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Transgender Students Battle Christian Universities

(UPDATED) George Fox University and California Baptist University receive religious exemptions to newly clarified gender equity requirements.
Transgender Students Battle Christian Universities
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Update (July 21): George Fox University clarified that, under its housing policy, "residence halls are single-sex, defined anatomically." In a webpage updated July 16, the university also notes that students who identify as transgendered but have not had sex change surgery ...

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Gordon College Loses City Contract, Gets Accreditation Scrutiny

President Michael Lindsay among 26 CCCU presidents urging an exemption clause in pending executive order.
Gordon College Loses City Contract, Gets Accreditation Scrutiny
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A Massachusetts town cut short its contract with Gordon College after the school's president asked President Obama to exempt religious institutions from an expected non-discrimination order.

Gordon president D. Michael Lindsay—also a CT board member—was ...

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What's Next? How Hobby Lobby Affects Wheaton College and Nearly 100 Other Cases

Wheaton College, six other organizations get temporary relief; 100 cases likely to be affected.
What's Next? How Hobby Lobby Affects Wheaton College and Nearly 100 Other Cases
Courtesy of the Becket Fund

Just hours after the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision for Hobby Lobby and fewer than 24 before the IRS could fine several corporations for HHS mandate violations, federal circuit courts granted last minute relief to Wheaton College and six Catholic organizations, including ...

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An Appeals Court Just Struck Down Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Ban. What Else is Happening?

As states overturn gay marriage bans, the "blue state thing" is turning less partisan.
An Appeals Court Just Struck Down Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Ban. What Else is Happening?
Courtesy of Pew Research Center

In a closely watched court case, a divided three-judge panel ruled yesterday that Utah's ban of gay marriage is unconstitutional, paving the way to a possible Supreme Court battle that may end America's same-sex marriage debate.

Since CT identified evangelicals' ...

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PC(USA) Permits Pastors To Perform Same-Sex Marriages, Thanks to Conservative Exodus

Now 172 regional bodies must ratify 'two people' redefinition of marriage, passed by 3 to 1 margin.
PC(USA) Permits Pastors To Perform Same-Sex Marriages, Thanks to Conservative Exodus
Courtesy of Danny Bolin and PC(USA)

America's largest Presbyterian body voted yesterday to change its definition of Christian marriage and permit individual churches to perform same-sex marriages.

The new "authoritative interpretation" of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Book of Order ...

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Results of Bill Gothard Harassment Investigation Released

IBLP board decides seminar speaker acted inappropriately but not criminally.
Results of Bill Gothard Harassment Investigation Released
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A board investigation into allegations that Bill Gothard sexually harassed teen girls has concluded that the popular seminar speaker acted inappropriately but not criminally.

CT reported in March how Gothard resigned as president of his Institute in Basic Life Principles ...

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Is Gay Marriage Destroying the United Methodist Church?

(UPDATED) Progressives violate ban on same-sex unions, sparking fresh talk of schism.
Is Gay Marriage Destroying the United Methodist Church?
Courtesy, ICR, Sambamurthy

Update (June 13): Nearly 90 Methodist conservatives have signed a response to the unity proposal by prominent pastor Adam Hamilton and other progressives, claiming it "will only extend, localize and exacerbate the acrimonious debate over the issue."

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"Irreconcilable" ...

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C. J. Mahaney Breaks Silence on Sovereign Grace Ministries Abuse Allegations

'I look forward to the day when I can speak freely,' said Mahaney, denying 'all the claims made against me.'
C. J. Mahaney Breaks Silence on Sovereign Grace Ministries Abuse Allegations
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C. J. Mahaney has finally broken his two-year silence about a controversial civil lawsuit (dismissed last May, but being appealed next month) alleging that his Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) covered up the abuse of children.

"Many have urged me to respond publicly ...

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C. J. Mahaney, Joshua Harris Resign from Gospel Coalition after SGM Abuse Conviction

(UPDATED) Trial of former youth leader revives debate over alleged abuse coverup at Sovereign Grace Ministries.
C. J. Mahaney, Joshua Harris Resign from Gospel Coalition after SGM Abuse Conviction
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Update (July 3): The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) has severed ties with the pastors college of Sovereign Grace Ministries, ending a nearly two-year relationship between the two organizations.

James A. Smith, chief spokesman of the seminary, said SBTS maintains ...

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Too Christian for Cable? HGTV Cancels Upcoming Show Starring Evangelical Brothers

Reality TV stars now face scrutiny for supporting traditional marriage.
Too Christian for Cable? HGTV Cancels Upcoming Show Starring Evangelical Brothers
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HGTV has stopped production of a new house-flipping show starring Christian twin brothers. The network announced the decision on Twitter this week, following a post from Right Wing Watch (RWW) labeling the stars—David and Jason Benham—as "anti-gay, anti-choice ...

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Major Ministry Kicked Out of Evangelical Alliance UK over Homosexuality Stance

(UPDATED) EAUK cites irreconcilable differences with Steve Chalke's Oasis Trust.
Major Ministry Kicked Out of Evangelical Alliance UK over Homosexuality Stance
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[Update: The EAUK has explained in greater detail its reasoning behind dropping Oasis Trust. See bottom for members' briefing from Steve Clifford.]

Oasis Trust, a sizable ministry founded by a prominent but controversial British Christian leader, has been "discontinued" ...

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Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Losing on Google and Yahoo, Winning in Court?

(UPDATED) Do abortion clinic alternatives use deceptive advertising? Search engines and appeals courts weigh in.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Losing on Google and Yahoo, Winning in Court?
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In a statement given to The Hill and CNET, Yahoo said:

We have found at least some of the ads to be out of compliance with our policies, and we are taking them down. We're in the process of reviewing the other ads and will take similar action if any are found to ...

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Bill Gothard Breaks Silence on Harassment Claims by 30 Women

(UPDATED) Popular seminar speaker: 'I have failed to live out some of the very things that I have taught.'
Bill Gothard Breaks Silence on Harassment Claims by 30 Women
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Update (Apr. 22): Recovering Grace has responded to Gothard's open letter, noting "several positive aspects" but overall explaining why it "leaves us troubled" because it remains "incomplete." Meanwhile, a group of academics and ministry ...

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U.S. Christian Couple Convicted in Qatar of Adopted Daughter's Death

Prosecutors insist Huangs murdered Ghanaian daughter to harvest her organs. Defenders explain why Americans adopt at-risk kids.
U.S. Christian Couple Convicted in Qatar of Adopted Daughter's Death
Courtesy of Free Matt and Grace

An American couple living in Qatar has been convicted of the death of their adopted daughter and sentenced to three years in prison.

CT previously reported how Qatari officials accused Matthew and Grace Huang of starving Gloria, who died suddenly last January, in order ...

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Methodists Debate Punishing Pastors Who Perform Same-Sex Marriages

New York bishop halts church trials that 'produce no winners,' while opponents say avoiding church discipline increases likelihood of schism.
Methodists Debate Punishing Pastors Who Perform Same-Sex Marriages
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Update (June 25): A United Methodist Church (UMC) minister who was defrocked in November for performing a same-sex marriage ceremony has been reinstated by the church. An appeals committee decided Tuesday that Frank Schaefer's dismissal as a minister was an unlawful attempt ...

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