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Trump’s ‘Greatest Contribution to Christianity’: Pastors Preaching Politics

Republican nominee pledges to repeal Johnson Amendment. But pastors debate endorsing politicians from pulpits.
Trump’s ‘Greatest Contribution to Christianity’: Pastors Preaching Politics
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Last night in his speech accepting the Republican party nomination for president, Donald Trump again called for a repeal of Lyndon B. Johnson’s ban on tax-exempt groups endorsing political candidates.

“At this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical community, ...

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Dobson Endorses Trump, While Evangelical Leaders Advise Voting for Lesser Evil

Pew tracks how many evangelicals came to pick Trump for president.
Dobson Endorses Trump, While Evangelical Leaders Advise Voting for Lesser Evil
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Donald Trump may not have gotten Ted Cruz’s endorsement last night. But today he picked up the endorsement of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.

“I am endorsing Donald J. Trump not only because of my apprehensions about Hillary Clinton and the damage she would ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Russia's Ban on Evangelism Is Now in Effect

But how strictly will it be enforced?
Russia's Ban on Evangelism Is Now in Effect
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Yesterday, Russia’s new anti-terrorism laws, which restrict Christians from evangelizing outside of their churches, went into effect.

The “Yarovaya package” requires missionaries to have permits, makes house churches illegal, and limits religious activity to ...

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| People; Research

How Perry Noble's Alcohol Firing by NewSpring Compares to Other Churches

Stats suggest a substantial number of pastors struggle with addiction, but are split on what to do about it.
How Perry Noble's Alcohol Firing by NewSpring Compares to Other Churches
NewSpring Church

Perry Noble asked his supporters at NewSpring Church to stand down this week.

“If you love me, be at NewSpring on Sunday, and the next Sunday, and the next Sunday,” said the founder and former senior pastor of the South Carolina megachurch, which claims 30,000 members ...

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| Family and Sexuality; Research

Where Evangelicals Stand on Transgender Morality

LifeWay Research looks at how Americans feel about changing genders.
Where Evangelicals Stand on Transgender Morality
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As politicians debate restroom access, employment protection, insurance coverage, and military service for transgender people, questions of morality have emerged.

Is it morally permissible for a doctor to remove healthy organs? Is it acceptable to give puberty-delaying drugs ...

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| Research

Pew: Most Evangelicals Will Vote Trump, But Not For Trump

With half of voters dissatisfied with both presidential candidates, white evangelicals primarily plan to oppose Clinton.
Pew: Most Evangelicals Will Vote Trump, But Not For Trump
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More than three-quarters of self-identified white evangelicals plan to vote for Donald Trump in the fall (78%). But they aren’t happy about it.

According to a Pew Research Center survey of 1,655 registered voters released today, more than half of white evangelicals said ...

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| Research

Emojis Reveal How Minorities Tweet the Bible Differently

Here are the Top 10 verses shared on Twitter with darker vs. lighter skin tones.
Emojis Reveal How Minorities Tweet the Bible Differently

“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”

If you have tweeted this Bible verse (Prov. 18:22, NIV) along with an emoji depicting a specific skin tone, there’s an 86 percent chance it had a darker skin tone rather than a lighter ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Russia's Newest Law: No Evangelizing Outside of Church

(UPDATE) Putin signs new restrictions that limit where and how Christians share the gospel.
Russia's Newest Law: No Evangelizing Outside of Church
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Update (July 8): This week, Russian president Vladimir Putin approved a package of anti-terrorism laws that usher in tighter restrictions on missionary activity and evangelism.

Despite prayers and protests from religious leaders and human rights advocates, the Kremlin announced ...

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A 'Romantic Way to Escape Persecution': Online Matchmaking

Persecution watchdog group hopes romantic connections between Western and Pakistani Christians could lead to asylum. Other persecution groups aren’t so sure.
A 'Romantic Way to Escape Persecution': Online Matchmaking
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An advocacy group for Pakistani Christians is now getting into the matchmaking business.

The British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) launched an online dating site in May to connect Pakistani Christians living all over the world.

Named for a common term for a South Asian ...

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| Church and State

Ken Ham's Enormous Ark Park Open for Business

(UPDATE) The boat's big debut comes five months after the park won up to $18 million in tax breaks.
Ken Ham's Enormous Ark Park Open for Business
Ark Encounter

Update: The Ark Encounter, a six-year, $100 million project by Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis ministry, opened its doors today. The 510-foot long, seven-story high boat is built to biblical proportions and sits on 800 acres in Williamstown, Kentucky.

Thousands came for the ...

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