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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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Evangelicals Back Peace Pact with Islamic Rebels in Philippines

President Aquino, Moro leader Ebrahim end decades of bloody conflict.
Evangelicals Back Peace Pact with Islamic Rebels in Philippines
Malacanang Photo Bureau

Evangelical, Roman Catholic, and Islamic leaders in the Philippines are hailing today's signing of historic peace accords to end decades of conflict between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Among the dignitaries at the event was Bishop Efraim ...

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Central African Churches Pledge Action Against Christians Who Don't Pursue Peace

Evangelical alliance challenges militias that 'distort' Jesus' teachings and 'discredit' his followers.
Central African Churches Pledge Action Against Christians Who Don't Pursue Peace
Open Doors

Fears of genocide in the volatile Central African Republic (CAR) have flipped focus from Christians being victimized to Muslims being victimized. Yet Christian and Muslim leaders are still trying to persuade the world that the current crisis is not sectarian at heart.

Religious ...

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Conversion of Sweden's Most Influential Pastor Causes 'Pain and Disillusion'

(UPDATED) Swedish Evangelical Alliance on Ulf Ekman: 'One should not underestimate the [impact] that this creates in many people today.'
Conversion of Sweden's Most Influential Pastor Causes 'Pain and Disillusion'
Screenshot of Word of Life recorded sermon.

Update (Mar. 14): Ulf Ekman has also resigned from the board of Yoido Full Gospel Church, one of the world's largest congregations, where founding pastor David Yonggi Cho and his son were recently convicted of embezzling $12 million.

In his resignation letter, which ...

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Evangelicals Defend 'Christ at the Checkpoint' from Israeli Critics

(UPDATED) Leaders reject allegations by Ministry of Foreign Affairs official that Bethlehem conference is anti-Israel or anti-Semitic.
Evangelicals Defend 'Christ at the Checkpoint' from Israeli Critics
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Update (March 12): Evangelical leaders of this week's Christ at the Checkpoint (CATC) conference defended their four-day event against a chorus of critics who allege the gathering has an anti-Israel political agenda.

About 700 people are in Bethlehem to take part in ...

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Head of World Evangelical Alliance Will Step Down for 'Younger Leadership'

After one of longest terms served, Geoff Tunnicliffe will let another lead the 'changing worldwide church' of 600 million evangelicals.
Head of World Evangelical Alliance Will Step Down for 'Younger Leadership'
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One of the longest-serving leaders of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) will call it quits after this year.

The WEA, which represents 600 million evangelicals worldwide, announced today that Geoff Tunnicliffe will conclude his tenure as secretary general and CEO in December ...

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'The Romeikes Can Stay': Good News for German Home-Schooling Family Denied Asylum

Family no longer faces deportation, despite Supreme Court punting on whether home schooling is a religious freedom.
'The Romeikes Can Stay': Good News for German Home-Schooling Family Denied Asylum
Courtesy of HSLDA

In a dramatic 24-hour turnaround, the German family that could have faced deportation after the Supreme Court didn't take their case has been granted "indefinite deferred status" by the Department of Homeland Security.

"We're not entirely sure what ...

The Romeikes will be able to stay in the United States permanently unless they are convicted of a crime. HSLDA chair Michael Farris announced the news in a that garnered more than 7,000 "likes" in the first hour. HSLDA represents the family.

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Died: Dayuma, First Convert from Tribe that Martyred 'Gates of Splendor' Missionaries

(UPDATED) Ecuadorian woman was instrumental in Jim Elliot and Nate Saint's ill-fated outreach to the Amazon's Auca, and later helped to convert the tribe to Christianity.
Died: Dayuma, First Convert from Tribe that Martyred 'Gates of Splendor' Missionaries
Courtesy of Wheaton College (IL) Archives and Special Collections

Dayuma, the indigenous Auca woman who helped Jim Elliot and Nate Saint begin their short-lived but legendary missionary work in Ecuador and later traveled the United States speaking on evangelism and reconciliation, died March 1.

Steve Saint, the son of Nate Saint who was ...

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Pastors Hope All-Night Prayer Vigil Prevents Russia from Invading Ukraine

(UPDATED) Church leaders grateful for global prayer response as "tension has been tremendous.' Russian evangelical says, 'Churches must stop armed conflict.'
Pastors Hope All-Night Prayer Vigil Prevents Russia from Invading Ukraine
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Update (March 4): Under threat of an invasion from Russia, Ukrainian church leaders say their call for an all-night prayer vigil received a global response overnight. "The situation here is stabilizing slowly," said Vitaly Sorokun, pastor of New Hope Church in Kharkov, ...

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North Korea Frees Jailed Missionary

Australian John Short deported to Beijing. But Korean-American Kenneth Bae remains in prison.
North Korea Frees Jailed Missionary
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An Australian missionary jailed last month for handing out tracts in North Korea has been released and deported to Beijing.

John Short, 75, was arrested for spreading Bible tracts near a Buddhist temple in Pyongyang in early February. North Korea's state media—the ...

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Road to Damascus Wasn't Enough: Apostle Paul Questions Nearly Get Christian Deported

Asylum seekers keep getting denied for not knowing enough about Christianity. But judges keep giving them a second chance.
Road to Damascus Wasn't Enough: Apostle Paul Questions Nearly Get Christian Deported
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A Chinese Christian's hopes for asylum in America now have new life, after an appellate court overturned a denial from a judge who found that the applicant's answers to questions about Christianity were "hesitant" and "evasive."

The case is the ...

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Muslim Nation Bans Christians from Using 19 Religious Words

Brunei expands Malaysia’s ban on ‘Allah', long used by local Christians, to other Islamic words other religions can no longer use.
Muslim Nation Bans Christians from Using 19 Religious Words
Wikimedia

Following a decision to implement Shari'ah law in the country, the Brunei government has banned 19 Islamic words from use by non-Muslims.

The words, which include Allah—long used by regional Christians to refer to God—and other words with religious associations, ...

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Israel Separates Christian and Muslim Arabs (Legally) for the First Time

(UPDATED) But Israeli Baptist leader says most Arab Christians will refuse unprecedented offer of special minority representation.
Israel Separates Christian and Muslim Arabs (Legally) for the First Time
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Update (Feb. 27): Arab Christians will largely disregard the unprecedented special minority representation granted them by Israel's legislature, predicts the chairman of the Association of Baptist Churches in Israel.

"I believe most Arabs will refuse this decision," ...

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Ukraine Names Baptist Pastor as Acting President

After 88 die in protests, Ukrainian evangelicals call nation "to learn to love yesterday's enemies."
Ukraine Names Baptist Pastor as Acting President
Russian Ministries

Oleksandr Turchynov, a well-known Baptist pastor and top opposition politician in Ukraine, took office on Sunday, Feb. 23, as acting president after the Parliament voted to oust President Yanukovych.

The collapse of the Yanukovych regime follows three months of growing ...

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Founder of World's Largest Megachurch Convicted of Embezzling $12 Million

(UPDATED) Pastors defend character of South Korean pastor David Yonggi Cho, who bought stock from 'prodigal' son, evaded taxes.
Founder of World's Largest Megachurch Convicted of Embezzling $12 Million
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Update (Feb. 26): Several pastors spoke up after David Yonggi Cho's sentencing to defend his character and values.

First, Cho apologized to his church congregation when elders accused him of embezzling, and refused to blame the crime on his son in court, Taiwanese pastor ...

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