Grace glimmered through the darkness of 2019’s news headlines. Christianity Today’s most-read news pieces last year included high-profile tragedies and harrassment allegations, but also reporting on a theologian’s changed stance on divorce and a new model of child sponsorship. Here are CT’s top news headlines of 2019, listed from least to most popular.

Chick-fil-A Stops Giving to Salvation Army, FCA Amid LGBT Protests
Chick-fil-A Stops Giving to Salvation Army, FCA Amid LGBT Protests
Some evangelical supporters consider the shift away from Christian charities a betrayal.
Wayne Grudem Changes Mind About Divorce in Cases of Abuse
Wayne Grudem Changes Mind About Divorce in Cases of Abuse
Leading complementarian theologian says he no longer believes the Bible offers only two justifiable reasons for ending a marriage.
Tony Evans Becomes the First Sole African American to Author a Study Bible, Commentary Named for Him
Tony Evans Becomes the First Sole African American to Author a Study Bible, Commentary Named for Him
Celebrating 50 years of historic ministry, the Dallas pastor discusses his advice to Kirk Franklin and how his new releases highlight the black presence in Scripture.

 

Died: Warren Wiersbe, Preachers’ Favorite Bible Commentator
Died: Warren Wiersbe, Preachers’ Favorite Bible Commentator
The prolific author and pastor taught Christians how to “Be” in the Word.

 

United Methodists’ LGBT Vote Will Reshape the Denomination
United Methodists’ LGBT Vote Will Reshape the Denomination
Pulled right and left by various factions of the global church, the UMC’s decision-making body meets this weekend to pick a path forward.

 

World Vision Flips the Script on Child Sponsorship
World Vision Flips the Script on Child Sponsorship
In the ministry’s first major innovation in seven decades, the children now do the choosing.

 

Terrorists in Burkina Faso Execute Six at Pentecostal Church
Terrorists in Burkina Faso Execute Six at Pentecostal Church
(UPDATED) Assemblies of God pastor preferred to “die for his faith rather than leave the village” he served for decades.

 

Jackie Hill Perry After Bethel Controversy: ‘I Don’t Agree With Everyone I Do Ministry With’
Jackie Hill Perry After Bethel Controversy: ‘I Don’t Agree With Everyone I Do Ministry With’
Instagram posts spur backlash and lose her spot at an Answers in Genesis event.

 

The Top Reasons Young People Drop Out of Church
The Top Reasons Young People Drop Out of Church
Even with 1 in 4 leaving over politics, college kids are more likely to return after a hiatus than leave for good.

 

Francis Chan Explains Why He’ll Share a Stage With Benny Hinn
Francis Chan Explains Why He’ll Share a Stage With Benny Hinn
“There are millions who will never hear strong biblical teaching unless teachers are willing to go.”

 

After His Son’s Death, TobyMac Tells Fans: ‘We Follow God Because We Love Him’
After His Son’s Death, TobyMac Tells Fans: ‘We Follow God Because We Love Him’
Truett Foster McKeehan, 21, performed his first hip hop show a week before he died.

 

United Methodists Vote to Keep Traditional Marriage Stance
United Methodists Vote to Keep Traditional Marriage Stance
The UMC’s increasingly global delegation outweighs US push to shift LGBT positions, leading some progressive congregations to leave.

 

Comedian John Crist Cancels Tour Over Sexual Harassment Allegations
Comedian John Crist Cancels Tour Over Sexual Harassment Allegations
The viral entertainer confesses "sexual sin and addiction" following Charisma investigation.

 

Benny Hinn Renounces His Selling of God’s Blessings. Critics Want More.
Benny Hinn Renounces His Selling of God’s Blessings. Critics Want More.
Observers take wait-and-see approach to televangelist “correcting” his prosperity gospel theology.

 

James MacDonald Takes ‘Indefinite Sabbatical’ from Harvest Bible Chapel
James MacDonald Takes ‘Indefinite Sabbatical’ from Harvest Bible Chapel
The founding pastor will step back as his megachurch undergoes a peacemaking process to address criticism.

 

Willow Creek Investigation: Allegations Against Bill Hybels Are Credible
Willow Creek Investigation: Allegations Against Bill Hybels Are Credible
Independent Advisory Group releases report backing claims of pastor's “sexually inappropriate words and actions.”

 

Young Life Voted Off Campus at Duke
Young Life Voted Off Campus at Duke
While the college ministry continues to operate without recognition, another university officially objects to its sexuality policy.

 

James MacDonald Fired from Harvest
James MacDonald Fired from Harvest
Leak of “highly inappropriate” comments by founding pastor of Chicago-area megachurch caps months-long clash with critics.

 

LifeWay to Close All 170 Christian Stores
LifeWay to Close All 170 Christian Stores
The nation’s biggest Christian retail chain ends its brick-and-mortar operations.

 

Pastor and Mental Health Advocate Jarrid Wilson Dies by Suicide
Pastor and Mental Health Advocate Jarrid Wilson Dies by Suicide
Before his death, he tweeted, “Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts.”

- compiled by CT editors