Iraqi Christians who were forced to flee their homes two years ago and are now living in refugee camps say they are determined to stay and help rebuild the country despite the risk of being killed by Islamic State militants, according to a new report.
The international nonprofit ministry Open Doors, which has supported persecuted Christians for more than 50 years, announced last week that it spent eight months consulting with church leaders in Iraq and Syria to release a report called "Hope for the Middle East" in collaboration with Middle East Concern and the University of East London.
The report, which will be launched in the British Parliament on Oct. 12, documents "the contributions that Christians have made to the region and looked at healthcare, business, culture and welfare across the centuries," and will include recommendations for how the British government can effectively speak and act on behalf of the church in the Middle East. more >>
It is a simple question.
What do you hear from your church members that gives you the greatest encouragement?
The responses from the pastors were amazingly similar. In fact, I was able to focus on ten specific areas. more >>
When Nate Schwab, 12, climbed up the now infamous Verrückt water slide at the Schlitterbahn water park with his younger brother, Caleb, 10, in Kansas City on Sunday, he planned to enjoy the thrill ride with his sibling but ended up watching Caleb die instead.
According to Schlitterbahn Kansas City, each raft sliding down the 17-story Verrückt attraction must have two to three riders with a combined weight between 400 and 550 pounds. This is to prevent the rubber raft from going airborne off the hill that comes after the initial 17-story, almost vertical drop.
On Sunday, just hours after worshiping with their parents — Republican Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife, Michele — at the LifeMission Church in Olathe, Caleb and Nate reportedly climbed to the top of the Verrückt to experience the thrill of the "insane" ride together. more >>
There are three important questions to consider when determining whether or not a church is actually a cult, according to the Rev. Billy Graham.
Recently a person asked the famed evangelist his opinion on the possibility that a given house of worship that they were invited to by a friend was, in fact, a cult.
Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren urges Christians to always keep in mind that their life on "Earth is just a temporary assignment," and to focus on the things that really matter.
Warren published a devotional Monday that focused on the Bible verse 2 Corinthians 4:18, as rendered by the Today's English Version.
Korn's Brian "Head" Welch says he finds it tiring to invite people to know Jesus — like the transgender men and women he ministered to at a July 31 rock concert — when religious people chase them away with harsh words.
"I'm begging you, [Christians], please stop," Welch said last week on his Facebook page.
In an interview with The Christian Post on Monday, Welch, 46, shared more of what happened that night and the fruit that has come of it. Though Welch said he speaks in churches from time to time, God continues to open doors for him to witness to hurting people in unconventional settings outside its four walls. more >>