In once-secular Turkey, Christians have become targets of Muslim persecution. Here's what you need to know.
For nearly the last hundred years, Turkey, straddling Europe and Asia, has walked a precipitous path. Turning its back on the brutal Ottoman Empire of its past, the nation of 80 million people had attempted to combine its dominant Muslim culture with a more Western-oriented secularism — allowing a measure of political and religious freedom not common in most other Muslim-majority states.
Well, it seems as if Turkey is now on its way to falling into an intolerant form of Islam — if it hasn't already. How do I know this? By listening to the country's beleaguered Christian minority, which has dwindled from 22 percent of the population to a microscopic 0.2 percent just over the last century. more >>
An evangelical church in the Swedish city of Uppsala plans to drop thousands of small, electronic Bibles into areas controlled by the Islamic State terror groups using drones "to pass on the hope and love of the Christian gospel."
The Word of Life Church told the local television channel SVT about its plan to fly drones high in the sky over the territory of Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, and throw the Bibles, according to The Local.
An 80-year old Church of England clergyman, the former archdeacon of Auckland, was found guilty by a Durham crown court of sex offenses against two young men, prompting the CofE to offer its "unreserved apology" amid accusations of a mass cover-up.
The Guardian reported on Thursday that George Granville Gibson was convicted by the crown court of two counts of indecent assault against two men, aged 18 and 26, back when the crimes were committed in the 1970s and '80s.
Gibson was cleared of sodomy and four other indecent assault charges. He admitted before court that he has homosexual urges, but said that he was only attracted to adult men, not young boys. more >>
Jurgen Klopp's Reds is indeed out for bad blood in a penultimate battle against La Liga champion Barcelona who will feature Luis Suarez, a former Liverpool star.
Liverpool's next pre-season challenge will kick-off at 5:15 p.m. this Saturday at Wembley Stadium. The match is expected to gather 80,000 in live attendance. The match will be shown on Sky Sports 1 and LFCTV.
Suarez dilemma more >>
Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" trailer teaser is finally out. The film which was about the struggles of the British Military as they evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940 was Nolan's biggest project after Interstellar in 2014. Dunkirk trailer was released Friday together with the premiere of the super villain movie "Suicide Squad."
Powerful and horrifying
The 60-second trailer gave audience an eyeful of what they should expect with Dunkirk. Reports say that the movie looked powerful and gave a thrilling epic reality of what soldiers experienced during World War II. A particular shot horrified audience as soldiers were on a boat. Something moved in from the sky which terrified the soldiers; they ducked in terror as they expected for the worse. The rest of the trailer was completely captivating, according to viewers, and this made them expect the movie premiere which will be on July 2017. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham announced that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will no longer host the "first-of-its-kind" World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Moscow following Russia's passing of new laws that severely restrict religious liberties.
In March, Graham announced that the international persecution summit was going to be held in Moscow between October 28-30 because "no church in modern history has suffered more than the church in Russia." Additionally, the conference was to be co-organized by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Last month, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed so-called anti-terrorism bills into law that infringes on the rights of missionaries and evangelists. more >>