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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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Baylor to Fire Head Coach Art Briles, Demote President Ken Starr

UPDATE: Briles, Starr, and athletic director Ian McCaw to face punishment after football player scandal.
Baylor to Fire Head Coach Art Briles, Demote President Ken Starr
Robert Rogers / Baylor Marketing & Communications

UPDATE (May 26): Head football coach Art Briles, not president Ken Starr, will be fired in wake of the football scandal that has rocked Baylor University for the past few months.

“The Board of Regents apologizes to Baylor Nation,” the Board of Regents stated today ...

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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
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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’
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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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Died: Gary Smalley, Author Who Helped Christians Make Love Last Forever

Speaker was one of Focus on the Family's favorite experts on marriage and relationships.
Died: Gary Smalley, Author Who Helped Christians Make Love Last Forever
Courtesy of Focus on the Family

Gary Smalley, who wrote more than 60 books on relationships and worked closely with Focus on the Family, died on Sunday. He was 75.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce Dr Gary Smalley, at age 75, graduated to heaven last night,” stated his Facebook page. “The ...

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Jerry Bridges' Pursuit of Holiness Has Come to an End

The beloved Navigators author and Bible teacher died Sunday.
Jerry Bridges' Pursuit of Holiness Has Come to an End
The Navigators

Jerry Bridges, the author who challenged more than a million readers to take seriously God’s command for holiness, died Sunday at 86.

The Bible teacher and speaker served with The Navigators discipleship ministry for nearly 60 years, and wrote the popular book The Pursuit ...

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8 Charts on Which Evangelicals Will (and Won't) Vote Trump on Super Tuesday

Leaders seem to have little influence on voters. Church attendance might have much more.
8 Charts on Which Evangelicals Will (and Won't) Vote Trump on Super Tuesday
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Why are many self-identified evangelicals selecting Donald Trump as their presidential candidate of choice?

Some, like Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell Jr., have revealed their reasons. But for the overall “evangelical vote,” the only clear trend is that it’s ...

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Died: Don McClanen, Founder of Fellowship of Christian Athletes

(UPDATED) Vision of Oklahoma basketball coach 60 years ago now reaches 2 million annually.
Died: Don McClanen, Founder of Fellowship of Christian Athletes
FCA

Update: CT has posted a tribute on “the humble coach behind celebrity Christianity.”

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Don McClanen, who founded the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) in 1954, has died at the age of 91.

“Don’s unwavering commitment and vision truly enabled FCA ...

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Keith and Kristyn Getty's Global Sunday Singalong for Evangelism

This Sunday, more than 4,100 churches in 81 countries will sing new version of OMF hymn that first drew missionaries to China.
Keith and Kristyn Getty's Global Sunday Singalong for Evangelism
Courtesy of the Gettys

Nearly 90 years ago, a missionary wrote a song meant to galvanize the Western church and draw hundreds of missionaries to China. This Sunday, more than 4,100 churches around the world will sing “Facing a Task Unfinished” with a modern twist.

In 1920, Frank Houghton ...

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