Dove Awards, Mark Driscoll and Boko Haram

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Here’s what you need to know in Christian news for Aug. 14:

 1. Dove Award nominees announced

This week the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards announced the 2014 nominees for awards in Christian music.

This year the Dove Awards will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network. The show is set

to air Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.

Artist of the Year nominees: Casting Crowns, Hillsong UNITED, Lecrae, Mandisa, NEEDTOBREATHE, Switchfoot

New Artist of the Year nominees: 1 Girl Nation, Andy Mineo, Ellie Holcomb, Hillsong Young & Free, Love & The Outcome

2. Mark Driscoll takes another hit

LifeWay Christian Resources has pulled pastor Mark Driscoll’s book “A Call to Resurgence” from its shelves both online and in store.

Driscoll is accused of bulk-buying copies of his book and also plagiarizing parts of the book. Driscoll has since apologized.

The decision from LifeWay comes just after Driscoll was asked to step down from the Acts29 Network of churches.

3. St. Louis shooting investigation expected to take weeks

Details about the shooting death of an 18-year-old in St. Louis are not expected to be released anytime soon, police said.

Authorities still have not released the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown. Police said Brown was walking down the street with a friend when an officer pulled up next to them and tried to step out of his car.

Brown then pushed the officer, police said. The two then fought over a weapon and Brown was shot.

Brown’s family and witnesses have disputed this account.

4. Boko Haram kills 100 people in Christian Nigerian town

Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has reportedly killed about 100 people in the mostly Christian city in Gwoza, Nigeria.

The attack came Wednesday in Nigeria as Boko Haram tries to impose Islamic law with IEDs and fuel-bombs.

“I thank God for sparing my life, but three of my neighbors and members of our church were killed during the attack,” Tada said. “These Christians in our village had their throats slit with knives while their hands were tied behind their backs. Some houses were bombed as the Boko Haram gunmen were chanting, ‘God is great!’ in Arabic.”

In December, 15 Christians were killed, 12 churches and 274 houses destroyed or burned by Boko Haram, according to reports.

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