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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
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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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Thrivent Suspends All Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Groups from Lutheran Charity Program

After one of 1,300 local chapters approves Planned Parenthood affiliate, Christian financial services organization rethinks letting members direct donations.

Today a major Christian financial services organization temporarily suspended all pro-life and pro-choice groups from a member-driven charity program that has donated $120 million since 2010.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans announced today that, in the wake of outcry over ...

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Which Christians Actually Evangelize? Study Says Millennials Most, Middle Class Least

Among 'born-again' Christians, Barna finds divide between theory and practice differs by demographic.
Which Christians Actually Evangelize? Study Says Millennials Most, Middle Class Least
Courtesy of Barna Group

Despite worries that millennials have given up on Christianity, or that they're too focused on social justice campaigns, young adults are sharing their faith the most frequently. By contrast, evangelism is fading fastest among the middle class.

At least, according to ...

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'Duck Dynasty' Star's Suspension over Remarks on Gays Sends Fans into Frenzy

(UPDATED) A&E restores Phil Robertson to popular show and explains why.
'Duck Dynasty' Star's Suspension over Remarks on Gays Sends Fans into Frenzy
Courtesy of A&E

Update (Dec. 30): Last week, A&E reversed its suspension of Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty as leading petitions for the patriach's reinstatement topped 1 million supporters on Facebook, while a call for a boycott of the network approached 2 million.

The Hollywood ...

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Violence as Nigeria Merges Muslim Students into Missionary Schools

State's education reforms create religious tension.
Violence as Nigeria Merges Muslim Students into Missionary Schools
Courtesy of Morning Star News

[Editor's note: While the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) previously opposed the merger of Muslims in Christian schools as an attempt to Islamize the state, it later reached a truce with the government. Meanwhile, traditional worshippers in Nigeria warn CAN against ...

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Canada's First Christian Law School Approved Despite Gay Lifestyle Ban

Trinity Western University overcomes opposition from other law school deans.
Canada's First Christian Law School Approved Despite Gay Lifestyle Ban
Courtesy of Trinity Western University

Trinity Western University (TWU) has finally gained approval to launch Canada's first Christian law school.

CT reported last January how Canadian law school deans publicly opposed TWU's effort, arguing that its community covenant—which prohibits "sexual ...

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