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Counting the Cost: DR Congo Demonstrates Difficulty of Measuring Martyrdom

(UPDATED) How to classify Christian deaths in DRC is crux of persecution debate.
Counting the Cost: DR Congo Demonstrates Difficulty of Measuring Martyrdom
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Why do calculations of Christians killed for their faith worldwide each year range from 1,000 to 100,000? The reason largely comes down to one country: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Researchers disagree on what to do with the approximately 4 million people who died ...

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Texas Church Mourns 13 Seniors Killed in Choir Bus Crash

Pastor: ‘When we’re absent from the body, we’re present with the Lord.’
Texas Church Mourns 13 Seniors Killed in Choir Bus Crash
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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (BP) -- "Death could not hold Him," proclaims the website of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas. The bright Easter message of Jesus' resurrection sits just above the tragic announcement of 13 members who died Wednesday (March 29) ...

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Prison Fellowship Fights the 48,000 Forces Keeping Former Inmates from a Second Chance

Broad coalition launches awareness month to dismantle ‘second prison’ beyond bars.

As Americans across the political spectrum work to reform the criminal justice system and reduce the record-high prison population, another issue has resulted from over-incarceration: how to reintegrate the 65 million people—nearly 1 in 4 adults—with a criminal record. ...

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How 1,000 Pastors Pursue Racial Reconciliation

Personal relationships and prayer preferred over preaching and protests.

Nine out of 10 American pastors say they recently encouraged racial reconciliation. Their favorite method: Breaking bread with someone of another ethnicity.

A new survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors by LifeWay Research examines how they address race beyond the pulpit, as ...

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This Unpaid Pensions Case Could Crush Christian Hospitals

Supreme Court will decide if religious organizations qualify for IRS church exemption.

Today the US Supreme Court heard a trio of lawsuits on pension plans at Christian hospital systems. So far, the panel of justices seems torn over whether religiously affiliated employers fall under federal requirements for pension benefits.

Churches are exempt from the US Employee ...

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Princeton Seminary Reforms Its Views on Honoring Tim Keller

School rescinds a major theology prize amid complaints over women’s ordination.
Princeton Seminary Reforms Its Views on Honoring Tim Keller
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The most popular Reformed preacher and author in America today is not eligible to receive Princeton Theological Seminary’s annual award in Reformed theology and public witness.

The mainline seminary reversed its decision to honor Tim Keller with a prize named for neo-Calvinist ...

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ERLC Defends Russell Moore, Who Apologizes for His Role in Trump Divide

SBC agency says Moore’s job requires ‘speaking prophetically both to our culture and to our Convention.’
ERLC Defends Russell Moore, Who Apologizes for His Role in Trump Divide
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Russell Moore was just doing his job, according to his agency’s governing board.

But the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) still offered his second attempt at an apology for “my own role” in the continued division among Southern ...

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Russia’s Plan to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses Puts Evangelicals in a Tight Spot

Group gives Protestants competition for souls, but also an ally on religious freedom.
Russia’s Plan to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses Puts Evangelicals in a Tight Spot
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[Update: On April 20, Russia’s high court banned Jehovah’s Witnesses as extremists.]

Jehovah’s Witnesses have never held much clout in Russia, where the Orthodox Church dominates both the religious and political landscape. But a government lawsuit now threatens ...

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Evangelical Leaders Challenge Trump’s ‘America First’ Budget

Group of 100 prominent Christians worry severe cuts to foreign aid will reverse progress at reducing poverty.

The leaders of America’s top evangelical aid groups and denominations urged Congress today to reject proposed cuts to foreign aid in a letter signed by more than 100 prominent Christians, including 2 of the 6 clergy who prayed at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. ...

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Twila Paris Defends Brother Indicted for Bribery at Christian College

(UPDATED) Ecclesia president accused of kickback scheme with Arkansas lawmakers. His board and family contend he's innocent.
Twila Paris Defends Brother Indicted for Bribery at Christian College
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The brother of singer-songwriter Twila Paris was indicted this month by an Arkansas grand jury for bribery.

Court documents allege that Oren Paris III traded money to state lawmakers in exchange for grants to Ecclesia College, where he is president.

Paris has said he is innocent, ...

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Trump’s Policies Are Keeping Hispanics Away from Church

Pew finds fear even among 7 in 10 Christian green card holders.

America’s Hispanic churches feel the impact of President Donald Trump’s immigration initiatives in their pews each week.

They’ve seen a drop in attendance as some immigrants stay home rather than risk getting arrested on the way to Sunday services. Pastors find ...

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Russell Moore Still Has a Job, Though 100 Churches Have Threatened to Pull SBC Funds

Meeting between ERLC president and Southern Baptist leader Frank Page results in ‘mutual understanding,’ not a firing.
Russell Moore Still Has a Job, Though 100 Churches Have Threatened to Pull SBC Funds
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Russell Moore still has his job, after today’s much-discussed meeting with Southern Baptist leader Frank Page.

“We deepened our friendship and developed mutual understanding on ways we believe will move us forward as a network of churches,” wrote Moore and Page ...

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Kidnapped Samaritan’s Purse Workers Freed Amid South Sudan Famine

(UPDATED) Eight staff members found safe and relocated.
Kidnapped Samaritan’s Purse Workers Freed Amid South Sudan Famine
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Update (March 14): The Samaritan’s Purse staff members taken by armed rebels in South Sudan were released today. All eight kidnapped aid workers are now on their way to a safe location.

The Christian aid group said it was “thankful to God” for the safe release ...

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Too Public Baptism: Ex-Muslim Loses Lawsuit Against Church

Oklahoma Supreme Court rules against convert tortured in Syria after Tulsa church publicized his conversion online.

It’s the stuff of Sherlock Holmes. Or of church nightmares.

After a Syrian Muslim man converted to Christianity, he asked to be baptized by First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. The pastor agreed, and on December 30, 2012, the man was baptized in front of the PC(USA) congregation. ...

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China Kicks Out Korean Missionaries in 'Unprecedented' Numbers

Scores of Protestants expelled near North Korean border as tensions rise over THAAD missile defense system.

In the past few months, China has expelled dozens of South Korean missionaries from Jilin, a northeastern province that neighbors North Korea.

News media reported the raids, with estimates of the total expulsions ranging from 30 to 70.

"Chinese authorities raided the homes ...

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