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Russian law would restrict evangelism

Russian churches

MOSCOW — A Russian law that would place significant limits on Christian evangelism is drawing opposition from religious organizations. Passed by both houses of Russia’s parliament within the past week and awaiting President Vladimir Putin’s signature, the bill has been …

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Teen abstinence rate up 28 percent

Teen abstinence rate up

The number of American high schoolers who have never had sexual intercourse has increased by 28 percent since 1991, according to data released this month by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The finding was hailed by advocates of abstinence-based …

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Southern Baptists support Israel “for such a time as this!”

Jerusalem

The Southern Baptist Convention (the largest evangelical denomination in America), just passed a resolution that boldly proclaims support for Israel. This is not highly unusual for the SBC that has a solid reputation for supporting Israel and the Jewish people. Yet, it comes at a time …

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Air Force investigating religious liberty claim

Oscar Rodriguez

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — The U.S. Air Force is investigating an episode at California’s Travis Air Force Base in which a 33-year veteran was forcibly removed from a colleague’s private retirement ceremony allegedly because the speech he was delivering was to …

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Jamaica missionaries’ slaying draws murder charge

Murdered missionaries

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Local authorities have charged one man and named another a “person of interest” in the April 30 murders of two American missionaries in Jamaica. Andre Thomas, 25, was charged with murder and illegal possession of a firearm …

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Southern Baptists are pitching a bigger tent

Brentwood Baptist Church

NASHVILLE — The Southern Baptist Convention was so famously insular for so long that it earned its own joke about members believing they’re the only ones in heaven. The nation’s largest Protestant denomination was known more for what, and often …

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