The Islamic State terror group has destroyed the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, satellite photos have confirmed, reducing to rubble the 1,400 year-old St. Elijah's Monastery that stood as a place of worship before the Catholic-Orthodox split.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that it obtained satellite photos from imagery firm DigitalGlobe, which revealed that the site where St. Elijah's Monastery once stood has been reduced to a field of rubble.
Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi pointed out that the monastery was a special place for many, because it dated back to a time before the split between the Catholic and the Orthodox traditions. more >>
Lead Pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, Steven Furtick called prejudice a poisonous snake and challenged his congregation to keep the scourge in check by not passing it down to children.
"I wanna give you a little challenge today from my personal experience called 'It's in your hands,'" Furtick said in a video clip posted on his Facebook page on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.
"God told me to just bring you a simple message today and ask you 'what are you passing on?' I believe that the essence of the Gospel is acceptance," he said before reading Scripture from Matthew 7:9-12. more >>
Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, spoke at the Free to Believe broadcast event on Saturday, on National Religious Freedom Day, urging the Church in America to do three things in the face of the threat to religious freedom: seek the Lord, reach the lost and engage the culture.
"The secularization of America has done so much to disrupt American Christianity," Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Arkansas, said at the event in Washington, D.C., on practical ways to advance faith, family and freedom in local communities. "Initially, it tried to make us become extinct … unsuccessfully. And then it attempted to neutralize us … and to some degree, a little successful. And now, the attention has turned toward silencing the church."
Floyd added, "That's one thing we cannot let happen." more >>
The United Methodist Church has rejected an Intelligent Design group's request to have an information table at the denomination's 2016 General Conference.
Reaffirming a decision from December, the UMC's Commission on the General Conference decided last week to not allow the Seattle-based Discovery Institute an information table at the Mainline Protestant denomination's gathering in Portland, Oregon.
NEW YORK — Forty-one percent of adult Christians believe pastors who view porn should be fired or asked to resign even though most believe it's a prevalent problem among leaders and laity in the church, according to a new Barna study.
Titled "The Porn Phenomenon," the study commissioned by Josh McDowell Ministries in Plano, Texas, and Covenant Eyes has been hailed as the most comprehensive one to date on porn, the American population and the Church.
The tough verdict on pastors and porn use from adult Christians was among the many findings of the study that were presented at the Omni Berkshire Hotel in New York City on Tuesday. more >>
Even though Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks didn't make it past the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Divisional playoff game, his singer girlfriend Ciara Harris says she's been inspired by the Christian quarterback's faith throughout the season.
"My love. I am so proud of you," the 30-year-old singer wrote in an intimate Instagram message to Wilson on Monday. "What a phenomenal season it's been. You never cease to amaze me with your faith, will, integrity, resilience, and courage."
Although the 27-year-old quarterback will not be making a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance, Ciara insists that he still serves as an inspiration to many. more >>