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

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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Many major media are reporting that 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 Times reported Saturday evening:

The video of the killing of the ...

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

Abedini's 6-year-old son asks President of the United States: 'Please bring daddy home' by March birthday.
Obama to Imprisoned Pastor's Wife: Saving Saeed Abedini in Iran Is 'a Top Priority'
Courtesy of ACLJ

Hours after giving his seventh State of the Union address, President Barack Obama met in person with Naghmeh Abedini, an Idaho mother who has spent more than two years advocating for the freedom of her husband, Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, jailed in Iran.

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'Broken' Ergun Caner Resigns as President of Brewton-Parker College

Caner brought struggling school back to health. Now he will focus on his own.
'Broken' Ergun Caner Resigns as President of Brewton-Parker College
ErgunCaner.com

Six months after his son’s death by suicide, Ergun Caner stepped down today as president of Brewton-Parker College (BPC). After working hard the past year to successfully restore the struggling Southern Baptist college to health, Caner told trustees he now needs to ...

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The 'Boy Who Came Back from Heaven' Retracts Story

(UPDATED) Alex Malarkey's mother, grandmother, and publisher weigh in on retraction of best-selling book; John MacArthur first raised concerns two years ago.
The 'Boy Who Came Back from Heaven' Retracts Story

Update (Jan. 21): Tyndale House Publishers revealed more details today about the publishing and retraction of its bestselling The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, stating it was "saddened to hear that Alex [Malarkey] is now saying that he made up the story of dying and ...

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Lecrae Brings Reformed Rap to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, Again

(UPDATED) On his second late-night stint, rapper's remixed song features quotes from MLK.
Lecrae Brings Reformed Rap to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, Again
Reach Records

Update (Jan. 10): With images of an American flag flashing behind him and quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. playing in between verses, Lecrae performed a timely selection from his chart-topping 2014 album on The Tonight Show Friday.

Jimmy Fallon made good on his promise ...

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Bible Citation Costs Atlanta Fire Chief His Job

Galatians 5 versus 1 Corinthians 14: Mayor critiques Kelvin Cochran's publishing of his religious views on homosexuality.
Bible Citation Costs Atlanta Fire Chief His Job
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Atlanta’s fire chief lost his job this week, after the mayor called his beliefs on homosexuality “inconsistent” with the work of the city.

Kelvin Cochran was suspended for 30 days then fired, following complaints that he promoted antigay views in a 2013 ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2014

World Vision's reversal, Kay Warren on son's suicide, 33 Christian leaders under 33, and more.
The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2014

Did you catch all of the most-read CT articles from 2014?

Here's a look back at what readers kept clicking:

20) The 160-Year Christian History Behind What's Happening in Ukraine

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19) Fox News' Highly Reluctant Jesus Follower

Of all people surprised that I became ...

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The Top 10 Testimonies of 2014

Here are the Christian conversion stories that CT readers shared most.
The Top 10 Testimonies of 2014

For two years now, CT has devoted a premium slot in its print magazine—the back page—to a compelling story of Christian conversion. Muslims and Mormons, football players and French atheists, even an alcoholic Baptist have all contributed to our Testimony series. ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2014

Did you catch all the religion news that CT readers found most interesting this year?
The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2014

What do Mark Driscoll, Tim Keller, Meriam Ibrahim, and the KJV have in common? All were subjects of the most-read Gleanings posts of 2014.

Here are the top 20 stories that kept readers clicking:

20) How 727 Megachurches Spend Their Money

Leadership Network and Vanderbloemen ...

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Died: R. Judson Carlberg, Christian Higher Ed Leader, Biologos Chair

On Thanksgiving, he once wrote, 'I am thankful for cancer. James 1:2-3... Life is richer, trust is stronger and relationships are deeper.'
Died: R. Judson Carlberg, Christian Higher Ed Leader, Biologos Chair
Courtesy: Gordon College

R. Judson Carlberg, one of Christian higher education’s most influential leaders until his retirement from Gordon College in 2011, has died. He was 74.

Carlberg served Gordon College for 35 years, including nearly 20 years as its president. He passed away early Thursday ...

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Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage

(UPDATED) Warren turns Vatican conference into 'revivalist meeting,' while Moore explains why marriage crosses theological boundaries.
Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage
Humanum IT

Update (Nov. 18): "There is always a danger in being the 28th speaker in a conference," said Rick Warren during his speech today at Pope Francis's marriage conference. "What's left to say?"

Apparently plenty, as Warren's speech—which ...

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Jerry B. Jenkins Shuts Down Christian Writers Guild

(UPDATED) After 50 years, effort to train next generation of Christian authors comes to an end.
Jerry B. Jenkins Shuts Down Christian Writers Guild
Jerry B. Jenkins

[Updated with comments from Taylor University's Dennis Hensley]

Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins has ended his formal effort to train the next generation of Christian writers.

"Unfortunately, I’m not as happy as I look here, despite that my seven-year-old ...

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Plane Crash Kills Myles Munroe, Bahamas' Best-Known Pastor

Samuel Rodriguez says ORU alum 'breathed, lived, and died expanding the kingdom of God.'
Plane Crash Kills Myles Munroe, Bahamas' Best-Known Pastor
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En route to the international leadership conference he was hosting today, the Bahamas' best-known pastor, Myles Munroe, died with his wife and seven others in a plane crash Sunday.

The 60-year-old founder and president of Bahamas Faith Ministries International was an ...

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Answered Prayer for IDOP: North Korea Frees Missionary Kenneth Bae After Two Years

(UPDATED) Bae: 'Thank you ... for lifting me up and not forgetting me.'
Answered Prayer for IDOP: North Korea Frees Missionary Kenneth Bae After Two Years
Courtesy of Derek Sciba

Update (Nov. 10): At a news conference, Kenneth Bae thanked his supporters for "lifting me up and not forgetting me" during his long captivity in North Korea. "It's been an amazing two years," he said. "I learned a lot, I grew a lot, lost a lot ...

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