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Egypt's Christians, attacked by army, may flee country

CAIRO (BP) — Funeral services were held Oct. 10 in Cairo, Egypt, for some of the victims of a military attack against a group of Christian protestors that left 26 dead and hundreds wounded. In the wake of what could be the worst act of violence against Egyptian Christians in modern history, leaders of the Coptic Orthodox Church have called for three days of fasting and prayer for divine intervention, along with three days of mourning.

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BBC Drops B.C./A.D. Dating Method: Christians Outraged

LONDON (RNS) - British Christians are incensed after the state-funded BBC decided to jettison the terms B.C. and A.D. in favor of B.C.E. and C.E. in historical date references.

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Pastor ignites debate over Romney, Mormonism  

WASHINGTON (BP) - Comments about Mitt Romney and Mormonism by prominent Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress have reignited a debate within evangelicalism about whether Christians should vote for a Mormon for president. 

JeffressIn introducing and endorsing Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas asked attendees, "Do we want a candidate who is a good moral person or one who is a born-again follower of Jesus Christ?" He added, "I believe that in Rick Perry we have a candidate who is a proven leader, a true conservative and a committed follower of Christ."

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World Vision allowed to hire only Christians

WASHINGTON (BP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the hiring rights of World Vision and other federally funded, faith-based groups by refusing to review a lower court decision in favor of the international relief organization.

The high court announced it would not accept a case in which former World Vision employees sued the organization for firing them when it was discovered they did not agree with its doctrinal statement. 

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Steve Jobs: Christian leaders share thoughts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - The death of Steve Jobs is a sobering moment for countless millions, Christians included.

"His impact is hard to overstate - his genius and inventions are ubiquitous," author/blogger Ed Stetzer wrote a few hours after the death of Apple's co-founder on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

"Earlier today, I blogged on tech tools I use - and Steve Jobs impacts my life every day. Steve Jobs literally changed the world," said Stetzer, vice president of research and ministry development at LifeWay Christian Resources.

Greg Thornbury, dean of the school of theology and missions at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., noted that the looming wave of tributes to Steve Jobs will have "rightly lionized him for what he was: a creative genius, entrepreneur, visionary and once-in-a-generation inspiration."

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