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Evangelicals Denounce Pay Day Lending, Join Fight for New Regulations

Unusual faith coalition calls on Congress to limit payday loans
Evangelicals Denounce Pay Day Lending, Join Fight for New Regulations
Courtesy of ERLC

Opponents of payday lending have a new ally in the fight against predatory lenders.

Leaders from the 15.7-million member Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

“We cannot sit by idly while some of the poorest among us are preyed on by people simply looking for a quick ...

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| Family and Sexuality; People

Josh Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' Apologizes, Resigns after Reports of Molesting 5 Young Girls

Police investigated sexual assaults in 2006, but no charges were brought against Duggar. TLC pulls program from its lineup.
Josh Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' Apologizes, Resigns after Reports of Molesting 5 Young Girls
Josh Duggar

Josh Duggar, 27, the eldest child in the Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting, apologized for acting “inexcusably” after InTouch, a gossip website, revealed that he had “forcibly fondled” 5 girls, all minors, when he was about 15 years old.

“Twelve ...

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| People; Research; Theology

Died: John ‘Jack’ Templeton Jr., Billionaire Philanthropist Who Backed Science-Religion Research

Leader died two days before $1.7 million Templeton Prize was awarded to Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche communities.
Died: John ‘Jack’ Templeton Jr., Billionaire Philanthropist Who Backed Science-Religion Research
Templeton Foundation

John “Jack” Templeton Jr., who took over the foundation that his wealthy investor father created in 1987, died on Saturday, May 16, at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He was 75.

The cause of death was cancer, according to a family member. Templeton died ...

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| Theology

Theology Feud Pits Half of Town's Protestant Churches Against Another

Coordinated sermon series against ‘progressive Christianity’ seeks to ‘demonstrate the unity of the body of Christ.’
Theology Feud Pits Half of Town's Protestant Churches Against Another

A feud over theology has led an unusual ecumenical project in a small Arizona town.

Eight churches—including Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and non-denominational congregations—in Fountain Hills have teamed up for a campaign of public banners and sermons aimed ...

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| International; People; Religious Freedom

Sister Momeka: Liberate Christian Lands from ISIS

(UPDATED) After State Department approves visit, nun tells US congressmen that Iraqi Christians wish to return home.
Sister Momeka: Liberate Christian Lands from ISIS
AsiaNews

The US State Department relented and Sister Diana Momeka received a vistor's visa to speak out about religious persecution in the Middle East at a congressional hearing earlier this week.

"Uprooted and forcefully displaced, we have realized that ISIS’s plan ...

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| People

Cancer Causes InterVarsity President Alec Hill to Leave Campus Ministry Early

Major campus ministry 'enters leadership transition.'
Cancer Causes InterVarsity President Alec Hill to Leave Campus Ministry Early
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

In the midst of moving its national office today, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship dropped some big news: President Alec Hill is leaving, after 14 years at the helm. And he's actually leaving nearly a year earlier than expected—due to cancer.

"We are deeply ...

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| Family and Sexuality

US House Bans 20-Week Abortions on Kermit Gosnell Anniversary

(UPDATED) Boehner calls bill 'the most pro-life legislation to ever come before this body.'
US House Bans 20-Week Abortions on Kermit Gosnell Anniversary
American Life League

Voting 242-184 and largely along party lines, the US House approved the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Wednesday, the second anniversary of abortionist Kermit Gosnell's conviction for murder.

Pro-life groups hailed the vote's life-saving potential. ...

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| Theology

Christian College President Quits After Attempted Layoff of Pro-Evolution Professor

(UPDATED) Biology faculty member says theology, less so evolution, played role in job elimination.
Christian College President Quits After Attempted Layoff of Pro-Evolution Professor
Nazarene.org

Update (May 14): Evolution was not the only issue that led to the attempted firing of Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) theology professor Tom Oord, says a biology professor at the Idaho Christian school.

Jennifer Chase said that no NNU administrators have criticized ...

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| Research

Pew: Evangelicals Stay Strong as Christianity Crumbles in America

Amid changing US religious landscape, Christians ‘decline sharply’ as unaffiliated rise. But born-again believers aren't to blame.
Pew: Evangelicals Stay Strong as Christianity Crumbles in America
CJF20/Flickr

The main methods for measuring American faith are flawed.

So thinks the Pew Research Center, which today released the second wave of a massive study designed to “fill the gap” left by the United States census (no questions on religion), the self-reporting of ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Angola Crackdown on Apocalyptic Christians Turns Deadly

Government closes churches, while politicians dispute whether 13 or hundreds of former Adventist's followers were killed.
Angola Crackdown on Apocalyptic Christians Turns Deadly
YouTube screenshot - Club-K Angola

Weeks after a military raid on a Christian camp left more than a dozen people dead, Angola has banned nine churches for failing to operate within the law.

Following the April 16 attack on the Light of the World community, led by former Seventh-day Adventist Jose Kalupeteka, ...

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