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Supreme Court Lets Ban on Churches in NYC Schools Stand

Bronx Household of Faith gets bad news before Easter Sunday.
Supreme Court Lets Ban on Churches in NYC Schools Stand
Alliance Defending Freedom

New York City's ban on religious groups renting public schools for worship will remain in place, after the US Supreme Court declined this morning to hear a church's appeal of a lower court's decision.

Today’s move marks the second time in the past four ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

New Evidence of War Crimes, Genocide against Iraqi Christians, Yazidis

More than 100 witnesses come forward detailing 'unspeakable brutality.'
New Evidence of War Crimes, Genocide against Iraqi Christians, Yazidis
Courtesy, AINA

“ISIL systematically separated the men from the women and young children. The men were subsequently taken away to nearby ditches and summarily executed. The mission obtained credible reports about the rape of young girls, including nine and six year-olds. Thirteen teenage ...

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| People

Russell Moore and John Perkins Reflect on Racism at ERLC Summit

'I could have never known that we would be sitting here together,' said Perkins to fellow Mississippi native.
Russell Moore and John Perkins Reflect on Racism at ERLC Summit
Alli Rader

Growing up in Mississippi, 84-year-old John Perkins recalls seeing signs on Baptist churches that read “Everybody welcome.”

Everyone, that is, except Perkins and other African Americans.

“I could have never known that we would be sitting here together, ...

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| Church and State; Family and Sexuality

Revisiting Evangelicals' Favorite Same-Sex Marriage Laws

Indiana draws criticism while Utah draws praise in latest attempts to balance religious and gay rights.
Revisiting Evangelicals' Favorite Same-Sex Marriage Laws
Shaun Fisher/Flickr, Richie Diesterheft/Flickr

When it comes to balancing the rights of religious and LGBT individuals, there’s a big difference when lawmakers versus judges make the attempt.

The latest case studies: Indiana and Utah.

On Wednesday, Indiana became the 20th state to pass a state-version of the ...

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| Theology

Heaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores

(UPDATED) LifeWay responds to Southern Baptist resolution on 'the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.'
Heaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores
Courtesy of LifeWay

NASHVILLE (BP) — LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife."

LifeWay ...

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Attempt to Market Anti-Porn Ministry to Mark Driscoll Fans Goes Bad

Craig Gross on XXXchurch email blast to Resurgence list: 'They sold us your email for a penny.'
Attempt to Market Anti-Porn Ministry to Mark Driscoll Fans Goes Bad
Facebook screenshot / XXXchurch

Among the assets left over from the collapse of Mars Hill Church were several church buildings, a legacy website, and an email list with tens of thousands of church leaders and pastors.

Selling off the buildings has proved successful—as the church recently made deals ...

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| Church and State; International; People

Terrorism Charge Snares Prominent American Missionary

If Christian broadcaster Stendal goes on trial in Colombia, missions work nationwide may be at risk.
Terrorism Charge Snares Prominent American Missionary
Deann Alford

Is Russ Stendal, the famed missionary to FARC terrorists in South America, actually El Gringo, a terrorist leader seeking the overthrow of Colombia’s government?

That question is before a three-judge panel, based on allegations from Carlos Manuel Silva, chief sectional ...

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Obeying Police Is Not Enough, Group of Diverse Evangelical Leaders Tell Franklin Graham

BGEA chaplains revisit Ferguson, while Christians debate obedience vs. reconciliation.
Obeying Police Is Not Enough, Group of Diverse Evangelical Leaders Tell Franklin Graham
Courtesy of BGEA

Franklin Graham had some blunt advice on Facebook for those worried about police shootings that have claimed the lives of unarmed black men in places like Ferguson, Missouri.

Obey the police, or else.

“Listen up—Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and everybody else,” ...

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How a Twitter Feud over Same-Sex Marriage May Doom Payday Lending

An unlikely friendship joins Christian efforts to battle high-interest loans.
How a Twitter Feud over Same-Sex Marriage May Doom Payday Lending
andrewbain/Flickr

Payday lending in South Dakota may become greatly curtailed, thanks to the unlikely friendship between an evangelical pastor and a former Obama campaign official.

Steve Hickey, a state legislator and pastor of The Church at the Gate in Sioux Falls, is an outspoken opponent ...

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| Family and Sexuality; Theology

PCUSA Makes Marriage a 'Unique Commitment'

Majority of presbyteries vote to no longer limit marriage to a man and a woman.
PCUSA Makes Marriage a 'Unique Commitment'
Screenshot, PCUSA.org

The Presbyterian Church (USA) will now define marriage as a "unique commitment between two people," rather than a lifelong covenant between a man and a woman as an act of Christian discipleship.

Last June, the PC(USA) general assembly voted to change the language ...

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