Katherine T. Phan

Christian Post Reporter

Obama Quotes Bible Verses on Heaven, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 and Matthew 19:14, at Sandy Hook Prayer Vigil

President Barack Obama cited Bible verses and evoked images of heaven as he comforted the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims during an interfaith prayer vigil on Sunday evening in Newton, Conn. He began and ended his speech with popular Bible verses among Christians, including words from Apostle Paul's second letter Corinth and Jesus' quote about children.

Isaac Hunter's Wife Gets Restraining Order; Orlando Megachurch Founder Denies Allegations of Abuse

Rhonda Hunter, the wife of Summit Church founder Isaac Hunter, was granted a temporary restraining order against her husband Friday after filing a domestic violence petition that cited instances of instability for over a year and a half. The order comes five days after Hunter resigned as lead pastor of the Orlando megachurch of 5,000, admitting that he had an affair with a former church staffer. Hunter has denied all the allegations made in the petition.

Model Lauren Scruggs Sees God's 'Beautiful' Plan After Losing Eye, Hand in Airplane Accident

As a model and fashion blogger, Lauren Scruggs built a life and career that prioritized beauty and physical appearances. She had interviewed tons of gorgeous celebrities and traveled to Paris, Montreal, and New York to report on Fashion Week. But when a horrific accident involving an airplane propeller sliced off her left eye and left hand , Lauren embarked on a journey of recovery and blessing that has helped see God's "beautiful" plan amid her tragedy.

Hobby Lobby's Request to Halt Contraception Mandate Gets Hearing Date

A judge has scheduled a hearing for Christian crafts retailer Hobby Lobby's request for preliminary injunction on the HHS mandate that would require the company to provide emergency contraception coverage or face steep fines. The company's Christian owner says the mandate would violate their religious beliefs because it forces the business to provide insurance covering "abortion-inducing" drugs such as the morning-after pill.

Franklin Graham: God Will Judge America if We Support Same-Sex Marriage, Abortion

Franklin Graham, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, is urging Christians to vote for candidates who oppose same-sex marriage and abortion and says that America is on the fast road to "God's judgment" if it continues support of these issues. In a prayer letter that is gaining popularity on Facebook, Graham indicated that their vote comes at a critical time, saying, "The spirit of the antichrist is gaining strength in American society, and it is evident all around us."

Evangelicals Rejoice Over Youcef Nadarkhani's Release; Pray for 'More Outcomes Like This'

Prominent evangelical leaders whose advocacy efforts helped make Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani into an international poster face for religious freedom are rejoicing over his recent release from prison but are now asking Christians to stay vigilant in supporting the rights of persecuted religious minorities worldwide. The leader of the largest evangelical group in the U.S. says Christians should "pray and press for more outcomes like this."

Christianity Today Writer Ken Smith Is Founder of a Company Fined for Deceptive Business Practices; With Child Porn Ties

The co-author of a recent Christianity Today article is one of the founders of Zango, a company fined by the FTC for unfair and deceptive business practices, including lax distribution of software that furthered child pornography. The Christianity Today article was co-written by Ted Olsen and Ken Smith, who founded 180solutions (which later became Zango), a company with software that had been "distributed in conjunction with child pornography," according to documents obtained by The Christian Post.

Lawyer of Jailed Pastor in Home Bible Study Case Speaks Out

The lawyer of Michael Salman, the Arizona pastor who is in jail after holding Bible studies at his home, appeared Wednesday on the show FOX & Friends to argue why his client is a victim of religious discrimination. Salman's wife Suzanne also made an appearance on the show to express her disbelief at the entire situation.

Youcef Nadarkhani Marks 1000 Days in Prison as 2.5 Million Twitter Users Campaign For Release

Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who is on death row over apostasy charges, marks 1,000 days in prison today and is set to stand trial again on Sept. 8 for alleged crimes against national security. The American Center for Law and Justice is urging the 2.5 million users on Twitter who have been campaigning for his release to commemorate Pastor Youcef's 1000th day by tweeting and praying.

Sinner's Prayer Can Lead to Salvation, Say Southern Baptist Traditionalists

The recent decision by delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention to affirm the use of the "sinner's prayer" – known as a prayer of repentance and "inviting Jesus into your heart" – has undermined Calvinism in the denomination and placed a renewed emphasis on traditional Baptist soteriology: if you repent, call on the Lord and believe in Christ for mercy, you are saved.