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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 into Frenzy
A&E restores Phil Robertson to popular show and explains why.

19) Mumford and Sons Namesake Favors 'Jesus,' Not 'Christianity'
Marcus Mumford to Rolling Stone: 'I've kind of separated myself from the culture of Christianity.

18) Why Rick Warren's Facebook Photo Angered Asian American Christians
Failed attempt at humor comes as Saddleback prepares to launch Hong Kong campus.

17) 'Wrath of God' Keeps Popular Worship Song Out of 10,000-Plus Churches
The hymn's controversial lyrics are now making waves among Southern Baptists.

16) Joel Hunter's Son Isaac Found Dead After Suicide
Two Orlando-area megachurches ask for prayers for grieving family; Kay Warren, who recently lost her own son to suicide, reacts.

15) Alan Chambers Apologizes to Gay Community, Exodus International to Shut Down
Evangelical reactions to closure of former ex-gay ministry range from dismayed to joyful.

14) Megachurch Pastor's Mansion Scrutinized for Connection to Bestselling Books
Steven Furtick apologizes to Elevation Church, explains why 'big house' media stories are not 'an attack.'

13) Liberty University Student Killed In Dorm Shooting
School president and search warrant reveal more details on hammer attack at America's largest evangelical school.

12) Tyndale Releases Results of Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Investigation
Publisher: 'After taking the necessary and important time needed to investigate all aspects of this issue, [we've] concluded the following...'

11) Publisher: Mark Driscoll Improperly Copied Paragraphs from Bible Commentary
Mars Hill Church admits 'citation errors' and discreetly takes down study guide.

10) Reformed Rapper Calls Out 12 Popular Pastors as 'False Teachers'
Shai Linne's new album, which released April 9, drops more than beats.

9) N.M. Supreme Court: Photographers Can't Refuse Gay Weddings
Justice: "There is a price we all have to pay in our civic life."

8) Died: Dallas Willard, 'Divine Conspiracy' Author and Philosopher
Provocative thinker dies at 77 after revealing stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

7) Six Surprises from Bono's Interview with Focus on the Family
Jim Daly and singer-activist discuss Jesus as Messiah, evangelical credit for PEPFAR, and how C.S. Lewis may inspire the next U2 song...

6) Rick Warren Tells Story of Son's Suicide on CNN
'I never questioned my faith in God. I questioned God's plan,' said Warren in what Piers Morgan called his most-inspiring interview ever.

5) Jon Acuff Resigns from 'Dream Job' with Dave Ramsey
'Stuff Christians Like' blogger and author starts new site.

4) Rick Warren's Son Dies from Suicide
Death of Matthew Warren, 27, prompts national discussion on how churches should respond to depression and other mental illnesses.

3) .Bible Joins .XXX as New Domain Name for Websites
'This is the Bible's moment to move from Gutenberg to Google,' states American Bible Society.

2) Why Henry Blackaby, Author of 'Experiencing God,' Went Missing
Son explains how popular Bible teacher's health caused 29-hour disappearance.

1) Abortion Clinics Closing at Record Rate
Reasons vary, but the trend is clear.

And for comparison's sake, here are the most-read CT Gleanings from:

2012: T.D. Jakes, Joseph Kony, Higgs boson, and more

2009: Ray Boltz, Matt Chandler, TNIV mistakes, and more

2008: J.I. Packer, Donald Miller, Beijing Olympics, and more

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