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Will G. K. Chesterton Join Pope John Paul II as Newest Saints?

Christians and Jews split over effort to canonize writer.

CANTERBURY, England – As Pope Francis reveals more details about the final steps to sainthood for Pope John Paul II, Christians and Jews are mounting campaigns for and against another high-profile name: British writer G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), one of the world's ...

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Sheriff Describes Motives of Deacon Who Shot Pastor to Death During Revival Service

Story takes an even sadder turn.

The tragic story of a former deacon who shot his pastor Friday night at a revival service in Louisiana just got more tragic.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso told reporters that pastor Ronald Harris may have had a sexual relationship with the wife of suspect Woodrow Karey—and ...

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Evangelicals Now Have More Competition for Hispanic Catholic Converts

Hispanic Values Survey adds new wrinkle to research on Latino religious life in America.
Evangelicals Now Have More Competition for Hispanic Catholic Converts
Public Religion Research Institute

A new survey sheds more light on the ongoing trend of many Hispanic Catholics becoming evangelicals in America. Seems the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated are now an equal destination.

Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) recently surveyed more than 1,500 Hispanic ...

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Why Rick Warren's Facebook Photo Angered Asian American Christians

Failed attempt at humor comes as Saddleback prepares to launch Hong Kong campus.

Rick Warren's recent Facebook post featuring an image of a Chinese Red Guard prompted criticism from Asian American Christians this week.

The propaganda photo depicted a smiling, uniformed young worker, part of the Cultural Revolution in communist China. "The typical ...

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Future D.C. Bible Museum Gets a Major Historic Find

Green Collection reveals first of four big discoveries.
Future D.C. Bible Museum Gets a Major Historic Find
The Green Collection / DeMoss

The Green Collection, overseen by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green, houses many of the world's most significant biblical texts and artifacts. In fact, it has so many manuscripts that it has a team of dozens of scholars examining precisely what it has.

Today, Green ...

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Good News for Pakistan's Christians After Deadliest Church Attack Ever

No more victims like Asia Bibi? Unexpected proposal could greatly reduce false accusations of blasphemy.

As Christians throughout Pakistan demand more protection in the wake of a church suicide bombing that killed more than 80 worshipers, some good news has surfaced on the other main challenge facing the beleaguered community: false accusations of blasphemy against Islam.

Days ...

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Billy Graham Asks Iran's President To Release Pastor Saeed Abedini

Famed evangelist tries political logic; meanwhile, wife of imprisoned Iranian-American pastor meets Hassan Rouhani in NYC hotel.
Billy Graham Asks Iran's President To Release Pastor Saeed Abedini
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In a personal letter to new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, Billy Graham addressed the growing tensions between the United States and Iran, arguing that Saeed Abedini's release after a nearly year-long imprisonment would greatly improve American perceptions of the Muslim ...

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As Christians Rise or Fall, So Do 100 Country Credit Ratings

Study finds surprising correlation between sovereign ratings and changes in Christian populations—especially evangelicals.
As Christians Rise or Fall, So Do 100 Country Credit Ratings
Courtesy of Dick Slikker/ARDA

Should a country's Christians-to-debt ratio be added to the list of economic indicators worth watching? Or more specifically, its evangelicals-to-debt ratio?

According to a study of more than 100 nations, changes in the percentage of Christians—especially evangelicals—in ...

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Transgender Theology Professor Leaves Christian College

(UPDATED) Former theology chair and one of CCCU's largest schools agree to part ways.

Update (Oct. 9): Azusa Pacific University and Adam Ackley have released the following joint statement:

"Dr. Ackley and university leadership have engaged in thoughtful conversations regarding Dr. Ackley's continued employment at APU and recognized that they ...

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Terrorists Target Christians in Nairobi Mall, Killing More Than 60 Shoppers

(UPDATED) Gunmen release non-Muslim hostages, but still holed up in Kenya's capital.
Terrorists Target Christians in Nairobi Mall, Killing More Than 60 Shoppers
Khalil Senosi / AP

Update (Sept. 23): The Westgate Mall siege is almost over.

AsiaNews reports several al Shabaab terrorists committed suicide after holding non-Muslim hostages inside the mall for two days. But CNN reports the hostage situation has come to a close with a minimal number of ...

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Sunday Suicide Bombers Kill More Than 80 at Symbolic Pakistan Church

(UPDATED) Taliban claims attack on Sunday worshipers was retaliation for U.S. drone strikes.
Sunday Suicide Bombers Kill More Than 80 at Symbolic Pakistan Church
Fayaz Aziz / Reuters

Update (Sept. 24): World Watch Monitor offers a very thorough report on the "anguish and anger" that has erupted across Pakistan in the wake of the attack.

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Update (Sept. 23): More details are emerging on the "unprecedented church bombing" believed ...

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Moody Bible Institute Drops Alcohol and Tobacco Ban for Employees

School follows Wheaton, Huntington, and Asbury in emphasizing 'values not rules.'
Moody Bible Institute Drops Alcohol and Tobacco Ban for Employees
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(RNS) The Chicago-based evangelical Moody Bible Institute has dropped its ban on alcohol and tobacco consumption by its 600-some faculty and staff, including for those who work in its radio and publishing arms.

The change in August reflected a desire to create a "high ...

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Jon Acuff Resigns from 'Dream Job' with Dave Ramsey

'Stuff Christians Like' blogger and author starts new site.
Jon Acuff Resigns from 'Dream Job' with Dave Ramsey

Update (Oct. 21): Jon Acuff launched a new personal blog today, a month after his surprising resignation from the Dave Ramsey team. Ramsey still has control of the writer's former sites, jonacuff.com and Stuff Christians Like.

In his debut post at acuff.me, Acuff describes ...

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Why Henry Blackaby, Author of 'Experiencing God,' Went Missing

(UPDATED) Son explains how popular Bible teacher's health caused 29-hour disappearance.
Why Henry Blackaby, Author of 'Experiencing God,' Went Missing
Courtesy of Lifeway

Update (Sept. 23): Henry Blackaby will undergo heart surgery tomorrow after disappearing for 29 hours last week.

His son, Richard Blackaby, tweeted an update: "Quadruple bypass surgery on Tuesday. 70-100% blockages. Possible earlier heart attack. He has been empowered ...

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Church Health Plans Jeopardized by 'ObamaCare' Standoff

(UPDATED) While House tries to defund president's healthcare program, current rules overlook church employees for crucial tax credits.
Church Health Plans Jeopardized by 'ObamaCare' Standoff
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Methodist leaders are doing somewhat of an Obamacare about-face—and other denominations share their concern.

The United Methodist Church (UMC) pushed for and praised the passage of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. Now, UMC leaders say ...

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