The Iranian regime has charged evangelical house church Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani with committing national security crimes and has given him just one week to raise $33,000 for bail or face re-arrest and imprisonment.
According to a press release from the Christian persecution watchdog group Christian Solidarity Worldwide shared with The Christian Post, Nadarkhani, who was sentenced to death in 2012 on charges of apostasy, was summoned to appear before the Islamic Revolutionary Court in the town of Rasht on July 24 and was charged with "acting against national security."
The charges stem from a raid conducted on Nadarkhani's home by security forces in May, which was a part of an intelligence crackdown on the Christian community in Rasht. more >>
Jihadis affiliated with the Islamic State stormed a church in Normandy, France, during morning mass on Tuesday, and brutally murdered an 84-year-old priest and took nuns and worshipers as hostages.
Two assailants stormed the Church of the Gambetta in the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray district of Normandy around 10 a.m. local time. They took five people hostage, including the priest, identified as Father Jacques Hamel, two nuns and two parishioners.
Hamel eventually lost his life, as the men slit his throat with a knife. The assailants also left three others wounded. more >>
Fears that Nigerian Christians are facing ever-increasing bloodshed and violence are growing, human rights groups have warned, with the government failing to persecute and bring to justice the Islamic radical factions that killed over 4,000 Christians in 2015 alone.
"As we speak, none of the perpetrators has been fished out and put on trial. That is to say the government is fully aiding and abetting the sundry ethno-religious cleansing and butcheries. It also partakes circumstantially and vicariously, if not directly," said Emeka Umeagbalasi, chairman for the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law.
Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll has analyzed the often-asked question of whether Christians should be consuming alcohol, and noted that while different churches have different traditions on the matter, he would not agree with those who advocate for prohibition.
Driscoll looked at the question through a personal, historical, and scriptural lens, and said that because of his family history of alcohol abuse, he abstained from drinking until the age of 30.
Would you like every guest who attends your church to become an active and fruitful member?
I know. Dumb question.
It's really a rhetorical question since all church leaders and members would respond with a resounding "Yes!" more >>
Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott hit the stage with her family at The Bell Tower in Nashville, Tennessee, last Wednesday to introduce music from the upcoming album Love Remains in front of 200 of their closest friends.
Love Remains, a 13-track collection, was inspired by hymns Scott sang growing up in church, and is set to release on Friday.
The intimate performance to promote the album showcased the group's harmonies as they sang newly-written original songs off of the upcoming release such as, "Safe Haven" and "Beautiful Messes." The night also featured a surprise performance from coveted producer Ricky Skaggs on a number of songs including, "We March On" and "Your Unfailing Love." more >>