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LifeWay Is Closing Its Remaining 170 Stores This Year

Those looking for a LifeWay store will be disappointed to know the 128-year-old bookstore chain is shuttering its remaining 170 locations this year and moving all its sales online.
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40 Preschoolers Sing ‘Jesus Loves Me,’ Escape Tornado Unscathed

Forty preschoolers and 10 staff members were in Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Paducah, Kentucky, when a tornado struck, causing major damage to the building. The staff helped the children to stay calm by having them sing “Jesus Loves Me.” Remarkably, no one was hurt.
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The Bill That Aims to Thwart Church-Hopping Sexual Offenders

Sexual predators that practice church hopping could potentially be thwarted with a new bill proposed by Texas lawmakers. Designed with help from Southern Baptist pastors, the law would take the legal pressure off churches to give good references for former employees.

Francis Chan Responds to Accusations He Is ‘Leading People to the Wolves’

Francis Chan has ignited controversy by speaking on February 23rd at The Send conference, a stadium event that included, among others, speakers Mike Bickle and Todd White. It didn't help that Chan was photographed with televangelist Benny Hinn.
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Harvest Bible Chapel’s Accreditation Suspended With ECFA

The financial watchdog of evangelical churches, ECFA, has suspended Harvest Bible Chapel's accreditation. Many are saying the move comes way too late and are even calling the ECFA's competency into question over their delay.
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For the Second Time, Azusa Pacific University Lifts LGBTQ Ban

For the second time in less than a year, Azusa Pacific University has announced it is lifting its ban on homosexual relationships, this time with approval from its Board of Trustees.
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Did Improper Voting Skew the UMC’s Homosexuality Vote?

The landmark United Methodist General Conference vote concerning homosexuality is the subject of concern after investigators found some people who voted were ineligible to do so.
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Human ‘Bone Church’ in Need of Reconstruction

Sedlec Ossuary contains the bones of 40,000 people, most of whom died between the plague of the 13th century and the Crusades of the 15th.
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Religious Leaders Stand in Solidarity With Muslims in New Zealand

Religious leaders around the world are offering their prayers and condolences and sharing in the sorrow the Muslim community in New Zealand is feeling right now.

Pastor in Kenya Beaten Unconscious by Muslim Extremists

In another case of Islamic extremism in Kenya, a 30-year-old pastor in the city of Garissa was beaten unconscious on the night of Friday, March 8.
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Humanitarian Aid Community Mourns the Loss of Several Colleagues

Four Christian aid workers were among the handfuls of humanitarian workers traveling to Nairobi, Kenya, for training and a U.N. conference.

New Report: Church Paid People to Pretend God Healed Them

South African news channel SABC1 has done an investigative report on Pastor Alph Lukau and Alleluia Ministries International, the church where a man named “Elliot” was allegedly raised from the dead. The report found the "resurrection" and other miracles associated with the church to be fraudulent.
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The New Living Translation Instagram-Worthy Bible Is What Millennials Want

Two friends started a publishing company to help the Bible become more accessible to Millennials. Their Bible Beautiful project is a work of art.

WA Church Files Lawsuit Over Right Not to Pay for Abortions

Cedar Park Church in Bothell, Washington, has filed a lawsuit against the state of Washington over the right to refuse paying for abortions in...
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The Sinicization of the Church in China

President Xi Jinping's government is attempting to purge the Chinese church of western influence and make it more "Chinese." In a five-year plan attempting to do this, a new translation and annotation of the Bible will be released.

New Law in the U.K. Does Little to Protect Minors From Online Porn

The United Kingdom has just passed a law aimed at protecting minors from accessing online porn. While no doubt well-intentioned, the law has several significant problems.
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NewSpring Blames Spate of Predators on ‘Evil’

NewSpring Church has a history of sexual predators taking advantage of children under their care. Is this a coincidence or is the church negligent in its duty to protect children?
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Kyle Idleman Takes Leadership of One of the Largest Megachurches

Kyle Idleman has served at Southeastern Christian Church in the Louisville area for 17 years. The multisite church reaches an average of 21,000 people each weekend through its six campuses. Now Idleman will serve as the senior pastor.
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‘Most Influential Patriot You’ve Never Heard Of’ Quits Over Kraft

Jack Easterby served as the New England Patriots' chaplain. He recently announced his resignation due to the character flaws uncovered in the Patriots' owner, Robert Kraft.

Dutch Reformed Church Loses Fight to Ban Same-Sex Marriage

The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, has just handed down a decision compelling the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) to recognize same-sex marriages and to ordain gay clergy.
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Hundreds of Christians Dead in Nigeria as Violence Continues

Last Monday, terrorist group Boko Haram attacked the town of Michika in the Nigerian state of Adamawa. This attack is only one of many recent ones from Boko Haram and militant Fulani herdsmen across Nigerian states, including Kaduna, and Christians are typically the targets.

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Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson: Pastors Are People, Too

Justin and Scott discuss the need for pastors to embrace their humanity and they believe spiritual disciplines can help them do that.