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Christian Pundit Dinesh D'Souza Sentenced to 5 Years Probation

Former president of The King's College avoids prison time for campaign finance violations.
Christian Pundit Dinesh D'Souza Sentenced to 5 Years Probation
Courtesy: Dineshdsouza.com

Update, Tues., Sept. 23, 2014

Dinesh D'Souza isn't going to prison. The famed conservative writer and now filmmaker was in US District Court in New York this afternoon for sentencing after his May court appearance in which he pleaded guilty to a single count of ...

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China Lifts High the Cross (Right Off Dozens of Churches)

Photos show campaign to 'de-Christianize' skyline of 'China's Jerusalem' continues.
China Lifts High the Cross (Right Off Dozens of Churches)
Courtesy of China Aid

When a megachurch's walls came tumbling down in China's Jerusalem last month, the forced demolition drew widespread international attention thanks to photos circulating on Weibo, China's version of Twitter. Now, Weibo photos have documented how local authorities ...

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Dave Ramsey Reportedly Silences Critics on Twitter and Facebook

Daily Beast: Christian financial guru is confronting former employees behind social media criticism and parodies.
Dave Ramsey Reportedly Silences Critics on Twitter and Facebook
MARK HUMPHREY / AP

Bestselling Christian finance guru and radio host Dave Ramsey has more than a half-million followers on Twitter, but not all of them are fans. His critics include a handful of anonymous accounts and parodies, thought to be operated by former staff of Ramsey's 400-employee ...

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Five Reasons Why Most Southern Baptist Churches Baptize Almost No Millennials

(UPDATED) SBC task force 'owns the problem' and identifies five sources of 'stark patterns of decline' in evangelism.
Five Reasons Why Most Southern Baptist Churches Baptize Almost No Millennials
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Update (June 2): Timothy George, founder of Samford University's Beeson Divinity School, offers his reflections on why the baptism report is "remarkable for its candor and for the stark analysis it presents."

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The "heartbreaking slide" in ...

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What the Largest Study of Women Leaders at Evangelical Nonprofits Has Learned So Far

Interactive chart shows how underrepresentation differs by organization type and budget.
What the Largest Study of Women Leaders at Evangelical Nonprofits Has Learned So Far
Christianity Today

When it comes to women in leadership positions, evangelical nonprofits lag behind their secular counterparts, according to the first wave of results of a first-of-its-kind study by Wheaton College sociologist Amy Reynolds and Gordon College provost Janel Curry.

Women represent, ...

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Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Gives Birth in Sudan Prison as 1 Million Protest Christian Mother's Death Penalty

(UPDATED) Government of Sudan: 'This case remains a legal issue and not a religious or a political one.'
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Gives Birth in Sudan Prison as 1 Million Protest Christian Mother's Death Penalty
Facebook screenshot - Gabriel Wani

Update (June 2): Many media outlets circulated the BBC's report this weekend that Sudanese authorities would soon free Meriam Ibrahim from prison. However, CNN reported that her fate remains a decision for the appeals court, and Sudan's foreign ministry later explained ...

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Ron Luce, World Magazine Debate Why Teen Mania Is One of America's Most Insolvent Charities

(UPDATED) Acquire the Fire leader says investigation 'included false statements, errors and misperceptions.' World reveals audit advice as evidence.
Ron Luce, World Magazine Debate Why Teen Mania Is One of America's Most Insolvent Charities
Facebook screenshot

[Editor's note: Reference to Prison Fellowship 990s updated May 29.]

Teen Mania's finances are on the rocks. The Acquire the Fire organizer, recently named one of the most influential ministries of the 21st century, is currently No. 5 on Charity Navigator's ...

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C. J. Mahaney Breaks Silence on Sovereign Grace Ministries Abuse Allegations

'I look forward to the day when I can speak freely,' said Mahaney, denying 'all the claims made against me.'
C. J. Mahaney Breaks Silence on Sovereign Grace Ministries Abuse Allegations
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C. J. Mahaney has finally broken his two-year silence about a controversial civil lawsuit (dismissed last May, but being appealed next month) alleging that his Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) covered up the abuse of children.

"Many have urged me to respond publicly ...

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Tim Keller, Don Carson Explain Why Tullian Tchividjian Was Asked to Leave Gospel Coalition

(UPDATED) Tchividjian apologizes that his public breakup with TGC has 'given the world the justification they're looking for to disbelieve the gospel.'
Tim Keller, Don Carson Explain Why Tullian Tchividjian Was Asked to Leave Gospel Coalition
Wikimedia Commons and screenshot of Liberate

Update (June 2): Tullian Tchividjian apologized on Friday [May 30] for his "very public 'break-up'" with The Gospel Coalition (TGC), drawing praise from Russell Moore who connected the social media spat to the recent World Vision controversy.

"This ...

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Good News for Churches Worried About Losing Their Pastor's Best Benefit to Atheist Lawsuits

What a Kentucky court ruling implies for a high-profile Wisconsin challenge to the clergy housing allowance.
Good News for Churches Worried About Losing Their Pastor's Best Benefit to Atheist Lawsuits
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A federal judge in Kentucky has thrown out an atheist challenge to tax benefits for churches and clergy—a decision that stands in opposition to the high-profile overturning of the IRS's clergy housing allowance by a Wisconsin federal judge in November.

Three groups—American ...

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Evangelical Seminary Explains Why It Enrolled First Muslim Student

(UPDATED) Unusual decision draws scrutiny at one of largest Southern Baptist schools.
Evangelical Seminary Explains Why It Enrolled First Muslim Student
Wikimedia

Update (July 9): Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson apologized at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting for admitting a Muslim student to the school, but the student remains enrolled pending a fuller discussion by the seminary's ...

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Which Americans Exaggerate Church Attendance Most

Responses vary when interviewing evangelicals, Catholics, and the unaffiliated online vs. by phone.
Which Americans Exaggerate Church Attendance Most
Jimmy McIntyre/Flickr

Whether evangelical or mainline, white or black, Catholic or unaffiliated, a new survey finds that many Americans have one thing in common: We exaggerate our church attendance.

But the degree depends on denomination.

White evangelicals are twice as likely to admit they ...

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C. J. Mahaney, Joshua Harris Resign from Gospel Coalition after SGM Abuse Conviction

(UPDATED) Trial of former youth leader revives debate over alleged abuse coverup at Sovereign Grace Ministries.
C. J. Mahaney, Joshua Harris Resign from Gospel Coalition after SGM Abuse Conviction
Twitter screenshot

Update (July 3): The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) has severed ties with the pastors college of Sovereign Grace Ministries, ending a nearly two-year relationship between the two organizations.

James A. Smith, chief spokesman of the seminary, said SBTS maintains ...

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NYC Pastors Repay $1.2 Million Diverted from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina Donations

Husband and wife agree to reimburse church after using funds 'as their personal bank.'
NYC Pastors Repay $1.2 Million Diverted from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina Donations
Courtesy of the National September 11 Memorial Museum

[Update: A Journey Through NYC Religions offers more context on Keyes and his church, including its significance in the Pentecostal movement and its efforts at racial reconciliation.]

Pastors Carl and Donna Keyes have agreed to repay their New York City church $1.2 million ...

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Confirmed: American's Pregnant Wife Faces Sudan Death Penalty for Not Renouncing Christian Faith

(UPDATED) Convicted of adultery and apostasy, Sudanese doctor will give birth to her second child this month.
Confirmed: American's Pregnant Wife Faces Sudan Death Penalty for Not Renouncing Christian Faith
U.S. State Department

Update (May 15): Given until today to recant her faith by a Sudanese court, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim instead declared she remained a Christian at today's hearing. The judge at the Public Order Court in El Haj Yousif Khartoum then confirmed her sentence of 100 lashes for adultery ...

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