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Amid Measles Outbreak, Megachurch Scrutinized for Vaccine Teachings

(UPDATED) Infections hit second-highest total since disease eradicated from U.S. in 2000.
Amid Measles Outbreak, Megachurch Scrutinized for Vaccine Teachings
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Update (Sept. 16): Concerns continue to mount over measles, with 2013 on pace to become the worst year for infections since 1996, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 20 of this year's 159 cases and counting have been traced to ...

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Top Three Adversaries of Christian Conservatives: Communism, Islam ... and the Emergent Church?

Pioneer of biblical investing will take aim at unexpected target during Values Voter Summit.

(RNS) Christian conservatives who think Satan is using communism and Islam to bring down America can add a new "adversary" to the list: the Emergent Church movement.

A portion of the upcoming Values Voter Summit in Washington will stray from its usual focus on ...

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Not Left Behind: Russell Doughten, Movie Evangelist Who Scared Scores with 'A Thief in the Night'

Died: Producer of 'The Blob' best known for End Times series seen by millions.

While the Left Behind remake starring Nicolas Cage began filming this month, the producer who first launched the "End Times" movie genre four decades beforehand has died.

Russell S. Doughten Jr. died last week (Monday, Aug. 19) in Carlisle, Iowa, after a kidney ...

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N.M. Supreme Court: Photographers Can't Refuse Gay Weddings

Justice: “There is a price we all have to pay in our civic life.”
N.M. Supreme Court: Photographers Can't Refuse Gay Weddings
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In a closely watched case on gay rights, religious freedom, artistic freedom, the speech rights of businesses, and a host of other legal hot button issues, the New Mexico Supreme Court today ruled that wedding photographers could not refuse to shoot gay ceremonies.

"When ...

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Why One of Europe's Poorest Countries Is Building a New Church Every Three Days

Is Romania trying too hard to make up for past Communist wrongs against churches?
Why One of Europe's Poorest Countries Is Building a New Church Every Three Days
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One of Europe's poorest countries is giving America's Bible Belt a run for its money—in terms of density of church buildings.

Romania required a bailout by the International Monetary Fund in 2009. Still, the government gives more than 100 million Euros to ...

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.Bible Joins .XXX as New Domain Name for Websites

'This is the Bible's moment to move from Gutenberg to Google,' states American Bible Society.

The creation of an .xxx domain for websites has drawn the lion's share of attention as the Internet continues to expand. But among the faith-based website endings hoping to join .com and .org in URLs, it looks like .bible will be one of the first to hit the market.

The ...

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Why Atheist Leaders Are 'Ministers of the Gospel'

(UPDATED) Legal challenge to pastor tax break takes 'fascinating turn.'

Update (Aug. 21):USA Todayexamines the irony of the federal government seemingly "calling the bluff" of an atheist group's challege to parsonage tax breaks for pastors.

Such housing allowances last came under scrutiny in 2002 when the IRS challenged Rick Warren ...

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Cameroon Orders Military To Close 100 Churches in Major Cities

Pastors allege punishment for criticizing president. But illegal churches are a problem throughout Africa.

More than 500 Pentecostal churches call Cameroon home. Yet only 50 are legal, claim government officials in the Central African coastal nation.

Other African countries also complain of illegal churches. But Cameroon has made headlines for ordering its military to shut down ...

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World's First Cardboard Cathedral Created after New Zealand Earthquake

Meanwhile, church continues court fight to demolish its iconic old one.
World's First Cardboard Cathedral Created after New Zealand Earthquake
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The 6.5-magnitude earthquake that shook the capital city of New Zealand today was a sobering reminder of a similar 2011 earthquake that killed 200 people and decimated one of the island nation's most iconic churches.

Yet today, Christchurch residents have what church ...

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Was Benny Hinn's Brother Restored to Ministry Too Soon After Affair?

Most leaders agree: pastors can return to pulpits after adultery. But they disagree on how long it should take.

How soon is too soon for a pastor to return to the pulpit after 'fessing up to an affair? Apparently no more than eight months, if you're the brother of prominent televangelist Benny Hinn.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Sam Hinn, who admitted to a four-year extramarital ...

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Gordon MacDonald Diagnosed with Brain Tumor

Noted pastor and author reveals 'difficult news' from doctor.
Gordon MacDonald Diagnosed with Brain Tumor

Denver Seminary chancellor Gordon MacDonald says he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

"A few days ago my doctor called me," MacDonald writes in Leadership Journal, CT's sister publication. "'Gordon, this is Doctor B. I have some difficult news ...

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Prison Reforms for Drug Offenders Split Christian Leaders

Prison Fellowship and NAE favor new policies. Southern Baptists' ethics commission disagrees.

New plans to put fewer drug offenders in federal prisons have received mixed reviews among Christian leaders.

Attorney general Eric Holder's announcement this week to reform mandatory prison sentences for low-level drug offenders has the Southern Baptist Convention's ...

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1,500 Pastors Who Deliberately Broke Politics Law Gain Unexpected Ally

Expert panel argues ban on pastor political endorsements from pulpit should be dropped. (But most pastors disagree.)

The record-setting 1,500 pastors that deliberately broke the law last October by preaching politics from the pulpit may have failed to provoke the IRS, but they now have an unexpected ally.

The final report from a national commission of religious and nonprofit leaders argues ...

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Largest Pro-Life Group Boots Ohio Affiliate for Opposing Same-Sex Marriage

Groups disagree: Is Sen. Rob Portman, first pro-life politician to turn pro-gay, now friend or foe?

America's oldest and largest pro-life group continues to have trouble with its Ohio affiliates.

The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) has severed ties with an Ohio affiliate, Cleveland Right to Life (CRTL), after the Cleveland group added "support for traditional ...

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Another Acceptance Milestone for Messianic Jews

Jewish believers in Jesus encouraged that worldwide Jewish scholars deem movement worthy of study.

Messianic Jews—those who believe in Jesus—only comprise a small portion of the international Jewish community. But that hasn't stopped them from making their first official appearance at the 16th World Congress of Jewish Studies.

Hosted in Jerusalem, this ...

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