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Southern Baptists End Investigation of Theology Professors at Kentucky University

(UPDATED) University cuts ties with state convention even though convention investigation concluded theologically conservative professors were welcome at Campbellsville University.

Update (July 16, 2014): Campbellsville University announced today that the university would phase out funding from the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) and pursue a "partners in ministry" relationship with the denomination that allows them to "maintain CU's ...

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Son of Dead Sea Scrolls Scholar Faces Jail for Impersonating Father's Critic

(UPDATED) In spite of overturned law, state's highest court affirms sentence for man who sent fake emails in order to damage other scholars' reputations.

Update (July 15, 2014): Raphael Golb will serve jail time for harassing his father's academic rivals online, even after an appeals court struck down the aggravated harassment law under which he was charged.

The State Supreme Court in Manhattan upheld Golb's convictions ...

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Church of England Set to Ordain Female Bishops

(UPDATED) Church votes to allow women bishops, one year ahead of predicted approval.
Church of England Set to Ordain Female Bishops
ANDY RAIN/EPA

Update (July 14, 2014): The Church of England will allow women to become bishops for the first time after a vote passed the General Synod by 81 percent, more than the required two-thirds majority. The House of Laity, which rejected the legislation in 2012, voted 152–45 ...

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FBI, IRS Investigate Machine Gun Preacher's Property

(UPDATED) Sam Childers tells TV station: Agents 'totally destroyed' orphanage supplies, but he's 'got nothing to hide.'
FBI, IRS Investigate Machine Gun Preacher's Property
Facebook screenshot - Angels of East Africa

Update (Feb. 11, 2014): Sam Childers, the first American recipient of a Mother Teresa social justice award for his East Africa exploits as the "Machine Gun Preacher," is now under a federal investigation. Agents from the FBI and IRS raided his home, business, and ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2013

Kirsten Powers's conversion, Andy Stanley on President Obama, child sponsorships, the war over Christian beards, and more.
The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2013

Did you catch all of the most-read CT articles from 2013? Here's a look back at what readers kept clicking:

20) New Life After the Fall of Ted HaggardHow the megachurch healed—by remembering what it means to be the local church. 19) Q&A: Billy Graham's ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2013

Did you catch all of CT's most popular religion news items this year?
The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2013

What do Bono, Jon Acuff, and the "wrath of God" have in common? All were subjects of the most-read Gleanings posts of 2013.

Here are the top 20 stories that kept readers clicking:

20) 'Duck Dynasty' Star's Suspension over Remarks on Gays Sends Fans ...

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Christmas News Roundup: Bombs in Baghdad, Somalia Bans Holiday, and Modern Virgin Births

Plus, Obama's church attendance and Bethlehem's biggest miracle.

If you took Christmas week off like Gleanings editors largely did, here's a quick worldwide roundup of religion news you might have missed:

Bombs in Baghdad: In Iraq, two attacks on presumed Christian targets in Baghdad killed more than 30 people on Christmas Day, reportsThe ...

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Billy Graham's Record Grows (Again) as 'Most Admired Man' in America

(UPDATED) Out of 11 famous men, evangelist ties Bill Clinton in 2013.
Billy Graham's Record Grows (Again) as 'Most Admired Man' in America
Courtesy of BGEA

Billy Graham continues his record streak as one of the most admired men in America.

Amid recent debate over whether his influence is waning, Graham tied Bill Clinton for third place on Gallup's 2013 list. Pope Francis and George W. Bush tied for second place. President ...

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Sorry, John 3:16: The Top 10 Bible Verses YouVersion Shared Most in 2013

Leading Bible app analyzes how its millions of users used the Bible this year.
Sorry, John 3:16: The Top 10 Bible Verses YouVersion Shared Most in 2013
Courtesy of YouVersion

YouVersion has released its year-end analysis of how its millions of users engaged the Bible this past year.

Users shared 68 million Bible verses in 2013 via the uber-popular Bible app, installed 49 million times this year (and nearly 123 million times worldwide).

The ...

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Christmas Eve Kidnapping: Gunmen Grab One of Nigeria's Top Christian Leaders

Peter Akinola, retired archbishop of the world's largest Anglican province who helped American conservatives break away, explains his rescue.
Christmas Eve Kidnapping: Gunmen Grab One of Nigeria's Top Christian Leaders
Courtesy of GAFCON

Peter Akinola, the retired Anglican archbishop of Nigeria whose influence proved instrumental in helping conservative American Anglicans attempt to separate from The Episcopal Church, was kidnapped by gunmen on Christmas Eve.

The former leader of the Anglican Communion's ...

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Five Pastors Killed in Crash Following post-Haiyan Outreach

Church leaders were relief volunteers during Christmas outreach in storm zone.
Five Pastors Killed in Crash Following post-Haiyan Outreach
Courtesy: GMA Online

About seven weeks after the devastating Haiyan typhoon in early November, the Christmas relief efforts of volunteers turned tragic as five pastors were killed in a van-bus crash today, Sunday, Dec. 29.

In total, six were killed and five others injured. The group of pastors ...

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Thousands Feared Killed in South Sudan, UN reports

Christian leaders appeal for end to violence, offer to negotiate beween Dinka and Nuer.
Thousands Feared Killed in South Sudan, UN reports
UNMISS

Revised & Updated: Wed., Dec. 25:

A top UN official in South Sudan fears that thousands of South Sudanese may have died since the Sunday, Dec. 15, surge of political and ethnic violence. Earlier on Christmas eve, Toby Lanzer, one of the UN's top humanitarian officials ...

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Four States Still Don't Have Megachurches

And other 2013 year-end status updates from Leadership Network.

Megachurches may seem ubiquitous today, with more than 5 million people now worshiping at one of America's 1,650 megachurches on an average week. But research by Leadership Network's Warren Bird, who has tracked the megachurch phenomenon closely, indicates that four ...

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A Growing Gap: How Black and White Christians Now Think About Race

New findings from major study on religion and race show who thinks 'separate but equal' is sufficient, and who wants to stop talking about race altogether.

The latest findings from a significant ongoing study of religion and race in America suggest that divergent perceptions on race among black and white Christians have continued to widen since 2006.

"The new findings ... lay bare the dramatic and growing gap in racial ...

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180 Evangelical Ministries Win Class-Action Lawsuit over Contraceptives (For Now)

(UPDATED) Major provider of church health benefits takes on government for the first time—and wins the first round.

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GuideStone had sued on behalf of nearly 200 evangelical ministries affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Becket writes:

These evangelical organizations only object to four out of twenty FDA-approved contraceptives—those like the "morning after ...

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