Theological author Ryrie dies; Gov. Haley endorses Rubio; House panel issues subpoenas for investigation into Planned Parenthood undercover videos

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Prominent theological author Charles Ryrie passes away

Christian households have trusted “The Ryrie Study Bible” since its first edition in 1978, and now its author has died. Charles C. Ryrie, 90, died Tuesday, according to Dallas Theological Seminary in a Facebook post.

Dr. Charles C. Ryrie (1925-2016), a great teacher of Scripture and Gospel. May he enjoy the presence of his Savior.

Posted by Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The seminary also announced a private burial Friday, Feb. 19, and a memorial service at First Baptist Dallas Wednesday, Feb. 24, and memorialized Ryrie on its website.

Investigative piece highlights alleged sexual abuse in evangelical mega-church

A metropolitan church located just outside the nation’s capital is the subject of an in-depth piece in the Washingtonian magazine this week, highlighting sexual abuse in one of the nation’s prominent large churches.

Reporter Tiffany Stanley talked at length with Time about what kind of research went into her piece, which took the freelance journalist around 10 months to research and write about Sovereign Grace churches and allegations of sexual abuse and cover-up.

From the Time article:

Executive director of Sovereign Grace Churches Mark Prater pointed TIME to a lengthy statement he made in 2014 denying that Sovereign Grace leaders “conspired to cover up” sexual abuse.

“Yes, we have been the target of misinformed critique in both the secular and Christian media, and more will likely come,” he stated. “I pray that God gives us all grace to respond wisely and biblically. But regardless of the public discourse, we are strongly committed to ensuring a safe environment for the children in our churches.”

South Carolina governor endorses GOP candidate Marco Rubio

Presidential candidate Marco Rubio landed a big catch just before Saturday’s South Carolina primary. Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed the Catholic candidate at an event Wednesday, calling him “somebody with fight.”

Polls still show GOP candidate Donald Trump with a commanding lead, but the endorsement by Haley is seen as invaluable in the race between Jeb Bush, Rubio and Ted Cruz.

Subpoenas issued by House panel investigating sales of baby body parts

StemExpress, a California-based research business accused of buying and selling unborn baby parts, will be compelled to testify before a select House panel investigating the practices brought to light in The Center for Medical Progress’ undercover videos.

“While it was our hope that these organizations would voluntarily work with us in this effort, some have refused to cooperate by withholding information that is critical to providing us with answers to questions the American people are asking,” said panel Chairwoman Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee republican.

Chick-fil-A honors Justice Antonin Scalia by ordering flags at half-staff after his death

In a time of amped-up rhetoric surrounding conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, restaurant chain Chick-fil-A makes its own statement by following the President Obama’s orders to have flags lowered.

“Anytime the president orders the flag be flown at half-staff, Chick-fil-A restaurants do so — as is the case with honoring Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.”

This was a a statement sent to The Christian Post.

President Obama, however, will not be attending the justice’s funeral Saturday, the White House announced, but the president will pay his respects at Friday’s viewing.

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