Russian evangelicals are expressing alarm in light of President Vladmir Putin's signing of a so-called anti-terrorism law last Thursday that imposes harsh restrictions on religious freedom by banning religious gatherings in homes as well as evangelism and missionary activities.
How this law will be applied when it goes into effect on July 20 remains "a very huge question mark," according to Joel Griffith of the Slavic Gospel Association. Other leaders fear the move signals a return to Russia's "shameful past" of Communist persecution of Christians, Radio Free Europe reports.
Griffith told Mission Network News in an interview on Friday that the law "could stop missionary activity to anybody but representatives, registered organizations and groups, it would require every missionary to have documents with specific information proving connections to a registered religious group." more >>
Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias has warned in an Independence Day reflection that America is suffering from a "deep crisis of the soul," facing the "death of morality" and sliding into a future with no truth or reason.
"Whatever happened to the American soul? We are truly at the cliff's precipitous edge and the fall could be long and deadly. Why? We have a deep crisis of the soul that is killing us morally and we have no recourse," Zacharias wrote in a blog post on his website.
"We are at war but not only with an enemy. We are at war within our own culture, and whether we will ever win over the enemy depends on whether we win this war within our own souls," he added, noting that the United States is battling not only enemies overseas, but is also battling for its own identity. more >>
God is able to change the heart and mind of an atheist, according to famed evangelist the Reverend Billy Graham.
In an advice column published Tuesday, Rev. Graham was asked a question by someone who wondered how a committed atheist can convert to Christianity.
"I read an article the other day about a woman who had been a committed atheist, and somehow she became a Christian. But I have some friends who are atheists, and I can't imagine any of them ever believing in God or becoming Christians. Could they ever change?" posited the person. more >>
God, in "His amazing, epic design" includes humanity in Jesus' story, says author and Passion City Church Pastor Louie Giglio.
Speaking at Fresh Life Church in Montana on Saturday, Giglio centered his message on Luke 23, which describes the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Giglio devoted much attention to verse 32, which speaks of the two men crucified alongside Jesus: "Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with Him to be executed." more >>
A remarkable archaeological discovery in Israel could shed light on the mystery of the Philistines, a villainous group of people mentioned throughout the Bible whose origins have remained unknown.
The National Geographic reported that a cemetery with human remains was found on the southern coast of Israel outside the walls of the ancient Ashkelon, a major Philistines city that thrived between the 12th and 7th centuries B.C.
The cemetery contains the remains of over 211 bodies, dated from the 11th to 8th centuries B.C. more >>
It's important for people to help support the elderly and the helpless, said evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham.
In an advice column published Friday, Rev. Graham was asked by a person who works at a nursing home why people tend to not visit their elders.
"I've worked in a nursing home for almost 20 years, and the hardest part of my job is watching people dump their relatives here and then never come back to visit them. Why are people so insensitive? Even if someone has dementia they still deserve our love, don't they?" inquired the person. more >>