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The Christian Case for Nigeria's New Muslim President

Christians were concerned about corruption, Boko Haram, and the last election's retaliatory violence.
The Christian Case for Nigeria's New Muslim President
Ben Curtis / AP

Nigeria’s newest president is Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim endorsed by Christian leaders who hope he can combat corruption and sectarian terrorism.

A former general who ruled Nigeria for a short time after a military coup in the 1980s, Buhari beat out incumbent Goodluck ...

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| Family and Sexuality; International

One-Child Policy Tweak Fails in China

There are 116 boys to 100 girls nationwide. Forced abortions, sterilizations are still widespread.
One-Child Policy Tweak Fails in China
Courtesy, K.Belletje

Two years ago, China relaxed its controversial one-child policy, allowing up to 11 million couples have a second child. But only 470,000 babies were born as a result, representing just 10 percent of eligible couples.

In mid-March, Premier Li Keqiang in a once-per-year meeting ...

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| Church and State

Death Penalty Repeal Gains Support from Latino Evangelical Coalition

Leaders say 'death penalty is plagued by racial and economic disparities.'
Death Penalty Repeal Gains Support from Latino Evangelical Coalition
Courtesy, Brookings

A national network of 3,000 Latino evangelical churches is throwing its weight behind a ban on the death penalty. The announcement came two days after Pope Francis made his strongest statement yet against capital punishment.

“After prayer, reflection, and dialog with ...

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| Church and State

Supreme Court Lets Ban on Churches in NYC Schools Stand

Bronx Household of Faith gets bad news before Easter Sunday.
Supreme Court Lets Ban on Churches in NYC Schools Stand
Alliance Defending Freedom

New York City's ban on religious groups renting public schools for worship will remain in place, after the US Supreme Court declined this morning to hear a church's appeal of a lower court's decision.

Today’s move marks the second time in the past four ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

New Evidence of War Crimes, Genocide against Iraqi Christians, Yazidis

More than 100 witnesses come forward detailing 'unspeakable brutality.'
New Evidence of War Crimes, Genocide against Iraqi Christians, Yazidis
Courtesy, AINA

“ISIL systematically separated the men from the women and young children. The men were subsequently taken away to nearby ditches and summarily executed. The mission obtained credible reports about the rape of young girls, including nine and six year-olds. Thirteen teenage ...

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| People

Russell Moore and John Perkins Reflect on Racism at ERLC Summit

'I could have never known that we would be sitting here together,' said Perkins to fellow Mississippi native.
Russell Moore and John Perkins Reflect on Racism at ERLC Summit
Alli Rader

Growing up in Mississippi, 84-year-old John Perkins recalls seeing signs on Baptist churches that read “Everybody welcome.”

Everyone, that is, except Perkins and other African Americans.

“I could have never known that we would be sitting here together, ...

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| Church and State; Family and Sexuality

Revisiting Evangelicals' Favorite Same-Sex Marriage Laws

Indiana draws criticism while Utah draws praise in latest attempts to balance religious and gay rights.
Revisiting Evangelicals' Favorite Same-Sex Marriage Laws
Shaun Fisher/Flickr, Richie Diesterheft/Flickr

When it comes to balancing the rights of religious and LGBT individuals, there’s a big difference when lawmakers versus judges make the attempt.

The latest case studies: Indiana and Utah.

On Wednesday, Indiana became the 20th state to pass a state-version of the ...

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| Theology

Heaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores

(UPDATED) LifeWay responds to Southern Baptist resolution on 'the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.'
Heaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores
Courtesy of LifeWay

NASHVILLE (BP) — LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife."

LifeWay ...

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Attempt to Market Anti-Porn Ministry to Mark Driscoll Fans Goes Bad

(UPDATE) Former Mars Hill spokesperson sold Resurgence mailing list without permission.
Attempt to Market Anti-Porn Ministry to Mark Driscoll Fans Goes Bad
Facebook screenshot / XXXchurch

Update (Apr. 1): A Mars Hill-owned mailing list at the heart of a failed direct marketing campaign last week was apparently sold illegally.

Justin Dean, a former Mars Hill staff member who apologized for distributing the Resurgence list of 90,000 church leaders, now admits ...

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| Church and State; International; People

Terrorism Charge Snares Prominent American Missionary

If Christian broadcaster Stendal goes on trial in Colombia, missions work nationwide may be at risk.
Terrorism Charge Snares Prominent American Missionary
Deann Alford

Is Russ Stendal, the famed missionary to FARC terrorists in South America, actually El Gringo, a terrorist leader seeking the overthrow of Colombia’s government?

That question is before a three-judge panel, based on allegations from Carlos Manuel Silva, chief sectional ...

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