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Princeton Seminary Reforms Its Views on Honoring Tim Keller

School rescinds a major theology prize amid complaints over women’s ordination.
Princeton Seminary Reforms Its Views on Honoring Tim Keller
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The most popular Reformed preacher and author in America today is not eligible to receive Princeton Theological Seminary’s annual award in Reformed theology and public witness.

The mainline seminary reversed its decision to honor Tim Keller with a prize named for neo-Calvinist ...

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| People

ERLC Defends Russell Moore, Who Apologizes for His Role in Trump Divide

SBC agency says Moore’s job requires ‘speaking prophetically both to our culture and to our Convention.’
ERLC Defends Russell Moore, Who Apologizes for His Role in Trump Divide
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Russell Moore was just doing his job, according to his agency’s governing board.

But the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) still offered his second attempt at an apology for “my own role” in the continued division among Southern ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Russia’s Plan to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses Puts Evangelicals in a Tight Spot

Group gives Protestants competition for souls, but also an ally on religious freedom.
Russia’s Plan to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses Puts Evangelicals in a Tight Spot
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Jehovah’s Witnesses have never held much clout in Russia, where the Orthodox Church dominates both the religious and political landscape. But a government lawsuit now threatens any future for their faith in public life.

The door-to-door evangelists have historically served ...

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| International

Evangelical Leaders Challenge Trump’s ‘America First’ Budget

Group of 100 prominent Christians worry severe cuts to foreign aid will reverse progress at reducing poverty.
Evangelical Leaders Challenge Trump’s ‘America First’ Budget
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The leaders of America’s top evangelical aid groups and denominations urged Congress today to reject proposed cuts to foreign aid in a letter signed by more than 100 prominent Christians, including 2 of the 6 clergy who prayed at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. ...

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| Church and State; People

Twila Paris Defends Brother Indicted for Bribery at Christian College

(UPDATED) Ecclesia president accused of kickback scheme with Arkansas lawmakers. His board and family contend he's innocent.
Twila Paris Defends Brother Indicted for Bribery at Christian College
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The brother of singer-songwriter Twila Paris was indicted this month by an Arkansas grand jury for bribery.

Court documents allege that Oren Paris III traded money to state lawmakers in exchange for grants to Ecclesia College, where he is president.

Paris has said he is innocent, ...

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| Research

Trump’s Policies Are Keeping Hispanics Away from Church

Pew finds fear even among 7 in 10 Christian green card holders.
Trump’s Policies Are Keeping Hispanics Away from Church
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America’s Hispanic churches feel the impact of President Donald Trump’s immigration initiatives in their pews each week.

They’ve seen a drop in attendance as some immigrants stay home rather than risk getting arrested on the way to Sunday services. Pastors find ...

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| People

Russell Moore Still Has a Job, Though 100 Churches Have Threatened to Pull SBC Funds

Meeting between ERLC president and Southern Baptist leader Frank Page results in ‘mutual understanding,’ not a firing.
Russell Moore Still Has a Job, Though 100 Churches Have Threatened to Pull SBC Funds
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Russell Moore still has his job, after today’s much-discussed meeting with Southern Baptist leader Frank Page.

“We deepened our friendship and developed mutual understanding on ways we believe will move us forward as a network of churches,” wrote Moore and Page ...

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| International

Kidnapped Samaritan’s Purse Workers Freed Amid South Sudan Famine

(UPDATED) Eight staff members found safe and relocated.
Kidnapped Samaritan’s Purse Workers Freed Amid South Sudan Famine
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Update (March 14): The Samaritan’s Purse staff members taken by armed rebels in South Sudan were released today. All eight kidnapped aid workers are now on their way to a safe location.

The Christian aid group said it was “thankful to God” for the safe release ...

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Too Public Baptism: Ex-Muslim Loses Lawsuit Against Church

Oklahoma Supreme Court rules against convert tortured in Syria after Tulsa church publicized his conversion online.
Too Public Baptism: Ex-Muslim Loses Lawsuit Against Church
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It’s the stuff of Sherlock Holmes. Or of church nightmares.

After a Syrian Muslim man converted to Christianity, he asked to be baptized by First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. The pastor agreed, and on December 30, 2012, the man was baptized in front of the PC(USA) congregation. ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

China Kicks Out Korean Missionaries in 'Unprecedented' Numbers

Scores of Protestants expelled near North Korean border as tensions rise over THAAD missile defense system.
China Kicks Out Korean Missionaries in 'Unprecedented' Numbers
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In the past few months, China has expelled dozens of South Korean missionaries from Jilin, a northeastern province that neighbors North Korea.

News media reported the raids, with estimates of the total expulsions ranging from 30 to 70.

"Chinese authorities raided the homes ...

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