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Southern Baptists Want to Expel Churches Over Abuse
President J. D. Greear announces a batch of new proposals, reiterating that congregations that cover up incidents have “no place” in the SBC.
James MacDonald Fired from Harvest
Leak of “highly inappropriate” comments by founding pastor of Chicago-area megachurch caps months-long clash with critics.
After Major Investigation, Southern Baptists Confront the Abuse Crisis They Knew Was Coming
The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News collect 380 allegations spanning 20 states in an unprecedented look at sexual misconduct across the denomination.
Died: Yechiel Eckstein, Rabbi Who Rallied Evangelical Support for Israel
Founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews overcame longstanding tensions and brought in $140 million a year for Holy Land projects.
Half of Millennial Christians Say It’s Wrong to Evangelize
Survey finds young believers want others to know about Jesus. They just don’t want to speak up about it.
Leith Anderson Retiring from National Association of Evangelicals
NAE president: “It’s important to speak biblically and thoughtfully when so many are shouting for attention.”
Pew: Sunday Regulars Are Happier and Healthier
Across 25 countries, active religious participation is linked with habits like nonsmoking, community involvement, and voting.
Philippine Church Bombing Kills 20 After Vote for Muslim Governance
Cathedral attack injures 100 on the island of Jolo, home to Abu Sayyaf terrorists.
Foster Ministry Gets to Keep Protestants-Only Policy—And Federal Funds
Conservative Christians cheer HHS waiver for South Carolina's Miracle Hill.
Brazil Investigates If US Missionary Encroached on Isolated Amazon Tribe
The South American rainforest is home to a majority of the uncontacted indigenous groups left on earth.
‘I Was a TSA Agent, and You Fed Me’
Ten places where churches are helping unpaid and furloughed federal employees during the partial government shutdown.
James MacDonald Takes ‘Indefinite Sabbatical’ from Harvest Bible Chapel
The founding pastor will step back as his megachurch undergoes a peacemaking process to address criticism.
Asia Rising: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Follow Jesus
China’s church raids drew headlines, but 26 countries—including India—treated Christians worse in 2018.
Going Dutch: Netherlands Imports Nashville Statement Controversy
Latest translation of US evangelical document on LGBT issues divides Dutch Bible Belt and leads to criminal threats against a Christian politician.
Harvest Bible Chapel Wants to Drop Defamation Suit Against Critics
James MacDonald’s church takes unfavorable ruling as “God’s direction” to abandon legal effort against Julie Roys and Elephant’s Debt blog.
The Gospel in Every Sign Language: Passion Raises $450K for Deaf Bible Translations
Christians in 16 countries will finally get their own versions of New Testament stories.
Congress’s ‘Other’ Christians: The Fastest-Growing Faith on the Hill
A record 1 in 5 freshman politicians falls into a Protestant catchall category.
Ahead of 2019, Bulgaria Rejects Severe Church Restrictions
The new year brings new regulations—but thankfully not the worship and seminary bans evangelicals initially feared.
China Closes Megachurches Before Christmas
Raids on major congregations led by pastors Wang Yi and the late Samuel Lamb represent “the most horrendous evil of Chinese society ... hindering [non-Christians] from coming to Jesus.”
Harvest Bible Chapel Disputes World Investigation of James MacDonald
Former staff and elders criticize shuffling of funds and 50-mile noncompete clauses for former pastors.
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