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Behind Ferguson: How Black and White Christians Think Differently About Race

Findings from significant study of religion and race in America inform debate over reactions to Michael Brown's death.
Behind Ferguson: How Black and White Christians Think Differently About Race
Christianity Today

As protests and vigils have become daily occurences in Ferguson, Missouri, so have online debates over how black and white Christians have (broadly speaking) reacted differently since teenager Michael Brown was killed by police officer Darren Wilson in a St. Louis suburb ...

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Eli Lilly’s Church Claims JP Morgan Chase Mismanaged Millions

Pastor-supporting philanthropist’s 'religious home' alleges it lost $13 million from bank’s big fees and bad investments.
Eli Lilly’s Church Claims JP Morgan Chase Mismanaged Millions
Thomas Belknap/Flickr

Eli Lilly, Jr., of Eli Lilly and Co. pharmaceutical company and the Lilly Endowment, was baptized, sang in the youth choir, and served as an adult at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis.

Now the church has filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase after the bank’s ...

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| International

Ebola Keeps Mercy Ships, African Evangelical Leaders Away from West Africa

'This type of contagious situation is unprecedented' in past two decades, says medical ministry.
Ebola Keeps Mercy Ships, African Evangelical Leaders Away from West Africa
Mercy Ships

The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed 1,145 people so far, is causing Christian ministries to cancel or postpone activity in the region.

Yesterday the African Evangelical Association, a continent-wide group of pastors, educators, and Christian leaders, ...

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| Family and Sexuality; People

Worship Songwriter Vicky Beeching Comes Out as Gay

The CCM worship world has its Jennifer Knapp moment.
Worship Songwriter Vicky Beeching Comes Out as Gay
Nicholas Dawkes / VickyBeeching.com

A popular writer and singer of CCM worship songs, Vicky Beeching, came out as gay Wednesday in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Independent.

“What Jesus taught was a radical message of welcome and inclusion and love,” said the 35-year-old Anglican, who ...

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| Family and Sexuality; International; People

Top UK Christian Singer Investigated for Alleged Sex Abuse at 1985 Billy Graham Crusade

Sir Cliff Richard, who denies allegations as 'completely false,' is latest British celebrity affected by Jimmy Savile fallout.
Top UK Christian Singer Investigated for Alleged Sex Abuse at 1985 Billy Graham Crusade
Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer/Flickr

In the wake of allegations that Jimmy Savile, the late UK broadcaster, sexually abused dozens of children, British police today searched a residence of a top Christian entertainer. Sir Cliff Richard is alleged to have sexually abused a 16-year-old boy around the time Richard ...

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| People

LifeWay Stops Selling Mark Driscoll's Books at 180 Christian Stores

(UPDATED) Southern Baptist chain decides to 'assess the situation regarding his ministry.'
LifeWay Stops Selling Mark Driscoll's Books at 180 Christian Stores
Tyler Merbler/Flickr; Mars Hill Church

Update (Aug. 12): One of Mark Driscoll's advisers who recently resigned, Paul Tripp, stated today that Mars Hill's accountability model "will never be able to do what it was designed to do."

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[Updated with past Tyndale defense of Driscoll and Publishers ...

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| People

Acts 29 Removes Mars Hill, Asks Mark Driscoll To Step Down and Seek Help

(UPDATED) Mars Hill cancels Resurgence conference. Paul Tripp says Driscoll's accountability model will never work. Board insists 'making real progress' on problems.
Acts 29 Removes Mars Hill, Asks Mark Driscoll To Step Down and Seek Help
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Update (Aug. 15): Mars Hill has canceled its 2014 Resurgence Conference, which was to be held October 28-29 and included recently resigned board members Paul Tripp and James MacDonald as speakers.

"The Resurgence Conference has always been born out of our love of Jesus ...

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Islamic State Seizes Iraq's Christian Capital: Qaraqosh

Another mass exodus as 100,000 displaced Christians seek safety in Kurdish cities.
Islamic State Seizes Iraq's Christian Capital: Qaraqosh
Mohammed Al-Mosuli/EPA

Islamic State militants seized control of the "Christian capital of Iraq,” Qaraqosh, and nearby Christian villages last night. The land grab sent has sent an estimated one-fourth of Iraq's remaining Christians fleeing.

"An exodus, a real via crucis ... ...

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Suicide of Pastor's Kid Prompts (Some) Soul-Searching Among Ergun Caner Critics

(UPDATED) After death of 15-year-old Braxton Caner, the online Christian watchdog world assesses whether one of its own went too far.
Suicide of Pastor's Kid Prompts (Some) Soul-Searching Among Ergun Caner Critics
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Update (Aug. 11): A "broken" J. D. Hall offered a lengthy confession to his Montana congregation on Sunday, expressing sorrow that his interaction with Braxton Caner was "adversarial rather than pastoral" and explaining his intention to "back away" ...

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| International; People

China Frees Gao Zhisheng: Top 10 Lawyer Now Country's Persecuted 'Conscience'

(UPDATED) China watchers worry Christian human rights activist will be subject to house arrest.
China Frees Gao Zhisheng: Top 10 Lawyer Now Country's Persecuted 'Conscience'
Courtesy, Epoch Times

China has released renowned human rights activist Gao Zhisheng, according to Western journalists who spoke to Gao's brother in China today.

The BBC reported:

Gao Zhiyu said his brother left prison on Thursday morning and is now at his father-in-law's home in ...

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