Millions of Christians from Orthodox traditions celebrated the birth and baptism of Jesus Christ on Thursday, marking the day with festivals and blessing of water ceremonies.
Famous world leaders, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, observed the day as well, with the Russian leader taking part in a candle lit service at the Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God in Turginovo.
Orthodox Christians celebrate the Epiphany on Jan. 6, according to the old Julian calendar, along with the birth of Christ a day later. more >>
Another Christmas has come and gone. Or has it? If you look closely, there's one more gift yet to open.
Every year, PNC Wealth Management calculates the cost of the gifts mentioned in the song "The 12 Days of Christmas." From a bill of $12,623 in 1984 — the first year of the survey — Christmas has gotten increasingly costly, totaling more than $34,000 this year. If you were to pay for each gift every time it's mentioned in the song, you'd be more than $155,000 poorer.
Who knew that labor costs for "10 Lords a-Leaping" would be so high? Not included in their estimate, apparently, is the price of therapy to help you get the song out of your head. more >>
A 30-year-old Christian woman who fled from the violence and persecution in Pakistan died in Thailand police custody on Christmas Eve after she was arrested and prevented from taking much needed medications, a watchdog group has announced.
The British Pakistani Christian Association reports that Samina Faisal and many other Pakistani Christian asylum seekers were arrested on Dec. 20, 2015, as part of a crackdown against Pakistani Christians who've overstayed their visas in Thailand after fleeing from the persecution in their homelands to seek refuge.
Faisal, who in March 2015 faced severe medical complications that caused her to miscarry her baby which was stillborn at six months gestation, was prescribed medication for high blood pressure, hypertension and a shrinking Kidney. The mother also sufferd from long-term health conditions that required regular treatment. more >>
Christian churches in New Delhi tightened security measures on Christmas Eve for fear that the previous year's attacks will happen again.
From December 2014 to March 2015, various Christian churches in New Delhi have either been burglarized or torched. A senior police officer said the churches with the tightest security measures in the city are St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Our Lady of Grace Church, and St. Alphonsa's Church, according to New Indian Express.
"All necessary arrangements have been made in and around churches and Christian institutes at other places in the city wherever gatherings are expected before and on Christmas day," the Express quotes Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat. more >>
One normally sees popular televangelist T.D. Jakes in a full suit and tie with his name engraved on his shirt cuffs, but the bishop took a detour from his usual high fashion apparel when he preached a post-Christmas sermon at his son-in-law's California church.
The Potter's House pastor received quite a backlash on social media after he posted a picture of himself wearing an outfit that included a kangol hat and ripped jeans after he preached a sermon at the One Church in Los Angeles.
Jakes debuted his Sunday church attire with a caption that read: "I want to thank One Church for a great service! Loved the atmosphere there. The presence of the Lord and the kindness of the people explain why Hollywood is buzzing about this young church and its rapid growth! Thanks @toureroberts and @sarahjakesroberts." more >>
My profession as a Christian writer has me Bible-minded 24/8. I ate up the scriptures like crazy before I ever started writing vocationally, but now I'm required to dig into them even more. I'm constantly reading and praying for the Spirit to enable me to produce content that nudges others toward Jesus. Even when I'm not "on the clock," my mind is on the gospel — always mulling over the glory and wonder of what Christ has done for us.
If anyone should have been in "Jesus is the reason for the season" mode over the last couple of weeks, it should have been me. Having a mind trained to stay in gospel-gear, I should have seen through all the surface level celebrations and stresses and pointed others — and myself — to the God who descended into human flesh. But I didn't.
I totally missed Jesus this Christmas. more >>