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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
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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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Here's What Protestants in 18 Latin American Countries Believe and Practice

New Pew research identifies who evangelizes most and who believes the prosperity gospel, among many other topics.
Here's What Protestants in 18 Latin American Countries Believe and Practice
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The latest data not only show that Protestants are remarkably ascendent throughout the longtime Catholic stronghold of Latin America. The Pew Research Center also offers a window into who evangelizes most, which millennials pray and attend church most often, and just how ...

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Sorry, Pope Francis: Protestants Are Converting Catholics Across Latin America

'Francis effect' may yet materialize. But for now, Catholics have hit record low across 19 nations and territories.
Sorry, Pope Francis: Protestants Are Converting Catholics Across Latin America
Pew Research Center

[Editor's note: CT also took a deeper look at differences between what Protestants believe and practice in each country.]

Enthusiasm for the first pope picked from Latin America has prompted predictions of a “Francis effect” revival among the region’s ...

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What Americans Pray For and Against (Per Max Lucado's LifeWay Survey)

Research reveals top topics and how often people say prayers are answered.
What Americans Pray For and Against (Per Max Lucado's LifeWay Survey)
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When God answers prayer, he tends to do it in the South.

At least, so say Americans who participated in a new poll from LifeWay Research sponsored by popular pastor and author Max Lucado. Southerners (31 percent) are twice as likely as Northeasterners (15 percent) to say ...

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PC(USA) Divests From Some Israeli Holdings. Does It Matter?

(UPDATED) The divestment of the 1.8 million-member denomination may have symbolic power, but how much?
PC(USA) Divests From Some Israeli Holdings. Does It Matter?
Danny Bolin and PC(USA)

Update (July 7): The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has removed the study guide Zionism Unsettled from its website.

The New York Times reports that church leaders decided the publication's availability on the church website was confusing. "As we were getting letters, email, ...

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Tim Keller, Don Carson Explain Why Tullian Tchividjian Was Asked to Leave Gospel Coalition

(UPDATED) Tchividjian apologizes that his public breakup with TGC has 'given the world the justification they're looking for to disbelieve the gospel.'
Tim Keller, Don Carson Explain Why Tullian Tchividjian Was Asked to Leave Gospel Coalition
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Update (June 2): Tullian Tchividjian apologized on Friday [May 30] for his "very public 'break-up'" with The Gospel Coalition (TGC), drawing praise from Russell Moore who connected the social media spat to the recent World Vision controversy.

"This ...

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Evangelical Seminary Explains Why It Enrolled First Muslim Student

(UPDATED) Unusual decision draws scrutiny at one of largest Southern Baptist schools.
Evangelical Seminary Explains Why It Enrolled First Muslim Student
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Update (July 9): Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson apologized at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting for admitting a Muslim student to the school, but the student remains enrolled pending a fuller discussion by the seminary's ...

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Died: Glen H. Stassen, Baptist Ethicist Who Pioneered 'Just Peacemaking'

Fuller Seminary professor 'transformed the old conversation between just war theorists and pacifists.' Also rethought Sermon on the Mount and 'incarnational discipleship.'
Died: Glen H. Stassen, Baptist Ethicist Who Pioneered 'Just Peacemaking'
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Glen Harold Stassen, a respected Christian ethicist and director of Fuller Seminary's Just Peacemaking Initiative, died today after battling cancer. He was 78.

"I am sad to report that Glen died peacefully at home in Pasadena this morning, surrounded by family," ...

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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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Update (June 25): A United Methodist Church (UMC) minister who was defrocked in November for performing a same-sex marriage ceremony has been reinstated by the church. An appeals committee decided Tuesday that Frank Schaefer's dismissal as a minister was an unlawful attempt ...

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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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