The Adventist Review
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Select Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 November 11, 2013
Kenyan Pastors Ask for Guns Amid Christian-Muslim Violence
Some evangelical pastors are no longer willing to turn the other cheek.
Parents Sue to Overturn NJ Ban on Ex-Gay Therapy
New Jersey is second state to ban the therapy.
US Denies Spying on Vatican Cardinals Ahead of Conclave
An Italian magazine made the allegations.
NJ School District Will Allow Religious Holiday Songs
School officials reversed a previous ban on the songs.
November 4, 2013
Report: Church Giving Reaches Depression-era Lows
Churches had $87 million less to spend in 2011.
Methodist Court Sidesteps Changes to Gay Policies
Some members say the new resolutions are simply procedural.
Brazil Police Take Bible Classes to Reduce Stress
The classes come and amid concerns of police brutality.
Leaders Push for Free Jewish Preschool in US, Canada
The "Jewish Head Start" initiative is designed to connect younge Jews with Judaism.
October 28, 2013
Egypt: Gunmen Open Fire on Church Wedding
At least four Christians slain.
Kenya: Archibishop Calls for Evangelism Focus
Message comes amid deep division in Anglican Communion.
Brunei to Implement Shariah Penal Code
The new law will start in April 2014.
Woman Sues InterVarsity Over Firing After Divorce
Alyce Conlon was released in December 2011.
October 21, 2013
Church News Outlets Struggle to Keep Editorial Independence
Some journals increasingly performing public relations roles.
Looking for a Spouse? Try a Christian College
Religious campuses are the most likely places.
Brazil Tries to Combat Religious Intolerance
Evangelical growth is booming.
Long an Oasis of Christian-Muslim Calm, Kenya May See More Strife
The country has been a haven for refugees.
October 14, 2013
Conservatives Claim Increased Censorship on Facebook, iTunes
Viewpoint discrimination targets Christian values.
NC Catholic Dioceses Quit State Council of Churches
Bishops cited differences on abortion, same-sex marriage.
Bangladesh Parliament Members Sentenced to Death
He was with genocide against Hindus.
Scotland: Nonreligious Surpass the Church of Scotland
Nonreligious rose to 1.9 million in 2011.
October 7, 2013
Conservatives Promote Bill to Protect Traditional Marriage Advocates
Many proponents are being targeted for discrimination.
LifeWay Opening 17 New Stores Across U.S.
LifeWay will operate 186 stores in 28 states.
United Methodists Consider Challenges to Gay Teachings
Church leaders fear that many are disregarding the church's position.
Hobby Lobby's Steve GReen Unveils Ancient Jewish Prayer Book
The artifact dates around 840 A.D.
September 30, 2013
Pakistani Church Bombing Kills 81
The attack prompts a global call to prayer.
Moody Bible Institute Drops Alcohol and Tobacco Ban for Employees
But smoking and drinking are banned on campus.
U.S. Asks Supreme Court to Review Birth Control Case
Two lower courts have issued contradictory rulings.
U.S. House OKs Religious Liberty Envoy
The measure passed with a 204-22 vote.
September 23, 2013
As Denominations Decline, Numbers of Unpaid Ministers Rise
The unpaid model is gaining traction among Episcopals.
Rabbis Push Congress on Immigration Reform
Leaders say comprehensive reform is a necessity.
Wales Admits Women Bishops
The Church of England is expected to take up the issue in 2015.
England Debates Full-face Veils in Courtroom
The issue has already prompted legislation in France.
September 9, 2013
Bolivia: New Law Aims to Control Churches, Protest Leaders say
Evangelicals say the law imposes beliefs.
Physicians Blame Myanmar Government for Religious Strife
More than 240 have died in the violence.
Mass. Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Pledge of Allegiance
An anonymous atheist couple brought the lawsuit.
Study: Religion Can Lead to Anti-wealth Norms
Nearly 190,000 people took part in the study.
September 2, 2013
Kazakh Baptists Fined for Worship Meetings
Three were fined two months average salary.
Biblical Worldview Pertinent to D.C. March
Anniversary energized blacks to continue their God-given purpose.
African Anglicans Set a New Course
October conference to focus on biblical faithfulness.
Israel: Orthodox Men Demand Beard-friendly Gas Masks
Many Orthodox men do not shave their beards.
August 26, 2013
Lutherans Elect First Female Presiding Bishop
ELCA has more than 4 million members.
Church of England Under Fire for Potential Fracking Profits
The church has an investment portfolio of 6 billion pounds.
Conservatives Vow Suit Over NJ Gay Conversion Law
Governor Chris Christie signed the bill on August 19.
Oklahoma Anti-Shariah Amendment Struck Down
The amendment was approved by Oklahoma voters in 2010
August 19, 2013
Assemblies of God Reports Major Growth
While other group sees declines.
Reformers Want Congress to Allow Pulpit Politicking
Many church leaders criticize IRS guidelines.
ACLU Says Magistrate Can't Order 'Messiah' Name Change
Judge is accused of imposing her faith on others.
August 12, 2013
Nigeria: 2 Churches Bombed, 45 Killed
Surrounding businesses also damaged.
Presbytarians Reject Popular Hymn
"In Christ Alone" not included in new hymnal.
Hackett Confirmed as Ambassador to Vatican
He was formerly director of Catholic Relief Services
Pakistan TV Show Gives Away Babies at Ramadan
Producers want to help families adopt children.
August 5, 2013
Syria Refugees Numbers Soar
Nearly 2 million have fled the country.
Congress Votes Down Non-Religious Military Chaplains
The military recognizes more than 200 endorsing agents.
Mistaken Identity Brings Death Threats to Florida Pastor
Pastor George Zimmermann served 55 years in ministry.
Court: Law Designating 'Israel' as Birthplace Unconstitutional
A legal challenge was started in 2002.
July 29, 2013
Gunman Fires Shots in Church
One minor injury reported.
Evanglicals Decry 'Silence' on Sexual Abuse
More than 1,200 people petition church leaders.
Lawmakers ask Obama for Religious Diversity Summit
The legislators seek a greater anti-discrimination initiative.
Britain to Probe Discrimination Against Jews
Sabbath case spurs investigation.
July 22, 2013
Churches Tighten Marriage Policies
Many are stipulating traditional marriage only.
Britain Asks Church of England to Take Over Schools
There are more than 3,000 academies operating in England.
Sudan Christians Face Growing Hostility
Church leaders cite increased restrictions.
Lutherans Re-elect Matthew Harrison Despite Newtown “Debacle
LCMS membership numbers 2.4 million.
July 15, 2013
Conservatives Say Religious Freedom is 'Under Attack' in Military
New legislation would protect religious "actions and speech."
Catholic Hospitals at Odds With Bishops Over Birth Control Mandate
Bishops believe that religious protections are too narrow. Iranian Christian Convert Tried for Participating in House Church
Mostafa Bordbar could face a 2- to 9-year sentence.
Opponents to Boy Scouts Policy to Launch Alternative Group
The new program will have a Christian worldview.
July 8, 2013
Syrian Christians Face 'Ethno-religious Cleansing'
Some 93,000 people have died and 1.6 million Syrians have left the country.
Church Leaders: Contraception Mandate Threatens Religious Liberty
The controversy has fueled 60 lawsuits.
San Diego Judge: Public School's Yoga Instruction Not Religious
The practice has a secular purpose, the judge says.
Evangelicals Score High on Patriotism
Nearly 70 percent say they're proud to be American.
July 3, 2013
Hispanic Christians Press Congress on Immigration Reform
Church leaders say reform is the Christian thing to do.
ACLU Sues N.J. to Block Grants to Princeton Seminary, Yeshiva
More than $11 million of funding is at stake.
Russia: Protestant Leader Under House Arrest
Alexander Semchenko was accused of theft.
5 Religious Facts About Frederick Douglass
A statue of the activist was unveiled at the U.S. Capitofl on June 19.
June 17, 2013
Southern Baptists Condemn Boy Scouts Policy
Delegates stopped short of calling for a boycott.
Lifetree Cafes Offer Space for Tough Topics
The uncoventional ministry sparks growing interest.
Report Draws Attention to Hindu Hate Crimes
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Pakistan were cited as egregious violators.
Religious Leaders Welcome FBI Hate Crimes Reporting
The FBI anticipates starting the program in 2015.
June 10, 2013
Italy: Oldest Known Torah Scroll Discovered
Researchers say the manuscript is 850 years old.
Evangelicals Launch Immigration Campaign
Media blitz will cover 13 states.
Jewish Groups Support Egalitarian Space at Western Wall
The Western Wall is a Jewish holy site.
Civil Rights Activist Will Campbell Dies
The Southern Baptist minister was 88.
June 3, 2013
Largest Persian-Speaking Church in Tehran Closed
Church's pastor arrested.
United Methodist Report Closes
Twenty six staffers lose their jobs.
Oklahoma Muslims Aid Tornado Relief in Bid to Build Bridges
The tornado killed 24 people.
Study: Bad World War II Experiences Led Vets to Church
The research has implications for health officials, counselors, and clergy.
May 27, 2013
Franklin Graham Calls IRS Probes 'un-American
Graham leads two non-profit ministries.
Can Grief be a Mentall Illness?
With new diagnostic changes, maybe.
Anti-Shariah Movements Changes Tactics
New bills prohibit courts from considering foreign laws in their decisions.
Canadians Turning Away From Organized Religion
One in four have no religious affiliation.
May 20, 2013
Harold Camping May Face a Different Doomsday
The radio evangelist may lost his ministry.
Church-based Scouting Alternatives Attract Internet
Churches field scouting queries in wake of BSA policy shift.
British Church Attendance Stabilizes
Baptisms were up by five percent.
Dalai Lama Wows Maryland Crowd
"Imagine a demilitarized world," he says.
May 13, 2013
Pentagon Debunks Reports of Anti-Christian Policies
"Accomodations are made for all religions," officials say.
Religious Leaders Push for Release of Kidnapped Bishops
The Orthodox bishops were abducted while helping Christians in Syria.
Evangelicals Tackle Stigma of Mental Illness
New book seeks to hep grieving families.
Poll: U.S. Muslims More Moderate Than Muslims Worldwide
The survey polled Muslims in 39 countries and territories.
May 6, 2013
Religious Freedom Violations Cited in 15 Countries
The U.S. religious freedom commission releases its annual report.
Black Pastors Unite to Fight Gun Violence
Gun violence is the leading cuase of death among Black males ages 25-29.
Jerusalem Court Upholds Womens' Prayer Rights at Western Wall
Ultra-Orthodox leaders say the prayers are offensive.
Mormons OK With Boy Scouts' Proposed Membership Policy
The compromise policy allows gay members but no gay leaders.
April 29, 2013
Evangelicals See Promise in Immigration Proposal
Church leaders express cautious optimism.
Boy Scouts Membership Proposal Displeases Religious Leaders
The draft proposal will be voted on in May.
Muslim Leaders Stand Against Terrorism
Leaders say Islam does not condone violence.
French Jews Face Uncertain Future
Grand Rabbi resigns amid scandal.
April 22, 2013
Long Time Billy Graham Associate George Beverly Shea Dies
Shea was 104.
U.S. Muslims Mobilize to Prevent Boston Backlash
Muslim leaders call for apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators.
Controversial Baptist Leader Richard Land Gets a New Job
He will head a North Carolina seminary.
Immigration Reform Gets Personal for Evangelicals
Several congregations are now feeling the heat.
April 15, 2013
As They Turn 150, Adventists Still Praying for Christ's Return
The church has mushroomed to more than 17 million members.
N.C. Faith-Groups Remain Worried After Religion Bill is Pulled
The bill would've established a state-sanctioned church.
Top Mormon Leader Warns Against 'Tolerance Trap'
Boyd Packer is next in line to take over the LDS.
Clerics Say U.N. Development Goals Must Be Reached
Church leaders are calling on governments to meet anti-poverty benchmarks by 2015.
Poll: Americans Love the Bible But Don't Read it Much
The average household has 4.4 Bibles.
April 8, 2013
Vitriol Infests Rick Warren Family's Grief
Warren's son Matthew died April 5.
Irish Abortion Debate Reflects Growing Church-state Tensions
Abortion is prohibited in Ireland.
Canadian Prisoners Sue Over Lack of Chaplains
The removal of part-time chaplains was expected to save $1.3 million.
New Testing Dates Shroud of Turin to Era of Christ
Earlier tests dated it from 1260 to 1390 A.D.
Bhutan Seeks to Curb Sexual Diseases Among Buddhist Monks
Some officials say stricter discipline is needed.
April 1, 2013
Imprisoned Iranian-American Gets Support From U.S. State Department
Saeed Abedini was sentenced to eight years in prison
Pope Calls for Intense Dialogue with Muslims
He expressed gratitude for the Muslim leaders that attended his installation.
Russell Moore to Lead Southern Baptists' Policy Office
Moore suceeds Richard Land who retired.
Report: Delayed Marriage Fallout: More Unwed Births
Nearly 50 percent of first-time births are outside of marriage.
March 25, 2013
New Pope Means New Business for Recession-weary Rome
New pontiff could bring in 55 million euros.
Obama Appoints Melissa Rogers to Direct the W.H. Faith-based Office
She replaces Joshua DuBois.
Mark Labberton Becomes President of Fuller Theological Seminary
Fuller enrolls 4,400 students form 70 countries and 100 denominations.
Poll: Americans See Gay Marriage Inevitable
More than 1,000 adults were polled.
March 18, 2013
Non-Catholics Greet Pope Francis With Guarded Optimism
The papacy has many observers from other faiths.
Catholic Bishops Oppose Violence Against Women Act
President Obama signed the measure into law on March 7.
Arkansas Enacts Earliest Abortion Ban in U.S
The law bans abortions at 12 weeks if a detected heartbeat.
Bill Clinton Urges High Court to Overturn Marriage Law He signed
Clinton signed the law in 1996.
March 11, 2013
Dwindling Cathlic Schools See Future in Latino Students
U.S. enrollment has decreased by 23 percent.
Anti-Semitism is on Rise in Europe, Middle East
One-third of European have anti-Semitic beliefs.
Israel Braces for Locust Invasion
The last swarm of locusts was eight year ago.
New York City Sues Orthodox Shops Over Dress Codes
Opponents say the practices violate human rights law.
March 4, 2013
U.N. Faults U.S. for Failure to Prosecute Abusive Clerics
Activists urge the justice department to target church leaders.
Gay Marriage Foes Make Their Case to Supreme Court
Opponents have filed about three dozen legal briefs in the high court.
Pope Moves Up Start of Papal Election
The pontiff waived the normal 15-20 day waiting period.
Canada Names New Minister for Religious Freedom
Andrew Bennett will head the office.
February 25, 2013
House Bill Gives Disaster Relief to Religious Groups
The bill passed 354-7.
Report: Megachurches Thrive in Tough Times
Most churches reported higher offerings in 2012.
Texas, S.C. Church Property Fights Gain Attention
Episcopal property disputes total more than $600 million.
Pope Appoints Vatican Bank Director
The bank has been plagued with scandals.
February 18, 2013
Religion Looms Large in Boy Scout's Debate
Religious gorups sponsor a majority of scouting clubs.
Catholic Bishops Reject Contraception Proposals
USCCB still seeks an acceptable compromise.
DuBois Leaves W.H. Faith-based Post
Joshua DuBois will teach at NYU.
Missouri Synod President Apologizes for Newtown Interfaith 'Debacle'
Church leader publicly reprimands local pastor.
February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict to Resign, Citing Age
The Pontiff will step down on February 28.
White House Expands Exemptions From Contraception Mandate
New rules seek to address religious freedom concerns.
Justin Welby Confirmed as New Archbishop of Canterbury
Welby takes over from Rowan Williams.
Catholic, Reformed Churches Agree on Baptism
Agreement signed to recognize each other’s sacraments of baptism.
Florida Retirement Complex Caters to Hindu Immigrants
Elderly Indian immigrants often suffer from social isolation in later years.
February 4, 2013
Arkansas Senate OKs Guns in Churches
The measure passed 28-4.
At Halftime, a Religious Alternative to Beyonce
Christian halftime shows are on the rise.
S.C. Episcopal Diocese Claims a Victory in Secession Struggle
Judge issues a restraining order against the national church.
Lutherans Warn Vatican Against Simpler Conversions
The move would harm inter-faith dialogue, leaders say.
January 28, 2013
As Flu Outbreak Spreads, Faith Leaders Preach Caution
The epidemic has spread across 48 states.
National Cathedral Inaugural Service Brings Prayers for Unity
The ceremony showcased the theme "liberty and justice for all."
Episcopalians Battle Over Aid to Israel
Church leaders want an accounting of U.S. to Israel.
Vatican Criticizes Religious Freedom Ruling
Officials press for freedome of conscience.
January 21, 2013
Religious Leaders Take on Gun Lobby
More than half of Americans say Newtown has changed their minds about gun control.
Obama to Use Lincoln, King Bibles for the Inauguration
The Lincoln Bible was also used in 2009.
Europeans Launch Campaign to Recognize Life at Conception
The "One of Us" Initiative is the first of its kind in Europe.
Court Says U.K. Equality Laws Trump Personal Religious Beliefs
European court of Human Rights rejected three appeals by British Christians.
January 14, 2013
High Court Sets Dates for Marriage Cases
Judges will review defense of marriage issues.
Africa Rises, China Falls on Christian Persecution List
Open Doors issues their World Watch list.
Church of England OK's (Celibate) Gay Bishops
Evangelical Anglicans said the would fight the move.
217 Acres Giving to Christian Foundation
Owners have tried to give the property away since 2009.
January 7, 2013
Italy: Vatican Works to Stop Sunday Shopping
Labor unions have also joined in.
Clergy Push Congress on Gun Control
Religious leaders all for a change in laws.
Truck Driver Pleads Guilty to Setting Mosque on Fire
Randolph Linn could serve 20 years in prison.
Police Recover Stolen Bible After Church's String of Bad Luck
The rare Bible dates to the 19th century.