(UPDATED) Infections hit second-highest total since disease eradicated from U.S. in 2000.
[ posted 9/16/2013 12:41PM ]
Image: Courtesy of Kenneth Copeland Ministries/Wikimedia
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 ...
Pioneer of biblical investing will take aim at unexpected target during Values Voter Summit.
[ posted 8/27/2013 05:49PM ]
(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 ...
Died: Producer of 'The Blob' best known for End Times series seen by millions.
[ posted 8/27/2013 12:49PM ]
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 ...
Justice: “There is a price we all have to pay in our civic life.”
[ posted 8/22/2013 03:22PM ]
Image: Don LaVange / Flickr
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.
Is Romania trying too hard to make up for past Communist wrongs against churches?
[ posted 8/21/2013 11:39AM ]
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 ...
'This is the Bible's moment to move from Gutenberg to Google,' states American Bible Society.
[ posted 8/19/2013 01:24PM ]
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.
(UPDATED) Legal challenge to pastor tax break takes 'fascinating turn.'
[ posted 8/19/2013 12:13PM ]
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 ...
Pastors allege punishment for criticizing president. But illegal churches are a problem throughout Africa.
[ posted 8/19/2013 11:48AM ]
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 ...
Meanwhile, church continues court fight to demolish its iconic old one.
[ posted 8/16/2013 02:41PM ]
Image: Jocey K/Flickr
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 ...
Most leaders agree: pastors can return to pulpits after adultery. But they disagree on how long it should take.
[ posted 8/16/2013 01:46PM ]
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 ...
Noted pastor and author reveals 'difficult news' from doctor.
[ posted 8/16/2013 11:08AM ]
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 ...
Prison Fellowship and NAE favor new policies. Southern Baptists' ethics commission disagrees.
[ posted 8/15/2013 02:42PM ]
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 ...
Expert panel argues ban on pastor political endorsements from pulpit should be dropped. (But most pastors disagree.)
[ posted 8/14/2013 05:28PM ]
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 ...
Groups disagree: Is Sen. Rob Portman, first pro-life politician to turn pro-gay, now friend or foe?
[ posted 8/14/2013 12:08PM ]
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 ...
Jewish believers in Jesus encouraged that worldwide Jewish scholars deem movement worthy of study.
[ posted 8/14/2013 11:33AM ]
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 ...