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What Americans Pray For and Against (Per Max Lucado's LifeWay Survey)

Research reveals top topics and how often people say prayers are answered.
What Americans Pray For and Against (Per Max Lucado's LifeWay Survey)
Harley Pebley/Flickr

When God answers prayer, he tends to do it in the South.

At least, so say Americans who participated in a new poll from LifeWay Research sponsored by popular pastor and author Max Lucado. Southerners (31 percent) are twice as likely as Northeasterners (15 percent) to say ...

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| People

Chuck Smith's Daughter Sues Calvary Chapel over Founder's Last Days

(UPDATED) Children reportedly divided on allegations over who should control megachurch pastor's sermons.
Chuck Smith's Daughter Sues Calvary Chapel over Founder's Last Days
Courtesy of Calvary Chapel

[Updated re: intellectual property dispute and CCCM statement]

The daughter of Chuck Smith, the late Calvary Chapel movement founder, has filed a lawsuit against her father's California church and his successor, Brian Brodersen, claiming that Brodersen's actions ...

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| People

T. D. Jakes Threatens To Sue Rappers for Sampling His Sermon

Megachurch pastor's unauthorized appearance in Jeezy’s 'Holy Ghost' remix is latest debate over intellectual property rights of pastors.
T. D. Jakes Threatens To Sue Rappers for Sampling His Sermon
T.D. Jakes Ministries / Facebook

A new remix from rappers Jeezy and Kendrick Lamar opens with another voice: the familiar preaching cadence of megachurch pastor T. D. Jakes.

Jakes’s Dallas-based ministry announced last week they will go after the song’s creators for using the sermon excerpt ...

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| International; People; Religious Freedom

U.S. Visited by Only Politician Ever Banned Over Religious Freedom Violations: India's Modi

Meanwhile, Indian Christians prepare to protest persecution surge from prime minister's first 100 days in office.
U.S. Visited by Only Politician Ever Banned Over Religious Freedom Violations: India's Modi
Global Panorama/Flickr

Today the only person ever banned by the United States because of alleged religious freedom violations—India’s newly-elected prime minister, Narendra Modi—will begin a four-day tour on American shores.

After Modi failed to prevent the riot deaths of 1,000 ...

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| International; People; Religious Freedom

New Iran Bible Debuts as 460 Prayer Vigils Seek To 'Save Saeed'

(UPDATED) Bad news for prominent pastor imprisoned in Iran comes amid good news for Persian Christians at large.
New Iran Bible Debuts as 460 Prayer Vigils Seek To 'Save Saeed'
Screenshot of Save Saeed campaign

Update (Sept. 29): World Watch Monitor reports on the new translation of the Bible into modern Persian and how some of its contributors were martyred.

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Two years ago, Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini made one of his frequent trips to Iran. A convert from Islam to Christianity, ...

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| People

NIV Bible Publisher Picks Persecuted Church Advocate as CEO

Carl Moeller, formerly of Open Doors USA and Saddleback Church, turns his attention to Biblica.
NIV Bible Publisher Picks Persecuted Church Advocate as CEO
Twitter screenshot

The former president of Open Doors USA will soon lead the New International Version’s publishing company. Biblica has selected former pastor and ministry leader Carl Moeller to replace outgoing CEO Doug Lockhart, effective October 14.

“[Moeller's] unique ...

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| People

Christian Pundit Dinesh D'Souza Sentenced to 5 Years Probation

Former president of The King's College avoids prison time for campaign finance violations.
Christian Pundit Dinesh D'Souza Sentenced to 5 Years Probation
Courtesy: Dineshdsouza.com

Update, Tues., Sept. 23, 2014

Dinesh D'Souza isn't going to prison. The famed conservative writer and now filmmaker was in US District Court in New York this afternoon for sentencing after his May court appearance in which he pleaded guilty to a single count of ...

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| Family and Sexuality; Research

1 in 4 Pastors Have Struggled with Mental Illness, Finds LifeWay and Focus on the Family

Family ministry has LifeWay Research examine how well (or not well) churches address mental health.
1 in 4 Pastors Have Struggled with Mental Illness, Finds LifeWay and Focus on the Family
LifeWay Research

[Updated with Ed Stetzer quotes]

Your pastor is just as likely to experience mental illness as any other American, according to a LifeWay Research survey commissioned by Focus on the Family.

Nearly 1 in 4 pastors (23 percent) acknowledge they have “personally struggled ...

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| Church and State; Family and Sexuality; Research

Pew Surprised by How Many Americans Want Religion Back in Politics

Fresh stats on who thinks churches should endorse candidates, whether homosexual behavior is a sin, and has it gotten harder to be an evangelical.
Pew Surprised by How Many Americans Want Religion Back in Politics
Pew Research Center

More Americans want more religion in politics, according to a new Pew Research Center study exploring the "growing appetite" for churches endorsing political candidates and other intersections of church and state.

While three out of four Americans (72%, a record ...

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| Church and State; International

What Evangelicals Think About Scotland's Independence Vote

(UPDATED) After narrow "No" vote, Scottish evangelicals say churches will take lead in building the 'new Scotland.'
What Evangelicals Think About Scotland's Independence Vote
Evangelical Alliance Scotland

Update (Sept 19): A narrow majority of Scottish voters (55%) voted no Thursday on independence from the United Kingdom. In the wake of the contentious referendum—which saw more than 80 percent of voters participate—the Evangelical Alliance Scotland called for ...

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