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Women Leaders in the Early Church

As you may know, the question of whether women can serve as deacons has been recently debated among many evangelicals. Since scripture makes clear that Phoebe served as a deacon in the church in Cenchrea, there is an abundance of historical and archeological evidence that women deacons were upheld by the apostles. Both Clement of Alexandria and John Chrysostom recognize Phoebe was a deacon.
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The Death Penalty Denies the Gospel

He was taken before the authorities and subjected to abuse and beatings. No one arose to defend his case with the integrity it deserved.
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A Martyr in Mauritania: Missionaries, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights

Mauritania is a land of striking beauty, with sand dunes lined against the sky, Bedouins riding camels in the countryside, and flying beetles that look like they come straight from the abyss of the Apocalypse. Mauritania is also a land of extremes-extreme beauty, extreme hospitality, and lately, extreme religion.
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Michael Jackson's Legacy of Social and Environmental Concern

Though it has been two weeks since Michael Jackson's death, the world continues to mourn and to monitor news sources for the latest developments.
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Voices of the Poor Lost in Honduras' Power Struggle

Two weeks ago Sunday I awoke to my cell phone ringing at 6:45 a.m. In my sleepy delirium I answered it to hear the agitated voice of Isidra, a friend and "hermana" from our church in Flor del Campo, a marginalized neighborhood near the airport of Tegucigalpa.
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Why the Fuss About Dr. Francis Collins' Faith?

I'm excited about the the commentary Dr.
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A Mother of the Disappeared Rejoices at Another's Release

Here is a moving expression of faith-based solidarity from Mrs.
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Executions Worldwide Nearly Doubled in 2008

The number of executions worldwide nearly doubled last year compared with 2007, according to a
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The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with President Obama in Rome today, a shy German theologian and a charismatic leader known for his international rock star appeal will find plenty to agree on despite s
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Pope Benedict Gets It Right

Jim Wallis has provided a helpful summary of the Pope's encyclical Caritas in
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