Christian singer Joey Feek dies of cancer; Ben Carson exits race, joins Christian; Controversial Wheaton professor gains fellowship at University of Virginia

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Christian country singer Joey Feek dies after battle with cancer

After almost a year-long battle with terminal cervical cancer, Joey Feek, 40, of the country duo Joey + Rory, passed away in her sleep, her husband Rory announced Friday via his popular blog. Rory’s blog post has gained so much traffic with the announcement, getting the site to open up is spotty.

Joey had just surpassed the second birthday of her daughter, Indiana, a goal the singer had set for herself. “My wife’s greatest dream came true today.  She is in Heaven,” her husband wrote. Joey + Rory released their final compilation, “Hymns That Are Important To Us,” in February.

Candidate Ben Carson joins Christian voter group after leaving presidential race

Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson announced Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference he will be helping lead a Christian voter campaign, just moments after he told the crowd of conservative grassroots enthusiasts he was suspending his presidential campaign.

My Faith Votes is described as a group “to inspire and motivate Jesus followers to vote” and Carson said he wants to help inspire Christians to influence culture and the nation.

Over 500 rescued by Christian nonprofit group in anti-slavery operation in India

International Justice Mission announced March 3 the successful rescue of 564 men, women and children in Chennai, India, setting them free from a brick kiln factory where they had been forced into inhumane conditions and kept as slaves.

The victims detailed to police and IJM officials abhorrent living conditions and how they were only given 400 rupees, which equals less than $6 a week, to feed themselves and their families. IJM said this factory is the same place the group rescued over 500 people from in 2011.

Former Wheaton College professor awarded fellowship at University of Virginia

After agreeing to part ways earlier this year, the Wheaton College professor at the center of controversy for her theological beliefs has landed at the University of Virginia, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at UVa. announced.

Dr. Larycia Hawkins has been named the Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow, a position named to honor the 19th century Muslim leader, and hopes continue studying relationships through race and religion.

Hawkins became embroiled in controversy after making public statements regarding the Christian and Muslim God being the same, and the school raised concerns about her theological beliefs.

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