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May 2016

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Israel’s 47 Christian Schools Face a Murky Future

Government says promised funds to stave off financial collapse will come soon.
Israel’s 47 Christian Schools Face a Murky Future
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Last week, Israel’s Christian schools warned that they were in “immediate danger of collapsing financially.”

The reason: the delayed release of $13 million promised to the struggling schools by the Israeli government.

Now the government has said it will soon ...

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Died: Jan Crouch, Cofounder of Trinity Broadcasting Network

The 78-year-old started the world’s largest religious cable network with her husband.

Jan Crouch, the cotton candy-haired televangelist known to viewers as “Momma Jan,” passed away Tuesday after a massive stroke.

“Laurie and I have just watched the transition of our precious mother from this world to the next; watched her step into the presence ...

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Overtime Pay Mandated for More Ministry Employees

But pastors are likely exempt.

Starting December 1, churches and other ministries will be required to pay overtime to full-time, salaried support staff making less than about $48,000 a year.

That means employees such as church secretaries or janitors must be paid 1.5 times their normal rate for any time they ...

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Died: Kenneth Bailey, the Scholar Who Made Jesus Middle Eastern Again

The late scholar helped Western Christians see the Bible through a cultural lens.
Died: Kenneth Bailey, the Scholar Who Made Jesus Middle Eastern Again
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Kenneth E. Bailey, the scholar who introduced evangelicals to Middle Eastern culture and history, died Monday at age 85.

Bailey gave Western readers “the eyes to see” the deeper significance of Jesus’ life and stories by placing them in the cultural context ...

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Ken Starr Resigns from Baylor Leadership; Football Coach Art Briles To Be Fired

(UPDATED) Starr: 'The captain goes down with the ship.'
Ken Starr Resigns from Baylor Leadership; Football Coach Art Briles To Be Fired
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Update (June 1): Former Baylor University president Ken Starr resigned this morning, shortly after his demotion to just chancellor following the Baptist school’s sexual assault shakeup.

The decision came “as a matter of conscience,” he said on ESPN. “The ...

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Why Most Pastors Don't Do Prison Ministry

Most have gone to jail (to visit), but few have former inmates in their pews.

Most Protestant pastors have been to jail to see someone. And most want to help prisoners and their families.

But their churches often lack the training or finances to run an effective prison ministry. So instead, the work is primarily done informally by individuals in the congregation. ...

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Where Successful Church Plants Get Their Money

Here's how church plants become self-sufficient—and what financially stable churches have in common.

More than half of new church plants (58%) are financially self-sufficient by their fourth year, a LifeWay Research study shows.

Almost a quarter (23%) are financially independent in their first year.

LifeWay tracked the financial steps of 843 church plants in 17 denominations ...

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Evangelicals Cheer Pro-Life Vote at Methodist Conference

(UPDATE) On the last day of the General Conference, Methodists repeal four decades of Roe v Wade support.

Update (May 21): In one of the last actions of its 10-day General Conference, United Methodist delegates voted 445 to 310 to repeal the denomination’s 40-year-old official resolution supporting Roe v. Wade.

Paired with the earlier vote to withdraw from the Religious Coalition ...

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Christians Rally to Keep World's Largest Refugee Camp Open

The country’s plans to close a 25-year-old camp would displace more than 300,000 East African refugees.

Christian humanitarian groups are among the 11 charitable organizations calling on Kenya to reverse its decision to close the largest refugee camp in the world.

More than 320,000 displaced people face an unstable future after the country, the second-largest refugee host in Africa, ...

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Nigerian State Proposes Banning Preaching Without a License

An “obnoxious” bill would require pastors to procure an annual permit and ban playing evangelical tapes and CDs in public.

For more than 30 years, a state in Africa’s most populous country essentially ignored a law put in place by its military government that required preachers to get licenses, limited the playing of religious cassettes, and outlawed derogatory language by religious organizations ...

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Methodists Won’t Vote on Gay Marriage This Year After All

(UPDATE) With a narrow vote to pass same-sex questions to committee, Methodists band-aid over rumors of split.

Update (May 19): The United Methodist Church, under rising pressure from both sides to decide whether to allow same-sex marriage or non-celibate gay clergy, squeaked out of this year’s General Conference with a decision to punt the question to a committee.

By a vote of ...

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Christian Refugees in Germany Report High Levels of Religious Violence

Sharing resettlement centers with Muslims can be dangerous for Christian asylum-seekers, Open Doors reports.
Christian Refugees in Germany Report High Levels of Religious Violence
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As the million-plus refugees who fled to Germany last year settle into packed group homes and culture-clashed neighborhoods, Christian migrants face ongoing harassment from the Muslims they live alongside.

Open Doors Germany reported Monday that three-quarters of resettled Christian ...

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The World’s Biggest Muslim Organization Wants to Protect Christians

Another major gathering of Islamic leaders denounces extremism.

Secretary of State John Kerry recently confirmed what most already knew: ISIS is committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.

Many Islamic leaders knew it too. In January, 200 Muslim religious leaders, heads of state, and scholars ...

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Will Europe's Third-Largest Church Punish Pastor for Multiple Affairs?

Sunday Adelaja loses leaders at Kiev's Embassy of God for not heeding their discipline.
Will Europe's Third-Largest Church Punish Pastor for Multiple Affairs?
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The controversial founder of one of Europe's largest Protestant churches is battling some in his church leadership over his reaction to multiple affairs.

Sunday Adelaja, a Nigerian pastor who leads the charismatic Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations in the ...

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What the Latest Bible Research Reveals About Millennials

Turns out, young Christians may be the most engaged Bible readers in generations.

Practicing Christian millennials are bucking a trend.

Overall, this generation is less likely to read or trust the Bible than any other. More than half (55%) are “Bible-neutral” or “Bible-skeptical,” compared to 45 percent of teens, 51 percent of Gen-Xers, ...

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