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March Madness Won't End Monday, Thanks to Lent

Saints facing single-elimination in Lent Madness tournament include many names evangelicals will recognize.
March Madness Won't End Monday, Thanks to Lent
Courtesy of Adam Thomas/Lent Madness

March Madness may be coming to a close. But single-elimination competition won't end with Monday's NCAA men's national championship—thanks to Lent.

Or rather, Lent Madness. Launched in 2010 by a Massachusetts pastor, Tim Schenck, the bracket offers a unique ...

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Christian College Solidifies Complementarian Stance

Alumni discuss chapel talk and course restrictions at Cedarville University.
Christian College Solidifies Complementarian Stance
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A recent chapel talk by Cedarville University's new president has sparked discussion over campus changes related to his complementarian view of gender roles.

In his March 10 chapel talk, Thomas White discussed the concept of headship based on 1 Corinthians 11:2–16. ...

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Controversy over Seminary Speaker Invite Tempered by Student's Death

Attempt at demonstrating Anglican unity to Katharine Jefferts Schori instead prompts resignations.
Controversy over Seminary Speaker Invite Tempered by Student's Death
Provided by Nashotah House Theological Seminary

A seminary student's request for the leader of The Episcopal Church (TEC) to come and witness unity between U.S. Anglican conservatives and progressives instead prompted a public wave of disunity—which has now been ironically (albeit tragically) tempered by the ...

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Conversion of Sweden's Most Influential Pastor Causes 'Pain and Disillusion'

(UPDATED) Swedish Evangelical Alliance on Ulf Ekman: 'One should not underestimate the [impact] that this creates in many people today.'
Conversion of Sweden's Most Influential Pastor Causes 'Pain and Disillusion'
Screenshot of Word of Life recorded sermon.

Update (Mar. 14): Ulf Ekman has also resigned from the board of Yoido Full Gospel Church, one of the world's largest congregations, where founding pastor David Yonggi Cho and his son were recently convicted of embezzling $12 million.

In his resignation letter, which ...

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Methodists Debate Punishing Pastors Who Perform Same-Sex Marriages

New York bishop halts church trials that 'produce no winners,' while opponents say avoiding church discipline increases likelihood of schism.
Methodists Debate Punishing Pastors Who Perform Same-Sex Marriages
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The trial of a United Methodist Church (UMC) minister who performed a same-sex marriage ceremony has been halted by a bishop before it began. Meanwhile, a retired UMC bishop may face a trial of his own for a similar ceremony.

Bishop Martin McLee of New York committed this ...

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Bryan College Faculty Vote 'No Confidence' in President over Adam and Eve

Trustees defend decision to clarify belief statement. BioLogos: '[We] certainly did not intend to stir up controversy.'
Bryan College Faculty Vote 'No Confidence' in President over Adam and Eve
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Bryan College faculty overwhelmingly issued the first no-confidence vote against their president in school history after trustees clarified the creationist nature of the school's Statement of Belief.

The statement, which all faculty and staff (and some student leaders) ...

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What To Give Up for Lent 2014? Twitter Reveals Top 100 Choices

(UPDATED) Barna breaks down which Americans are celebrating this year, while Stephen Smith tracks what 100,000+ Twitter users are pledging in real-time.
What To Give Up for Lent 2014? Twitter Reveals Top 100 Choices

[Updated with Ash Wednesday results and new Barna Group survey]

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. If you haven't yet decided what to forego, consider what 116,000 tweets (and counting) suggest others are giving up in 2014.

So far, food ...

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Road to Damascus Wasn't Enough: Apostle Paul Questions Nearly Get Christian Deported

Asylum seekers keep getting denied for not knowing enough about Christianity. But judges keep giving them a second chance.
Road to Damascus Wasn't Enough: Apostle Paul Questions Nearly Get Christian Deported
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A Chinese Christian's hopes for asylum in America now have new life, after an appellate court overturned a denial from a judge who found that the applicant's answers to questions about Christianity were "hesitant" and "evasive."

The case is the ...

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Muslim Nation Bans Christians from Using 19 Religious Words

Brunei expands Malaysia’s ban on ‘Allah', long used by local Christians, to other Islamic words other religions can no longer use.
Muslim Nation Bans Christians from Using 19 Religious Words
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Following a decision to implement Shari'ah law in the country, the Brunei government has banned 19 Islamic words from use by non-Muslims.

The words, which include Allah—long used by regional Christians to refer to God—and other words with religious associations, ...

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Ravi Zacharias Speaks, Fernando Ortega Sings … at the Mormon Tabernacle

(UPDATED) Famed apologist once made history as first evangelical leader in 100 years (since D. L. Moody) to address Latter-day Saints leaders. Now he’s the fifth big name in five months.
Ravi Zacharias Speaks, Fernando Ortega Sings … at the Mormon Tabernacle
Ben Ian May (courtesy of RZIM)

Update (Jan. 20): Ravi Zacharias, who in 2004 was the first evangelical Christian to speak at the Mormon Tabernacle since D. L. Moody in 1899, expressed thanks this past weekend for his second invitation (videos available here). "I am truly honored and privileged to stand ...

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After 'Allah' Bibles Seized, Leader Tells 2,500 Churches To Resist Malaysia's Muslim Police

Debate over Christians' right to refer to God as 'Allah' results in first-ever raid.
After 'Allah' Bibles Seized, Leader Tells 2,500 Churches To Resist Malaysia's Muslim Police
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The leader of Malaysia's evangelicals says Muslim religious authorities had no right to confiscate more than 300 Bibles from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) last week.

The incident, the latest in the ongoing debate over whether Christians in Southeast Asia have ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2013

Kirsten Powers's conversion, Andy Stanley on President Obama, child sponsorships, the war over Christian beards, and more.
The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2013

Did you catch all of the most-read CT articles from 2013? Here's a look back at what readers kept clicking:

20) New Life After the Fall of Ted HaggardHow the megachurch healed—by remembering what it means to be the local church. 19) Q&A: Billy Graham's ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2013

Did you catch all of CT's most popular religion news items this year?
The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2013

What do Bono, Jon Acuff, and the "wrath of God" have in common? All were subjects of the most-read Gleanings posts of 2013.

Here are the top 20 stories that kept readers clicking:

20) 'Duck Dynasty' Star's Suspension over Remarks on Gays Sends Fans ...

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Christian Publisher: All of Top Theologian's Books Will Now Have Abuse Disclaimer

Denomination debates how to handle legacy of famed pacifist who sexually harassed and abused women.

A church publisher will front all future books by one of its denomination's most-famous theologians with an unusual acknowledgment: the pacifist author's "long-term sexual harassment and abuse of women."

In the wake of renewed public discussion of Mennonite ...

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The Six People Americans Now Trust More Than Their Pastor (2013)

Views on clergy honesty and ethics hit record low. However, Gallup still finds clergy rank No. 7 out of 22 professions.
The Six People Americans Now Trust More Than Their Pastor (2013)
Courtesy of Gallup

Once again, Gallup has examined who Americans regard as the most honest and ethical person in their lives—and found that the answer is not their pastor, but their nurse or pharmacist.

In fact, recorded public trust in clergy has now reached an all-time low, with only ...

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