The leaders of the Orthodox Christian churches from around the world called for the protection of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and warned against "negative consequences" of scientific progress as they ended a historic meeting on the Greek island of Crete, which was boycott by the Russian church.
"The Orthodox Church is particularly concerned about the situation facing Christians and other persecuted ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East," the church leaders said in a joint-statement Sunday, according to ekathimerini.com.
"In particular, it addresses an appeal to governments in that region to protect the Christian populations – Orthodox, Ancient Eastern and other Christians – who have survived in the cradle of Christianity," the leaders said of the Holy and Great Council, the Orthodox church council's first such gathering in a millennium. more >>
If people truly want God's blessing in life, they need to put Him first, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, advises in his Daily Devotional on Monday that Christians must fully commit to God to receive His blessing, citing 1 Thessalonians 2:12 which reads: "You should live in a way that proves you belong to the God who calls you into His Kingdom and glory."
"The Kingdom of God is a present reality," he explains. "It's what we're to be doing on the Earth right now. The power of God is the present resource. It's the energy you get to do what God wants you to do once you're surrendered and submitted to His will. God's glory is the reason. It's not the reality or the resource. It is the present reason for everything. It's all for God's glory. more >>
A Muslim man in eastern Uganda tied his 9-year-old son to a tree and lit it on fire after his son converted to Christianity and refused to fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a Christian persecution watchdog group is reporting.
Morning Star News reports that 9-year-old Nassif Malagara, who lives in the Kamuli District of the Kisozi subcounty, was severely burned by his father, 36-year-old Abubakar Malagara, who caught him breaking the Ramadan fast after going two days without food on June 9.
Just four days earlier on June 5, the child decided to give his life to Christ after a neighbor took him to a church outside the village. more >>
At the Presbyterian Church in America's General Assembly lin Mobile, Alabama, last week, delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of an overture that offered an apology for past and present actions of racism.
"Therefore be it resolved, that the 44th 11 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America does recognize, confess, and condemn these past and continuing racial sins and failure to love brothers and sisters from minority cultures in accordance with what the Gospel requires," reads the overature, called "Pursuing Racial Reconciliation and the Advance of the Gospel."
"Be it further resolved, that this General Assembly praises and recommits itself to the Gospel task of racial reconciliation, diligently seeking effective courses of action to further that goal, with humility, sincerity and zeal, for the glory of God and the furtherance of the Gospel …" more >>
A Pennsylvania megachurch's congregation voted overwhelmingly Sunday to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences on homosexuality and gay marriage.
About three-quarters of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem approved the measure yesterday that involved leaving PC(USA) for the more theologically conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians.
In a Facebook post to their official page, FPC Bethlehem noted that the measure to seek dismissal passed with 76.5 percent of the 1,048 voting members present approving it. more >>
"I don't want you take this personally, pastor, but we are leaving the church."
The church member might as well have stabbed the pastor with a knife while noting it was not personal. more >>