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Baptist Pastors Won’t Hear Ben Carson after Young Pastors Object

Concerns over theology and politics lead likely presidential candidate to back out of major Southern Baptist conference.
Baptist Pastors Won’t Hear Ben Carson after Young Pastors Object
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Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon turned pundit, has backed out of plans to speak at a major gathering of evangelical pastors this summer.

Carson, who will likely run for president, had been scheduled to appear in June at the annual Southern Baptist Pastors Conference ...

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Died: Billy Ray Hearn, CCM Pioneer Who Discovered Amy Grant, Keith Green, and Steven Curtis Chapman

Michael Card, Twila Paris, and other stars of contemporary Christian music pay tribute to Sparrow Records founder.
Died: Billy Ray Hearn, CCM Pioneer Who Discovered Amy Grant, Keith Green, and Steven Curtis Chapman
Gospel Music Association

Billy Ray Hearn, a pioneer of contemporary Christian music (CCM), died Wednesday.

Hearn, 85, launched the careers of Amy Grant, Keith Green, Steven Curtis Chapman, and BeBe and CeCe Winans.

“He was the first true label A&R (artist and repertoire) guy who started ...

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Abortion Pill Reversal Allows Women to Change Their Minds—and Saves Lives

Progesterone dose reverses mifepristone effects. Critics dismiss it as ‘junk science.’
Abortion Pill Reversal Allows Women to Change Their Minds—and Saves Lives
LinePharma

About one year ago, Rebecca Medina, a 25-year-old nursing student in Orange County, California, faced a defining moment in her life. Conflicted about having an abortion, she took the 200 mg mifepristone abortion pill at the last possible moment, took a nap, and when she woke ...

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Pro-Evolution Tenured Professor Laid Off from Nazarene University

(UPDATED) President puts Tom Oord's termination on hold after three-quarters of faculty vote 'no confidence.'
Pro-Evolution Tenured Professor Laid Off from Nazarene University

Update (Apr. 22): Theology professor Tom Oord’s termination has been placed on hold, and he will be allowed to teach his summer classes at Northwest Nazarene University (NNU).

President David Alexander apologized in an email to faculty on Saturday, three days after ...

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Russell Moore and John Perkins Reflect on Racism at ERLC Summit

'I could have never known that we would be sitting here together,' said Perkins to fellow Mississippi native.
Russell Moore and John Perkins Reflect on Racism at ERLC Summit
Alli Rader

Growing up in Mississippi, 84-year-old John Perkins recalls seeing signs on Baptist churches that read “Everybody welcome.”

Everyone, that is, except Perkins and other African Americans.

“I could have never known that we would be sitting here together, ...

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Terrorism Charge Snares Prominent American Missionary

If Christian broadcaster Stendal goes on trial in Colombia, missions work nationwide may be at risk.
Terrorism Charge Snares Prominent American Missionary
Deann Alford

Is Russ Stendal, the famed missionary to FARC terrorists in South America, actually El Gringo, a terrorist leader seeking the overthrow of Colombia’s government?

That question is before a three-judge panel, based on allegations from Carlos Manuel Silva, chief sectional ...

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$1.7 Million Templeton Prize Awarded to L’Arche Disability Ministry Founder, Jean Vanier

Inspired by Vanier, Henri Nouwen wrote his last book about Toronto’s L’Arche community.
$1.7 Million Templeton Prize Awarded to L’Arche Disability Ministry Founder, Jean Vanier
Templeton Foundation

Jean Vanier, who in 1964 founded the first L’Arche community for people with and without intellectual disabilities, has been awarded the Templeton Prize, valued at $1.7 million.

The prize, one of the world’s largest, is given annually to a living individual ...

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Prominent Advocate for Persecuted Christians Resigns After Sex Assault Conviction

Barnabas Aid defends its work as 'much bigger than one man' after jury rules Patrick Sookhdeo groped employee and intimidated witnesses.
Prominent Advocate for Persecuted Christians Resigns After Sex Assault Conviction

The founder and director of one of the world’s largest advocates for persecuted Christians has resigned after being convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in his office on Valentine’s Day last year.

Trustees of Barnabas Aid International were "saddened" ...

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Died: Leanne Payne, 82, Prominent Leader in Pastoral Care, Healing Movement

Author of seven books, she supported orientation change for gays and lesbians.
Died: Leanne Payne, 82, Prominent Leader in Pastoral Care, Healing Movement
Courtesy, Baker Publishing

Leanne Payne, the author of seven books on pastoral care who held healing conferences in North America, Europe, and Australia, died on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18. She was 82.

Payne founded Pastoral Care Ministries (PCM) in the early 1980s, which held healing conferences at ...

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Died: Samuel Hugh Moffett, 98, Leading Expert in East Asia Christianity

Global Christian mission should pivot to Asia's 4.4 billion people, Moffett said.
Died: Samuel Hugh Moffett, 98, Leading Expert in East Asia Christianity
Courtesy of Princeton Theological Seminary.

The renowned Princeton Seminary historian, Samuel Hugh Moffett, whose two-volume History of Christianity in Asia was completed when he was 89 years old, has died. He was 98.

“Sam Moffett had a distinguished career of teaching and scholarship in the service of the ...

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Why Grammy Winner Lecrae Will Never Dominate the Gospel Charts Again

Evangelicals’ favorite rapper is so successful, Billboard has changed how it ranks Christian music.
Why Grammy Winner Lecrae Will Never Dominate the Gospel Charts Again
WME Entertainment

Update (Feb. 8): Lecrae's collaboration with For King & Country, "Messengers," won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. He attended Sunday night's show with a very special date, his mother.

In his acceptance speech ...

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Why Joshua Harris Kissed His Megachurch Goodbye

Pastor and author compares his life to Benjamin Button: 'I have lived a sort of backwards life.'
Why Joshua Harris Kissed His Megachurch Goodbye
Covenant Life Church

At 40 years old, Joshua Harris has already pastored a megachurch for a decade and authored six books, including the bestselling I Kissed Dating Goodbye. Now, he wants to go to college.

“I have lived a sort of backwards life. Without meaning to, I have experienced ...

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Died: Steve Hayner, Former President of InterVarsity and Columbia Seminary

(UPDATED) The interdenominational leader was 66.
Died: Steve Hayner, Former President of InterVarsity and Columbia Seminary

Steve Hayner, one of the baby-boomer generation's most influential evangelical leaders, has died. He was known for his presidency at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and later at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Hayner had battled pancreatic cancer for more than a year ...

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Kenji Goto, Christian Journalist, Beheaded By Islamic State

(UPDATED) IS releases video reportedly showing execution of Japanese believer.
Kenji Goto, Christian Journalist, Beheaded By Islamic State
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Update (Jan. 31): The Islamic State (IS) has released a video showing the beheading of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist and a Christian with a wife and two young children. The New York Timesreported Saturday evening:

The video of the killing of the journalist, Kenji Goto, ...

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Obama to Imprisoned Pastor's Wife: Saving Saeed Abedini in Iran Is 'a Top Priority'

(UPDATED) Obama tells Iran to 'immediately release' Abedini, who writes son on 7th birthday.
Obama to Imprisoned Pastor's Wife: Saving Saeed Abedini in Iran Is 'a Top Priority'
Courtesy of ACLJ

Update (Mar. 20): Despite asking the President of the United States in person to "please bring daddy home for my birthday," Jacob Abedini turned seven years old on Tuesday (Mar. 17) without his father, Saeed Abedini. But President Obama marked the Iranian New Year ...

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