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U.S. Christian Couple Convicted in Qatar of Adopted Daughter's Death

Prosecutors insist Huangs murdered Ghanaian daughter to harvest her organs. Defenders explain why Americans adopt at-risk kids.
U.S. Christian Couple Convicted in Qatar of Adopted Daughter's Death
Courtesy of Free Matt and Grace

An American couple living in Qatar has been convicted of the death of their adopted daughter and sentenced to three years in prison.

CT previously reported how Qatari officials accused Matthew and Grace Huang of starving Gloria, who died suddenly last January, in order ...

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Evangelicals Back Peace Pact with Islamic Rebels in Philippines

President Aquino, Moro leader Ebrahim end decades of bloody conflict.
Evangelicals Back Peace Pact with Islamic Rebels in Philippines
Malacanang Photo Bureau

Evangelical, Roman Catholic, and Islamic leaders in the Philippines are hailing today's signing of historic peace accords to end decades of conflict between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Among the dignitaries at the event was Bishop Efraim ...

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Why Hobby Lobby Is This Year's Supreme Court Case To Watch

(UPDATED) Tuesday's Green family appeal has religious liberty, corporate law, and Obamacare contraception all at stake.
Why Hobby Lobby Is This Year's Supreme Court Case To Watch
Alliance Defending Freedom and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

When Hobby Lobby makes its case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, conservative Christians won't be the only ones paying attention.

After a year and a half of opposing the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate, the evangelical-owned craft store chain ...

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Christian College Solidifies Complementarian Stance

Alumni discuss chapel talk and course restrictions at Cedarville University.
Christian College Solidifies Complementarian Stance
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A recent chapel talk by Cedarville University's new president has sparked discussion over campus changes related to his complementarian view of gender roles.

In his March 10 chapel talk, Thomas White discussed the concept of headship based on 1 Corinthians 11:2–16. ...

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Central African Churches Pledge Action Against Christians Who Don't Pursue Peace

Evangelical alliance challenges militias that 'distort' Jesus' teachings and 'discredit' his followers.
Central African Churches Pledge Action Against Christians Who Don't Pursue Peace
Open Doors

Fears of genocide in the volatile Central African Republic (CAR) have flipped focus from Christians being victimized to Muslims being victimized. Yet Christian and Muslim leaders are still trying to persuade the world that the current crisis is not sectarian at heart.

Religious ...

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Controversy over Seminary Speaker Invite Tempered by Student's Death

Attempt at demonstrating Anglican unity to Katharine Jefferts Schori instead prompts resignations.
Controversy over Seminary Speaker Invite Tempered by Student's Death
Provided by Nashotah House Theological Seminary

A seminary student's request for the leader of The Episcopal Church (TEC) to come and witness unity between U.S. Anglican conservatives and progressives instead prompted a public wave of disunity—which has now been ironically (albeit tragically) tempered by the ...

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Mark Driscoll Retracts Bestseller Book Status, Resets Life

(UPDATED) 'My angry-young-prophet days are over,' Seattle pastor tells Mars Hill Church. First step: He's quitting social media.
Mark Driscoll Retracts Bestseller Book Status, Resets Life
Mars Hill Church

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In short:

  • Driscoll is voluntarily retracting his claims to "No. 1 New York Times bestseller" status, because he now sees the marketing campaign used for Real Marriage as "manipulating a book sales reporting system, which is wrong."
  • Driscoll regrets how the recent "significant turnover of key staff members" was handled. "I am deeply grieved and even depressed by the pain we have caused," he writes, and expresses hope for reconciliation with former staff who have recently "chosen to air their concerns online."

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Died: Terry Fullam, Renowned Episcopal Pastor Featured in 'Miracle at Darien'

As one of the founders of the mainline church renewal movement, he had a global following among evangelicals.
Died: Terry Fullam, Renowned Episcopal Pastor Featured in 'Miracle at Darien'
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Everett L. "Terry" Fullam, who served as rector of St. Paul's, Darien, Conn., which became famous as a tall steeple parish in the mainline Protestant renewal movement, died today. He was 82.

News of his passing came as a result of Bishop Gregory Brewer, Episcopal ...

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Conversion of Sweden's Most Influential Pastor Causes 'Pain and Disillusion'

(UPDATED) Swedish Evangelical Alliance on Ulf Ekman: 'One should not underestimate the [impact] that this creates in many people today.'
Conversion of Sweden's Most Influential Pastor Causes 'Pain and Disillusion'
Screenshot of Word of Life recorded sermon.

Update (Mar. 14): Ulf Ekman has also resigned from the board of Yoido Full Gospel Church, one of the world's largest congregations, where founding pastor David Yonggi Cho and his son were recently convicted of embezzling $12 million.

In his resignation letter, which ...

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John Ortberg's Megachurch Approved To Leave PC(USA) over Multisite

(UPDATED) To help pay $9 million price tag, pastor will sell home where wife wanted to 'be buried in the backyard.'
John Ortberg's Megachurch Approved To Leave PC(USA) over Multisite
Photos courtesy of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

Update (March 13): John Ortberg's megachurch has received approval to leave the PC(USA) for ECO. And to help pay the nearly $9 million price tag, Ortberg will sell his home of 10 years of which his wife Nancy once expressed, "I want to live here until I die, and ...

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Methodists Debate Punishing Pastors Who Perform Same-Sex Marriages

New York bishop halts church trials that 'produce no winners,' while opponents say avoiding church discipline increases likelihood of schism.
Methodists Debate Punishing Pastors Who Perform Same-Sex Marriages
Janine and Jim Eden/Flickr

Update (June 25): A United Methodist Church (UMC) minister who was defrocked in November for performing a same-sex marriage ceremony has been reinstated by the church. An appeals committee decided Tuesday that Frank Schaefer's dismissal as a minister was an unlawful attempt ...

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The Most Popular and Fastest Growing Bible Translation Isn't What You Think It Is

NIV vs. KJV: Surveys and searches suggest the translation that most Americans are reading is actually not the bookstore bestseller.
The Most Popular and Fastest Growing Bible Translation Isn't What You Think It Is
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When Americans reach for their Bibles, more than half of them pick up a King James Version (KJV), according to a new study advised by respected historian Mark Noll.

The 55 percent who read the KJV easily outnumber the 19 percent who read the New International Version (NIV). ...

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NYC Explosion Leaves One-Third of Spanish Christian Church Homeless

(UPDATED) Tragedy kills seven, destroys two apartment buildings in Spanish Harlem—including church celebrating 80th year.
NYC Explosion Leaves One-Third of Spanish Christian Church Homeless
FDNY

Update (Mar. 14): The church lost five members in the explosion, reports the New York Daily News, as does CBN.

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Update (Mar. 13): The explosion has killed seven people, injured more than 70, and left eight missing, reports A Journey Through NYC Religions, which is ...

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Evangelicals Defend 'Christ at the Checkpoint' from Israeli Critics

(UPDATED) Leaders reject allegations by Ministry of Foreign Affairs official that Bethlehem conference is anti-Israel or anti-Semitic.
Evangelicals Defend 'Christ at the Checkpoint' from Israeli Critics
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Update (March 12): Evangelical leaders of this week's Christ at the Checkpoint (CATC) conference defended their four-day event against a chorus of critics who allege the gathering has an anti-Israel political agenda.

About 700 people are in Bethlehem to take part in ...

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$600,000 Stolen from Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church Offering

Megachurch 'heartbroken' but working closely with police on investigation.
$600,000 Stolen from Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church Offering
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An estimated $600,000 was stolen from Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church this weekend in Houston.

According to a statement sent to church members, someone allegedly stole cash, checks, and credit card information from the church safe, reported the Houston Chronicle, one ...

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