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Gordon College’s Entire Faculty Senate Resigns

Professors challenge administration’s promotion process.
Gordon College’s Entire Faculty Senate Resigns
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All seven professors on a Gordon College committee in charge of recommending faculty promotions and tenure resigned last week, believing the evangelical school’s administration had started to ignore their suggestions.

The chair of the faculty senate, Ivy George, announced ...

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| International; Religious Freedom

ISIS Church Bombings Kill Dozens at Palm Sunday Services in Egypt

(UPDATED) Christian leader: ‘During this week of Jesus’ suffering, we will pray to God to give us protection and healing.’
ISIS Church Bombings Kill Dozens at Palm Sunday Services in Egypt
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Attacks at two Coptic Orthodox churches in Egypt’s Nile Delta killed more than 40 people and injured more than 100 others during Palm Sunday services—including the one where Pope Tawadros II was worshiping.

ISIS claimed responsibility. In February, the Egypt chapter ...

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| Research

Just Give Me Jesus: A Closer Look at Christians Who Don't Go to Church

Barna examines the ranks of 'spiritual but not religious' Americans.
Just Give Me Jesus: A Closer Look at Christians Who Don't Go to Church
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When you ask someone about their faith, expect to hear a qualifier.

Of course, there’s “spiritual but not religious,” a category that 11 percent of Americans now fall into, according to Barna Group research. (The figure could be at least double that if applied ...

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| International; Religious Freedom; Research

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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| Research

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

How 1,000 Pastors Pursue Racial Reconciliation

Personal relationships and prayer preferred over preaching and protests.
How 1,000 Pastors Pursue Racial Reconciliation
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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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| Religious Freedom

This Unpaid Pensions Case Could Crush Christian Hospitals

Supreme Court will decide if religious organizations qualify for IRS church exemption.
This Unpaid Pensions Case Could Crush Christian Hospitals
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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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| People; Theology

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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| People

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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