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| Church and State; People

Trump Stacks Prayer Service Lineup with Evangelicals

Southern Baptists, Graham granddaughter to pray at Saturday’s National Cathedral event.

Donald Trump has tapped a record number of evangelical leaders to participate in the interfaith prayer service held at the Washington National Cathedral the day after his inauguration.

The National Prayer Service, hosted at the Episcopal cathedral Saturday morning, will feature ...

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| Family and Sexuality; Research

America's Abortion Rate Hits All-Time Low

Less than 1 million pregnancies terminated for first time since 1975.
America's Abortion Rate Hits All-Time Low
Guttmacher Institute

The abortion rate in the United States declined to an all-time low, while the number of lethal procedures dropped below a million for the first time since 1975, according to a new report.

The Guttmacher Institute reported Tuesday (Jan. 17) the rate fell to 14.6 abortions per ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Compassion Has 'Very Little Hope' for India, Sets Deadline to Shut Down Sponsorships

About 145,000 children have already lost its assistance with food, education, and health care.
Compassion Has 'Very Little Hope' for India, Sets Deadline to Shut Down Sponsorships
Compassion International

“We want to be honest with you, there is very little hope.”

So wrote Compassion International to its 130,000 sponsors of Indian children this past Friday.

One week after sharing the good news of four nations no longer needing child sponsors due to the passion of millennials, ...

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| Research

How Black and White Christians Do Discipleship Differently

Survey: African Americans value spiritual formation in community, while whites prefer the opposite.

When it comes to spiritual formation and discipleship, African American Christians are in it together.

Black believers are more likely to position their growth in Christ in the context of community and fellowship, while white Christians take a more individualized approach, according ...

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| People

16 Scholars, Authors, and Celebs Evangelicals Lost in 2016

Remembering Thomas Oden, Peter Wagner, Cliff Barrows, Gordon Lewis, and others.
16 Scholars, Authors, and Celebs Evangelicals Lost in 2016

A collection of CT obituaries and tributes in 2016, listed in chronological order.

Antonin Scalia: Devout Christian, Worldly Judge
A faithful man lives out his faith on the bench with restraint.

Charles C. Ryrie, Theologian Whose Study Bible Shaped Dispensationalism The 90-year-old ...

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| Religious Freedom

No Middle Ground: Evangelical Leaders Reject Compromise on LGBT and Religious Rights

Scores sign statement against SOGI protections.

Compromises designed to safeguard both religious freedoms and LGBT rights won’t fly among many of America’s most influential conservative Christians.

Leaders from nearly 90 evangelical seminaries, publications, ministries, and churches—as well as Catholic and ...

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| International; Religious Freedom; Research

‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian

Islamic extremism now has a rival, according to 2017 World Watch List.
‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian
Open Doors

For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another record high.

But the primary cause, Islamic extremism, now has a rival: ethnic nationalism.

Thus, Asia increasingly merits concern alongside the Middle East, according to the 2017 World ...

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| International; Research

The Favorite Bible Verses of 88 Nations

Israel and Afghanistan favor the same verse. So do Italy and Saudi Arabia.
The Favorite Bible Verses of 88 Nations
YouVersion

Zechariah 14:9 doesn’t show up often on lists of favorite Bible verses.

“The Lord will be king over the whole earth,” it reads in the New International Version of the Bible. “On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.”

But last ...

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| International; People

The World’s Most Outstanding Medical Missionary

Burundi surgeon wins $500,000 prize for service in 2016’s hungriest country.
The World’s Most Outstanding Medical Missionary
African Mission Healthcare Foundation

A missionary surgeon to one of the world’s poorest countries has won the first-ever $500,000 Gerson L’Chaim prize for outstanding Christian medical service.

Jason Fader, whose parents were also medical missionaries, is 1 of 13 surgeons serving the 10 million people ...

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Passion Students Sponsor Every Compassion Child in Four Countries

Attendees at 50,000-strong conference commit to financially support 7,000 children in developing world.
Passion Students Sponsor Every Compassion Child in Four Countries
Brooke Bennett / Passion

In the largest surge of sponsorships in Compassion International’s 65-year history, 18- to 25-year-olds at the 2017 Passion Conference last week erased the list of children waiting for sponsors in El Salvador, Indonesia, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

Then they sponsored 900 more ...

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