Florida senator Marco Rubio and Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention have jointly written an article in The Washington Post, urging Christians and U.S. officials to observe this Christmas season with a sense of burden for the persecuted Christians "in the land of Jesus's birth."
Due to the scourge of radical Islam in the Middle East, "some churches that have existed since the Book of Acts are on the brink of ruin," Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, and Moore, who heads the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of SBC, write, referring to violence by the Islamic State and other jihadist groups, which seek religious cleansing of the Christian minority.
"Their tactics are to bomb churches or convert them to mosques, to violently drive Christians and other minorities from their homes, force conversions to Islam, or require compliance with Islamic apostasy and blasphemy codes," explain Rubio and Moore, adding that some repressive governments are also persecuting Christians in the Middle East and around the world. more >>
Christmas this year for the Syrian Christian refugees in Lebanon has been a despairing one because of the threat posed by extremists such as the Islamic State.
In the past, Christian Syrians started Christmas Day by attending mass at the church, then come home to a sumptuous afternoon meal and lively greetings from neighbors. But after the Islamic State began kidnapping Christians, many were forced to flee their country and more than a million chose to seek refuge in Lebanon, according to The Washington Post.
Lebanon's population of less than 4 million is having trouble dealing with the influx of Syrian refugees. Christian Syrians can hardly treat the neighboring country as their home because of the increasing tension with locals and lack of education and health care services available for them, the report details. more >>
Three hundred and fifty-four people came to Christ across the 19 campuses of NewSpring Church in South Carolina last Sunday, and it wasn't due to a revival or even a regular worship service.
During an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday, NewSpring Teaching Pastor Clayton King revealed that people came to Christ during a question-and-answer session where people asked: "Will I go to hell if I commit suicide?" or "Do you believe in 'once saved always saved?'"
NewSpring recently introduced a Q&A Christmas series called "Ask," where congregants anonymously submit questions just like these, via text or through a call screener, about issues that are important to them. Questions are answered during the session. more >>
A group of national retailers including Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and Wal-Mart have made a conservative group's "nice list" for including the name "Christmas" in their seasonal promotions.
The Mississippi-based American Family Association has released its annual "Naughty or Nice" list of major businesses regarding whether or not they mention Christmas in their stores and advertising during this time of year.
NEW YORK — Two-time Academy Award nominee Will Smith plays Christian Dr. Bennet Omalu in the film "Concussion," which documents the relentless pursuit of the truth to reveal how football is causing long-term brain damage to players amidst backlash from the NFL.
The inspiring story of "Concussion" is about Omalu, the Nigerian-born forensic pathologist who made headline news after discovering how concussions affact the brain. The film is widely expected to be an Oscar contender and Omalu had nothing but praise for Smith.
"He spent time with me and he was very observant. And, in fact, he (Smith) had said what made him accept the role was meeting me," Omalu told The Christian Post. "The spiritual stuff is deep. We met, we shared and we communed the love of God, and he also saw the light. The spirit of God also touched him." more >>
What is it about Christmas that stirs hope in the hearts of even the most cynical?
We catch glimpses of forgiveness, acceptance and redemption, things we humans need most, while watching old Christmas classics like Scrooge, Miracle on 34th Street, and It's a Wonderful Life—probably because we can easily relate to what is the best and worst of who we are while watching. Surely, even the doubters among us find reason for pause upon hearing the great line from Miracle on 34th Street: "If you can't believe, if you can't accept anything by faith … then you're doomed for a life dominated by doubt."
How true. Sometimes it just makes good sense to accept the unseen. Plugged in my basement is tiny device that I depend on with my life. It detects a toxic, invisible, and odorless gas I cannot see. Although I cannot see it, I believe carbon monoxide is real because of evidence proving its existence. more >>