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Trump’s ‘Greatest Contribution to Christianity’: Pastors Preaching Politics

Republican nominee pledges to repeal Johnson Amendment. But pastors debate endorsing politicians from pulpits.
Trump’s ‘Greatest Contribution to Christianity’: Pastors Preaching Politics
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Last night in his speech accepting the Republican party nomination for president, Donald Trump again called for a repeal of Lyndon B. Johnson’s ban on tax-exempt groups endorsing political candidates.

“At this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical community, ...

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How Perry Noble's Alcohol Firing by NewSpring Compares to Other Churches

Stats suggest a substantial number of pastors struggle with addiction, but are split on what to do about it.
How Perry Noble's Alcohol Firing by NewSpring Compares to Other Churches
NewSpring Church

Perry Noble asked his supporters at NewSpring Church to stand down this week.

“If you love me, be at NewSpring on Sunday, and the next Sunday, and the next Sunday,” said the founder and former senior pastor of the South Carolina megachurch, which claims 30,000 members ...

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Where Evangelicals Stand on Transgender Morality

LifeWay Research looks at how Americans feel about changing genders.
Where Evangelicals Stand on Transgender Morality
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As politicians debate restroom access, employment protection, insurance coverage, and military service for transgender people, questions of morality have emerged.

Is it morally permissible for a doctor to remove healthy organs? Is it acceptable to give puberty-delaying drugs ...

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Pew: Most Evangelicals Will Vote Trump, But Not For Trump

With half of voters dissatisfied with both presidential candidates, white evangelicals primarily plan to oppose Clinton.
Pew: Most Evangelicals Will Vote Trump, But Not For Trump
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More than three-quarters of self-identified white evangelicals plan to vote for Donald Trump in the fall (78%). But they aren’t happy about it.

According to a Pew Research Center survey of 1,655 registered voters released today, more than half of white evangelicals said ...

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Emojis Reveal How Minorities Tweet the Bible Differently

Here are the Top 10 verses shared on Twitter with darker vs. lighter skin tones.
Emojis Reveal How Minorities Tweet the Bible Differently

“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”

If you have tweeted this Bible verse (Prov. 18:22, NIV) along with an emoji depicting a specific skin tone, there’s an 86 percent chance it had a darker skin tone rather than a lighter ...

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Across 198 Nations, Christians Face More Terrorism But Less Government Hostility

Pew finds that terrorism threatens to surpass the traditional persecutors of the global church.
Across 198 Nations, Christians Face More Terrorism But Less Government Hostility
Pew Research Center

From some angles, it looks like the beginning of a hopeful trend among the steady stream of persecution headlines.

Both government and societal harassment of religion dropped worldwide in 2014, according to a Pew Research Center study released today. This is the second year in ...

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Amid ‘Evangelism Crisis,’ Southern Baptists Bring In $400 Million More

While the No. 1 evangelical denomination reports the highs and lows of 2015, America's No. 3 reports just highs.
Amid ‘Evangelism Crisis,’ Southern Baptists Bring In $400 Million More
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Over the past year, Southern Baptists went to church less, gave less to missions, and baptized fewer people.

Yet new churches continued to open, and the people actually in the pews donated more dollars.

These are among the mixed findings of the 2015 Annual Church Profile (ACP) ...

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New Emoji Bible Recalls Age-Old Translation Debate

Popular Christian symbols rank among the most confusing.
New Emoji Bible Recalls Age-Old Translation Debate

Have you heard the Good News? :)

Sites from The New York Times to The Washington Post to Forbes are reacting to a new emoji-studded Bible translation—the latest effort to make the Holy Book appeal to young readers.

“Bible Emoji: Scripture 4 Millenials (sic)”—now ...

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Why Most Pastors Don't Do Prison Ministry

Most have gone to jail (to visit), but few have former inmates in their pews.
Why Most Pastors Don't Do Prison Ministry
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Most Protestant pastors have been to jail to see someone. And most want to help prisoners and their families.

But their churches often lack the training or finances to run an effective prison ministry. So instead, the work is primarily done informally by individuals in the congregation. ...

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Where John Piper and Other Evangelicals Stand on Black Lives Matter

Stats on the racial reconciliation debate spanning from InterVarsity's Urbana conference to Russell Moore's NYT op-ed.
Where John Piper and Other Evangelicals Stand on Black Lives Matter
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship photo by Jon Shumway

When 16,000 college students gathered at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s latest Urbana conference to talk about missions, one of the main debates became how evangelicals should engage with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

In practice, they aren’t engaging ...

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Few Pastors Say Adultery Should Permanently Ban Them from the Pulpit

1,000 church leaders weigh in on how to investigate allegations and when the congregation should be told.
Few Pastors Say Adultery Should Permanently Ban Them from the Pulpit
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Half of Protestant pastors say their colleagues should step down from the pulpit for a time if they are accused of misconduct.

Most say such accusations should be kept in confidence until proven.

And few think pastors who commit adultery should be permanently banned from ministry. ...

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Trump, Clinton, or Neither: How Evangelicals Are Expected to Vote

(UPDATED) More data on the question debated by Russell Moore, Robert Jeffress, and many others.
Trump, Clinton, or Neither: How Evangelicals Are Expected to Vote
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Update (May 11): Donald Trump is viewed unfavorably by 67 percent of registered evangelical voters, while Hillary Clinton is viewed unfavorably by 81 percent, according to a new survey by Barna Group. Its full chart is embedded below.

By comparison, in World magazine’s ...

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Will Christians Read Beth Moore’s First Novel?

Stats show that Christian readers prefer nonfiction. But some are betting that’s going to change.
Will Christians Read Beth Moore’s First Novel?
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Sales of religious fiction recently took a nosedive.

But that didn’t discourage popular Bible teacher Beth Moore from writing her first work of fiction this year.

In between writing Bible studies and speaking on tour with her Living Proof Ministries, the 58-year-old author ...

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Will Ben Carson's Bible Advice to Donald Trump Work? Here’s What Americans Think

Can more Bible reading make the presidential election more civil if Trump’s favorite verse is ‘an eye for an eye?’
Will Ben Carson's Bible Advice to Donald Trump Work? Here’s What Americans Think
Jose Luis Magana / AP

Starting Sunday, the entire Bible will be read aloud in 90 hours on Capitol Hill. Hundreds will make their way to the 27th annual reading at the US Capitol, where 100 English and foreign language versions of the Bible will be available.

Former presidential candidate Ben Carson ...

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The Major Money Problems of Church Planters vs. Other Pastors

Why your pastors can't save themselves.
The Major Money Problems of Church Planters vs. Other Pastors
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Almost one-third of American pastors (29%) have no money in personal savings.

Another third (33%) have less than $10,000 put away for retirement. And half make less than the national median household income of $51,939.

Yet most say they are satisfied with their salaries.

That’s ...

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