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What to Give Up for Lent 2016? Consider Twitter's Top Ideas

Charting how Lenten abstinence has changed over time.
What to Give Up for Lent 2016? Consider Twitter's Top Ideas
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Jesus instructed his followers to pray and fast in secret. Someone tell Twitter.

For Lent last year, more than 400,000 people tweeted what they were giving up during the week of Ash Wednesday. The top five choices: School, chocolate, Twitter itself, alcohol, and social ...

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| Research; Theology

Super Bowl Theology: How Americans See God's Role in the Big Game

Surveys suggest Christians believe much more prosperity gospel than Calvinism is at play.
Super Bowl Theology: How Americans See God's Role in the Big Game
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American Christians apparently aren't Calvinists when it comes to football.

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“Our previous research has shown most Americans think God is concerned with their day-to-day decisions,” said Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research which conducted ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Pastor of China's Largest Church Jailed for Protesting Removal of 1,500 Crosses

Christian unity growing as government-approved churches no longer immune from persecution.
Pastor of China's Largest Church Jailed for Protesting Removal of 1,500 Crosses
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Until last month, Gu Yuese was the senior pastor at China’s largest government-approved Protestant church. In addition to his responsibilities at the Communist nation’s first megachurch—the 10,000-member Chongyi Church—Gu also held a leadership role ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

British Evangelicals Worried about Sunday School, Youth Group Raids

Plans to regulate extremist Muslim madrassas would also affect youth ministry, warns EAUK.
British Evangelicals Worried about Sunday School, Youth Group Raids
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Last summer, British prime minister David Cameron laid out a five-year plan to combat growing Islamist extremism.

But ambiguous language in one of the policies meant to regulate extremist Muslim schools has British evangelicals raising the red flag.

Calling a proposal ...

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| Research

Most Pastors Aren't Voting Trump as Primaries Approach

(UPDATED) In Iowa, evangelicals split caucus votes mostly between Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio.
Most Pastors Aren't Voting Trump as Primaries Approach
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Update (Feb. 2): Amid a record-setting turnout, Texas senator Ted Cruz won Monday's Iowa caucuses with 29% of the vote, followed by Donald Trump (24%) and Florida senator Marco Rubio (23%).

Among Republicans, The Washington Post found that "born-again or evangelical ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Court: Turkey Failed Malatya Martyrs and Must Pay Back Their Families

But it's not quite the good news Turkish Christians have been waiting for since 2007.
Court: Turkey Failed Malatya Martyrs and Must Pay Back Their Families
Morning Star News

The Turkish government neglected its duty to protect three Christians who were tortured and killed in 2007, a Turkish court ruled on Tuesday.

The Malatya Administrative Court has ordered the government to pay damages to the victims’ families, ruling that the Turkish ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Morocco Declaration: Muslim Nations Should Protect Christians from Persecution

In Marrakesh, hundreds of Muslim leaders release modern update to Muhammad’s Charter of Medina.
Morocco Declaration: Muslim Nations Should Protect Christians from Persecution
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For years, Texas megachurch pastor Bob Roberts has been buildingrelationships with Muslims. Last year, after Franklin Graham argued that the US government should ban Muslims from immigrating to America, the NorthWood Church leader joined Muslim leaders in denouncing the comments. ...

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| People; Research

As Falwell Favors Trump, Pew Says Most Americans Still Want a Religious President

(UPDATED) However, survey also finds Trump is one of few candidates who doesn't have to be religious to be deemed great.
As Falwell Favors Trump, Pew Says Most Americans Still Want a Religious President
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Update (Jan. 29): A new survey of Protestant pastors found that evangelical pastors prefer Ted Cruz (18%), Ben Carson (8%), and Marco Rubio (8%) for president. Donald Trump was only favored by 5 percent of Republican pastors, LifeWay Research found. Nearly half of all pastors ...

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| People

Jerry Falwell Jr. Endorses Donald Trump; Here's How Other Evangelicals Compare

(UPDATED) Yes, 'The Donald' draws five times more admiration than Billy Graham. But polls of religiosity and leaders tell a different tale.
Jerry Falwell Jr. Endorses Donald Trump; Here's How Other Evangelicals Compare
Kevin Manguiob/Liberty University

Update (Jan. 29): A new survey of Protestant pastors found that evangelical pastors prefer Ted Cruz (18%), Ben Carson (8%), and Marco Rubio (8%) for president. Donald Trump was only favored by 5 percent of Republican pastors, LifeWay Research found. Nearly half of all pastors ...

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| Family and Sexuality; Research

Here's How 770 Pastors Describe Their Struggle with Porn

More than half have wrestled with it, but less than 1 percent recommend telling their congregation.
Here's How 770 Pastors Describe Their Struggle with Porn
Barna Group

Most pastors have struggled with porn.

That’s according to an online study of nearly 3,000 adults, teenagers, and pastors by the Barna Group. The study included 432 pastors and 338 youth pastors, and was commissioned by Josh McDowell Ministry and Cru for an April ...

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