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Terrorism Charge Snares Prominent American Missionary

If Christian broadcaster Stendal goes on trial in Colombia, missions work nationwide may be at risk.
Terrorism Charge Snares Prominent American Missionary
Deann Alford

Is Russ Stendal, the famed missionary to FARC terrorists in South America, actually El Gringo, a terrorist leader seeking the overthrow of Colombia’s government?

That question is before a three-judge panel, based on allegations from Carlos Manuel Silva, chief sectional ...

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Forgiving ISIS: Christian ‘Resistance’ Videos Go Viral in Arab World

Ten-year-old girl from Mosul becomes Christian broadcaster SAT-7’s most-watched interview ever.
Forgiving ISIS: Christian ‘Resistance’ Videos Go Viral in Arab World
SAT-7

Muhga Ghalab paused carefully as she spoke on the role of mothers in maintaining social cohesion.

“We must teach our children to love, but we are not doing so,” said the dean of Islamic Studies at al-Azhar University, one of the Muslim world's most respected ...

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Suicide Bombers Attack Sunday Services in Pakistan's Largest Christian Neighborhood

Taliban-linked killings provoke unusually violent reaction by Christian minority.
Suicide Bombers Attack Sunday Services in Pakistan's Largest Christian Neighborhood
Fareed Khan / AP

Update (Mar. 19): Christian leaders in Lahore have publicly asked for forgiveness for the retailiatory violence, as well as safety as Muslims gather for worship this Friday.

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Christian protesters turned unusually violent after suicide bombers attacked Sunday services ...

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$1.7 Million Templeton Prize Awarded to L’Arche Disability Ministry Founder, Jean Vanier

Inspired by Vanier, Henri Nouwen wrote his last book about Toronto’s L’Arche community.
$1.7 Million Templeton Prize Awarded to L’Arche Disability Ministry Founder, Jean Vanier
Templeton Foundation

Jean Vanier, who in 1964 founded the first L’Arche community for people with and without intellectual disabilities, has been awarded the Templeton Prize, valued at $1.7 million.

The prize, one of the world’s largest, is given annually to a living individual ...

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Prominent Advocate for Persecuted Christians Resigns After Sex Assault Conviction

Barnabas Aid defends its work as 'much bigger than one man' after jury rules Patrick Sookhdeo groped employee and intimidated witnesses.
Prominent Advocate for Persecuted Christians Resigns After Sex Assault Conviction

The founder and director of one of the world’s largest advocates for persecuted Christians has resigned after being convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in his office on Valentine’s Day last year.

Trustees of Barnabas Aid International were "saddened" ...

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ISIS Kidnaps 100 Christians in Syria: Prisoner Swap, or Libya-Style Propaganda?

(UPDATED) Christian leader: In light of 'barbaric record with the captured, the destiny of these families is a major concern to us.'
ISIS Kidnaps 100 Christians in Syria: Prisoner Swap, or Libya-Style Propaganda?
Twitter / EshuAssyrian3

Update (Feb. 25): Assyrian activists tell CNN that they expect ISIS to release a video today threatening to kill the approximately 150 Christian captives unless President Obama and other leaders end joint air strikes against the group.

An "official" confirmed ...

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Frank Wolf Calls for Safe Haven for Mideast Christians

Former congressman offers six-point plan. But killing continues as ISIL-linked terrorists behead 21 Christians in Libya.
Frank Wolf Calls for Safe Haven for Mideast Christians

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, “This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, ...

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Died: Samuel Hugh Moffett, 98, Leading Expert in East Asia Christianity

Global Christian mission should pivot to Asia's 4.4 billion people, Moffett said.
Died: Samuel Hugh Moffett, 98, Leading Expert in East Asia Christianity
Courtesy of Princeton Theological Seminary.

The renowned Princeton Seminary historian, Samuel Hugh Moffett, whose two-volume History of Christianity in Asia was completed when he was 89 years old, has died. He was 98.

“Sam Moffett had a distinguished career of teaching and scholarship in the service of the ...

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Kenji Goto, Christian Journalist, Beheaded By Islamic State

(UPDATED) IS releases video reportedly showing execution of Japanese believer.
Kenji Goto, Christian Journalist, Beheaded By Islamic State
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Update (Jan. 31): The Islamic State (IS) has released a video showing the beheading of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist and a Christian with a wife and two young children. The New York Timesreported Saturday evening:

The video of the killing of the journalist, Kenji Goto, ...

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Canadian Justice: You Can’t Block Lawyers over Their Alma Mater Banning Gay Sex

'This decision isn’t about whether LGBT equality rights are more or less important than the religious freedoms of evangelical Christians.'
Canadian Justice: You Can’t Block Lawyers over Their Alma Mater Banning Gay Sex
Facebook /Trinity Western University

A Nova Scotian law society cannot deny future graduates of Canada’s first Christian law school the right to practice because of the college’s position on sexuality, a provincial Supreme Court justice ruled on Wednesday.

“This decision is important not ...

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YWAM Missionaries Won’t Be Deported over Visa Issue

With 300 missionaries at risk during sponsorship suspension, organization learned “hard lessons” about record-keeping.
YWAM Missionaries Won’t Be Deported over Visa Issue
YWAM Harpenden / Facebook

Hundreds of YWAM (Youth With A Mission) missionaries whose visas were suspended last month get to continue ministry work in England and Wales after government officials reinstated the organization’s sponsorship status today.

In December, Britain suspended licenses ...

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Robert P. George to Saudi Arabia: Whip Me Instead of Raif Badawi

Offering to take 100 lashes each, 7 of 9 USCIRF commissioners 'would rather share in' blogger's punishment than 'watch him being cruelly tortured.'
Robert P. George to Saudi Arabia: Whip Me Instead of Raif Badawi
Amnesty International / Facebook

Following Saudi Arabia’s decision to flog a dissident blogger 50 times on a weekly basis for the next five months, seven of the nine members of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) have asked the Muslim nation to whip them instead.

“Compassion, ...

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'Not Forgotten': The Top 50 Countries Where It's Most Difficult To Be A Christian

Open Doors says 2014 saw the worst persecution of Christians in the 'modern era'—but not because of violence.
'Not Forgotten': The Top 50 Countries Where It's Most Difficult To Be A Christian
Courtesy of Open Doors

New research reveals one more reason to remember 2014: for the greatest number of religious freedom violations against Christians worldwide in recent memory—even in Christian-majority countries. Of the worst 50 nations, 4 out of 5 share the same primary cause. And, ...

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350 YWAM Missionaries Fear Forced Exit from United Kingdom after License Suspended

(UPDATED) Urgent request on visa problem notes: 'YWAM has never been the type of organization which fits neatly into boxes.'
350 YWAM Missionaries Fear Forced Exit from United Kingdom after License Suspended
Courtesy of YWAM Harpenden/Facebook

The England and Wales office of YWAM (Youth With A Mission) may lose more than 350 missionaries and their families by April in the wake of British immigration officials suspending the ministry's visa sponsor status.

“Whilst we recognize and support the [UK Visas ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2014

World Vision's reversal, Kay Warren on son's suicide, 33 Christian leaders under 33, and more.
The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2014

Did you catch all of the most-read CT articles from 2014?

Here's a look back at what readers kept clicking:

20) The 160-Year Christian History Behind What's Happening in Ukraine

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19) Fox News' Highly Reluctant Jesus Follower

Of all people surprised that I became ...

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