An Iraqi Archbishop says he argues with God "every day" and is failing to understand "what He is doing" in the face of the extreme suffering of persecuted Christians in the region.
"I don't understand what he is doing when I look at what has happened in the region," Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil told The Criterion, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. "I quarrel with him every day."
Warda said that over 100,000 Christians and other minorities have sought refuge in Erbil over the past year, fleeing the Islamic State terror group. more >>
With the rise of Christian persecution at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party over the past year, Chinese Christians are starting to speak out after many have been arrested for defending church crosses from forceful government removal.
"At least nine people I know have been taken away by the police and that figure is still rising," an unnamed church leader in the eastern province of Zhejiang told The Guardian on Thursday.
"We think it is a campaign targeting church leaders across the province. It can only be a co-ordinated action initiated by the provincial government." more >>
A week of celebration turned to shock and despair for a North Carolina church Saturday when their beloved pastor, who they had toasted earlier in the week and was getting ready to celebrate his birthday, wedding anniversary and the founding of his church, accidentally shot himself in the chest as he cleaned his gun at home.
Bishop Phillip Davis of Nations Ford Community Church who had preached the Gospel for 40 years before his untimely death, was found shot inside his Union County home by his wife, Cynthia, according to WCNC.
The Union County Sheriff's Office told WSOCTV that Davis' wife called 911 at about 1:10 p.m. and said her husband had shot himself. She found him collapsed at his desk and paramedics later pronounced him dead at the scene. more >>
Responding to a report that up to 400 pastors or church staff members could resign their positions because of accounts registered to the Ashley Madison site, one owner of a faith-based crisis firm says some of those on the list did not sign up for the service and he can prove it.
Hunter Frederick, president of Frederick & Associates, a crisis management firm, reached out to The Christian Post and claims he's had about 30 people attached to churches who contacted his firm concerning how to handle the scandal. According to Frederick, "several" of those that have contacted his office are not clients of the Ashley Madison adultery site though their names appear in the recently leaked data.
"The data does not match up for some of these pastors," Frederick declares, "we have access to the raw data and we can tell if their names do not match addresses or credit card info." Frederick says he received the raw data from journalists and admits to using the data to reach out to some church pastors and staff members to lend assistance for the purposes of reconciling them with the church and helping them get the rehabilitation they need. more >>
A swarm of bees have made an unlikely home inside a 95-year-old Colorado church, creating a hive inside the sanctuary's rafters that's close to 10 feet long and 3 feet wide.
The hive at Pine Street Church in Boulder was discovered when employees kept finding piles of dead bees in the music room. After some investigating and inquiry with older members of the church, they discovered that there was a massive bee hive above the music room, according to the church's Music Director David Lhommedieu.
Ten years after church denominations and emergency agencies were first on the scene in response to the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, help still trickles in to rebuild communities affected along the Gulf Coast.
On Saturday, church and ministry leaders in the region will be reflecting on the 10-year anniversary of the day when a Category 5 hurricane hit Mississippi and killed over 1,000 people and caused more than $100 billion in property damage in the Gulf states.
Rev. Fred Luter, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, wrote in the Baptist Press that the hurricane "was a test of our faith. It was a test of our belief. It also was a test of our willingness to come back and rebuild." more >>