 million in hush money before later lying about it to the FBI, federal prosecutors alleged on Thursday.

The hush money was meant to conceal alleged sexual misconduct from Hastert’s ...

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| Church and State; People

Nebraska Death Penalty Repealed with Outspoken Christian Support

Evangelical, Catholic, mainline leaders openly endorse measure.
Nebraska Death Penalty Repealed with Outspoken Christian Support
Flickr: Josh Rushing.

The Nebraska Legislature on Wednesday repealed the state’s death penalty by overriding Gov. Pete Ricketts's veto on a 30-to-19 vote. Evangelical pastors, Roman Catholic bishops, and mainline Protestant ministers, in a rare display of political advocacy and consensus, ...

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Family Christian Stores Lives On, For Now

Court approval needed for sale to Family Christian subsidiary.
Family Christian Stores Lives On, For Now

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Family Christian filed for bankruptcy in February after it “carefully and prayerfully considered every option,” president and CEO Chuck Bengochea said at the time.

Despite 266 stores in 36 states bringing in $230 million in gross revenues in 2014, Family ...

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Family Christian Risks Shutdown of 266 Stores after Bankruptcy Auction

Four bidders—three of them liquidators—are bidding for the nation's largest Christian bookstore chain today.
Family Christian Risks Shutdown of 266 Stores after Bankruptcy Auction
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Family Christian Bookstore (FCS) is on the auction block again today after last week’s bidding ended at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday for the holiday weekend, reports MLive.

“We’re very anxious and hopeful,” Family Christian spokesperson Steve Biondo told ...

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Evangelicals Denounce Payday Lending, Join Fight for New Regulations

Unusual faith coalition calls on Congress to limit payday loans.
Evangelicals Denounce Payday Lending, Join Fight for New Regulations
Courtesy of ERLC

Opponents of payday lending have a new ally in the fight against predatory lenders: Leaders from the 15.7-million member Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

“We cannot sit by idly while some of the poorest among us are preyed on by people simply looking for a quick ...

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| Family and Sexuality; People

Josh Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' Apologizes, Resigns after Reports of Molesting 5 Young Girls

Police investigated sexual assaults in 2006, but no charges were brought against Duggar. TLC pulls program from its lineup.
Josh Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' Apologizes, Resigns after Reports of Molesting 5 Young Girls
Josh Duggar

Josh Duggar, 27, the eldest child in the Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting, apologized for acting “inexcusably” after InTouch, a gossip website, revealed that he had “forcibly fondled” 5 girls, all minors, when he was about 15 years old.

“Twelve ...

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| People; Research; Theology

Died: John ‘Jack’ Templeton Jr., Billionaire Philanthropist Who Backed Science-Religion Research

Leader died two days before $1.7 million Templeton Prize was awarded to Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche communities.
Died: John ‘Jack’ Templeton Jr., Billionaire Philanthropist Who Backed Science-Religion Research
Templeton Foundation

John “Jack” Templeton Jr., who took over the foundation that his wealthy investor father created in 1987, died on Saturday, May 16, at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He was 75.

The cause of death was cancer, according to a family member. Templeton died ...

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Theology Feud Pits Half of Town's Protestant Churches Against Another

Coordinated sermon series against ‘progressive Christianity’ seeks to ‘demonstrate the unity of the body of Christ.’
Theology Feud Pits Half of Town's Protestant Churches Against Another

A feud over theology has led an unusual ecumenical project in a small Arizona town.

Eight churches—including Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and non-denominational congregations—in Fountain Hills have teamed up for a campaign of public banners and sermons aimed ...

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| International; People; Religious Freedom

Sister Momeka: Liberate Christian Lands from ISIS

(UPDATED) After State Department approves visit, nun tells US congressmen that Iraqi Christians wish to return home.
Sister Momeka: Liberate Christian Lands from ISIS
AsiaNews

The US State Department relented and Sister Diana Momeka received a vistor's visa to speak out about religious persecution in the Middle East at a congressional hearing earlier this week.

"Uprooted and forcefully displaced, we have realized that ISIS’s plan ...

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Cancer Causes InterVarsity President Alec Hill to Leave Campus Ministry Early

Major campus ministry 'enters leadership transition.'
Cancer Causes InterVarsity President Alec Hill to Leave Campus Ministry Early
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

In the midst of moving its national office today, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship dropped some big news: President Alec Hill is leaving, after 14 years at the helm. And he's actually leaving nearly a year earlier than expected—due to cancer.

"We are deeply ...

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