The Arabic letter comes from the mark the ISIS militants are placing on the homes of known Christians. "N" is for "Nazarene," those who follow Jesus of Nazareth. Perhaps it's a good time to reflect on why Nazareth matters, to all of us. The truth that our Lord is a Nazarene is a sign to us of both the rooted locality and the global solidarity of the church.
Dozens of Christian faith leaders from the greater New York area united at the Faith Exchange in New York City on Friday to express their support for Israel in its current conflict with the Palestinian Hamas group. Israel and Hamas are currently involved in a violent and ongoing clash that one religious leader attending Friday's event described as one of the "defining issues of our time."
The U.S. pastor who took it upon himself to fly to Sudan to meet with and pray for imprisoned persecuted Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim was among those celebrating her freedom Thursday. He credited the 27-year-old married mother's release to the outcry of people from around the world who were captivated by her steadfast Christian witness in the face of impending death.
President Barack Obama's LBGT workplace discrimination order has revealed a rift among Democrats over whether religious freedom trumps gay rights. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives could exploit that rift by bringing the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which has a religious exemption, to the floor for a vote.
These barriers can keep the power we need from being manifested in our lives and country. James 5:16 tells us, "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." But is unrighteousness the only barrier to powerful and effective prayer? I am certain there are other barriers as well. Let me identify six.
Often, when a sports team is losing and the game is almost over, fans will start to head for the exits. Sometimes they want to beat the traffic home, but often, they're just disgusted with the way the game is going and can't watch any more. It's interesting to note the human movement: when the team seems sure to lose, the people move away, literally leaving the arena. If a miracle happens, and the team looks like it might win, they come streaming back.
In the summer of 1970, the American Southeast baked when eleven states faced federal enforcement of school desegregation, but that social scorcher will be small compared to the border crisis sizzling now from Texas to California. Believe it or not, President Richard Nixon's handling of the challenge 44 years ago could point the way to the best solution.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the number of unaccompanied children trying to enter the United States illegally has nearly doubled in less than a year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports detaining about 50,000 children since last October, with thousands more crossing undetected.
The plight of U.S.-Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini has been highlighted by Secretary of State John Kerry during his remarks the State Department's 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom, who promised to continue working for the pastor's release.
Meriam Ibrahim, arrested last August in Sudan and sentenced to death after being accused by family members of apostasy and adultery, was not only pressured to recant her Christian faith and thereby nullify her marriage, but was kept in shackles while giving birth to her second child in prison. At least one Christian woman, also from Africa, was lauding the 27-year-old's resilience, and thanking her for bearing "heroic witness to the virtues of faith, marriage, and motherhood."
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which received $2,302,026 in government grants in 2011-2012, is facing a legal challenge from the mother of a 13-year-old girl who was taken to the facility by her alleged abuser to have an abortion.
President Obama has nominated Rabbi David Saperstein to be the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom at the State Department, a position that has been vacant since late last year. The announcement on Monday also marks the first time that a non-Christian will hold the job, which was created in 1998.
Former popular Christian radio host John Balyo, 35, is heading to prison for a minimum of 15 years after he pleaded guilty in federal court in Michigan Tuesday to photographing and having sex with a 12-year-old boy in April — the same month he got married.
While two states have successfully banned conversion therapy for gay youth, a majority of state legislatures have voted down bills that would prohibit sexual orientation change therapy after hearing the testimonies of ex-gays who say they've benefited from SOCE.
Persecution of Christians in Syria is part of the worst displacement of religious communities in recent history, according to a recently released report from the U.S. State Department.
Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz has said that his church does not use the word "religion" because he finds it to be outdated, and says that he prefers the term "relationship with God."
A congregation in Alabama has recently hosted a "Spa Day" for the homeless men in their neighborhood.
An appeals court has ruled in favor of a small diocese in Illinois that broke away from The Episcopal Church over theological differences, including the appointment of openly gay Gene Robinson as bishop.
An Alabama-based Catholic television station will be opening a new studio at the campus of the former Crystal Cathedral of Orange County, California.
Millennials are not necessarily inclined to attend a church that mixes sacred tradition with secular trends, says Christian writer and author Andrea Palpant Dilley.
Jeremy Lin, formerly of the Houston Rockets, marked his introduction with the Los Angeles Lakers this week by joining a nonprofit ministry in feeding the homeless of the City of Angels' infamous Skid Row. He also delivered a message to Lakers fans, promising that he would play for God and play aggressively.
Sway Calloway interviewed Lecrae this week as promotion for his upcoming album Anomaly and asked a few off color questions during the segment.
"Preachers of LA," the faith-based reality show that sparked controversy and critical debate over its flashy season one premiere, returns to the Oxygen network next month with what appears to be more sobering developments in the ministries and lives of its star Christian ministers.
A pastor's wife from Tulsa, Oklahoma and former competitive gymnast revealed her new look after losing over half of her body weight on Tuesday night's episode of ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss."
Kierra Sheard has a lot to celebrate with a chart-topping new album and historic position on BET's "Sunday Best," but the daughter of a renowned preacher and gospel music legend has no problem admitting her struggles.
Chinese police in the city of Wenzhou have removed a cross from a local church in their most recent crackdown on Christianity in the Asian country, specifically in the Zhejiang province.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has criticized both Israel and Hamas and urged them to stop the fighting after a shell destroyed a U.N. school on Thursday in Gaza, killing 16 people and injuring over 200.
Multiple media reports indicate that a Christian in Iran was reportedly sentenced by a judge to have his lips burned with a cigarette after he failed to fast during the month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan.
Sierra Leone's head doctor in fighting the current outbreak of the Ebola virus, the deadliest in history, has himself contracted the disease. Sheik Umar Khan, who has treated more than 100 Ebola victims, has been hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry.
A former Microsoft worker created a new app for iOS that brings the biblical account of David to life in a way that has never been done before.
"The Giving Pledge," made public by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett four years ago, has already attracted 127 billionaires who have pledged to give at least half of their wealth to philanthropic causes.