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CCCU Settles Lawsuit with Fired Former President

'Philosophical differences over leadership approach' cited as why Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and Edward O. Blews Jr. 'parted ways.'
CCCU Settles Lawsuit with Fired Former President

Today the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and Edward O. Blews Jr. announced the settlement of the former president's lawsuit over how he was fired. The terms of the agreement, which comes roughly one year after Blews was unanimously removed 10 months ...

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Chuck Smith's Daughter Sues Calvary Chapel over Founder's Last Days

(UPDATED) Children reportedly divided on allegations over who should control megachurch pastor's sermons.
Chuck Smith's Daughter Sues Calvary Chapel over Founder's Last Days
Courtesy of Calvary Chapel

[Updated re: intellectual property dispute and CCCM statement]

The daughter of Chuck Smith, the late Calvary Chapel movement founder, has filed a lawsuit against her father's California church and his successor, Brian Brodersen, claiming that Brodersen's actions ...

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T. D. Jakes Threatens To Sue Rappers for Sampling His Sermon

Megachurch pastor's unauthorized appearance in Jeezy’s 'Holy Ghost' remix is latest debate over intellectual property rights of pastors.
T. D. Jakes Threatens To Sue Rappers for Sampling His Sermon
T.D. Jakes Ministries / Facebook

A new remix from rappers Jeezy and Kendrick Lamar opens with another voice: the familiar preaching cadence of megachurch pastor T. D. Jakes.

Jakes’s Dallas-based ministry announced last week they will go after the song’s creators for using the sermon excerpt ...

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U.S. Visited by Only Politician Ever Banned Over Religious Freedom Violations: India's Modi

Meanwhile, Indian Christians prepare to protest persecution surge from prime minister's first 100 days in office.
U.S. Visited by Only Politician Ever Banned Over Religious Freedom Violations: India's Modi
Global Panorama/Flickr

Today the only person ever banned by the United States because of alleged religious freedom violations—India’s newly-elected prime minister, Narendra Modi—will begin a four-day tour on American shores.

After Modi failed to prevent the riot deaths of 1,000 ...

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New Iran Bible Debuts as 460 Prayer Vigils Seek To 'Save Saeed'

(UPDATED) Bad news for prominent pastor imprisoned in Iran comes amid good news for Persian Christians at large.
New Iran Bible Debuts as 460 Prayer Vigils Seek To 'Save Saeed'
Screenshot of Save Saeed campaign

Update (Sept. 29): World Watch Monitor reports on the new translation of the Bible into modern Persian and how some of its contributors were martyred.

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Two years ago, Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini made one of his frequent trips to Iran. A convert from Islam to Christianity, ...

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NIV Bible Publisher Picks Persecuted Church Advocate as CEO

Carl Moeller, formerly of Open Doors USA and Saddleback Church, turns his attention to Biblica.
NIV Bible Publisher Picks Persecuted Church Advocate as CEO
Twitter screenshot

The former president of Open Doors USA will soon lead the New International Version’s publishing company. Biblica has selected former pastor and ministry leader Carl Moeller to replace outgoing CEO Doug Lockhart, effective October 14.

“[Moeller's] unique ...

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Christian Pundit Dinesh D'Souza Sentenced to 5 Years Probation

Former president of The King's College avoids prison time for campaign finance violations.
Christian Pundit Dinesh D'Souza Sentenced to 5 Years Probation
Courtesy: Dineshdsouza.com

Update, Tues., Sept. 23, 2014

Dinesh D'Souza isn't going to prison. The famed conservative writer and now filmmaker was in US District Court in New York this afternoon for sentencing after his May court appearance in which he pleaded guilty to a single count of ...

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Lecrae Brings Reformed Rap to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show

(UPDATED) Performance with The Roots was the first by a Christian rapper on late-night TV.
Lecrae Brings Reformed Rap to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show
Reach Records

Update (Sept. 19): On The Tonight Show Thursday, Jimmy Fallon congratulated Lecrae for his No. 1 album, Anomaly, and invited him to return for another performance.

For the night, Lecrae joined Fallon’s house band, The Roots, for musical interludes between segments. ...

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James MacDonald Asks Forgiveness for Unbiblical Discipline of Harvest Bible Chapel Elders

Megachurch pastor confesses board slandered three elders as 'false messengers' last year.
James MacDonald Asks Forgiveness for Unbiblical Discipline of Harvest Bible Chapel Elders
Screenshot of Harvest Bible Chapel video

On Sunday, prominent pastor James MacDonald told his 13,000-member Harvest Bible Chapel congregation that he and his elder board were wrong for how they publicly disciplined three elders last year.

“For many months, we have labored under the awareness that our church ...

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Stem Cell Concerns Don't Freeze Evangelical Enthusiasm for Ice Bucket Challenge

(UPDATED) ALS raises $100 million in 30 days; pro-life groups worry about embryonic research.
Stem Cell Concerns Don't Freeze Evangelical Enthusiasm for Ice Bucket Challenge

Tens of thousands of Americans—including dozens of evangelical leaders—have eagerly shivered and shaked their way through the ice bucket challenge, despite concerns from Catholic leaders and pro-life groups that the viral video craze may be sending millions to ...

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Nine Current Mars Hill Pastors Tell Mark Driscoll To Step Down from All Ministry

(UPDATED) Mars Hill responds Friday to leaked letter, says 'our team is Jesus, not one group of elders or another.'
Nine Current Mars Hill Pastors Tell Mark Driscoll To Step Down from All Ministry
Mars Hill Church

Update (Aug. 29): Mars Hill Church responded publicly today to the leaked letter by nine of its 65 pastors.

"Despite the way the letter was sent out, please know we take its contents very seriously and will be taking the appropriate actions to honor Jesus, address ...

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Major Missions Agency Picks 'Radical' New President

Megachurch pastor David Platt is now the younger face of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board.
Major Missions Agency Picks 'Radical' New President
International Mission Board

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Platt, who has ministered in India, Nepal, Indonesia, and an unspecified country in the Horn of Africa, replaces Tom Elliff, who at 70 is nearly double Platt's age.

Platt has pastored the 4,500-member Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, since 2006, and has ...

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Mark Driscoll Steps Down While Mars Hill Investigates Charges

(UPDATED) Driscoll offers 8-step solution to followers: 'Current climate is not healthy for me or for this church.'
Mark Driscoll Steps Down While Mars Hill Investigates Charges
Mars Hill Church

[Updated with eight "next steps," direct quotes, video of announcement.]

In Mark Driscoll's first public statement since Acts 29 rebuked and removed him from the church planting network he founded, the embattled Seattle pastor announced he will temporarily ...

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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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