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Prominent Advocate for Persecuted Christians Resigns After Sex Assault Conviction

Barnabas Aid defends its work as 'much bigger than one man' after jury rules Patrick Sookhdeo groped employee and intimidated witnesses.
Prominent Advocate for Persecuted Christians Resigns After Sex Assault Conviction

The founder and director of one of the world’s largest advocates for persecuted Christians has resigned after being convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in his office on Valentine’s Day last year.

Trustees of Barnabas Aid International were "saddened" ...

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One-Third of Audience for Christian Books, Radio, TV, and Movies Is Unchurched

LifeWay/NRB study examines whether Christian media is used for discipleship or evangelism.
One-Third of Audience for Christian Books, Radio, TV, and Movies Is Unchurched
Courtesy of the National Religious Broadcasters

Is Christian media a better tool for discipleship or evangelism? A new study released at the 2015 NRB convention examines just who exactly engages with Christian books, radio, TV, and movies.

“Christian media delivers teaching, music, and entertainment to a predominantly ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

ISIS Kidnaps 100 Christians in Syria: Prisoner Swap, or Libya-Style Propaganda?

(UPDATED) Christian leader: In light of 'barbaric record with the captured, the destiny of these families is a major concern to us.'
ISIS Kidnaps 100 Christians in Syria: Prisoner Swap, or Libya-Style Propaganda?
Twitter / EshuAssyrian3

Update (Feb. 25): Assyrian activists tell CNN that they expect ISIS to release a video today threatening to kill the approximately 150 Christian captives unless President Obama and other leaders end joint air strikes against the group.

An "official" confirmed ...

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| Family and Sexuality; People; Theology

Died: Leanne Payne, 82, Prominent Leader in Pastoral Care, Healing Movement

Author of seven books, she supported orientation change for gays and lesbians.
Died: Leanne Payne, 82, Prominent Leader in Pastoral Care, Healing Movement
Courtesy, Baker Publishing

Leanne Payne, the author of seven books on pastoral care who held healing conferences in North America, Europe, and Australia, died on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18. She was 82.

Payne founded Pastoral Care Ministries (PCM) in the early 1980s, which held healing conferences at ...

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| Research; Theology

What To Give Up for Lent? Twitter Reveals Top 100 Ideas of 2015

(UPDATED) Here's what 409,000 people pledged to fast from for the next 40 days.
What To Give Up for Lent? Twitter Reveals Top 100 Ideas of 2015
OpenBible.info

[Updated Feb. 23 with final total from Ash Wednesday week.]

Nearly one in five Americans observed Lent last year. This year, more than 400,000 tweeted about their fast.

Food and technology remained the most popular categories that tweeting Americans reported giving up ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Frank Wolf Calls for Safe Haven for Mideast Christians

Former congressman offers six-point plan. But killing continues as ISIL-linked terrorists behead 21 Christians in Libya.
Frank Wolf Calls for Safe Haven for Mideast Christians

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, “This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, ...

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Take Me to Church? Half of Pastors Believe Faith Will Become Online-Only Experience

Barna survey examines how Protestant senior pastors use the internet today.
Take Me to Church? Half of Pastors Believe Faith Will Become Online-Only Experience
Barna Group

The key phrase Hozier sung at the Grammys last Sunday from his hit song, "Take Me to Church," will grow outdated for many, nearly half of Protestant senior pastors believe. Today 47 percent agree that at least some people will experience their faith exclusively ...

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America's Largest Christian Bookstore Chain Files for Bankruptcy

CEO: 'We have carefully and prayerfully considered every option.'
America's Largest Christian Bookstore Chain Files for Bankruptcy
Family Christian / YouTube

Family Christian Stores (FCS) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Yet the ministry assured customers yesterday that it "does not expect" to close any of its more than 250 stores or lay off any of its approximately 4,000 employees.

“We strive ...

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| International; People

Died: Samuel Hugh Moffett, 98, Leading Expert in East Asia Christianity

Global Christian mission should pivot to Asia's 4.4 billion people, Moffett said.
Died: Samuel Hugh Moffett, 98, Leading Expert in East Asia Christianity
Courtesy of Princeton Theological Seminary.

The renowned Princeton Seminary historian, Samuel Hugh Moffett, whose two-volume History of Christianity in Asia was completed when he was 89 years old, has died. He was 98.

“Sam Moffett had a distinguished career of teaching and scholarship in the service of the ...

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InterVarsity Victory in Sex Discrimination Case Is Good News for All Parachurch Ministries

Sixth Circuit affirms that the parachurch has same religious right to hire and fire as churches do.
InterVarsity Victory in Sex Discrimination Case Is Good News for All Parachurch Ministries
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) can set and enforce hiring practices based on its Christian faith, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday. Grounded heavily in the precedent set by the US Supreme Court’s significant Hosanna-Tabor decision in 2012, ...

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