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| Church and State; Religious Freedom

Houston Mayor Drops Pastor Subpoenas

National debate over religious freedom prompts withdrawal.
Houston Mayor Drops Pastor Subpoenas
Ed Schipul / Flickr

Update (Oct. 29): Houston mayor Annise Parker announced Wednesday morning that she is directing America's fourth-largest city to rescind subpoenas issued to five local pastors.

The decision came a day after Parker met with Houston pastors (including Chris Seay, who ...

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| International; People; Religious Freedom

Winter Is Coming: Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Launch $25 Million Plan To Help Christians in Iraq and Syria

Powerhouse TV Christian couple partner with Muslim king to address 'crisis in the cradle of Christianity.'
Winter Is Coming: Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Launch $25 Million Plan To Help Christians in Iraq and Syria
Courtesy of IGE

Walking the streets of Irbil, Johnnie Moore was struck by what he saw.

"Christians were everywhere: on the streets, in abandoned buildings, in canvas tents that are not water-proof or winterized," the former Liberty University chaplain and spokesman wrote of his ...

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Asia Bibi's Death Sentence Upheld by Lahore High Court

Supreme Court appeal likely to delay outcome for 3 more years
Asia Bibi's Death Sentence Upheld by Lahore High Court
STR/ Pakistan / Corbis

Asia Bibi’s death sentence was upheld by the Lahore High Court in Pakistan on Thursday. Bibi, a Roman Catholic mother of five also known as Aasiya Noreen, was sentenced to die in 2010 after she was convicted of blasphemy. Bibi’s Muslim coworkers accused her of ...

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Patrick Henry College President Resigns Amid Board Disagreement

Walker: "The Board and I have simply decided that sometimes it is best to agree to disagree."
Patrick Henry College President Resigns Amid Board Disagreement
Wikipedia

Patrick Henry College’s second president, Graham Walker, has resigned.

“The Board and I have simply decided that sometimes it is best to agree to disagree, in a healthy and amicable way as fellow servants of Christ,” Walker told an all-campus meeting on ...

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| People

CCCU Settles Lawsuit with Fired Former President

'Philosophical differences over leadership approach' cited as why Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and Edward O. Blews Jr. 'parted ways.'
CCCU Settles Lawsuit with Fired Former President

Today the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and Edward O. Blews Jr. announced the settlement of the former president's lawsuit over how he was fired. The terms of the agreement, which comes roughly one year after Blews was unanimously removed 10 months ...

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You Can Now Hold 1,000 Bible Translations in the Palm of Your Hand

YouVersion and 150 partners celebrate milestone, yet 80 percent of world's languages still missing.
You Can Now Hold 1,000 Bible Translations in the Palm of Your Hand
YouVersion

Today 7 out of 10 of the world's inhabitants can read the Bible in their own language on a digital device, thanks to partnerships between YouVersion and more than 150 Bible publishers and translation agencies.

The YouVersion Bible App, downloaded more than 150 million ...

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| Church and State; Research

Increasingly, Religious 'Nones' Support Pastors Preaching Politics on Pulpit Freedom Sunday

On eve of seventh Sunday protest, here's what surveys suggest Americans think.
Increasingly, Religious 'Nones' Support Pastors Preaching Politics on Pulpit Freedom Sunday
Alliance Defending Freedom

As almost 1,500 pastors attempt to provoke the IRS this Sunday by preaching political messages from their pulpits, a recent survey finds that Americans increasingly agree they should have such a right—including the religiously unaffiliated.

This weekend will be the ...

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| Family and Sexuality

Gordon College Studies Same-Sex Behavior Ban Amid Accreditation Questions

School says "period of discernment" focused on pastoral response, not changing conduct policy.
Gordon College Studies Same-Sex Behavior Ban Amid Accreditation Questions
Courtesy of Gordon College

Gordon College will spend the next year studying current campus policies on same-sex behavior, the college and its regional accreditation board announced.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) discussed whether Gordon’s prohibition on "homosexual ...

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| Research; Theology

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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