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Top evangelical Christian news of 2006

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This list was compiled by Dan Burrell, senior pastor at Northside Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. I'll quote his first and tenth items and leave it at that. I'd heard of only the second and third. Burrell did take some heat from commenters for picking too many negative stories. (Hat tip to Pseudo-Polymath.)

#10: "The much bally-hoo’ed debate between the four docs who thought they could settle the centuries-old conflict over Calvinism turned out to be an embarrassing bust for all involved. Unable to contain themselves before the actual event scheduled for November in the new auditorium of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia (the Mother Ship/Church of Liberty University), the four 'intellectuals' started unleashing on each other via email in the ugliest of terms over everything from the rules of the debate to the tone of each other’s emails regarding the rules of the debate. In the end, it spilled out onto the Internet and created a messy scene that drew rubber-neckers and sycophants alike. Finally, the plug was pulled (creating yet another exchange of 'who quit firsts' postings), and the whole sullied affair finally disappeared from cyberspace."

#1: "Multiple studies show a crisis of pornography viewing and addiction that is infecting born-again males as much as it is those who do not profess to be believers. The Internet has opened the gateway to a private struggle that many Christian men fail to admit they have—controlling one’s thought life and sexual appetites and using the gift of sex outside of the context of Scripture. Because of the three 'A's—it’s Anonymous, Affordable, and Accessible—more and more men are casually visiting pornographic websites and then finding themselves ensnared. Most men report that they did not have to go looking for pornography. Through thousands of spam email messages, deceitful links on Google and Yahoo searches, and other covert methods, the pornography came to them. Before long, they developed a habit. As a result, Christian counselors report a dramatic rise in crisis counseling among porn addicts."


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