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What Mark Driscoll Told Brian Houston at Hillsong Conference

(UPDATED) Debate continues over how long pastoral restoration should take.
What Mark Driscoll Told Brian Houston at Hillsong Conference
Mars Hill Church

Update (June 30): Earlier this month, Brian Houston announced that Mark Driscoll would no longer attend the Hillsong Conference. [See previous report below.]

Today, Driscoll showed up with his wife Grace—in a pre-recorded video interview with the Australian megachurch’s ...

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Tullian Tchividjian Resigns after Admitting 'Inappropriate Relationship'

(UPDATED) Billy Graham's grandson: 'Welcome to the valley of the shadow of death...thank God grace reigns here.'
Tullian Tchividjian Resigns after Admitting 'Inappropriate Relationship'
YouTube / Rock Church

Popular pastor and author Tullian Tchividjian has resigned as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.

A grandson of Billy Graham, Tchividjian cited "ongoing marital issues" as the reason for his departure from the PCA congregation in Fort Lauderdale, ...

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Missionary Pioneer Elisabeth Elliot Passes Through Gates of Splendor

Books by widow of martyred Jim Elliot were staples in many evangelical homes.
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Missionary Pioneer Elisabeth Elliot Passes Through Gates of Splendor
www.elisabethelliot.org

Update (June 22): Elisabeth Elliot's memorial service will be held Tuesday at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.

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One of the most influential Christian women of the 20th century, Elisabeth Elliot, has died.

Elliot, the Christian author and speaker ...

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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Names Interim President

Campus ministry's No. 2 will continue its commitment to religious freedom on college campuses and racial diversity.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Names Interim President
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

While the longtime leader of campus ministry InterVarsity Christian Fellowship steps down to start cancer treatment, a fellow executive will serve as interim president.

One of the nation’s largest campus ministry organizations announced Monday that its senior vice ...

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Vatican and Pat Robertson Agree: Don’t Play ‘Charlie, Charlie’

Game of ‘summoning’ Mexican demon goes viral. Skeptics say it’s a marketing hoax.
Vatican and Pat Robertson Agree: Don’t Play ‘Charlie, Charlie’
charliecharliechallenge.net

The game starts with: “Charlie, Charlie, are you here? Charlie, Charlie, can you play?”

Players recite these words sitting around table with two pencils, one carefully balanced on top of the other. Underneath the pencils is a sheet of white paper marked with “yes” ...

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Duggars Blame Critics for ‘Unprecedented Attack’ on Their Faith and Family

In Fox News interview, reality star parents say media reports further victimize their daughters.
Duggars Blame Critics for ‘Unprecedented Attack’ on Their Faith and Family
Fox News

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar called media coverage of their son’s molestation as a teenager “an unprecedented attack on our family” and an illegal exposure of sealed juvenile records.

During their first TV interview on the scandal, the 19 Kids and Counting ...

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Creflo Dollar’s Board Apologizes for Plane Fundraising Video

Ministry still plans to tap its 3 million donors for a new plane.
Creflo Dollar’s Board Apologizes for Plane Fundraising Video

The board of Creflo Dollar Ministries has apologized for an online fundraising video seeking $60 million in donations for a new private plane, saying the request caused “confusion.”

The video claimed that Dollar’s family had been endangered by mechanical ...

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Former House Speaker Indicted, Resigns from Wheaton Advisory Board

Update: Wheaton drops Denny Hastert's name from public policy center.
Former House Speaker Indicted, Resigns from Wheaton Advisory Board
U.S. House of Representatives

Update (June 1): Wheaton College has cut ties with former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, removing his name from the public policy center he founded at the evangelical school.

"In light of the charges and allegations that have emerged, the College has re-designated the ...

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Nebraska Death Penalty Repealed with Outspoken Christian Support

Evangelical, Catholic, mainline leaders openly endorse measure.
Nebraska Death Penalty Repealed with Outspoken Christian Support
Flickr: Josh Rushing.

The Nebraska Legislature on Wednesday repealed the state’s death penalty by overriding Gov. Pete Ricketts's veto on a 30-to-19 vote. Evangelical pastors, Roman Catholic bishops, and mainline Protestant ministers, in a rare display of political advocacy and consensus, ...

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Josh Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' Apologizes, Resigns after Reports of Molesting 5 Young Girls

Police investigated sexual assaults in 2006, but no charges were brought against Duggar. TLC pulls program from its lineup.
Josh Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' Apologizes, Resigns after Reports of Molesting 5 Young Girls
Josh Duggar

Josh Duggar, 27, the eldest child in the Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting, apologized for acting “inexcusably” after InTouch, a gossip website, revealed that he had “forcibly fondled” 5 girls, all minors, when he was about 15 years old.

“Twelve ...

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Died: John ‘Jack’ Templeton Jr., Billionaire Philanthropist Who Backed Science-Religion Research

Leader died two days before $1.7 million Templeton Prize was awarded to Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche communities.
Died: John ‘Jack’ Templeton Jr., Billionaire Philanthropist Who Backed Science-Religion Research
Templeton Foundation

John “Jack” Templeton Jr., who took over the foundation that his wealthy investor father created in 1987, died on Saturday, May 16, at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He was 75.

The cause of death was cancer, according to a family member. Templeton died ...

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Sister Momeka: Liberate Christian Lands from ISIS

(UPDATED) After State Department approves visit, nun tells US congressmen that Iraqi Christians wish to return home.
Sister Momeka: Liberate Christian Lands from ISIS
AsiaNews

The US State Department relented and Sister Diana Momeka received a vistor's visa to speak out about religious persecution in the Middle East at a congressional hearing earlier this week.

"Uprooted and forcefully displaced, we have realized that ISIS’s plan ...

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Cancer Causes InterVarsity President Alec Hill to Leave Campus Ministry Early

Major campus ministry 'enters leadership transition.'
Cancer Causes InterVarsity President Alec Hill to Leave Campus Ministry Early
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

In the midst of moving its national office today, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship dropped some big news: President Alec Hill is leaving, after 14 years at the helm. And he's actually leaving nearly a year earlier than expected—due to cancer.

"We are deeply ...

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Violence, Persecution Spread in Eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian forces condemned for ongoing aggression. Orthodox Church criticized.
Violence, Persecution Spread in Eastern Ukraine
Church in Chains

Last June, pro-Russian separatists raided a Pentecostal church service in eastern Ukraine and kidnapped four Christian leaders. Some 35 days later, authorities discovered the bodies of the four, who had been tortured, in a mass grave.

The killings in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, ...

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Indonesia Executes Drug Smuggler Whose Faith Inspired Hillsong’s Brian Houston

(UPDATED) Funeral for Andrew Chan, whom Sydney pastor communicated with 'almost every day,' involves his own eulogy.
Indonesia Executes Drug Smuggler Whose Faith Inspired Hillsong’s Brian Houston
Mercy Campaign

Update (May 8): At today's funeral for Andrew Chan, held at Hillsong Church in Sydney, a eulogy written by Chan himself was read:

Thank you all for gathering here on this day to witness something great. It's a day that I will arise from my own coffin, right now ...

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