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Germany celebrates 500 years of Reformation

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/31/17, 11:11 am

German leaders are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on Tuesday with a service at the church where Martin Luther is thought to have nailed his 95 theses against the Catholic Church to the door on Oct. 31, 1517. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier are attending services at the famous Castle Church in Wittenberg, and thousands of visitors are participating in different services throughout the town where the Reformation began. In honor of the anniversary, Reformation Day is a public holiday in Germany this year.

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Judge again strikes down clergy tax benefit

by Evan Wilt
Posted 10/10/17, 11:57 am

A federal judge in Wisconsin sided with an atheist group Friday and overruled a tax exemption for clergy. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled in favor of the Freedom from Religion Foundation that challenged a longstanding clergy housing allowance. Since 1954, a “minister of the gospel” doesn’t have to pay income taxes on compensation designated as housing costs. It’s the biggest tax benefit available to ministers, and U.S.

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Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi dies after battle with cancer

by Sarah Schweinsberg
Posted 9/18/17, 10:40 am

Author and former-Muslim-turned-Christian-apologist Nabeel Qureshi died Saturday after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer. He was 34. Qureshi, a Pakistani-American, was a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, traveling the world to lecture and debate Muslim scholars. Qureshi wrote The New York Times best-seller Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, which chronicled his conversion.

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