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Died: Glen H. Stassen, Baptist Ethicist Who Pioneered 'Just Peacemaking'

Fuller Seminary professor 'transformed the old conversation between just war theorists and pacifists.' Also rethought Sermon on the Mount and 'incarnational discipleship.'
Died: Glen H. Stassen, Baptist Ethicist Who Pioneered 'Just Peacemaking'
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Glen Harold Stassen, a respected Christian ethicist and director of Fuller Seminary's Just Peacemaking Initiative, died today after battling cancer. He was 78.

"I am sad to report that Glen died peacefully at home in Pasadena this morning, surrounded by family," ...

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Guard Kills 3 Americans at Christian Hospital in Afghanistan

Pediatrician "felt called" to leave Chicago's Lawndale Christian Health Center for Kabul.
Guard Kills 3 Americans at Christian Hospital in Afghanistan
CURE International

Three Americans—including a Christian doctor from Chicago—were killed Thursday morning outside a Kabul hospital after an Afghan security guard shot them.

The attack occurred at the CURE International Hospital, a Christian hospital specializing in pediatrics ...

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Israeli Military's Call-Up of Arab Christians Labeled 'Intimidation'

Attempt at increasing recruits ten-fold occurs against backdrop of stalled peace talks, Hamas-PLO reconciliation.
Israeli Military's Call-Up of Arab Christians Labeled 'Intimidation'
IDF

Israel has announced that it will send call-up papers for military service in the nation's army to all Arab Christians in the country.

The move, which escalates an ongoing debate, marks the first time that Israel has solicited volunteers for its military among its Arab ...

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James Dobson's Birthday Gift: Latest Court Victory Over Obamacare Contraception

In shadow of Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby hearing, judge rules in favor of Family Talk.
James Dobson's Birthday Gift: Latest Court Victory Over Obamacare Contraception
Wikimedia (left); Becket Fund (right)

Today is James Dobson's 78th birthday, but last week the Focus on the Family founder received an early gift: the latest (albeit temporary) victory against the Affordable Care Act's controversial contraception mandate.

While the mandate's fate is largely a question ...

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Bill Gothard Breaks Silence on Harassment Claims by 30 Women

(UPDATED) Popular seminar speaker: 'I have failed to live out some of the very things that I have taught.'
Bill Gothard Breaks Silence on Harassment Claims by 30 Women
Twitter screenshot

Update (Apr. 22): Recovering Grace has responded to Gothard's open letter, noting "several positive aspects" but overall explaining why it "leaves us troubled" because it remains "incomplete." Meanwhile, a group of academics and ministry ...

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New Poverty-Fighting Alliance Launches

World Relief, Germany-based PartnerAid combine to grow programs, donor base.
New Poverty-Fighting Alliance Launches
Courtesy of World Relief

Two influential poverty-fighting agencies are taking their efforts to the next level. To serve impoverished peoples more effectively, World Relief today announced plans to join forces with another, considerably smaller, Christian nonprofit—Germany-based PartnerAid.

Since ...

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Bible Society Takes 'More Accurate and Hopeful' Stance on Scripture Skeptics

(UPDATED) No more 'Bible antagonists,' among many findings in this year's ABS/Barna 'State of the Bible' report.
Bible Society Takes 'More Accurate and Hopeful' Stance on Scripture Skeptics
American Bible Society - Barna Group

Update (Apr. 10): After releasing their 2014 report, ABS and Barna decided to soften the language used to describe Americans who are least engaged with the Bible.

The groups have "renamed the category formerly known as 'Bible Antagonists' as 'Bible Skeptics,' ...

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Popular Pastor Resigns after 'Moral Failure,' But Followers Still Want His Sermons

Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale explains why it took down Bob Coy's teachings on marriage.
Popular Pastor Resigns after 'Moral Failure,' But Followers Still Want His Sermons
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Bob Coy, host of one of iTunes most-popular podcasts on Christianity and known for his teaching on marriage, has resigned as longtime leader of one of America's largest multisite churches after confessing to a "moral failing."

One interesting trend among the ...

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Crimea Adoptions to Americans Blocked by Russia

(UPDATED) Ukraine has replaced Russia as No. 3 source of U.S. adoptions. But Crimea crisis has Christian alliance preparing evacuation plan for 4,000 orphans.
Crimea Adoptions to Americans Blocked by Russia
Courtesy of New Life Ministries

[Updated with stats and evacuation plan from Ukraine Without Orphans.]

Last year, Ukraine replaced Russia as the third-largest source of international adoptions by American families. Russia had ranked No. 3 or higher since 1999 (see charts below), but recently banned U.S. ...

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March Madness Won't End Monday, Thanks to Lent

Saints facing single-elimination in Lent Madness tournament include many names evangelicals will recognize.
March Madness Won't End Monday, Thanks to Lent
Courtesy of Adam Thomas/Lent Madness

March Madness may be coming to a close. But single-elimination competition won't end with Monday's NCAA men's national championship—thanks to Lent.

Or rather, Lent Madness. Launched in 2010 by a Massachusetts pastor, Tim Schenck, the bracket offers a unique ...

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Court Lets NYC Ban Worship Services in Public Schools

More than 150 churches once rented space in New York schools. But legal saga continues.
Court Lets NYC Ban Worship Services in Public Schools
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Church evictions from New York City public schools were condemned last year by city council members. But yesterday, an appeals court once again ruled NYC's ban on churches renting public schools for worship services is constitutional.

While the rule doesn't exclude ...

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Obamacare's Bump: More Christians Now Sharing Health Care Costs

Christian alternatives to traditional insurance see surge in enrollments.
Obamacare's Bump: More Christians Now Sharing Health Care Costs
Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries

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In the months leading up to the March 31 deadline, tens of thousands of Christians opted for faith-based insurance alternatives, where believers contribute a monthly share toward paying for each others' health care costs.

Month-over-month enrollments doubled and ...

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