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Here's How 770 Pastors Describe Their Struggle with Porn

More than half have wrestled with it, but less than 1 percent recommend telling their congregation.
Here's How 770 Pastors Describe Their Struggle with Porn
Barna Group

Most pastors have struggled with porn.

That’s according to an online study of nearly 3,000 adults, teenagers, and pastors by the Barna Group. The study included 432 pastors and 338 youth pastors, and was commissioned by Josh McDowell Ministry and Cru for an April ...

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Episcopal Church Suspended from Anglican Communion over Same-Sex Marriage

(UPDATED) US province demoted to ‘observer status' for three years. Conservatives still want more sanctions and repentance.
Episcopal Church Suspended from Anglican Communion over Same-Sex Marriage
Primates 2016

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The primates said their action against The Episcopal Church (see below) would also be applied to other provinces "when any unilateral decisions on matters of doctrine and polity are taken that threaten our unity." Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby emphasized ...

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More Women Sue Bill Gothard and IBLP, Alleging Sexual Abuse

Amended lawsuit increases severity of allegations. IBLP welcomes the court process.
More Women Sue Bill Gothard and IBLP, Alleging Sexual Abuse
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Five more women have added their complaints to a lawsuit accusing Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) founder Bill Gothard, now 81, of sexual abuse and harassment.

They join five women who filed suit in October against IBLP, saying the institute ignored and mismanaged ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2015

The 50 countries where it's most difficult to be a Christian, 'The Boy from Heaven' retracts his story, Elisabeth Elliot passes through gates of splendor, and more.
The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2015

What do ISIS, Tullian Tchividjian, YWAM, and Family Christian Stores have in common? All were subjects of the most-read Gleanings posts of 2015.

Here are the top 20 stories that kept readers clicking:

20) Kenji Goto, Christian Journalist, Beheaded By Islamic State

ISIS releases ...

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Colorado Springs Pastor Killed in Planned Parenthood Shooting

(UPDATED) Attack at abortion clinic leaves three dead and nine wounded.
Colorado Springs Pastor Killed in Planned Parenthood Shooting
David Zalubowski / Associated Press

Members of Hope Chapel in Colorado Springs gave thanks on Sunday for the life of Garrett Swasey, a church elder and police officer who was killed on Friday in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic [see original post below].

The congregation of about 100 people watched ...

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Goodbye 'Bathroom Bill': Houston Voters Reject New LGBT Protections

Inspired by subpoenaed sermons, conservative Christians overturn HERO.
Goodbye 'Bathroom Bill': Houston Voters Reject New LGBT Protections
Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle / AP

By a 3 to 2 margin, Houston voters rejected an anti-discrimination law yesterday that would extend protections for LGBT residents among other groups.

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, was branded the “bathroom bill” by opponents who feared accommodation ...

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Why Pastors Can't Spot Churchgoing Couples Headed for Divorce

Focus on the Family and LifeWay Research survey compares the happily and unhappily married.
Why Pastors Can't Spot Churchgoing Couples Headed for Divorce
FJH Photography / Flickr

Before a divorce, churchgoers in troubled marriages look a lot like their happily married counterparts at church—participating, serving, and leading at similar rates.

After a divorce, the differences can be stark. Twenty percent have dropped out of church entirely. ...

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China Ends One-Child Policy, Adopts Two-Child Policy

(UPDATED) But Communist Party's shift does not address the root problem, say watchdog groups.
China Ends One-Child Policy, Adopts Two-Child Policy
Evan HB / Flickr

Update (Nov. 2): China experts continue to caution that the Communist Party's policy change may not boost births or expand reproductive rights.

"While this news is widely welcomed, both inside and outside of China, it’s important not to overstate the significance, ...

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Planned Parenthood Will Stop Taking Money for Fetus Parts

Organization behind videos that brought practice to light calls move an “admission of guilt.”
Planned Parenthood Will Stop Taking Money for Fetus Parts
Center for Medical Progress

In the wake of undercover videos by the pro-life advocacy group Center for Medical Progress (CMP), Planned Parenthood said today that it won’t accept money for any fetal tissue that it provides to research facilities.

To be clear: Patients may still donate fetal parts, ...

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Peace Church Out: Mennonite Schools Leave CCCU to Avoid Same-Sex Marriage Split

Consortium consulted more than 120 member presidents on what to do about Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College.
Peace Church Out: Mennonite Schools Leave CCCU to Avoid Same-Sex Marriage Split
Courtesy of CCCU

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) has again lost two member schools. This time, it's the ones which now permit faculty and staff in same-sex marriages.

Earlier this year, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and Goshen College added sexual orientation ...

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March for Life Exempt From Birth Control Mandate

Judge accepts secular pro-life group’s moral, not religious, rationale.
March for Life Exempt From Birth Control Mandate
Monica Elizabeth

At least one secular nonprofit has been allowed to opt-out of the Obamacare birth control mandate.

A federal judge on August 31 ruled that the March for Life, a secular organization that stages the annual January Roe v. Wade protest in Washington, is exempt from offering ...

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65,000 Pro-Life Advocates Protest at 342 Planned Parenthood Sites

(UPDATED) 'The tide has turned' against leading abortion provider, claims pro-life leader.
65,000 Pro-Life Advocates Protest at 342 Planned Parenthood Sites
Desiring God

Update (Aug. 24): More than 65,000 people turned out to protest this weekend at 342 Planned Parenthood (PPFA) clinics, pro-life organizers reported on Sunday.

"This is a tipping point in the history of fighting Planned Parenthood," said Jim Sedlak, vice president ...

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One in Three Americans Say Divorce Is Still a Sin in Cases of Abuse

Pastors are more understanding when adultery, spousal abuse, or abandonment occurs.
One in Three Americans Say Divorce Is Still a Sin in Cases of Abuse
Courtesy, Bartolone Legal Group

About a third of Americans—and a quarter of Protestant pastors—say it is a sin to get divorced in cases of spousal abuse.

And many Americans are less forgiving than their pastors when it comes to divorce, especially in cases of adultery or abandonment.

Those ...

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From the Lunch Table to the Dissection Table: The Latest Planned Parenthood Pricing Parts Video

(UPDATED) 'Another boy!' says fetal tissue procurement tech as medical director discusses strategy to avoid legal problems.
From the Lunch Table to the Dissection Table: The Latest Planned Parenthood Pricing Parts Video
Center for Medical Progress

Update (July 30): A Planned Parenthood medical director in Colorado discussed in April how to talk about the organization's procurement of fetal tissue and body parts as "research," not as a business transaction to avoid violating federal law. This is featured ...

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Contraception Mandate Heading to Supreme Court

(UPDATED) SCOTUS will determine if the rule violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Contraception Mandate Heading to Supreme Court

Update (Nov 6): The Supreme Court will hear seven cases challenging the Affordable Care Act’s birth-control mandate. Religious charities, hospitals, and universities have challenged an Obamacare rule which requires that employers provide female employees with insurance ...

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