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Pew report on global Christianity

The number of Christians around the world has more than tripled in the last 100 years, from about 600 million in 1910 to more than 2 billion in 2010. But the world's overall population also has risen rapidly, from an estimated 1.8 billion in 1910 to 6.9 billion in 2010. As a result, Christians make up about the same portion of the world's population today (32%) as they did a century ago (35%).

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CP gains; but 7% below 2011 pace

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 7.01 percent below the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Page. The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2011-12 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget.

As of Dec. 31, gifts received by the Executive Committee for distribution through the Cooperative Program Allocation Budget totaled $44,269,203.77, or $3,334,711.13 behind the $47,603,914.90 received at the end of December 2010.

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Charter school rejected because of applicant's faith

A California attorney says one city's move to stop a pastor from starting a charter school is another method to prevent people of faith from getting involved.

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Pastors reflect on leadership lessons from 2011

There is a lot to be learned from our mistakes, although not everyone is willing to share their failures with others. Several pastors, however, have decided to take a look back at the mistakes they made in 2011 and share what they learned.

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Survey: Unchurched do not ponder life's purpose, afterlife

Half of the Americans who do not attend church also do not wonder if there is an ultimate purpose for their lives or the possibility that God has a plan for them, according to a recent survey.

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