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Evangelist Rick Warren to Retire as Saddleback Pastor

Health issues make preaching six times per Sunday difficult

(Newser) - Rick Warren, California megachurch founder, author of the bestselling The Purpose Driven Life, and one of the most prominent evangelical Christian leaders in the nation, has announced his retirement. Saddleback Church will begin looking for his successor this week, Warren told the congregation Sunday, the Orange County Register reports. Warren...

The 'Other Man': Falwell Changed After Trump's Win
The 'Other Man': Falwell
Changed After Trump's Win
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The 'Other Man': Falwell Changed After Trump's Win

Evangelical figure became 'drunk on power,' alleges Giancarlo Granda

(Newser) - The news about Jerry Falwell Jr. has finally clarified : The evangelical leader tells the Wall Street Journal that he is indeed out as president of Liberty University in Virginia. Falwell says he submitted his resignation to the school's board Monday night after conflicting reports about whether he had or...

Trump: Democrats Altered the Pledge of Allegiance

But that doesn't quite hold water on closer inspection

(Newser) - President Trump is accusing the Democrats of taking God out of the Pledge of Allegiance at their national convention—but the AP reports that he's "distorting" what happened. "The Democrats took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democrat National Convention," Trump...

Jim Bakker's Wife Reveals Why He's Taking Break From Show

Televangelist had a stroke, but is 'okay,' Lori Bakker announced Friday

(Newser) - More bad news for Jim Bakker, just two months after he was sued for offering a supposed coronavirus cure. On Friday, the 80-year-old televangelist's wife, Lori Bakker, announced he'd had a stroke and would be on hiatus from his Christian program The Jim Bakker Show, CNN reports. "...

Trump Keeps Up Attacks on Evangelical Magazine

'Christianity Today' hopes it gets more people to read its anti-Trump editorial

(Newser) - An evangelical magazine's denunciation of President Trump apparently struck a nerve. Trump lashed back at Christianity Today Friday morning, and he has followed up with another criticism in the afternoon. "I guess the magazine, 'Christianity Today,' is looking for Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, or those of...

Trump Doesn't Take Kindly to Christianity Today Editorial

It calls for his removal from office

(Newser) - The "far-left" evangelicals are out to get Trump. That's from the president himself, who didn't take kindly to an editorial this week by Mark Galli, editor-in-chief of leading evangelical magazine Christianity Today . In it, Galli calls Trump a "leader of grossly immoral character" who should be...

Evangelical Magazine Denounces 'Grossly Immoral' Trump

Christianity Today says he should be removed from office

(Newser) - In a troubling sign for President Trump, leading evangelical magazine Christianity Today denounced him as a "leader of grossly immoral character" Thursday and called for him to be removed from office. Impeachment appears to have been the final straw for editor-in-chief Mark Galli, who writes that although the process...

Faith Leaders: 'They're Trying to Impeach Us'
Faith Leaders: 'They're
Trying to Impeach Us'
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Faith Leaders: 'They're Trying to Impeach Us'

Evangelicals met privately with Trump this week

(Newser) - Faith leaders aren't just opposed to impeachment—they take it personally. So says one of 25 American evangelicals who met privately with President Trump this week, McClatchy reports. "Many evangelicals like myself believe that this is more than just a political skirmish," says Robert Jeffress, the top...

Pence to 45K Evangelical Students: 'Be Ready'

The vice president speaks at Liberty University

(Newser) - Last time he spoke at Liberty University, Mike Pence urged students to vote for candidate Donald Trump despite the Access Hollywood tape. On Saturday he returned to the renowned Christian school in Lynchburg, Va., with a warning: You will be disrespected. "Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today...

US Pastor Freed in Turkey Amid Reports of Secret Deal

Andrew Brunson bound for US after sentencing for espionage

(Newser) - An American pastor detained for two years in Turkey on charges of espionage and aiding terrorist groups is heading home. A Turkish court on Friday allowed the release of evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, who lived for more than 20 years in Turkey before he was jailed in the 2016 crackdown...

Boy Who Didn't Come Back From Heaven Sues Own Publisher

Alex Malarkey says he never saw a dime from book, and that late father made up near-death story

(Newser) - Alex Malarkey calls it "one of the most deceptive books ever," even though it bears his byline and that of his late father. The 20-year-old Ohio man, left paraplegic after a 2004 car crash in which his father, Kevin Malarkey, was driving, co-penned with his dad The Boy ...

'Nashville Statement' on Gays, Transgenders Earns Mayor's Ire

And the ire of many others after evangelicals issue their 'Christian manifesto'

(Newser) - The mayor of Nashville has lashed out after a group of evangelical leaders put out a "Christian manifesto" named after her city to offer church guidance on sexuality issues. Per the Washington Post , the so-called "Nashville Statement," a 14-point cheat sheet from the Council on Biblical Manhood...

Sect Members to Be Tried for Trying to Expel 'Gay Demons'
Sect Members to Be Tried for
Trying to Expel 'Gay Demons'
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Sect Members to Be Tried for Trying to Expel 'Gay Demons'

Matthew Fenner says he was beaten for hours to expel his 'homosexual demons'

(Newser) - Trial may be imminent for members of a sect who've been accused of trying to beat "homosexual demons" out of a now-former member. Matthew Fenner says that he joined Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, NC, with his mother and brother in 2010, but that he fled on...

Professor Who Said Christian, Muslim God Are the Same Leaves Job

Larycia Hawkins was facing possible termination at hearing

(Newser) - A US professor who was suspended after wearing a headscarf —and saying Muslims and Christians "worship the same God"—is out of a job. Larycia Hawkins, a tenured associate political science professor at Wheaton College in Illinois, parted ways with the evangelical Christian college on Saturday night,...

Ted Cruz Now Has a 'National Prayer Team'

'Our nation is in desperate need of God’s favor'

(Newser) - Ted Cruz is making a major play for the most powerful constituent there is: God. On Thursday, the Cruz campaign announced the formation of a "national prayer team" that will get weekly emails with prayer requests from the candidate and his wife, as well as an invitation to a...

Donald Trump to Evangelicals: 'I'm One of You'

The Donald makes promises to evangelical crowd

(Newser) - With his poll numbers lagging a bit , Donald Trump assured evangelicals last night that he and the Lord have found each other. His revelation came at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Dinner, Politico reports. "I'm one of you," says Trump. "Just remember that. I brought...

New Facebook Competitor Wants to Be 'Morally Better'

Facegloria hopes to attract Evangelicals across the world

(Newser) - There are no bikini beach photos or swear words on Brazil's new social network—and no "likes," either, but rather "amens"—and that's apparently how Facegloria's roughly 100,000 users want it. While Facebook bans nudity, hate speech, graphic violence, and other questionable...

'Fight Churches' Let Pastors Duke It Out

Hundreds of evangelical churches allow fighting: film

(Newser) - "Can you love your neighbor as yourself and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?" That question is posed in Fight Church, a new documentary about churches that promote mixed martial arts fighting among pastors, Huffington Post reports. The film's directors...

Now Getting Behind Path to Citizenship: Evangelicals

Pastors lobbying politicians next week

(Newser) - A somewhat surprising contingent is emerging to support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants: evangelical Christians. Next week, about 300 evangelical leaders will lobby politicians in Washington and urge sweeping changes to US immigration policy, the Wall Street Journal reports. Though many Christians are socially conservative, pastors are increasingly...

Author Lives Like 'Biblical Woman' for a Full Year

 Author Lives 
 Like 'Biblical 
 Woman' for 
 a Full Year 
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Author Lives Like 'Biblical Woman' for a Full Year

Rachel Held Evans even skipped haircuts and lived in a tent

(Newser) - For Christian women, real Biblical living is apparently a tough row to hoe. Author Rachel Held Evans tried it for a year and ended up skipping haircuts, saying penance on her roof, and sleeping outside in a tent during her periods. She also wrote about it in her new book,...

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