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July 2013

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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
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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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After Military Kills 500 Protesters, Islamists Take Out Anger on Egyptian Christians

(UPDATED) Bible Society director: 'Most Egyptians expected the violence. Nevertheless, it is heartbreaking to watch on TV this bloodshed between fellow Egyptians unfolding before our eyes.'
After Military Kills 500 Protesters, Islamists Take Out Anger on Egyptian Christians
Courtesy of Morning Star News / Watani

Update (Aug. 19): As the death toll in Egypt approaches 1,000, a senior advisor to the nation's top Islamic leader, the Grand Mufti, explains the 'most reliable narrative' of events and decries violence on both sides.

The New York Timesnotes how "the steady ...

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Died: Robert Bellah, Sociologist Who Diagnosed American Civil Religion

(UPDATED) Author of 'Habits of the Heart' lamented decline of family and community—years before almost anyone else.

Update (Aug. 2): UC Berkeley has released an obituary lauding Bellah as a "preeminent American sociologist of religion."

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Robert Bellah, an American sociologist whose career "showed the promise, and limits, of the [prophetic] scholarship he made so ...

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Why Fewer Churches Offer Vacation Bible School

VBS began in a beer hall more than 100 years ago. Here’s what it looks like today.
Why Fewer Churches Offer Vacation Bible School
U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys / Flickr

If you attend a church that has more than 250 Sunday worshipers, or an annual budget of $500,000 (or more), or a pastor between 30 and 48 years of age, odds are good that your congregation offers Vacation Bible School (VBS) during the summer months.

Your church, however, ...

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Nigerian Pastor Frees Muslim Prisoners for Ramadan, But Bombings Continue

(UPDATED) Goodwill gesture in Kaduna overshadowed as dozens die in Christian neighborhood of Kano.

Update (July 31): Christian leaders in Kano are claiming three churches were targeted by the bombs during evening worship services, reports Morning Star News. They estimate the death toll at 45 people, largely from one Pentecostal church and nearby Christian businesses.

World ...

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Rick Warren's First Sermon Since Son's Suicide Promises Push on Mental Health

Pastor envisions campaign to rival megachurch’s work on HIV/AIDS.
Rick Warren's First Sermon Since Son's Suicide Promises Push on Mental Health

Following the April suicide of their son, Rick and Kay Warren have a new purpose for their 20,000-member megachurch: removing the stigma of mental illness from churches.

Rick Warren, joined by his wife on stage, preached at Saddleback Church on Sunday for the first time ...

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Eritrea Punishes High School Students for 'Commitment to Christ'

Nearly 40 Protestants arrested after completing military training.

Eritrean authorities have arrested 39 high school students for their Christian faith, excluding them from a graduation ceremony and subjecting them to beatings and hard labor.

According to Christian support organization Open Doors, the students, including 11 girls, have ...

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The 'European' Country That's Less Christian Than North Korea

Surprising stats on how many non-Christians worldwide have Christian friends.

The world's atheists and agnostics are far more likely to have Christian friends than adherents of other religious traditions.

As a whole, fewer than one in five practitioners of non-Christian faiths personally know a Christian, while one in three non-religious people ...

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In Case You Missed It: Blogs We've Updated Lately

New info on Hobby Lobby's 'major victory,' same-sex marriage in Britain, fetal-pain abortion bans, and more.

We tweet news updates to past Gleanings items. But in case you're not one of our more than 128,000 Twitter followers (and really, why aren't you?), here's what you missed this week:

(Editor's note: This is NOT a roundup of the new blogs we've posted ...

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The Surprising Countries Most Missionaries Are Sent From and Go To

New report reveals South Korea slide and how Palestine outranks the United States.

A new study reveals how the missions field continues to become increasingly global—in some surprising ways. One example: South Korea has lost its No. 2 sending spot to four unlikely contenders.

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell ...

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Britain's Bold Plan to Protect Kids from Porn Online

Following footsteps of Iceland and India, United Kingdom seeks restrictions on Internet pornography.

An expansive plan to restrict access to pornography in the United Kingdom has been unveiled by British prime minister David Cameron—but critics already are saying it won't help protect children.

Beginning in 2014, the Daily Mail reports, "all 19 million U.K. ...

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Where Afghan Christians Flee After Converting to Christianity

Capital city of nearby country becomes haven for converts—even though denied refugee status.

The New York Times sheds fresh light on the challenges faced by Afghan Christians seeking religious freedom, spotlighting the growth of a refugee church in India's capital city, New Delhi.

As the Timesobserves in a report worth reading, more than 200 Christian converts ...

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4,500 Crosses Are Not a Church-State Problem—Unless in Shape of Giant Cross

Theft of Colorado display on childhood poverty sparks debate over public religious symbols.

A display of 4,500 paint-stick crosses planted by a Colorado church on a publicly-owned ski slope spurred some viewers to action. But, to the church's surprise one morning, rather than inspiring support for combating child poverty (as intended), the crosses were stolen—apparently ...

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Indian Converts Must Get Government Permission (One Month in Advance) or Face Prison

(UPDATE) A new, no-confidence vote in Madhya Pradesh's Hindu government has delayed ratification of the state's anti-conversion bill.

Update (Aug. 5): World Watch Monitor (WWM) reports that Christians in Madhya Pradesh still are waiting to hear whether or not the government will accept their amendments to the state's new 'anti-conversion law', the signing of which has been placed on hold.

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Has Biblical Archaeology's 'Gold Rush' Found King David's Palace?

(UPDATED) Ruins at Khirbet Qeiyafa are largest-known buildings in ancient Judah.

Update (July 29): Baptist Press notes several discoveries related to King Solomon at the excavation of Tel Gezer.

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A "gold rush mentality" has seized biblical archaeologists near the Elah Valley, a Philistine-Israeli border region that has been shedding ...

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