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Tim Keller Stepping Down as Redeemer Senior Pastor

The influential Reformed leader is moving away from his NYC pulpit as his church becomes three.
Tim Keller Stepping Down as Redeemer Senior Pastor
Tim Keller

Later this year, Redeemer Presbyterian will no longer be a multisite megachurch in Manhattan, and Tim Keller will no longer be its senior pastor.

Keller, 66, announced at all eight Sunday services today that he will be stepping down from the pulpit. The move corresponds with ...

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| Research

Half of Hispanic Christians Worry About Deportation Under Trump

Pew: Latino Protestants most likely to rate Trump a ‘terrible’ president.
Half of Hispanic Christians Worry About Deportation Under Trump
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Even before President Donald Trump pledged to double down on policies against undocumented immigrants living in the United States, many Hispanics were already praying for protection.

Half of Latino Christians worry about themselves or someone close to them getting deported, according ...

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Black Churches Matter: Research Ties Attendance to Positive Outcomes

African Americans who worship regularly are better able to handle racism and discrimination.
Black Churches Matter: Research Ties Attendance to Positive Outcomes
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One can see the power of faith in black lives in places like Cleveland, where African American churches have remained—sometimes two or three to a block—even as the middle class and many businesses and predominantly white congregations moved away.

Now science is providing ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

Courts Split on US Christians Caught Up in Turkey's Crackdown

Deportation of evangelist David Byle blocked, while pastor Andrew Brunson still imprisoned without evidence.
Courts Split on US Christians Caught Up in Turkey's Crackdown

As Turkey continues to crack down on dissent in the wake of a failed coup, two longtime American Christian expats are struggling to stay in the Muslim-majority nation they have long served. So far, they have fared quite differently in Turkish courts.

Last week, dozens of US lawmakers ...

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All 240 Family Christian Stores Are Closing

More than 3,000 employees in 36 states will be laid off in the liquidation of one of the world’s largest Christian retailers.
All 240 Family Christian Stores Are Closing
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More than two years ago, suppliers forgave Family Christian Stores $127 million in debt so that it could remain open. Today, the chain—which bills itself as “the world’s largest retailer of Christian-themed merchandise”—announced it is closing all ...

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Pakistan Convicts 42 Christians of Terrorism After Acquitting More Than 100 Muslims

Divergent verdicts on two of Lahore's biggest religious riots undercuts optimism for new law.
Pakistan Convicts 42 Christians of Terrorism After Acquitting More Than 100 Muslims
AsiaNews

Two of Pakistan’s biggest religious riots have finally gotten their day in court—with strikingly different results.

An anti-terrorism court in Lahore has sentenced 42 Christians for rioting after two churches in Pakistan’s largest Christian neighborhood were ...

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Died: Doug Coe, Humble Faith in the Halls of Power

His Fellowship is the force behind DC discipleship and the National Prayer Breakfast.
Died: Doug Coe, Humble Faith in the Halls of Power
A. Larry Ross

Doug Coe, the Washington DC pastor and power broker best known for organizing the network of Christian leaders responsible for the annual National Prayer Breakfast, died Tuesday afternoon. He was 88.

His death, from “complications following a heart attack and stroke,” ...

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| Family and Sexuality; Research

How Pastors Perceive Domestic Violence Differently

Most pastors want their churches to be a safe haven, but don’t have a plan to get there.
How Pastors Perceive Domestic Violence Differently
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When it comes to domestic violence, Protestant pastors want to be helpful but often don’t know where to start.

Most say their church would be a safe haven for victims of domestic violence.

But many don’t know if anyone in their church has been a victim of domestic ...

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Trump Adviser’s Megachurch Withholds Major Donation from SBC

Prestonwood Baptist diverts denominational giving over concerns about Russell Moore’s ERLC.
Trump Adviser’s Megachurch Withholds Major Donation from SBC
Stewart F. House / Getty

A Dallas-area megachurch has decided to escrow Cooperative Program funds temporarily in order to evaluate future support of Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) causes.

At issue are what the congregation calls “various significant positions taken by the leadership of the Ethics ...

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Black, White, and Blue: How Christians Rate the Police

Race influences views of US law enforcement more than religious tradition—except locally.
Black, White, and Blue: How Christians Rate the Police
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In the wake of high-profile police shootings over the past several years, American Christians have joined movements to pray, march, and advocate for justice. Yet whether they find themselves supporting Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, or somewhere in between depends more ...

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