NEW YORK — At age 12, the concerns of most American children usually revolve around schoolyard politics and the awkwardness of becoming a teenager, but for Rifqa Bary, a young girl in Ohio, a life-changing decision to secretly convert to Christianity completely consumed her world and left her living in constant fear.
"I was terrified of my parents finding out, and for four years I hid my faith and my friends were afraid for me," Bary, now 22, told The Christian Post on Wednesday, a day after the release of her new memoir, Hiding in the Light: Why I risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus.
When Bary was 8, her family relocated from Sri Lanka, an Island near southeast India to the U.S., and first settled in Ohio. It was two devastating ordeals suffered by Bary that caused her family to flee her homeland and that would, in essence, lead to her leaving Islam for good. more >>
The Church can experience long-lasting racial reconciliation when Christians finally choose to do three particular things that they apparently have been failing to do, according to three Christian leaders who recently took on the issue of how racial unity and the Gospel are intertwined.
In a conference call organized this week by The New York City Leadership Center in anticipation of its October Movement Day gathering, Brenda Salter McNeil, Pete Scazzero and Sherry Jones shared their concerns, suggestions and hopes for the Church in a time when headlines are populated with news of police-involved shootings, of mostly black males.
McNeil is an associate professor of Reconciliation Studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University and serves as associate pastor at Quest Church. Scazzero is founder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York. His best-selling books, Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, have been used by Christians in the area of spiritual formation. The third participant on race and Gospel call was Jones, who is the president and founder of Sonship Freedom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. more >>
Take-Two Interactive has announced "WWE 2K16" will be getting a fall launch date for past and current consoles.
After months of rumors and speculation, Take-Two Interactive, the distributor for 2K Sports' massively popular wrestling simulation video game, stated that "WWE 2K16" will be launched on Oct. 27.
2K Sports' parent company revealed the latest installment in the pro-wrestling video game series will be made available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A PC version of "WWE 2K16" was not specified. more >>
"Grand Theft Auto V" will getting a popular graphic enhancer mod to improve the look and feel of the game.
Information has just been released "Grand Theft Auto V" will soon be getting iCEnhancer, a well-received modification that will change the game's graphics for the better.
After iCEnhander thoroughly cleaned the look of "GTA IV's" Liberty City, it is soon set to do the same for Los Santos, as well. more >>
The historic Trinity Church in lower Manhattan is selling a lavish Soho town house, months after the retirement of its controversial former rector, the Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, who had demanded the building as his home.
The church, seen as one of the world's richest Anglican parishes, has put the home on the market for $12 million, New York Post reports.
The church bought it for $5.5 million, claiming the building would be used as a permanent rectory for future leaders of the church, but is selling it after Cooper retired in February. more >>
NEW YORK — Barbara Green, the Christian co-founder of Hobby Lobby whose family won the landmark Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, case in the U.S. Supreme Court defending religious freedom last June, received The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's Canterbury Medal during the firm's annual gala on Thursday and she declared "you can do a lot more than you think with God in your life" in accepting it.
The Becket Fund's Canterbury Medal recognized Green's courageous stance on religious beliefs as well as her strength as the public face of the family throughout two years of litigation, which ultimately resulted in Hobby Lobby's 2014 Supreme Court victory securing the religious liberty of closely held American family businesses. After accepting the fund's highest award, Green told the audience that her "heart is overflowing with blessing," but that the honor is not hers alone.
"I do want to clarify something — the decision was a family decision, to sue the Supreme Court," explained the Oklahoma City native. "We made it together. That means all the generations. … About 20 family members, and 12 of them are here tonight. We were united. I'm accepting this with great honor with them, I'm pretending they're up here on this stage right now." more >>