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Baptist Pastors Won’t Hear Ben Carson after Young Pastors Object

Concerns over theology and politics lead likely presidential candidate to back out of major Southern Baptist conference.
Baptist Pastors Won’t Hear Ben Carson after Young Pastors Object
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Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon turned pundit, has backed out of plans to speak at a major gathering of evangelical pastors this summer.

Carson, who will likely run for president, had been scheduled to appear in June at the annual Southern Baptist Pastors Conference ...

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Evangelicals Unite as Mennonites Mull How to Keep Peace over Sexuality

Conservatives announce alternative to Mennonite Church USA: Evana.
Evangelicals Unite as Mennonites Mull How to Keep Peace over Sexuality
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In a move reminiscent of the splintering of Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Lutherans in America, a new network of churches is organizing itself as a conservative alternative to the Mennonite Church USA (MC USA).

This month, the group announced its name: Evana, a combination ...

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Church Clubs Expelled from University of Arizona Religious Council

Update: Faith Christian Church has resigned from ECFA.
Church Clubs Expelled from University of Arizona Religious Council

Update (Apr. 8): Faith Christian Church, a controversial Arizona church accused by former members of being a cult, has resigned from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). The resignation was voluntary, according to the ECFA website.

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The religious ...

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Heaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores

(UPDATED) LifeWay responds to Southern Baptist resolution on 'the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.'
Heaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores
Courtesy of LifeWay

NASHVILLE (BP) — LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife."

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PCUSA Makes Marriage a 'Unique Commitment'

Majority of presbyteries vote to no longer limit marriage to a man and a woman.
PCUSA Makes Marriage a 'Unique Commitment'
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The Presbyterian Church (USA) will now define marriage as a "unique commitment between two people," rather than a lifelong covenant between a man and a woman as an act of Christian discipleship.

Last June, the PC(USA) general assembly voted to change the language ...

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Forgiving ISIS: Christian ‘Resistance’ Videos Go Viral in Arab World

Ten-year-old girl from Mosul becomes Christian broadcaster SAT-7’s most-watched interview ever.
Forgiving ISIS: Christian ‘Resistance’ Videos Go Viral in Arab World
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Muhga Ghalab paused carefully as she spoke on the role of mothers in maintaining social cohesion.

“We must teach our children to love, but we are not doing so,” said the dean of Islamic Studies at al-Azhar University, one of the Muslim world's most respected ...

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Died: Leanne Payne, 82, Prominent Leader in Pastoral Care, Healing Movement

Author of seven books, she supported orientation change for gays and lesbians.
Died: Leanne Payne, 82, Prominent Leader in Pastoral Care, Healing Movement
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Leanne Payne, the author of seven books on pastoral care who held healing conferences in North America, Europe, and Australia, died on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18. She was 82.

Payne founded Pastoral Care Ministries (PCM) in the early 1980s, which held healing conferences at ...

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What To Give Up for Lent? Twitter Reveals Top 100 Ideas of 2015

(UPDATED) Here's what 409,000 people pledged to fast from for the next 40 days.
What To Give Up for Lent? Twitter Reveals Top 100 Ideas of 2015
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[Updated Feb. 23 with final total from Ash Wednesday week.]

Nearly one in five Americans observed Lent last year. This year, more than 400,000 tweeted about their fast.

Food and technology remained the most popular categories that tweeting Americans reported giving up ...

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Breakaway Anglicans Can Keep Churches Worth $500 Million, Rules South Carolina Judge

Diocese of South Carolina not required to give properties and name back to national Episcopal Church.
Breakaway Anglicans Can Keep Churches Worth $500 Million, Rules South Carolina Judge
Courtesy of Diocese of South Carolina

In the "land and building wars" long fought within mainline denominations, the denomination usually wins. But this week, a South Carolina judge ruled that bishop Mark Lawrence and 36 South Carolina parishes had the right to leave The Episcopal Church in 2012 and ...

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Duke vs. Franklin Graham: Which Christian Spaces Are Off-Limits to Muslim Worship?

Call-to-prayer controversy at university chapel prompts debate over sharing sacred space.
Duke vs. Franklin Graham: Which Christian Spaces Are Off-Limits to Muslim Worship?
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Duke University’s reversal of today’s plan to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer from its historic chapel tower has reinvigorated a debate over shared worship space.

The Durham, North Carolina-based school had authorized Muslim students to recite the three-minute ...

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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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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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Time To Rend Marriage? 1 in 4 Pastors Agree with First Things Petition

Magazine argues for splitting civil and Christian marriage. LifeWay examines which Americans agree.
Time To Rend Marriage? 1 in 4 Pastors Agree with First Things Petition
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Should pastors stop signing marriage certificates at the weddings they officiate? In response to same-sex marriage, should churches get out of the wedding business?

A prominent conservative Christian magazine, First Things, thinks so. As do the more than 300 pastors and ...

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