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The Waning of the 'Worship Wars'

Praise bands and informality are rising, along with Hispanic leaders and unaffiliated churches, finds latest National Congregations Study.
The Waning of the 'Worship Wars'
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Out: Organs, bulletins, and choirs.

In: Spoken amens, raising hands during worship, and using projection equipment for song lyrics and sermon notes.

This change to the American church is deeper than just a formality swap, said the authors of the latest National Congregations ...

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Ed Cash Leaves the Gathering, Citing ‘Troubling Allegations’

Departure comes after the cult-like group’s founder, Wayne Jolley, was accused of spiritual and sexual abuse.
Ed Cash Leaves the Gathering, Citing ‘Troubling Allegations’
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Christian songwriter and producer Ed Cash, best known as co-writer of the worship hit “How Great is Our God,” has cut ties with controversial pastor Wayne Jolley.

For the past decade, Cash was a key member of the Gathering International, a small congregation ...

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The 10 Most-Read Stories of the Persecuted Church

China removes 400 crosses, the US deports Iraqi Christians, and ISIS beheads dozens.
The 10 Most-Read Stories of the Persecuted Church

Here are CT's most-read stories about the persecuted church in 2015.

10) Why Christians Are Fleeing One of Africa's Oldest and Largest Christian Homelands

Beyond the search for a better life, evangelicals and Orthodox in Ethiopia increasingly share even more.

9) After ...

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Not Just Pope Francis: Evangelicals Praise Paris Climate Talks

Christian involvement has “permanently shifted” the climate conversation, says Lausanne.
Not Just Pope Francis: Evangelicals Praise Paris Climate Talks
Image: A Rocha International

Pope Francis isn’t the only Christian applauding the outcome of the recent Paris climate talks.

Four leading evangelical groups—the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), Lausanne Creation Care Action Network, Tearfund, and A Rocha International—have joined ...

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God Rivals the Gym Among New Year's Resolutions

LifeWay Research shows Americans also want to use their time better and improve relationships with family and friends.
God Rivals the Gym Among New Year's Resolutions
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When Americans make New Year’s resolutions, a better relationship with God ranks almost as high as better health, Nashville-based LifeWay Research found.

And for many groups, faith actually outranks health. Older Americans, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Christians ...

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Died: Ed Dobson, Pastor and One-Time Moral Majority Leader

After he was diagnosed with ALS in 2000, Dobson spoke and wrote on how to die—and live—well.
Died: Ed Dobson, Pastor and One-Time Moral Majority Leader
Image: Ed's Story screenshot

“Ed Dobson is now healed and with his Lord.”

That’s how the Facebook page chronicling the life of the former Religious Right leader since his diagnosis with ALS announced his death on Saturday.

Dobson, 65, was the former senior pastor at Calvary Church ...

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Bible on Demand: What 160 Million People Searched Scripture For in 2015

Bible Gateway offers year-end analysis of the most-popular verses and chapters, and whether anyone finished their Bible-in-a-year reading plans.
Bible on Demand: What 160 Million People Searched Scripture For in 2015
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On February 16, one day after ISIS beheaded 21 Coptic Christians in Libya, “beheaded” was the fourth most-searched term on Bible Gateway.

The weekend after the US Supreme Court’s same-sex-marriage decision in June, searches for “homosexuality,” ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2015

The Supreme Court decision, C. S. Lewis' secret life, loving my sister-brother, and more.
The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2015

Did you catch all of the most-read CT articles from 2015?

Here's a look back at what readers kept clicking:

20) Rachel Held Evans Returns to Church

The popular blogger joins the mainline tradition. Can evangelicals wish her well?

19) How Christians Can Flourish in a Same-Sex-Marriage ...

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Died: Vonette Bright, Co-Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ

Bright, 89, was known for her love of prayer and her faithful witness.
Died: Vonette Bright, Co-Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ
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Vonette Bright, who co-founded Campus Crusade for Christ with her husband, Bill, in 1951, has died from complications of acute leukemia.

She was 89.

She was born Vonette Zachary on July 2, 1926, in Coweta, Oklahoma, the hometown she shared with her future husband. She ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2015

The 50 countries where it's most difficult to be a Christian, 'The Boy from Heaven' retracts his story, Elisabeth Elliot passes through gates of splendor, and more.
The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2015

What do ISIS, Tullian Tchividjian, YWAM, and Family Christian Stores have in common? All were subjects of the most-read Gleanings posts of 2015.

Here are the top 20 stories that kept readers clicking:

20) Kenji Goto, Christian Journalist, Beheaded By Islamic State

ISIS releases ...

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The Top 5 Testimonies of 2015

Here are the Christian conversion stories that CT readers shared most.
The Top 5 Testimonies of 2015

For three years, CT has devoted a premium slot in its print magazine—the back page—to a compelling story of Christian conversion. Dozens have shared their tales of how God brought them—through academia and prison and demonic oppression—to himself. ...

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The Biggest Apology for Christian Persecution of Other Christians Ever

In an 'astounding admission,' global church leaders repent for past abuse of other denominations.
The Biggest Apology for Christian Persecution of Other Christians Ever
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2015 was a year filled with apologies.

Pope Francis offered them to both the Waldensians and the Pentecostals for past Catholic persecution of Protestants. Matt Chandler’s Acts 29 megachurch asked a former member for forgiveness after wrongly subjecting her to church ...

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The Good News Behind Why Teens Don’t Need a Bible for Christmas

Most practicing Protestant youth already own one—and they’re reading it, according to researchers.
The Good News Behind Why Teens Don’t Need a Bible for Christmas
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Virtually all Americans ages 13 to 17 who identify as Protestant, attend a religious service at least once a month, and say their faith is very important in their life, own a Bible.

And most of them are reading it, according to a new survey from the American Bible Society ...

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‘Same God’ Standoff: Wheaton College, Suspended Professor Hold Ground, Miroslav Volf Weighs In

Debate continues over Larycia Hawkins's explanation (not act) of wearing a hijab during Advent.
‘Same God’ Standoff: Wheaton College, Suspended Professor Hold Ground, Miroslav Volf Weighs In
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Update (Jan. 4, 2016): Wheaton College has begun termination proceedings against Larycia Hawkins.

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The Wheaton College professor suspended for controversial comments on Islam and Christianity says she respects the evangelical institution for upholding its principles.

She ...

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North Korea Sentences Canadian Megachurch Pastor to Life in Prison

(UPDATED) Toronto pastor who made hundreds of humanitarian trips dodges death penalty.
North Korea Sentences Canadian Megachurch Pastor to Life in Prison
Image: Light Korean Presbyterian Church

North Korea has sentenced the pastor of one of Canada's largest churches to life in prison.

Hyeon-Soo Lim, leader of 3,000-member Light Korean Presbyterian Church in suburban Toronto, has been held by North Korea since January, and allegedly confessed in August to conspiring ...

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