Coptic Christian children in Egypt have spoken out about the terror they have suffered in attacks by radical Muslims on the Christian community, as one of the nation's top bishops asks President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to provide more protection.
One 11-year-old girl recalled the night that angry Muslim residents torched her family's home in the village of Kom El Louf in Minya over suspicions that Christians were trying to use the building as a church.
"I was terrified. I saw men pour petrol on bundles of wood and throw them on our roof. When it began to fall on us, my father dragged us out," Susana Khalaf said in an interview with The Financial Times. more >>
Christians in Russia have said they are determined to preach the Gospel and fulfill the Great Commission despite tough new laws signed by President Vladimir Putin that ban evangelism outside of churches.
The Slavic Centre for Law and Justice, an affiliate of the American Center for Law and Justice, said a new manner of carrying out missionary work in Russia will have to be established.
The law bans all missionary activities in residential areas and requires Christians who want to share their faith with others, even on the internet, to obtain authorization documents from a religious association. It also imposes a fine of $75 to $765 if the violator is a Russian citizen, and a fine of up to $15,265 in case of an organization, while foreigners would be deported, The Christian Post reported last month. more >>
A historic Florida megachurch that has seen a large decline in membership over the past few years is considering selling off a portion of its property.
Calvary Assembly of Orlando was founded in the 1950s. Considered one of the first megachurches of the United States, at its peak it had around 7,000 members.
However, steep declines in membership have led Calvary Assembly to consider an offer to sell part of the church's property to a developer. more >>
The writer of Ecclesiastes does indeed remind us there are times and seasons in our lives. Regarding where we are in life, he tells us there is "a time to plant and a time to uproot" (3:2).
There are times we are to plant ourselves firmly in the place God has called us. But there are also times to leave or uproot. more >>
Pastor Jamal Bryant proclaimed on national TV that he has met his "last lady" in R&B singer "Tweet," eight years after his divorce.
"A year ago I was walking through Times Square going to an Oprah Winfrey movie premiere and I bumped into R&B Singer Tweet, who is my absolute favorite female singer in the world," said Bryant in the final test episode of "The Preachers" on Friday. "And, I pulled an Orrick [Quick] move and asked for a picture. We have grown into an incredible friendship; I call her my 'last lady.'"
The Churches of Christ-associated Pepperdine University in California has quietly given up its longtime federal Title IX religious exemption that allowed the school to maintain its biblical convictions on marriage and gender identity, it has recently been discovered.
Over the last few years, many Christian schools have requested and been granted religious exemptions to the Obama administration's interpretation that the Title IX law of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Those exemptions allow colleges to enforce campus policies that prohibit their students from engaging in things like homosexual relationships and sexual relations outside the context of marriage. more >>