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Leading Lawyer Defending Crosses in ‘China’s Jerusalem’ Jailed Before Meeting US Ambassador

Zhang Kai among 270 people detained or arrested.
Leading Lawyer Defending Crosses in ‘China’s Jerusalem’ Jailed Before Meeting US Ambassador
Courtesy of AsiaNews

China has arrested the leader of “Lawyers for Protection of the Cross.” The group defends churches whose crosses have been forcibly removed amid a government campaign to strip skylines of Christian symbols.

Zhang Kai is the latest of more than 250 attorneys, ...

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| Research

The One Percent: Why So Few Pastors Quit A 'Brutal Job'

How 1,500 ministers feel about their past pulpits and current churches.
The One Percent: Why So Few Pastors Quit A 'Brutal Job'
Dennis Skley / Flickr

Though pastors are stressed by overwhelming ministry demands and low salaries, only one percent abandon the pulpit each year.

In a first-of-its-kind study, LifeWay Research surveyed 1,500 pastors of evangelical and historically black churches and found an estimated 13 percent ...

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| People

Ligonier Suspends R. C. Sproul Jr. over Ashley Madison Visit

Reformed leader admits accessing adultery website 'in a moment of weakness, pain, and from an unhealthy curiosity.'
Ligonier Suspends R. C. Sproul Jr. over Ashley Madison Visit
Ligonier Ministries

Ligonier Ministries has suspended R. C. Sproul Jr. until July 2016 due to his admission that he visited the adultery matchmaking website Ashley Madison.

Ligonier was founded by his father, R. C. Sproul Sr., who still serves as board chair. The younger Sproul is one of the ...

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| People

Westmont Grieves Passing of Former President David Winter

Longtime Christian educator helped found the CCCU.
Westmont Grieves Passing of Former President David Winter
Photo Courtesy of Westmont College

A memorial service will be held on Saturday for David K. Winter, longtime president of Westmont College and cofounder of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Winter died August 15. He was 84.

During his 25-year-tenure at Westmont, the school grew ...

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| Church and State; Family and Sexuality; People

65,000 Pro-Life Advocates Protest at 342 Planned Parenthood Sites

(UPDATED) 'The tide has turned' against leading abortion provider, claims pro-life leader.
65,000 Pro-Life Advocates Protest at 342 Planned Parenthood Sites
Desiring God

Update (Aug. 24): More than 65,000 people turned out to protest this weekend at 342 Planned Parenthood (PPFA) clinics, pro-life organizers reported on Sunday.

"This is a tipping point in the history of fighting Planned Parenthood," said Jim Sedlak, vice president ...

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| People

Tullian Tchividjian Files for Divorce

Billy Graham's grandson lost his ministerial credentials earlier this month.
Tullian Tchividjian Files for Divorce

UPDATE (Sept. 4): Willow Creek Presbyterian Church in Winter Springs, Florida, (unrelated to Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Illinois) has hired Tullian Tchividjian as that congregation's director of ministry development.

On August 30, on his Twitter ...

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| People

Died: Danny Lotz, 78, Husband of Anne Graham Lotz

(UPDATED) Sunday funeral service to be live-streamed from church in Raleigh.
Died: Danny Lotz, 78, Husband of Anne Graham Lotz
Courtesy, Durham Sun Herald

Update (Aug. 28): The funeral service for Danny Lotz will take place on Sunday, August 30, 3 PM EDT at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. It will be live streamed via www.annegrahamlotz.org/live-stream-danny-lotz/, according to a press statement.

A full ...

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| Church and State; Family and Sexuality

One in Three Americans Say Divorce Is Still a Sin in Cases of Abuse

Pastors are more understanding when adultery, spousal abuse, or abandonment occurs.
One in Three Americans Say Divorce Is Still a Sin in Cases of Abuse
Courtesy, Bartolone Legal Group

About a third of Americans—and a quarter of Protestant pastors—say it is a sin to get divorced in cases of spousal abuse.

And many Americans are less forgiving than their pastors when it comes to divorce, especially in cases of adultery or abandonment.

Those ...

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Federal Officials Warn States Not to Defund Planned Parenthood

(UPDATED) StemExpressLLC cuts ties with Planned Parenthood, loses in court, denies any wrongdoing.
Federal Officials Warn States Not to Defund Planned Parenthood
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(Update) August 15: A California tissue acquisition company has cut ties with Planned Parenthood after a series of undercover videos raised questions about its business practices.

StemExpressLLC, which touted the financial benefits of fetal tissue donation and advertised ...

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Family Christian Stays Open, $127 Million in Debt Erased

Sale will save more than 200 Christian stores but helped to bankrupt at least one Christian publisher.
Family Christian Stays Open, $127 Million in Debt Erased
Family Christian / YouTube

The nation’s largest Christian retail chain will remain open after a bankruptcy judge approved the sale of the troubled company today.

After six months of wrangling in bankruptcy court, Grand Rapids-based Family Christian Stores will be sold debt-free to FCS Acquisitions ...

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