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As Falwell Favors Trump, Pew Says Most Americans Still Want a Religious President

(UPDATED) However, survey also finds Trump is one of few candidates who doesn't have to be religious to be deemed great.
As Falwell Favors Trump, Pew Says Most Americans Still Want a Religious President
Kevin Manguiob/Liberty University

Update (Jan. 29): A new survey of Protestant pastors found that evangelical pastors prefer Ted Cruz (18%), Ben Carson (8%), and Marco Rubio (8%) for president. Donald Trump was only favored by 5 percent of Republican pastors, LifeWay Research found. Nearly half of all pastors ...

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Jerry Falwell Jr. Endorses Donald Trump; Here's How Other Evangelicals Compare

(UPDATED) Yes, 'The Donald' draws five times more admiration than Billy Graham. But polls of religiosity and leaders tell a different tale.
Jerry Falwell Jr. Endorses Donald Trump; Here's How Other Evangelicals Compare
Kevin Manguiob/Liberty University

Update (Jan. 29): A new survey of Protestant pastors found that evangelical pastors prefer Ted Cruz (18%), Ben Carson (8%), and Marco Rubio (8%) for president. Donald Trump was only favored by 5 percent of Republican pastors, LifeWay Research found. Nearly half of all pastors ...

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Wheaton Faculty Council Unanimously Asks College To Keep Larycia Hawkins

(UPDATED) 78 Wheaton professors affirm Hawkins's theology. Diversity committee raises discrimination concerns.
Wheaton Faculty Council Unanimously Asks College To Keep Larycia Hawkins
Stevan Sheets/Flickr | Courtesy of Larycia Hawkins

Update (Feb. 6): Almost 80 current faculty members at Wheaton College have jointly asked the Illinois school to drop its attempt to fire Larycia Hawkins and restore her to the classroom instead.

“We have carefully examined the written theological statement that Professor ...

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Iran Frees Pastor Saeed Abedini after Three Years in Prison

(UPDATED) Idaho pastor part of prisoner swap on Religious Freedom Day amid wife's Daniel-inspired fast.
Iran Frees Pastor Saeed Abedini after Three Years in Prison
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Saeed Abedini has finally been freed.

The Iranian-American pastor from Idaho, held for more than three years, was exchanged as part of a prisoner swap in which Iran released four people and the United States released seven.

"It is confirmed," his wife Naghmeh ...

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Crossway: Why J.I. Packer's Ministry Has Ended

Publisher reveals respected author and speaker is going blind.
Crossway: Why J.I. Packer's Ministry Has Ended
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For a decade, J.I. Packer has persevered as his left eye developed macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss. Over Christmas, the 89-year-old evangelical theologian's right eye began suffering the same.

This marks "the end of a remarkable writing and ...

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More Women Sue Bill Gothard and IBLP, Alleging Sexual Abuse

Amended lawsuit increases severity of allegations. IBLP welcomes the court process.
More Women Sue Bill Gothard and IBLP, Alleging Sexual Abuse
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Five more women have added their complaints to a lawsuit accusing Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) founder Bill Gothard, now 81, of sexual abuse and harassment.

They join five women who filed suit in October against IBLP, saying the institute ignored and mismanaged ...

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Noteworthy Deaths of 2015: Elisabeth Elliot, Robert Schuller, Andrae Crouch, and More

Here are the Christian leaders lost last year that CT readers mourned most.
Noteworthy Deaths of 2015: Elisabeth Elliot, Robert Schuller, Andrae Crouch, and More

Here are the 20 obituaries and tributes that CT readers circulated most in 2015, presented in chronological order.

Gospel Music Legend Andrae Crouch

He combined Saturday night with Sunday morning.

Marcus Borg, Liberal Jesus Scholar and Friendly Provocateur

Borg was a prominent ...

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Wheaton College Recommends Terminating Tenured Professor over 'Same God' Comments

(UPDATED) Larycia Hawkins ‘flummoxed and flabbergasted’ by decision; Chicago Tribune had praised 'remarkable tolerance' of both sides.
Wheaton College Recommends Terminating Tenured Professor over 'Same God' Comments
Larycia Hawkins/Facebook, Stevan Sheets/Flickr

Update (Jan. 6): Larycia Hawkins was surprised by Wheaton College’s decision to initiate the process of terminating her tenure and employment with the Illinois school [see prior post below].

“I am flummoxed and flabbergasted,” she told the press Wednesday ...

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The 10 Most-Read Stories of the Persecuted Church

China removes 400 crosses, the US deports Iraqi Christians, and ISIS beheads dozens.
The 10 Most-Read Stories of the Persecuted Church

Here are CT's most-read stories about the persecuted church in 2015.

10) Why Christians Are Fleeing One of Africa's Oldest and Largest Christian Homelands

Beyond the search for a better life, evangelicals and Orthodox in Ethiopia increasingly share even more.

9) After ...

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Died: Ed Dobson, Pastor and One-Time Moral Majority Leader

After he was diagnosed with ALS in 2000, Dobson spoke and wrote on how to die—and live—well.
Died: Ed Dobson, Pastor and One-Time Moral Majority Leader
Ed's Story screenshot

“Ed Dobson is now healed and with his Lord.”

That’s how the Facebook page chronicling the life of the former Religious Right leader since his diagnosis with ALS announced his death on Saturday.

Dobson, 65, was the former senior pastor at Calvary Church ...

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Died: Vonette Bright, Co-Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ

Bright, 89, was known for her love of prayer and her faithful witness.
Died: Vonette Bright, Co-Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ
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Vonette Bright, who co-founded Campus Crusade for Christ with her husband, Bill, in 1951, has died from complications of acute leukemia.

She was 89.

She was born Vonette Zachary on July 2, 1926, in Coweta, Oklahoma, the hometown she shared with her future husband. She ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2015

The 50 countries where it's most difficult to be a Christian, 'The Boy from Heaven' retracts his story, Elisabeth Elliot passes through gates of splendor, and more.
The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2015

What do ISIS, Tullian Tchividjian, YWAM, and Family Christian Stores have in common? All were subjects of the most-read Gleanings posts of 2015.

Here are the top 20 stories that kept readers clicking:

20) Kenji Goto, Christian Journalist, Beheaded By Islamic State

ISIS releases ...

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The Top 5 Testimonies of 2015

Here are the Christian conversion stories that CT readers shared most.
The Top 5 Testimonies of 2015

For three years, CT has devoted a premium slot in its print magazine—the back page—to a compelling story of Christian conversion. Dozens have shared their tales of how God brought them—through academia and prison and demonic oppression—to himself. ...

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‘Same God’ Standoff: Wheaton College, Suspended Professor Hold Ground, Miroslav Volf Weighs In

Debate continues over Larycia Hawkins's explanation (not act) of wearing a hijab during Advent.
‘Same God’ Standoff: Wheaton College, Suspended Professor Hold Ground, Miroslav Volf Weighs In
Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

Update (Jan. 4, 2016): Wheaton College has begun termination proceedings against Larycia Hawkins.

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The Wheaton College professor suspended for controversial comments on Islam and Christianity says she respects the evangelical institution for upholding its principles.

She ...

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Wheaton College Suspends Hijab-Wearing Professor After 'Same God' Comment

(UPDATED) Larycia Hawkins said she wanted to show Advent solidarity with Muslims.
Wheaton College Suspends Hijab-Wearing Professor After 'Same God' Comment
Larycia Hawkins/Facebook, Stevan Sheets/Flickr

Update (Jan. 4, 2016): Wheaton College has begun termination proceedings against Larycia Hawkins.

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Update (Dec. 17): Wheaton College and Larycia Hawkins are holding their ground, while Miroslav Wolf weighs in.

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A tenured Wheaton College political science ...

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