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New Poverty-Fighting Alliance Launches

World Relief, Germany-based PartnerAid combine to grow programs, donor base.
New Poverty-Fighting Alliance Launches
Courtesy of World Relief

Two influential poverty-fighting agencies are taking their efforts to the next level. To serve impoverished peoples more effectively, World Relief today announced plans to join forces with another, considerably smaller, Christian nonprofit—Germany-based PartnerAid.

Since ...

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| Research

Bible Society Takes 'More Accurate and Hopeful' Stance on Scripture Skeptics

(UPDATED) No more 'Bible antagonists,' among many findings in this year's ABS/Barna 'State of the Bible' report.
Bible Society Takes 'More Accurate and Hopeful' Stance on Scripture Skeptics
American Bible Society - Barna Group

Update (Apr. 10): After releasing their 2014 report, ABS and Barna decided to soften the language used to describe Americans who are least engaged with the Bible.

The groups have "renamed the category formerly known as 'Bible Antagonists' as 'Bible Skeptics,' ...

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| People

Popular Pastor Resigns after 'Moral Failure,' But Followers Still Want His Sermons

Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale explains why it took down Bob Coy's teachings on marriage.
Popular Pastor Resigns after 'Moral Failure,' But Followers Still Want His Sermons
Screenshot - iTunes

Bob Coy, host of one of iTunes most-popular podcasts on Christianity and known for his teaching on marriage, has resigned as longtime leader of one of America's largest multisite churches after confessing to a "moral failing."

One interesting trend among the ...

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Crimea Adoptions to Americans Blocked by Russia

(UPDATED) Ukraine has replaced Russia as No. 3 source of U.S. adoptions. But Crimea crisis has Christian alliance preparing evacuation plan for 4,000 orphans.
Crimea Adoptions to Americans Blocked by Russia
Courtesy of New Life Ministries

[Updated with stats and evacuation plan from Ukraine Without Orphans.]

Last year, Ukraine replaced Russia as the third-largest source of international adoptions by American families. Russia had ranked No. 3 or higher since 1999 (see charts below), but recently banned U.S. ...

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| Theology

March Madness Won't End Monday, Thanks to Lent

Saints facing single-elimination in Lent Madness tournament include many names evangelicals will recognize.
March Madness Won't End Monday, Thanks to Lent
Courtesy of Adam Thomas/Lent Madness

March Madness may be coming to a close. But single-elimination competition won't end with Monday's NCAA men's national championship—thanks to Lent.

Or rather, Lent Madness. Launched in 2010 by a Massachusetts pastor, Tim Schenck, the bracket offers a unique ...

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Court Lets NYC Ban Worship Services in Public Schools

More than 150 churches once rented space in New York schools. But legal saga continues.
Court Lets NYC Ban Worship Services in Public Schools
Wikimedia Commons

Church evictions from New York City public schools were condemned last year by city council members. But yesterday, an appeals court once again ruled NYC's ban on churches renting public schools for worship services is constitutional.

While the rule doesn't exclude ...

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| Church and State

Obamacare's Bump: More Christians Now Sharing Health Care Costs

Christian alternatives to traditional insurance see surge in enrollments.
Obamacare's Bump: More Christians Now Sharing Health Care Costs
Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries

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In the months leading up to the March 31 deadline, tens of thousands of Christians opted for faith-based insurance alternatives, where believers contribute a monthly share toward paying for each others' health care costs.

Month-over-month enrollments doubled and ...

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| Family and Sexuality; International

U.S. Christian Couple Convicted in Qatar of Adopted Daughter's Death

Prosecutors insist Huangs murdered Ghanaian daughter to harvest her organs. Defenders explain why Americans adopt at-risk kids.
U.S. Christian Couple Convicted in Qatar of Adopted Daughter's Death
Courtesy of Free Matt and Grace

An American couple living in Qatar has been convicted of the death of their adopted daughter and sentenced to three years in prison.

CT previously reported how Qatari officials accused Matthew and Grace Huang of starving Gloria, who died suddenly last January, in order ...

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Evangelicals Back Peace Pact with Islamic Rebels in Philippines

President Aquino, Moro leader Ebrahim end decades of bloody conflict.
Evangelicals Back Peace Pact with Islamic Rebels in Philippines
Malacanang Photo Bureau

Evangelical, Roman Catholic, and Islamic leaders in the Philippines are hailing today's signing of historic peace accords to end decades of conflict between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Among the dignitaries at the event was Bishop Efraim ...

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| Church and State

Why Hobby Lobby Is This Year's Supreme Court Case To Watch

(UPDATED) Tuesday's Green family appeal has religious liberty, corporate law, and Obamacare contraception all at stake.
Why Hobby Lobby Is This Year's Supreme Court Case To Watch
Alliance Defending Freedom and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

When Hobby Lobby makes its case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, conservative Christians won't be the only ones paying attention.

After a year and a half of opposing the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate, the evangelical-owned craft store chain ...

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