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Died: J. Delano Ellis II, Bishop Who Promoted High Church Pentecostalism
He believed church renewal would come from ardor and order of Spirit-empowered African Americans.
Died: Stuart King, a Pilot Who Survived D-Day to Help Found Mission Aviation Fellowship
How could aircraft serve Christian ministries and humanitarian missions? The Brit was part of a cohort of aviation enthusiasts devoted to finding out.
Died: Édouard Nelson, a French-American Church Planter Who Wanted Secular Parisians to Know the Gospel
The vice president of the Evangelical Council of Churches in France was passionate about training and equipping the next generation of leaders.
Died: John K. Yambasu, Methodist Bridge-Builder and African Leader
The Sierra Leone bishop convened a pivotal roundtable to resolve longstanding UMC divisions over LGBT issues.
Died: John Lewis, Preaching Politician and Civil Rights Leader
From Freedom Rides to March on Washington, Selma protest, and House of Congress, he showed that "Sometimes you have to find a way to get in trouble, good trouble."
J. I. Packer, ‘Knowing God’ Author, Dies at 93
The influential evangelical theologian leaves a final lesson for the church: Glorify Christ every way.
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Died: Peter Maiden, Who Saw Expanded Role for International Leadership in Global Missions
The British evangelical led Operation Mobilisation through time of transition.
Died: Beka Horton, Who Developed Abeka Christian School Curriculum
With her husband Arlin, she rejected secular education and pioneered an alternative that started with student discipline.
Died: Francis I. Andersen, Scholar Who Used Computers to Study the Bible
He found ‘awesome reality of a living God’ in the grammar and syntax of Hebrew Scripture.
Ravi Zacharias Dies of Cancer
The famous apologist was 74.
Died: Joyce Lin, Missionary Pilot Transporting Coronavirus Supplies
The American crashed just months after she started flying in Indonesia.
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Died: Darrin Patrick, Who Used His Fall and Restoration to Help Struggling Pastors
(UPDATED) The St. Louis pastor spoke up about the difficulties faced by leaders and critiqued “celebrity culture” in ministry.
Died: Sy Rogers, Who Testified God Changed His Sexual Identity
Ex-gay leader encouraged people to pursue faith in “the darkest corners.”
Died: Vinson Synan, Historian Who Saw Breadth of Pentecostalism
In scholarship and ministry, he argued for an expansive and expanding Spirit-filled Christianity across traditions.
What Edith Blumhofer Taught Me on Writing About Strong Women
A tribute to a pathbreaking Pentecostal historian who also knew the value of a cannoli to a grad student.
Died: Jack Van Impe, Televangelist Who Saw Signs of End Times
Every week for more than 30 years, he interpreted headlines in light of prophecy.
Who Evangelicals Lost in 2019
Remembering scholar Lamin Sanneh, theologian Jean Vanier, evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, and others.
Died: Reinhard Bonnke, Record-Setting Evangelist to Africa
Founder of Christ for All Nations, the German Pentecostal held one of the biggest evangelism crusades in history.
Died: Phillip E. Johnson, Lawyer Who Put Darwin on Trial
With landmark book, he became “chief architect and guiding light” of the intelligent design movement.
Died: Cain Hope Felder, Scholar Who Lifted Up the Black People in the Bible
His pioneering work showed Scripture is full of racial diversity.

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Ravi Zacharias’s Ministry Investigates Claims of Sexual Misconduct at Spas
Ravi Zacharias’s Ministry Investigates Claims of Sexual Misconduct at Spas
Three women have come forward with additional allegations against the late Christian apologist.

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