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Bob Jones University Apologizes for Failing Sexual Abuse Victims

(UPDATED) 300-page GRACE report recommends BJU impose 'corrective action' on chancellor Robert Jones III.
Bob Jones University Apologizes for Failing Sexual Abuse Victims
Bob Jones University

[Updated with details from GRACE report and BJU response. First published Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 6:31 p.m.]

A two-year investigation into how Bob Jones University (BJU) responded to dozens of victims of sexual abuse over four decades recommends that the Christian school ...

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Time To Rend Marriage? 1 in 4 Pastors Agree with First Things Petition

Magazine argues for splitting civil and Christian marriage. LifeWay examines which Americans agree.
Time To Rend Marriage? 1 in 4 Pastors Agree with First Things Petition
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Should pastors stop signing marriage certificates at the weddings they officiate? In response to same-sex marriage, should churches get out of the wedding business?

A prominent conservative Christian magazine, First Things, thinks so. As do the more than 300 pastors and ...

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Qatar Frees Matt and Grace: Christian Couple Acquitted of Adopted Daughter's Death

(UPDATED) The Huangs finally have permission to return home to the United States.
Qatar Frees Matt and Grace: Christian Couple Acquitted of Adopted Daughter's Death
Courtesy of Free Matt and Grace

Update (Dec. 3): Matt and Grace Huang are on a plane home to Los Angeles, after finally having their travel ban lifted.

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

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Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage

(UPDATED) Warren turns Vatican conference into 'revivalist meeting,' while Moore explains why marriage crosses theological boundaries.
Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage
Humanum IT

Update (Nov. 18): "There is always a danger in being the 28th speaker in a conference," said Rick Warren during his speech today at Pope Francis's marriage conference. "What's left to say?"

Apparently plenty, as Warren's speech—which ...

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For First Time, State Bans on Same-Sex Marriage Upheld by Appeals Court

Get ready for a Supreme Court showdown after Sixth Circuit says two judges shouldn't make a decision for 32 million citizens.
For First Time, State Bans on Same-Sex Marriage Upheld by Appeals Court
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An Ohio court has given the US Supreme Court an offer on same-sex marriage that the high court likely can't refuse.

After the Supreme Court sidestepped the issue of a national right to same-sex marriage in 2013, experts on both sides predicted the court would intervene ...

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Gordon College Studies Same-Sex Behavior Ban Amid Accreditation Questions

School says "period of discernment" focused on pastoral response, not changing conduct policy.
Gordon College Studies Same-Sex Behavior Ban Amid Accreditation Questions
Courtesy of Gordon College

Gordon College will spend the next year studying current campus policies on same-sex behavior, the college and its regional accreditation board announced.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) discussed whether Gordon’s prohibition on "homosexual ...

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1 in 4 Pastors Have Struggled with Mental Illness, Finds LifeWay and Focus on the Family

Family ministry has LifeWay Research examine how well (or not well) churches address mental health.
1 in 4 Pastors Have Struggled with Mental Illness, Finds LifeWay and Focus on the Family
LifeWay Research

[Updated with Ed Stetzer quotes]

Your pastor is just as likely to experience mental illness as any other American, according to a LifeWay Research survey commissioned by Focus on the Family.

Nearly 1 in 4 pastors (23 percent) acknowledge they have “personally struggled ...

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Pew Surprised by How Many Americans Want Religion Back in Politics

Fresh stats on who thinks churches should endorse candidates, whether homosexual behavior is a sin, and has it gotten harder to be an evangelical.
Pew Surprised by How Many Americans Want Religion Back in Politics
Pew Research Center

More Americans want more religion in politics, according to a new Pew Research Center study exploring the "growing appetite" for churches endorsing political candidates and other intersections of church and state.

While three out of four Americans (72%, a record ...

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Should Pastors Follow Pope Francis and Marry Cohabiting Couples?

Scenario is increasingly common in Protestant congregations.
Should Pastors Follow Pope Francis and Marry Cohabiting Couples?
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The group of 20 Italian couples to be married by Pope Francis on Sunday—his first wedding ceremony as pope—includes pairs who have been living together and already have children, reports Catholic News Service (CNS).

Cohabitation goes against the Roman Catholic ...

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Worship Songwriter Vicky Beeching Comes Out as Gay

The CCM worship world has its Jennifer Knapp moment.
Worship Songwriter Vicky Beeching Comes Out as Gay
Nicholas Dawkes / VickyBeeching.com

A popular writer and singer of CCM worship songs, Vicky Beeching, came out as gay Wednesday in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Independent.

“What Jesus taught was a radical message of welcome and inclusion and love,” said the 35-year-old Anglican, who ...

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Top UK Christian Singer Investigated for Alleged Sex Abuse at 1985 Billy Graham Crusade

Sir Cliff Richard, who denies allegations as 'completely false,' is latest British celebrity affected by Jimmy Savile fallout.
Top UK Christian Singer Investigated for Alleged Sex Abuse at 1985 Billy Graham Crusade
Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer/Flickr

In the wake of allegations that Jimmy Savile, the late UK broadcaster, sexually abused dozens of children, British police today searched a residence of a top Christian entertainer. Sir Cliff Richard is alleged to have sexually abused a 16-year-old boy around the time Richard ...

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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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