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  • US Christians more likely to consider their pastor a ‘friend’: Barna study
  • Christians in the United States are more likely to consider the lead pastor of their church to be a “friend” rather than a “mentor” or “counselor,” according to a new report by the Barna Group.
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  • Marvin Sapp names Rory Marshall as successor to lead Lighthouse Full Life Center
  • Bishop Marvin L. Sapp on Sunday appointed Rory Marshall as the incoming senior pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center in Grand Rapids during a celebration of the church’s 16th anniversary.
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  • South Carolina inmates baptized behind bars: 'Jail can be the very beginning of the ultimate forever'
  • Eighteen inmates at a South Carolina jail were baptized over the weekend, demonstrating “jail doesn’t have to be the end; it can be the very beginning of the ultimate forever.”
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  • This week in Christian history: William Penn born, Pentecostal school founded, France attacks Protestants
  • Here are just a few things that happened this week, Oct. 13-19, in Church history. They include the birth of William Penn, the founding of a Pentecostal school in Kansas, and France passing an edict that cracked down on Protestantism.
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  • Is the Bible pro-slavery? Context is important, apologist says
  • A theologian and apologist beleives that the Bible does not support slavery, explaining that the specific context of biblical era slavery needs to be considered when discussing the issue.
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  • Former drug addict baptized at church he vandalized 6 months earlier: 'God is real'
  • A former drug addict who broke into an Arkansas church and vandalized $100,000 worth of property was baptized at the same church six months later after the pastor and church members displayed grace and forgiveness. 
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  • Black clergy call for boycott of Word Network after white owner is accused of racial insensitivity
  • More than 100 prominent black clergy have signed a petition calling for a boycott of the Word Network, which is billed as “the largest, African-American religious network in the WORLD!,” after Kevin Adell, the network’s white owner and CEO, was accused of racial insensitivity.
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  • Survivors of sexual abuse share their stories at SBC's 'Caring Well' conference
  • Survivors of sexual abuse shared their heartbreaking stories and called on the Church to come alongside those suffering during "Caring Well: Equipping the Church to Confront the Abuse Crisis" conference in Dallas, Texas.
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  • Jarrid Wilson's wife shares hope of Heaven, vows to continue 'running race' despite 'pain'
  • One month after California pastor Jarrid Wilson tragically took his own life, his wife Juli shared her hope of Heaven and said that while the pain of her husband’s death “digs deep,” she will continue to “finish our mission here on earth.”
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  • Adam Hamilton says UMC will lose at least 3,400 churches next year over LGBT debate
  • Megachurch pastor and author Adam Hamilton has speculated that The United Methodist Church will lose between 3,400 and 7,500 congregations next year due to debate over the church body’s stance on homosexuality.
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  • Evangelical Gordon College receives $75.5M gift for student scholarships
  • Gordon College, a flagship evangelical higher education institution in Massachusetts, has announced the reception of a financial donation of over $75 million dollars that it will put toward scholarships as enrollment has dipped in recent years. 
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  • Should false teachers be publicly rebuked? John Piper answers
  • Theologian John Piper has warned that false teaching and destructive behavior are “present dangers in this fallen world for the church” and identified five factors to consider before publicly naming a false teacher. 
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  • 'Not if but when' children exposed to porn online; Ryan Dobson launches seminars for churches
  • Author and podcaster Ryan Dobson is launching an initiative to equip parents to safeguard their homes from everything from predators to pornography to home invasions.
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  • 7 'tragic' myths about sexual abuse: JD Greear at ERLC Caring Well Conference
  • As part of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Caring Well Conference, J.D. Greear identified seven myths many churches have when it comes to sexual abuse and shared why such misconceptions are damaging to victims of abuse.
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  • John Piper: 5 reasons some will suffer more than others in Hell
  • Theologian John Piper has said that while hell will be “unspeakably terrible” for all unbelievers, there are five reasons some will suffer more than others.
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  • This week in Christian history: George Mueller, San Francisco, Arminius
  • Here are just a few things that happened this week, Oct. 6-12, in Church history. They include the marriage of a notable nineteenth century evangelical philanthropist, the founding of the mission that became San Francisco, and the birth of the founder of Arminianism.
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  • Beth Moore answers: Does complementarian theology cause abuse within the Church?
  • Bible teacher Beth Moore has said that while complementarian theology does not necessarily cause abuse in the Church, having too few women in power has directly contributed to the sexual abuse crisis in the Southern Baptist Convention.
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  • Matt Chandler: Many Christians are 'ill-prepared theologically to understand suffering'
  • Matt Chandler, lead pastor of The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, has identified misconceptions many Christians have when it comes to suffering and shared how believers can live in joy when times of sorrow come.
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  • Kay Warren shares how childhood sexual abuse led to anxiety, depression, porn addiction
  • Saddleback Church co-founder Kay Warren opened up about how childhood sexual abuse has impacted her life and mental health and called on the church to deal effectively with reports of sexual abuse.
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  • Michigan church helps eradicate $3.89 million in medical debt
  • A congregation in Michigan was able to eliminate $3.89 million in medical debt for families as part of a nationwide nonprofit charity's effort to help those in need. 
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