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February 2017

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Sudan Frees Czech Missionary Imprisoned for Life

President pardons Petr Jasek, but local ministry partners remain in prison.
Sudan Frees Czech Missionary Imprisoned for Life
Image: Voice of the Martyrs

Last month, missionary Petr Jasek was sentenced to life in prison by Sudan for allegedly spying and waging war against the state.

This weekend, he returned to his native Czech Republic as a free man.

The Czech Republic had broken off relations with Sudan in protest of Jasek’s ...

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Died: H. Wilbert Norton, Who Taught Christian Colleges to Care About Missions

Congo missionary and TEDS, Wheaton, and RTS educator organized first Urbana conference.
Died: H. Wilbert Norton, Who Taught Christian Colleges to Care About Missions
Image: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA

H. Wilbert Norton, whose lifelong leadership brought a missions focus to Christian higher education, died last Monday, less than a week after celebrating his 102nd birthday.

Norton served at more than a half-dozen Christian schools prior to his retirement in 2003, expanded theological ...

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What to Give Up for Lent 2017? Consider Twitter’s Top Ideas

(UPDATED) Trump ranks between Facebook and hope in analysis of 73,000 tweets.
What to Give Up for Lent 2017? Consider Twitter’s Top Ideas
Image: Stephen Smith / OpenBible.info

Update (Mar. 6): After analyzing 73,334 tweets that specifically mentioned giving up something for Lent this year, Stephen Smith has crowned a new winner.

“This year, alcohol topped the list for the first time,” noted the OpenBible.info blogger. “It’s ...

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Tim Keller Stepping Down as Redeemer Senior Pastor

The influential Reformed leader is moving away from his NYC pulpit as his church becomes three.
Tim Keller Stepping Down as Redeemer Senior Pastor
Image: Tim Keller

Later this year, Redeemer Presbyterian will no longer be a multisite megachurch in Manhattan, and Tim Keller will no longer be its senior pastor.

Keller, 66, announced at all eight Sunday services today that he will be stepping down from the pulpit. The move corresponds with ...

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Half of Hispanic Christians Worry About Deportation Under Trump

Pew: Latino Protestants most likely to rate Trump a ‘terrible’ president.
Half of Hispanic Christians Worry About Deportation Under Trump
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Even before President Donald Trump pledged to double down on policies against undocumented immigrants living in the United States, many Hispanics were already praying for protection.

Half of Latino Christians worry about themselves or someone close to them getting deported, according ...

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Black Churches Matter: Research Ties Attendance to Positive Outcomes

African Americans who worship regularly are better able to handle racism and discrimination.

One can see the power of faith in black lives in places like Cleveland, where African American churches have remained—sometimes two or three to a block—even as the middle class and many businesses and predominantly white congregations moved away.

Now science is providing ...

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Courts Split on US Christians Caught Up in Turkey's Crackdown

Deportation of evangelist David Byle blocked, while pastor Andrew Brunson still imprisoned without evidence.
Courts Split on US Christians Caught Up in Turkey's Crackdown

As Turkey continues to crack down on dissent in the wake of a failed coup, two longtime American Christian expats are struggling to stay in the Muslim-majority nation they have long served. So far, they have fared quite differently in Turkish courts.

Last week, dozens of US lawmakers ...

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All 240 Family Christian Stores Are Closing

More than 3,000 employees in 36 states will be laid off in the liquidation of one of the world’s largest Christian retailers.

More than two years ago, suppliers forgave Family Christian Stores $127 million in debt so that it could remain open. Today, the chain—which bills itself as “the world’s largest retailer of Christian-themed merchandise”—announced it is closing all ...

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Pakistan Convicts 42 Christians of Terrorism After Acquitting More Than 100 Muslims

Divergent verdicts on two of Lahore's biggest religious riots undercuts optimism for new law.
Pakistan Convicts 42 Christians of Terrorism After Acquitting More Than 100 Muslims
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Two of Pakistan’s biggest religious riots have finally gotten their day in court—with strikingly different results.

An anti-terrorism court in Lahore has sentenced 42 Christians for rioting after two churches in Pakistan’s largest Christian neighborhood were ...

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Died: Doug Coe, Humble Faith in the Halls of Power

His Fellowship is the force behind DC discipleship and the National Prayer Breakfast.
Died: Doug Coe, Humble Faith in the Halls of Power
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Doug Coe, the Washington DC pastor and power broker best known for organizing the network of Christian leaders responsible for the annual National Prayer Breakfast, died Tuesday afternoon. He was 88.

His death, from “complications following a heart attack and stroke,” ...

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How Pastors Perceive Domestic Violence Differently

Most pastors want their churches to be a safe haven, but don’t have a plan to get there.

When it comes to domestic violence, Protestant pastors want to be helpful but often don’t know where to start.

Most say their church would be a safe haven for victims of domestic violence.

But many don’t know if anyone in their church has been a victim of domestic ...

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Trump Adviser’s Megachurch Withholds Major Donation from SBC

Prestonwood Baptist diverts denominational giving over concerns about Russell Moore’s ERLC.
Trump Adviser’s Megachurch Withholds Major Donation from SBC
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A Dallas-area megachurch has decided to escrow Cooperative Program funds temporarily in order to evaluate future support of Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) causes.

At issue are what the congregation calls “various significant positions taken by the leadership of the Ethics ...

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Black, White, and Blue: How Christians Rate the Police

Race influences views of US law enforcement more than religious tradition—except locally.

In the wake of high-profile police shootings over the past several years, American Christians have joined movements to pray, march, and advocate for justice. Yet whether they find themselves supporting Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, or somewhere in between depends more ...

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Refugee Ban Forces World Relief to Lay Off 140 Staff

The evangelical resettlement agency announced it will close five locations.
Refugee Ban Forces World Relief to Lay Off 140 Staff
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Three weeks after President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily stopping refugees from entering the country, a major evangelical refugee resettlement agency announced plans to shut down 5 of its 27 locations nationwide and lay off more than 100 staff members working ...

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Eat, Pray, Lent: Here's What Americans Actually Abstain From

Nearly 3 in 10 evangelical believers now observe the season before Easter.

During the season of Lent, some Americans give up chocolate or alcohol. Others dump guilty pleasures like social media or binge-watching television.

But most abstain from Lent itself.

Three-quarters of Americans (76%) say they don’t typically observe Lent, according to a ...

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