A nun in the Indian city of Raipur has allegedly been gang-raped in what Christian community leaders are calling an ongoing "anti-Christian hate campaign."
While police in Raipur's Chhattisgarh state are calling the case "attempted rape" and have arrested some of the unidentified men who are believed to have carried out the assault, Arun Pannalal, president of Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, told Voice of America that the woman had indeed been raped.
"We are 100 percent sure that the nun was raped yesterday. There cannot be any dispute over this fact. And it appears to be part of the ongoing anti-Christian hate campaign across the state," Pannalal said. more >>
Recently, at each of our church's worship services, I asked the members of the congregation I serve to indicate, by a show of hands, how many of them believe that they will not die. Not a single person answered in the affirmative. I would venture to guess that my congregation's response to this question is typical among the vast majority of Christians across the world today. Even so, the eschatological hope of avoiding death that was prevalent in the early of days of Christianity may soon return to the church universal via a seemingly unlikely source – mainly - human technological advancement.
Early Christians understood that death is the enemy of humankind. Many early Christians actively maintained the hope, throughout their lives, that they would never have to die. The Apostle Paul, for instance, was hopefully optimistic that Christ might return in his lifetime to transition his existence from his mortal body to his immortal one.
And while the early Christians refused to live in fear of their mortality, their hope was to avoid it, if possible, without compromising the integrity of their faith. Over time though, due to experiencing generations of death, this eschatological hope has slowly faded among Christians. That is until recently when the technological world has made popular the concept of the technological Singularity. more >>
Joel Osteen, best-selling author and pastor of one of America's fastest-growing churches, led tens of thousands of worshipers in an emotional prayer this past Sunday for survivors and family members of the nine people killed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre last week.
His voice halting at times, the Lakewood Church pastor prayed for his "brothers and sisters in Charleston" for about 40 seconds as he stood on the large stage of the massive Houston, Texas, church, his arms held high and his eyes shut tightly.
"Lord, we lift up all those that are going through loss, those that are hurting, our friends, brothers and sisters in Charleston. Through that loss, Lord, we just ask You to comfort those. Lord, let them feel Your presence, Your power, Your goodness, Your mercy," Osteen began. more >>
Within weeks, two of my heroes have fallen from grace, and some of my friends in pastoral ministry have taken detours in their destiny as well. Moral failings among leaders are becoming an epidemic. No one is beyond the reach of Satan's grasp. Although I'm disappointed, my faith is not shaken because only Christ should be placed on a pedestal.
Why do they fall? They fall for the same reason that all Christians fall. Each of us are drawn away by our own evil desires and enticed. When these desires are acted upon, they lead to sin (cf. James 1:14-15). Sin has a life cycle—it either grows or withers depending on whether we feed or starve it. John Owen, the prolific Puritan author wrote, "Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you."
Consider the following ways that sin gains entrance: more >>
Max Chisholm, the 21-year-old Virginia man who allegedly stabbed a pastor and his wife who took him into their home and treated him like a "grandson," was arrested by local police last week after a two-day manhunt.
The pastor, Hugh Mayes, is recovering in a hospital and has "a long way to go," while his wife, Carol, was treated and released into the care of her family.
A former employee of an organization seeking to promote acceptance of transgender and other sexual identities in the United Methodist Church is charging that the organization has itself exhibited transgender discrimination, according to a case filed with the Cook County Commission on Human Rights.
Reconciling Ministries Network, a pro-LGBT Methodist group boasting the support of hundreds of congregations throughout the country, had a complaint filed against it last month before the Commission on Human Rights.
Andy Oliver, the former director of communications for RMN, accused the group's executive director of unjustly firing him following his refusal to engage in an action he considered discriminatory on the basis of gender identity. more >>