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Died: Paul Crouch, 79, Founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network

(UPDATE, Dec. 3) TBN schedules memorial service to air on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Died: Paul Crouch, 79, Founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network

Dec. 3, Update: TBN announced on its Facebook page, "Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. A special tribute to Dr. Crouch will air Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. (Pacific) and on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at 2 p.m. (Pacific)."

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Dec. 1, Update: TBN has posted ...

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Countries That Are Bad for Christians Are Good for Distributing Bibles

Where did demand for Scripture surge last year? Try Syria, Iraq, and Laos, for starters.
Countries That Are Bad for Christians Are Good for Distributing Bibles
Courtesy of United Bible Societies

Demand for Bibles and other forms of Scripture has surged in areas of the world where Christians most frequently face religious freedom violations.

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"Global Scripture distribution by Bible Societies rose by 6%, from just over 381 million in 2011 to more than 405 ...

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Karen Kingsbury Helps Haiti Orphans Benefit from Black Friday Sales

After buying itself back, Family Christian Stores makes good on pledge to donate all profits to widows and orphans.
Karen Kingsbury Helps Haiti Orphans Benefit from Black Friday Sales
Courtesy of Family Christian Stores

The largest chain of Christian retail stores in America is taking a different approach to Black Friday.

Making good on a pledge, Family Christian Stores (FCS) will donate 100 percent of its earnings from customer purchases over the three-day holiday weekend to build a neonatal ...

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CCCU School Permits Professors in Same-Sex Relationships (At Least for Six Months)

University president will lead "listening period" on whether to drop current ban affecting tenure-track faculty.
CCCU School Permits Professors in Same-Sex Relationships (At Least for Six Months)
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A Virginia school could become the first member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) to allow tenure-track faculty to pursue same-sex relationships without censure.

At Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), president Loren Swartzendruber will lead ...

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Israel Orders Deportation of Jews for Jesus Missionary

Messianic group worries legal precedent could be used to expel more missionaries.
Israel Orders Deportation of Jews for Jesus Missionary
Courtesy of Morning Star News

(MSN) An Israeli immigration judge has ordered the deportation of a Messianic Jewish man from England who was arrested last week for taking part in an evangelistic event in southern Israel.

Barry Barnett, 50, a worker with Jews for Jesus UK, was ordered on Sunday (Nov. ...

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Five Things Evangelicals Will Cheer in Pope Francis' Plan to Change the Catholic Church

In 'Evangelii Gaudium' (The Joy of the Gospel), Francis says too many Christians have lost the joy of the Lord.
Five Things Evangelicals Will Cheer in Pope Francis' Plan to Change the Catholic Church
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Today from the Vatican, Pope Francis released his most significant writing since taking office—the 50,000-word "Evangelii Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel). The document focuses on the pope's vision for evangelism, concern for the poor, the disabled, and ...

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case

(UPDATED) Do for-profit corporations have religious rights? Justices will consider cases of Hobby Lobby (which won) and Conestoga Wood Specialties (which lost).
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case
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Update: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear appeals by Hobby Lobby, an evangelical-owned craft chain which won in the Tenth Circuit, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Mennonite-owned woodworking company which lost in the Third Circuit.

Hobby Lobby explained in a statement ...

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Psalm Book's Astronomical Price Eclipses Lunar Bible Sale

(UPDATED) America's oldest book is now also the world's most expensive. Meanwhile, these Bibles actually went to the moon.
Psalm Book's Astronomical Price Eclipses Lunar Bible Sale
Courtesy of RR Auction

Update: Today the Bay Psalm Book indeed became the world's most expensive, selling for more than $14 million dollars at auction, reportsThe New York Times.

The buyer, philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, "edged out a $12 million dollar pre-set bid" by Steve ...

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Good News: Fewer Iraq War Veterans Receiving 'Radical Hospitality' in Jesus' Name

Gospel rescue missions report drop in visits by vets who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Persian Gulf.

Fewer veterans are seeking food or shelter from rescue missions, according to an October survey of almost 17,000 individuals.

Overall, veterans made up 12 percent of those seeking help from the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM), which surveyed more than 100 of ...

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Judge Strikes Down Housing Tax Break for Pastors

(UPDATED) Longstanding IRS exemption—last revised after Rick Warren dispute in 2002—currently saves pastors and other clergy $700 million per year.

Update (Nov. 25): Richard Hammar, senior editor of CT sister publication Church Law & Tax Report, offers five takeaways from Friday's housing allowance ruling, including his thoughts on the ruling's limited yet significant impact and a possible workaround available ...

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Court: Contraceptive Mandate Splits Religion into Worship or Good Works

Religious right to a clean conscience outweighs government's desire to increase access to contraceptives, says Penn. ruling.

With more than 80 lawsuits and 200-plus plaintiffs, the ongoing legal fight over the HHS contraceptive mandate long ago surpassed the attention span of many laypeople. But things are getting interesting as observers wait to see which case will soon be picked up by the U.S. ...

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85-Year-Old Korean War Veteran Joins Missionary in North Korea Prison System

A sad irony: Merrill Newman detained by North Korea as Kenneth Bae becomes longest-imprisoned American since Korean War.

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The New York Times reports that Merrill Newman was on a nine-day tour of the country with a friend and two tour guides, but was detained upon trying to leave last month. The Washington Post rounds up what is known about Newman from many media outlets. On Monday, the State ...

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More Evangelicals Believe Suicide Is a Moral Right

At least in certain situations, according to new Pew Research survey on end-of-life medical treatment.
More Evangelicals Believe Suicide Is a Moral Right
Courtesy of Pew Research

About a quarter of evangelicals believe that a person has a moral right to suicide if he or she is ready to die because living is now a burden, or if that person is an extremely heavy burden on his or her family.

The number keeps rising for other situations, according to ...

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Liberty University Student Killed In Dorm Shooting

(UPDATED) School president and search warrant reveal more details on hammer attack at America's largest evangelical school.
Liberty University Student Killed In Dorm Shooting
Courtesy of Liberty University

Update (6:29 p.m.): President Jerry Falwell Jr. says Liberty University is offering counseling to students while police continue to investigate the shooting of a male student in the lobby of a female dormitory.

At the time of the afternoon press conference, watched by CT, ...

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Snakes Today, Bibles Tomorrow?

Reality TV show lands serpent-handling millennial pastor in court.

The choice to become a reality TV star took an unfortunate turn for Andrew Hamblin after Tennessee wildlife officials confiscated more than 50 venomous snakes from the young pastor's Pentecostal church.

On Friday, the 22-year-old star of Snake Salvation and pastor of ...

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