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Died: R. Judson Carlberg, Christian Higher Ed Leader, Biologos Chair

On Thanksgiving, he once wrote, 'I am thankful for cancer. James 1:2-3... Life is richer, trust is stronger and relationships are deeper.'
Died: R. Judson Carlberg, Christian Higher Ed Leader, Biologos Chair
Courtesy: Gordon College

R. Judson Carlberg, one of Christian higher education’s most influential leaders until his retirement from Gordon College in 2011, has died. He was 74.

Carlberg served Gordon College for 35 years, including nearly 20 years as its president. He passed away early Thursday ...

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Politics

President Obama Cites Exodus on Immigration Reform: 'We Were Strangers Once Too'

(UPDATED) Reactions from Sam Rodriguez, Russell Moore, Jenny Yang, Noel Castellanos on Obama's motive vs. method.
President Obama Cites Exodus on Immigration Reform: 'We Were Strangers Once Too'
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Update (Nov. 20): Tonight President Barack Obama outlined his executive action on immigration reform, which could impact up to 5 million immigrants. He gave two citations: one from former President George W. Bush, and one from Exodus 23.

"Scripture tells us that we ...

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Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage

(UPDATED) Warren turns Vatican conference into 'revivalist meeting,' while Moore explains why marriage crosses theological boundaries.
Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage
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Update (Nov. 18): "There is always a danger in being the 28th speaker in a conference," said Rick Warren during his speech today at Pope Francis's marriage conference. "What's left to say?"

Apparently plenty, as Warren's speech—which ...

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Here's What Protestants in 18 Latin American Countries Believe and Practice

New Pew research identifies who evangelizes most and who believes the prosperity gospel, among many other topics.
Here's What Protestants in 18 Latin American Countries Believe and Practice
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The latest data not only show that Protestants are remarkably ascendent throughout the longtime Catholic stronghold of Latin America. The Pew Research Center also offers a window into who evangelizes most, which millennials pray and attend church most often, and just how ...

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Kenya Bans New Churches Amid 'Miracle-Faking Spree'

After TV exposé, attorney general seeks ways to rein in fake pastors.
Kenya Bans New Churches Amid 'Miracle-Faking Spree'
KTN Kenya (YouTube screenshot)

Prompted by news coverage of alleged illegal activity by pastors promising miracles, Kenya’s attorney general has banned new religious organizations from registering as the East African nation moves to enforce stricter regulations on churches, mosques, and temples.

The ...

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Good News for Pastors: Court Overturns Atheist Victory on Housing Allowance

But question remains: Will IRS agree with DOJ that atheists count as 'ministers of the gospel'?
Good News for Pastors: Court Overturns Atheist Victory on Housing Allowance
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Churches can stop worrying that their pastors' best benefit will be taken away by an atheist lawsuit—for now.

Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court's high-profile 2013 decision that the longstanding clergy housing allowance was ...

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Sorry, Pope Francis: Protestants Are Converting Catholics Across Latin America

'Francis effect' may yet materialize. But for now, Catholics have hit record low across 19 nations and territories.
Sorry, Pope Francis: Protestants Are Converting Catholics Across Latin America
Pew Research Center

[Editor's note: CT also took a deeper look at differences between what Protestants believe and practice in each country.]

Enthusiasm for the first pope picked from Latin America has prompted predictions of a “Francis effect” revival among the region’s ...

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Jerry B. Jenkins Shuts Down Christian Writers Guild

(UPDATED) After 50 years, effort to train next generation of Christian authors comes to an end.
Jerry B. Jenkins Shuts Down Christian Writers Guild
Jerry B. Jenkins

[Updated with comments from Taylor University's Dennis Hensley]

Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins has ended his formal effort to train the next generation of Christian writers.

"Unfortunately, I’m not as happy as I look here, despite that my seven-year-old ...

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Plane Crash Kills Myles Munroe, Bahamas' Best-Known Pastor

Samuel Rodriguez says ORU alum 'breathed, lived, and died expanding the kingdom of God.'
Plane Crash Kills Myles Munroe, Bahamas' Best-Known Pastor
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En route to the international leadership conference he was hosting today, the Bahamas' best-known pastor, Myles Munroe, died with his wife and seven others in a plane crash Sunday.

The 60-year-old founder and president of Bahamas Faith Ministries International was an ...

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Answered Prayer for IDOP: North Korea Frees Missionary Kenneth Bae After Two Years

(UPDATED) Bae: 'Thank you ... for lifting me up and not forgetting me.'
Answered Prayer for IDOP: North Korea Frees Missionary Kenneth Bae After Two Years
Courtesy of Derek Sciba

Update (Nov. 10): At a news conference, Kenneth Bae thanked his supporters for "lifting me up and not forgetting me" during his long captivity in North Korea. "It's been an amazing two years," he said. "I learned a lot, I grew a lot, lost a lot ...

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For First Time, State Bans on Same-Sex Marriage Upheld by Appeals Court

Get ready for a Supreme Court showdown after Sixth Circuit says two judges shouldn't make a decision for 32 million citizens.
For First Time, State Bans on Same-Sex Marriage Upheld by Appeals Court
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An Ohio court has given the US Supreme Court an offer on same-sex marriage that the high court likely can't refuse.

After the Supreme Court sidestepped the issue of a national right to same-sex marriage in 2013, experts on both sides predicted the court would intervene ...

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Into the Fiery Furnace: Christian Couple in Pakistan Burned for 'Blasphemy'

(UPDATED) Prime minister pledges justice after mob kills pregnant wife and husband.
Into the Fiery Furnace: Christian Couple in Pakistan Burned for 'Blasphemy'
Courtesy of LEAD

Update (Nov. 10): After a fact-finding trip, the Church of Pakistan claims that "revenge for unpaid bills" was the real reason a Christian couple fell afoul of blasphemy rumors that led to a mob burning them to death. The Anglican Communion News Service reports ...

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Not So Convergent: Leading Publisher Separates How Evangelical and Progressive Books Are Made

WaterBrook Multnomah splits from sister imprint whose 'Gay Christian' book led to NRB resignation.
Not So Convergent: Leading Publisher Separates How Evangelical and Progressive Books Are Made

Five months ago, the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) forced out one of the world's leading Christian publishers over a book it didn't actually publish.

WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group had published David Platt's Radical, John Piper's Desiring ...

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Goodbye, Mars Hill: Mark Driscoll's Multisite Empire Will Sell Properties and Dissolve

Come New Year's Day, 13 churches will go their separate ways or shut down.
Goodbye, Mars Hill: Mark Driscoll's Multisite Empire Will Sell Properties and Dissolve
Screenshot of Mars Hill Church location map

Marking its own Reformation Day of sorts, Mars Hill Church will dissolve Mark Driscoll's multisite network and let each of its remaining 13 churches go their own way.

Founded in 1996, the Seattle-based megachurch planted 15 satellite sites across five states, its passion ...

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Houston Mayor Drops Pastor Subpoenas

National debate over religious freedom prompts withdrawal.
Houston Mayor Drops Pastor Subpoenas
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Update (Oct. 29): Houston mayor Annise Parker announced Wednesday morning that she is directing America's fourth-largest city to rescind subpoenas issued to five local pastors.

The decision came a day after Parker met with Houston pastors (including Chris Seay, who ...

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