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Baptist Pastors Won’t Hear Ben Carson after Young Pastors Object

Concerns over theology and politics lead likely presidential candidate to back out of major Southern Baptist conference.
Baptist Pastors Won’t Hear Ben Carson after Young Pastors Object
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Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon turned pundit, has backed out of plans to speak at a major gathering of evangelical pastors this summer.

Carson, who will likely run for president, had been scheduled to appear in June at the annual Southern Baptist Pastors Conference ...

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| International

Turkish and Armenian Christians Reconcile on Genocide Anniversary

Televised prayers at Yerevan memorial cap an unprecedented effort at forgiveness.
Turkish and Armenian Christians Reconcile on Genocide Anniversary
Ricardo Pessoa / World Watch Monitor

(WWM) “We came to share your pain,” Turkish Christians declared in early April, standing before TV cameras at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan.

“We have come here to apologize for what our ancestors did, to ask for your forgiveness,” two ...

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| Family and Sexuality; Theology

Evangelicals Unite as Mennonites Mull How to Keep Peace over Sexuality

Conservatives announce alternative to Mennonite Church USA: Evana.
Evangelicals Unite as Mennonites Mull How to Keep Peace over Sexuality
Screenshot of Evana website

In a move reminiscent of the splintering of Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Lutherans in America, a new network of churches is organizing itself as a conservative alternative to the Mennonite Church USA (MC USA).

This month, the group announced its name: Evana, a combination ...

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Atheists Outnumber Southern Baptists in US Military

Yet Southern Baptists still provide by far the most chaplains.
Atheists Outnumber Southern Baptists in US Military
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Likely presidential candidate and former Southern Baptist pastor Mike Huckabee recently urged Christians to stay out of the military until after the next election, saying they are no longer welcome.

“Why would they want to be in a military that would be openly hostile ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

More Martyrs: ISIS Executes Dozens of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

Propaganda video released the same day Justin Welby arrives in Cairo to honor the previous 21 victims.
More Martyrs: ISIS Executes Dozens of Ethiopian Christians in Libya
Mosa'ab Elshamy / AP Images

Once again, ISIS has orchestrated and filmed the dramatic mass killing of African Christians who refuse to deny their faith.

This time, the approximately 28 men targeted by the Libya affiliate of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as Daesh) were Ethiopian Christians. ...

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| International

Muslim Migrants Throw Christians Overboard into Mediterranean

Religion involved for first time in common yet deadly sea crossings from Africa to Italy.
Muslim Migrants Throw Christians Overboard into Mediterranean
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Fifteen Muslim migrants face charges of murder fueled by religious hatred after allegedly throwing a dozen Christian migrants overboard this week during a sea crossing from northern Africa to Italy.

Refugees who survived the crossing “burst into tears” as they ...

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| People

Died: Billy Ray Hearn, CCM Pioneer Who Discovered Amy Grant, Keith Green, and Steven Curtis Chapman

Michael Card, Twila Paris, and other stars of contemporary Christian music pay tribute to Sparrow Records founder.
Died: Billy Ray Hearn, CCM Pioneer Who Discovered Amy Grant, Keith Green, and Steven Curtis Chapman
Gospel Music Association

Billy Ray Hearn, a pioneer of contemporary Christian music (CCM), died Wednesday.

Hearn, 85, launched the careers of Amy Grant, Keith Green, Steven Curtis Chapman, and BeBe and CeCe Winans.

“He was the first true label A&R (artist and repertoire) guy who started ...

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| Research

Having Gay Friends Changes Evangelicals' Minds on Marriage, But Not Morality

LifeWay looks at how many support legal same-sex unions they view as sinful.
Having Gay Friends Changes Evangelicals' Minds on Marriage, But Not Morality
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One simple question often determines how Americans view same-sex marriage: “Do you have gay or lesbian friends?”

Those who do have such friends are twice as likely to say same-sex marriage should be legal as those who do not, according to a phone survey of 2,000 ...

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| International

Europe’s ‘Unlikely Bible Belt’ Officially Disappears

Few Crimean religious groups recognized under Russian rule.
Europe’s ‘Unlikely Bible Belt’ Officially Disappears
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There were 1,546 official religious groups in Crimea when citizens of that region voted overwhelmingly last year to leave Ukraine and join Russia.

Today only about 14 remain, according to the religious liberty watchdog group Forum 18.

Under rules imposed last fall, all ...

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Court Tells North Korea to Pay US Family $330 Million for Missionary's Death

Israeli lawyers help family of man once rooted for by Obama.
Court Tells North Korea to Pay US Family $330 Million for Missionary's Death
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The family of an American missionary kidnapped by North Korea found justice this week, with the help of a group of Israeli legal activists.

A federal district court in Washington, D.C., ordered the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to pay $330 million in damages ...

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