Close to 1,000 young Christian leaders from as many as 160 countries have reportedly gathered for the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jakarta, Indonesia, focused on tackling some of the biggest challenges of their generation, such as standing up for biblical truth amid cultural pressure.
YLG2016, which is taking place between August 3-10 in Jakarta, is only the third time the Lausanne Movement has organized such a gathering, with the previous ones taking place in Singapore in 1987 and Malaysia in 2006.
The theme has been set as "United in the Great Story," and looks at how every continent and people group across history takes part in God's great story. more >>
KBS has already confirmed that the "Descendants of the Sun" will be coming back for its second season in 2017. But the highly anticipated return of the hit South Korean military drama series may face the challenge of reaching out to its Chinese followers.
South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports that two sources working at TV stations in Guangdong province revealed that they received mandates to set aside plans of airing entertainment programs featuring South Korean popstars. This order is set to affect Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo's "Descendants of the Sun 2," Lee Min-ho's "The Legend of the Blue Sea" and other entertainment shows from South Korea that are slated to be aired in China.
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Despite constant destruction of churches, tearing down of crosses, and jailing of believers at the hands of the authoritarian Chinese government, best-selling Chinese author Yu Jie predicts that "Christianity" is China's future.
Yu, a devout Christian and an author of over 30 books who is active in the Chinese dissident movement, wrote in an op-ed published in the August edition First Things that Christianity and the Chinese urban church movement is laying the "seedbed" for democracy to flourish in the Communist Asian nation.
Although the Chinese regime of Xi Jinping has been active in telling religious leaders that they must adapt to social order of the communist government and "merge religious doctrines with Chinese culture," Yu argues that the Chinese government's hostility is because Xi recognizes Christians as the biggest threat to the communist government. more >>
A Christian pastor in India was reportedly beaten to death in the east Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh state by hundreds of Maoist rebels who thought he was a police informer.
Fides News Agency reported that Pastor Yohan Maraiah was killed on July 29 by Maoists, who left a note at the murder scene accusing him of being "a police informer" and "accumulating disproportionate wealth exploiting Tribals."
Sajan K George, chairman of the Global Council of Indian Christians, said this was not the first time the pastor had been targeted. more >>
"Descendants of the Sun" cast reunite to produce a DVD commentary that fans will love. Seven members of the cast got together to record a director's version DVD of the show.
Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo took part in the commentary together with Jin Goo and Kim I Won. Writers of the show Kim Eun Sook and Kim Won Suk also participated in the recording as well as director Lee Eung Bok. more >>
At least 22 people are believed to be missing as two state transport buses fall off the collapsed bridge along the Mumbai-Goa road in India. Two dead bodies have been fished out of the water.
In a statement, Raigad ASP Sanjay Patil said that two busses were traversing the bridge when the bridge gave way. Another eyewitness say that two cars were seen being swept away by the raging waters.
Authorities say that the flooding of the Savitri river could have been the cause why the bridge suddenly collapsed. India has been battling heavy rains the past few days. more >>