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As SBC Backs Refugee Resettlement, World Relief Leader Resigns

Southern Baptists vote to encourage compassion, while Stephan Bauman reveals next move.
As SBC Backs Refugee Resettlement, World Relief Leader Resigns
World Relief

Southern Baptists adopted a resolution this morning encouraging fellow believers to offer “care, compassion, and the gospel” to refugees, while at the same time calling on the American government to “implement the strictest security measures possible in the ...

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Evenly Split, Southern Baptists Pick President after Candidate Quits

J. D. Greear withdraws from unusually tight SBC election, making Steve Gaines the next leader.
Evenly Split, Southern Baptists Pick President after Candidate Quits
Southern Baptist Convention

In an unusually contested race, Southern Baptist messengers elected Tennessee pastor Steve Gaines as their next president this morning.

Gaines replaces Ronnie Floyd, who has served the maximum two consecutive terms. SBC presidents are elected one year at a time; the post is largely ...

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A Tale of Two Billy Graham Statues

Dual delays on efforts to honor 'America's pastor,' while researchers rank his admiration in 30 countries.
A Tale of Two Billy Graham Statues
LifeWay Christian Resources

Yesterday, contractors working to dismantle the familiar 9-foot statue of Billy Graham outside of LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville ran into trouble.

LifeWay, which sold its 15-acre downtown campus last year, plans to move the statue to the entrance of its Ridgecrest Conference ...

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Died: Robertson McQuilkin, College President Praised for Alzheimer’s Resignation

Author of 'A Promise Kept' left Columbia Bible College short of retirement to care for his ailing wife.
Died: Robertson McQuilkin, College President Praised for Alzheimer’s Resignation
Columbia International University

Robertson McQuilkin, who stepped down from the presidency of Columbia Bible College and Seminary (now Columbia International University) in 1990 to care fulltime for his ailing wife, Muriel, has died. He was 88.

McQuilkin, whose father was Columbia’s first president, met ...

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Died: Jan Crouch, Cofounder of Trinity Broadcasting Network

The 78-year-old started the world’s largest religious cable network with her husband.
Died: Jan Crouch, Cofounder of Trinity Broadcasting Network
Trinity Broadcasting Network

Jan Crouch, the cotton candy-haired televangelist known to viewers as “Momma Jan,” passed away Tuesday after a massive stroke.

“Laurie and I have just watched the transition of our precious mother from this world to the next; watched her step into the presence ...

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Died: Kenneth Bailey, the Scholar Who Made Jesus Middle Eastern Again

The late scholar helped Western Christians see the Bible through a cultural lens.
Died: Kenneth Bailey, the Scholar Who Made Jesus Middle Eastern Again
Courtesy of the Presbytery of Shenango

Kenneth E. Bailey, the scholar who introduced evangelicals to Middle Eastern culture and history, died Monday at age 85.

Bailey gave Western readers “the eyes to see” the deeper significance of Jesus’ life and stories by placing them in the cultural context ...

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Ken Starr Resigns from Baylor Leadership; Football Coach Art Briles To Be Fired

(UPDATED) Starr: 'The captain goes down with the ship.'
Ken Starr Resigns from Baylor Leadership; Football Coach Art Briles To Be Fired
Robert Rogers / Baylor Marketing & Communications

Update (June 1): Former Baylor University president Ken Starr resigned this morning, shortly after his demotion to just chancellor following the Baptist school’s sexual assault shakeup.

The decision came “as a matter of conscience,” he said on ESPN. “The ...

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Will Europe's Third-Largest Church Punish Pastor for Multiple Affairs?

Sunday Adelaja loses leaders at Kiev's Embassy of God for not heeding their discipline.
Will Europe's Third-Largest Church Punish Pastor for Multiple Affairs?
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The controversial founder of one of Europe's largest Protestant churches is battling some in his church leadership over his reaction to multiple affairs.

Sunday Adelaja, a Nigerian pastor who leads the charismatic Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations in the ...

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Lecrae Makes a Major Career Move to Join Beyoncé, Adele, Pharrell

Evangelicals’ favorite rapper signs with one of America's most popular music labels.
Lecrae Makes a Major Career Move to Join Beyoncé, Adele, Pharrell
Reach Records

You’re probably going to hear more of rapper Lecrae thanks to his new deal with Columbia Records.

After a decade of success with Reach Records, the Christian hip-hop outlet he founded, the Grammy- and Dove-winning artist scored his first deal with a major label, the Atlanta ...

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Trump, Clinton, or Neither: How Evangelicals Are Expected to Vote

(UPDATED) More data on the question debated by Russell Moore, Robert Jeffress, and many others.
Trump, Clinton, or Neither: How Evangelicals Are Expected to Vote
Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Update (May 11): Donald Trump is viewed unfavorably by 67 percent of registered evangelical voters, while Hillary Clinton is viewed unfavorably by 81 percent, according to a new survey by Barna Group. Its full chart is embedded below.

By comparison, in World magazine’s ...

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Beyond Bono and Eugene Peterson: The Most Searched and Shared Psalms

Fuller Seminary video wants more reading. Here's what people already are.
Beyond Bono and Eugene Peterson: The Most Searched and Shared Psalms
Taylor Martyn / Fuller Studio

Fuller Theological Seminary wants you to read the Psalms more. And it enlisted Bono and Eugene Peterson to make the case.

According to research, many Americans already are.

“What is your earliest memory of the Psalms?” asks Fuller professor David Taylor of the U2 singer-songwriter ...

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Darrin Patrick Removed from Acts 29 Megachurch for ‘Historical Pattern of Sin’

Investigation by The Journey found ‘pastoral misconduct’ in several areas of his life.
Darrin Patrick Removed from Acts 29 Megachurch for ‘Historical Pattern of Sin’
Southeastern Seminary / Flickr

Darrin Patrick, vice president of the Acts 29 church planting network and founding pastor of The Journey megachurch in St. Louis, has been fired for violating his duties as a pastor.

The Journey cited a range of ongoing sinful behaviors over the past few years including manipulation, ...

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China Frees Lawyer Who Defended 100 Church Crosses

Zhang Kai gave what advocates deem a forced confession on state TV last month.
China Frees Lawyer Who Defended 100 Church Crosses
China Aid

One of the leading legal defenders of China’s churches, Zhang Kai, was released from jail on Wednesday after being arrested in August 2015. China Aid confirmed his release with relatives.

Zhang wrote on social media that he has returned to his home in Inner Mongolia, an ...

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Tullian Tchividjian Confesses Second Affair Concealed by Two Coral Ridge Elders

(UPDATED) Tchividjian prays his story will 'serve as a warning' on sin, while Florida ministry leaders who tried to help reflect on what they’d do differently.
Tullian Tchividjian Confesses Second Affair Concealed by Two Coral Ridge Elders
Jimmy Baikovicius/Flickr and Tullian Tchividjian/Facebook

This weekend, Tullian Tchividjian’s past two churches confirmed rumors that the Florida pastor had another affair prior to the one that prompted his resignation last summer.

But the pastor who gave Billy Graham’s grandson a second chance says he doesn’t regret ...

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Tullian Tchividjian Fired by Church, Liberate Board Members Quit

(UPDATED) Tchividjian tells CT: 'I remain committed to that painful and progressive process' of repentance.
Tullian Tchividjian Fired by Church, Liberate Board Members Quit
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Tullian Tchividjian has been removed from ministry by his new church, days after his former church picked his replacement.

“In view of some recent disclosures of which we were previously unaware, we recently decided to end [his] employment,” Willow Creek Presbyterian ...

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