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Worship Songwriter Vicky Beeching Comes Out as Gay

The CCM worship world has its Jennifer Knapp moment.
Worship Songwriter Vicky Beeching Comes Out as Gay
Nicholas Dawkes / VickyBeeching.com

A popular writer and singer of CCM worship songs, Vicky Beeching, came out as gay Wednesday in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Independent.

“What Jesus taught was a radical message of welcome and inclusion and love,” said the 35-year-old Anglican, who ...

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Top UK Christian Singer Investigated for Alleged Sex Abuse at 1985 Billy Graham Crusade

Sir Cliff Richard, who denies allegations as 'completely false,' is latest British celebrity affected by Jimmy Savile fallout.
Top UK Christian Singer Investigated for Alleged Sex Abuse at 1985 Billy Graham Crusade
Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer/Flickr

In the wake of allegations that Jimmy Savile, the late UK broadcaster, sexually abused dozens of children, British police today searched a residence of a top Christian entertainer. Sir Cliff Richard is alleged to have sexually abused a 16-year-old boy around the time Richard ...

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LifeWay Stops Selling Mark Driscoll's Books at 180 Christian Stores

(UPDATED) Southern Baptist chain decides to 'assess the situation regarding his ministry.'
LifeWay Stops Selling Mark Driscoll's Books at 180 Christian Stores
Tyler Merbler/Flickr; Mars Hill Church

Update (Aug. 12): One of Mark Driscoll's advisers who recently resigned, Paul Tripp, stated today that Mars Hill's accountability model "will never be able to do what it was designed to do."

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[Updated with past Tyndale defense of Driscoll and Publishers ...

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Acts 29 Removes Mars Hill, Asks Mark Driscoll To Step Down and Seek Help

(UPDATED) Mars Hill cancels Resurgence conference. Paul Tripp says Driscoll's accountability model will never work. Board insists 'making real progress' on problems.
Acts 29 Removes Mars Hill, Asks Mark Driscoll To Step Down and Seek Help
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Update (Aug. 15): Mars Hill has canceled its 2014 Resurgence Conference, which was to be held October 28-29 and included recently resigned board members Paul Tripp and James MacDonald as speakers.

"The Resurgence Conference has always been born out of our love of Jesus ...

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China Frees Gao Zhisheng: Top 10 Lawyer Now Country's Persecuted 'Conscience'

(UPDATED) China watchers worry Christian human rights activist will be subject to house arrest.
China Frees Gao Zhisheng: Top 10 Lawyer Now Country's Persecuted 'Conscience'
Courtesy, Epoch Times

China has released renowned human rights activist Gao Zhisheng, according to Western journalists who spoke to Gao's brother in China today.

The BBC reported:

Gao Zhiyu said his brother left prison on Thursday morning and is now at his father-in-law's home in ...

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Mark Driscoll Addresses Crude Comments Made Trolling as 'William Wallace II'

Mars Hill pastor says 14-year-old posts were 'plain wrong' and he 'remain[s] embarrassed,' but 'I have changed.'
Mark Driscoll Addresses Crude Comments Made Trolling as 'William Wallace II'
Mars Hill Church Seattle/Flickr

Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll in a letter to his congregation Friday apologized for controversial comments he made in an online discussion forum in 2000.

In Mars Hill's Midrash forum, posts from which resurfaced and circulated this week, Driscoll posted blunt ...

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Another 'Stained Glass Ceiling' Shatters: CCCU Picks First Female President

Calvin College leader brings legal savvy to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Another 'Stained Glass Ceiling' Shatters: CCCU Picks First Female President
Courtesy of CCCU

America's leading advocate for Christian colleges has chosen its first female president.

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) has elected Shirley V. Hoogstra of Calvin College to lead the Washington, D.C.-based association. Approximately 9 of its ...

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Leading Rabbi Nominated as First Non-Christian Religious Freedom Ambassador

Obama nomination of David Saperstein will require strong Senate support.
Leading Rabbi Nominated as First Non-Christian Religious Freedom Ambassador
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President Obama nominated Rabbi David Saperstein this morning to be the next—and first non-Christian—United States ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

The press statment said:

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate ...

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New Movies to Highlight Friendship Between Creators of Narnia and Middle Earth

As Hollywood works its way through dramatizing the fantasy novels, several hope to tell a more historical tale of real-world friendship.
New Movies to Highlight Friendship Between Creators of Narnia and Middle Earth
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The friendship between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, well known to some devoted fans, may soon be a star of the silver screen along with the elves, dragons, hobbits, and marsh-wiggles of their creation.

Tolkien & Lewis, an $18 million British film that will feature the ...

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Died: Christopher Mitchell, Top Lewis Scholar, Biola Professor

Director of Wade Center at Wheaton College for 19 years.
Died: Christopher Mitchell, Top Lewis Scholar, Biola Professor
Courtesy, Biola University

Biola University, La Mirada, California, today announced that Christopher Mitchell, a nationally known C.S. Lewis scholar and professor at the university's Torrey Honors Institute, has died unexpectedly. He was 63.

Today, the university's press office posted online ...

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Brazilian Evangelists See World Cup Opportunity

The evangelicals who make up nearly one-quarter of the country’s population bring faith to the frenzy.
Brazilian Evangelists See World Cup Opportunity
Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA

Brazil may have lost its bid to win the World Cup, but it has a few days left to win the souls of soccer fans, and local Christians aren't letting this opportunity slip past.

Brazil's Christian population is enormous — more than 90 percent of Brazilians claim ...

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Lecrae v. Katy Perry: Christian Rappers Sue Pop Star

Christian hip-hop artists claim pop queen’s “witchcraft” hit ripped off their song.
Lecrae v. Katy Perry: Christian Rappers Sue Pop Star
MICHAEL NELSON / EPA

Katy Perry's hit single "Dark Horse" has sparked an unusual lawsuit from Christian artists who claim she stole part of the song from them.

A group of four Christian hip-hop singers, including popular rappers Lecrae (Moore) and Flame (Marcus Gray), filed a ...

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Results of Bill Gothard Harassment Investigation Released

IBLP board decides seminar speaker acted inappropriately but not criminally.
Results of Bill Gothard Harassment Investigation Released
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A board investigation into allegations that Bill Gothard sexually harassed teen girls has concluded that the popular seminar speaker acted inappropriately but not criminally.

CT reported in March how Gothard resigned as president of his Institute in Basic Life Principles ...

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After Teaching Churches How To Store Up Treasures on Earth, Speaker Faces Fraud Indictment

Wealth coach accused of swindling church members out of $5 million.
After Teaching Churches How To Store Up Treasures on Earth, Speaker Faces Fraud Indictment
The Potter's House

A self-styled "socially conscious investor" who took his "Building Wealth Tour" to churches across America has been indicted on charges of defrauding investors of more than $5 million.

Ephren Taylor II is accused of participating in a conspiracy to defraud ...

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Student Subdues Shooter After One Dead, 3 Injured at Seattle Pacific University

(Updated) It's the latest of several Christian college attacks.
Student Subdues Shooter After One Dead, 3 Injured at Seattle Pacific University
Courtesy, SPU

Updated 6/6/13 8:58 a.m. with further identification

Seattle police have arrested a suspect in today's shooting at Otto Miller Hall on the campus of Seattle Pacific University. Local media report that Seattle police identified him as Aaron Ybarra, a 26-year-old with no ...

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