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Bill Gothard Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

(UPDATED) Family-focused speaker whose Wheaton course became a seminar phenomenon faces allegations from more than 30 women.
Bill Gothard Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation
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Update (Mar. 10): The full text of the ministry email revealing Gothard's resignation can be read here, courtesy of Homeschoolers Anonymous, which broke the news.

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Update (Mar. 6): Bill Gothard has resigned from the Institute in Basic Life Principles, according ...

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David Dockery Picked as President of Trinity International University

During 18 years at Union University, 'evangelical statesperson' doubled enrollment and quadrupled budget.
David Dockery Picked as President of Trinity International University
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David Dockery, former president of Union University, has been unanimously selected as the 15th president of Trinity International University (TIU).

He replaces Craig Williford, who opted not to renew his contract last year and instead take a sabattical after leading TIU ...

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Dozens of Children Abused at Evangelical Commune, Adult Survivors Allege

Jesus People USA, Evangelical Covenant Church named in lawsuit. New film details claims of chronic abuse.
Dozens of Children Abused at Evangelical Commune, Adult Survivors Allege
No Place to Call Home

Dozens of individuals raised in Chicago's Jesus People USA Christian community (JPUSA) are alleging that commune members sexually abused them as children, while leaders covered up the abuse for years.

The allegations are contained in a 90-minute documentary film, released ...

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Road to Damascus Wasn't Enough: Apostle Paul Questions Nearly Get Christian Deported

Asylum seekers keep getting denied for not knowing enough about Christianity. But judges keep giving them a second chance.
Road to Damascus Wasn't Enough: Apostle Paul Questions Nearly Get Christian Deported
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A Chinese Christian's hopes for asylum in America now have new life, after an appellate court overturned a denial from a judge who found that the applicant's answers to questions about Christianity were "hesitant" and "evasive."

The case is the ...

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Court Orders YouTube to Remove Example of How *Not* to Evangelize Muslims

'Innocence of Muslims,' blamed for Benghazi and nixing blasphemy reform in Pakistan, taken down by a controversial copyright claim.
Court Orders YouTube to Remove Example of How *Not* to Evangelize Muslims
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"Innocence of Muslims" had an outsized impact beyond being a brief and bad film.

It sparked the deaths of dozens of people in at least 10 countries. It was initially blamed for the Benghazi embassy scandal. It even quashed a promising debate on blasphemy reform ...

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Muslim Nation Bans Christians from Using 19 Religious Words

Brunei expands Malaysia’s ban on ‘Allah', long used by local Christians, to other Islamic words other religions can no longer use.
Muslim Nation Bans Christians from Using 19 Religious Words
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Following a decision to implement Shari'ah law in the country, the Brunei government has banned 19 Islamic words from use by non-Muslims.

The words, which include Allah—long used by regional Christians to refer to God—and other words with religious associations, ...

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Israel Separates Christian and Muslim Arabs (Legally) for the First Time

(UPDATED) But Israeli Baptist leader says most Arab Christians will refuse unprecedented offer of special minority representation.
Israel Separates Christian and Muslim Arabs (Legally) for the First Time
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Update (Feb. 27): Arab Christians will largely disregard the unprecedented special minority representation granted them by Israel's legislature, predicts the chairman of the Association of Baptist Churches in Israel.

"I believe most Arabs will refuse this decision," ...

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Would Jesus Bake a Cake for a Gay Wedding in Arizona?

Russell Moore says no, Kirsten Powers says yes, as bill awaits governor's decision.
Would Jesus Bake a Cake for a Gay Wedding in Arizona?
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As Arizona's controversial SB 1062 lands on the desk of Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, the exclamation mark this outgoing politician will leave with her pen underscores whether she believes the bill is a distraction from core issues or a necessary step to protect religious ...

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Bob Jones Allows Fired Firm to Finish Abuse Investigation After All

(UPDATED) BJU apologizes for 'added anxiety'; GRACE says results will be delayed but 'God is undoubtedly at work.'
Bob Jones Allows Fired Firm to Finish Abuse Investigation After All
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Bob Jones University has resolved its differences with GRACE and will allow the Christian abuse investigator to complete an independent review of BJU's past response to abuse incidents and how the school can improve.

CT reported how BJU fired GRACE late last month as ...

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Ukraine Names Baptist Pastor as Acting President

After 88 die in protests, Ukrainian evangelicals call nation "to learn to love yesterday's enemies."
Ukraine Names Baptist Pastor as Acting President
Russian Ministries

Oleksandr Turchynov, a well-known Baptist pastor and top opposition politician in Ukraine, took office on Sunday, Feb. 23, as acting president after the Parliament voted to oust President Yanukovych.

The collapse of the Yanukovych regime follows three months of growing ...

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Founder of World's Largest Megachurch Convicted of Embezzling $12 Million

(UPDATED) Pastors defend character of South Korean pastor David Yonggi Cho, who bought stock from 'prodigal' son, evaded taxes.
Founder of World's Largest Megachurch Convicted of Embezzling $12 Million
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Update (Feb. 26): Several pastors spoke up after David Yonggi Cho's sentencing to defend his character and values.

First, Cho apologized to his church congregation when elders accused him of embezzling, and refused to blame the crime on his son in court, Taiwanese pastor ...

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Seven Egyptian Christians Executed on Benghazi Beach

Killings are latest to rock Christian community since American Ronnie Smith, inspired by John Piper to leave Austin church and teach Libyans, was shot while jogging.
Seven Egyptian Christians Executed on Benghazi Beach
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In the latest sign of Coptic Christians' troubles spreading beyond Egypt, seven Christian men have been shot execution-style on a beach outside Benghazi, security officials in Libya announced Monday.

The bodies were found with gunshots to the head in an area where kidnappings ...

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Wheaton Students Protest 'Train Wreck Conversion' Speaker's Ex-Gay Testimony

Chapel message becomes latest debate over how evangelical colleges approach sexual identity.
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Wheaton Students Protest 'Train Wreck Conversion' Speaker's Ex-Gay Testimony
Philip Fillion

A recent student demonstration over a Wheaton College chapel speaker's testimony on her religious and sexual conversion is the latest marker in the long-running debate over the way evangelical colleges approach sexual identity.

The protest focused on the personal testimony ...

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How the World's Top 10 Countries Search the Bible Differently

Are pastors preaching Paul too much and Old Testament too little? Leading Bible website analyzes top verses searched by millions worldwide.
How the World's Top 10 Countries Search the Bible Differently
Bible Gateway - GMI

Which Bible verses are searched for most often in the world's 10 most populous countries? Psalm 23, Genesis 1, and 1 Corinthians 13, according to the world's leading Bible website.

Yet China, India, the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, ...

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Parents Sentenced to Prison for Belief in Healing Power of Prayer

Couple who broke probation with death of second son given one of harshest punishments for faith healing.
Parents Sentenced to Prison for Belief in Healing Power of Prayer
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Two Pentecostal parents from Philadelphia watched two of their sons die from treatable diseases because they believe in faith healing. Now the couple has been sentenced to between three and seven years in prison.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible—already on a 10-year ...

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