A prominent Christian lawyer in China has been detained amid the ongoing cross removal campaign across churches in the country's eastern province.
Zhang Kai, a Christian lawyer in China, had been unreachable for two days after authorities arrested him on Tuesday. On Thursday, his colleague Yang Xingquan said their law firm in Beijing received no update about the detained lawyer, according to an AP report published by AOL.
Authorities in Wenzhou were given a deadline to take down all the crosses from the roofs of Christian churches in the city. Wenzhou is home to many Catholic and Protestant churches and is known as "China's Jerusalem," Radio Free Asia reports. more >>
NEW YORK — More than 30 years ago, former atheist David Ireland was just like any other nonbeliever — disinterested in God and far removed from faith. But in 1982, while completing his first degree in mechanical engineering at age 20, he found Christ.
"I remember the day. It was July 6, 1982, at 10 p.m. I sat on the edge of my dormitory bed and I said 'God, if you're real, change me.' And he did. From that moment on I started sharing my faith with others and started living for Jesus," recalled Ireland during an interview with The Christian Post about his latest book, The Weapon of Prayer: Maximize Your Greatest Strategy Against the Enemy
Three decades later the Queens native, who has authored nearly two dozen books, is still deep in his walk as he now leads Christ Church, a thriving 8,000-member multi-site and multiracial congregation in northern New Jersey. 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 >>
Fifty-one Christian faith leaders sent a letter to the U.S. Congress today to encourage the lawmakers to support the Vienna agreement that aims to limit Iran's nuclear activities.
The letter was signed by leaders from the major Christian denominations in the United States, including Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox. In the letter, the leaders warn the lawmakers that rejecting the Iran deal would be tantamount to rejection of a way to make the world a "safer place," according to Mondoweiss.
"We live by God's call to "seek peace and pursue it" (Psalm 34:14)," the letter begins. "After decades of hostility, the international community has crafted a nuclear accord to limit Iran's nuclear program and prevent the United States from moving closer toward another devastating war in the Middle East." more >>
Prayer and conviction are inseparable, as seen in the life of Christ. Theologians have rightly identified Christ's role as prophet, priest, and king, but prophet is often the most controversial. A prophet would encourage and build, but they would also warn, compel, challenge, and convict — they were not necessarily popular; they were often controversial. Pastors and preachers must balance the prophetic (convicting) with the pastoral (shepherding).more >>
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has decided to remain affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, despite objections to the youth organization's recent decision to allow openly gay scout leaders.
In a statement emailed to The Christian Post on Wednesday, the LDS Church, commonly known as the "Mormon Church," said that, for the time being, they will not sever ties with the national youth organization.
"At this time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will go forward as a chartering organization of BSA, and as in the past, will appoint Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify [Mormon] Church doctrine, values, and standards," the statement noted. more >>