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Will the Faithful Inherit the Super Bowl? Sports Fans Split on Prosperity Gospel

Some recent stats on religiosity and athletics.
Will the Faithful Inherit the Super Bowl? Sports Fans Split on Prosperity Gospel
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Americans are divided on whether "God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success," according to a recent survey ahead of Super Bowl Sunday.

Almost 5 in 10 agree (48%) with this echo of the prosperity gospel, while slightly fewer disagree (47%), ...

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Cuba Case Study: Bonhoeffer-Inspired Pastor Arrested After Blogs, Tweets, and D.C. Trip

(UPDATED) Outspoken Cuban activist Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso now under house arrest.
Cuba Case Study: Bonhoeffer-Inspired Pastor Arrested After Blogs, Tweets, and D.C. Trip
Christianity Today

Travel keeps getting easier for Cuba's surging Christian community even as practicing their faith keeps getting harder. Case in point: Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, a Cuban Baptist pastor who once appeared on CT's cover and has since become a Bonhoeffer-inspired activist ...

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Academy Disqualifies Joni Eareckson Tada's Oscar-Nominated Song from Christian Movie

(UPDATED) Tada hopes all the attention will 'extend the message and impact' of song from 'Alone Yet Not Alone,' once one of five Oscar candidates for best original song.
Academy Disqualifies Joni Eareckson Tada's Oscar-Nominated Song from Christian Movie
Courtesy of Joni & Friends

Update: Tada tells CT:

While I can only imagine the disappointment of music writer Bruce Broughton and lyricist Dennis Spiegel in the rescinding of their Oscar nomination, it in no way detracts from either the song's beauty or its message. I was humbled and honored ...

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More Bible Stats: Top 100 Searching Cities Look Very Different from Top 100 Believing Cities

D.C. and Honolulu surge most when Bible Gateway compares its data to American Bible Society's list of the most 'Bible-minded' cities in America.
More Bible Stats: Top 100 Searching Cities Look Very Different from Top 100 Believing Cities
Courtesy of Bible Gateway

Building upon recent research on how 100 American cities "rank and tank" at embracing the Bible, Bible Gateway has crunched last year's search data and produced its own list of the 100 most "Bible-minded" cities in the United States.

However, this ...

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As Harvard Hosts World's Largest Bible Class, Pat Robertson's Regent Launches MOOC

How the apostle Paul ‘beat out Beyonce,’ and how Christian colleges are joining in on online education trend.
As Harvard Hosts World's Largest Bible Class, Pat Robertson's Regent Launches MOOC
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More than 22,000 students from 180 countries are currently studying Paul's New Testament letters, thanks to Harvard University and edX, which offers massive open online courses (MOOCs) for free.

Professor Laura Nasrallah is teaching "Early Christianity: The Letters ...

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Fraudbuster Barry Minkow Convicted of Cheating His Own Church Out of $3 Million

Already in prison, former conman turned watchdog for Christian ministries could now serve an extended sentence.
Fraudbuster Barry Minkow Convicted of Cheating His Own Church Out of $3 Million
Christianity Today

Barry Minkow, who once graced CT's cover as an ex-conman turned watchdog saving Christian organizations from billions of dollars of fraud, has been convicted of cheating his own congregation.

Minkow was convicted Wednesday of embezzling $3 million from San Diego Community ...

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Dinesh D'Souza Indicted for Illegal Campaign Donations

(UPDATED) Former King's College president may have illegally contributed to Senate campaign. Free Dinesh movement launched.
Dinesh D'Souza Indicted for Illegal Campaign Donations
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Best-selling author, documentary filmmaker, and former Christian college president Dinesh D'Souza was indicted today (Thursday, Jan. 23) by federal officials for alleged criminal violation of campaign finance laws.

Reuters reports:

According to an indictment made ...

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How 100 Cities 'Rank and Tank' at Embracing the Bible (Colorado Springs? No. 56)

(UPDATED) Christian college towns do well, as Barna and American Bible Society identify 'Bible-minded' cities for second time.
How 100 Cities 'Rank and Tank' at Embracing the Bible (Colorado Springs? No. 56)
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Update: One theory as to why certain cities "embrace the Bible" more than others: 19 of the top 20 most "Bible-minded" cities host sizable Christian colleges. (List added below.)

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For the second time, the American Bible Society (ABS) has partnered ...

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Despite Frigid Weather, March for Life Marches On with New Adoption Focus

For its 41st year, pro-life rally implements significant changes. Meanwhile, groups release recaps of how abortion changed in 2013.
Despite Frigid Weather, March for Life Marches On with New Adoption Focus
Courtesy of March for Life/EWTN

Despite snow, ice, and below-freezing temperatures, thousands of people are still protesting abortions during today's 41st March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., from the National Mall to the Supreme Court. (See a 360-degree live feed here.)

CNN thoroughly examines ...

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Cheer Up, John 3:16: The World's Top 10 Bible Verse Searches of 2013

On Bible Gateway's list, drawn from 242 countries and territories, only one verse matches YouVersion's list of top verses shared.
Cheer Up, John 3:16: The World's Top 10 Bible Verse Searches of 2013
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John 3:16 may not be among the top Bible verses people are sharing with others worldwide. But it does top the list of Bible verses people from 242 countries and territories are seeking out.

Bible Gateway reports visitors spent more than 76 million hours on BibleGateway.com ...

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Ravi Zacharias Speaks, Fernando Ortega Sings … at the Mormon Tabernacle

(UPDATED) Famed apologist once made history as first evangelical leader in 100 years (since D. L. Moody) to address Latter-day Saints leaders. Now he’s the fifth big name in five months.
Ravi Zacharias Speaks, Fernando Ortega Sings … at the Mormon Tabernacle
Ben Ian May (courtesy of RZIM)

Update (Jan. 20): Ravi Zacharias, who in 2004 was the first evangelical Christian to speak at the Mormon Tabernacle since D. L. Moody in 1899, expressed thanks this past weekend for his second invitation (videos available here). "I am truly honored and privileged to stand ...

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American Bible Society Selects Bible Translator as New President

Roy Peterson has led The Seed Company and Wycliffe USA; now he’s heading to Manhattan.
American Bible Society Selects Bible Translator as New President
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The American Bible Society (ABS) has hired a Bible translation veteran as its next president.

Roy Peterson, president and CEO of The Seed Company since 2003, will start at ABS in February. He previously served as executive director of Wycliffe USA from 1997-2003, as well ...

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Pope Francis: Let Moms Breastfeed in Church

'If they are hungry, mothers, let them eat,' reiterates pontiff at Sistine Chapel.
Pope Francis: Let Moms Breastfeed in Church
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Before the Mommy Wars and weaning debates and the controversial Time breastfeeding cover, there was the Madonna and Child—Jesus, as a baby, nursing at his mother's breast.

Despite the popular depictions of a breastfeeding Jesus throughout history, today's ...

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Pew: Religious Hostility Reaches Six-Year High Worldwide

(UPDATED) An update on the groundbreaking global quantification of religious freedom by the Pew Research Center.
Pew: Religious Hostility Reaches Six-Year High Worldwide
Christianity Today

Social hostilities involving religion soared worldwide in 2012, with nearly 3 out of 4 of the world's people (74%) living in countries with high levels. The surge is stark, given that in 2011 only half of the global population (52%) lived in such countries, while the ...

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The Top Law Schools for Devout Christians

National Jurist offers new ranking on behalf of Protestant and Catholic students, as well as Mormons, Jews, and Muslims.
The Top Law Schools for Devout Christians
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Add one more variable to the rankings of top law schools: Does the school leave religious students feeling "soul-less"?

The National Jurist, a magazine which describes itself as "the voice of legal education," explored this question in attempting to identify ...

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