Israeli leaders have promised to implement a "zero tolerance" policy toward religious discrimination after Jewish extremists vandalized a Christian church in Jerusalem on Sunday.
Both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan condemned the attack on Jerusalem's Dormition Abbey, warning that those who carried out the hateful act will face the full brunt of the law.
The Turkish army has bombed the Iraqi border village of Sharanish, home to many Christians, Chaldeans and Assyrians, under the supposed pretext of its ongoing war with the Kurdish PKK.
Fides News Agency reported Monday that the bombings took place over the weekend, creating panic and forcing many to flee to the city of Zakho in bitter cold conditions. Reports have not yet revealed the number of victims, but the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans condemned the attack as "totally unjustified."
"The attack was carried out under the pretext of the fight against the positions of the Kurdish PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party)," Patriarchate Louis Sako said. more >>
City Harvest Church lead Pastor Kong Hee and the five other members sentenced to prison for misusing millions of church funds have been dealt a new blow with news the prosecution has officially appealed that they be given harsher sentences.
Singapore's Business Times reported on Monday that the prosecution has filed the Petition of Appeal, arguing that the sentences imposed on the six CHC accused members are "manifestly inadequate, in all the circumstances of the case."
All six members were found guilty in playing a part in the misuse of close to $35-million in church donations, which went to the music career of singer and fellow CHC Pastor Sun Ho, who also happens to be Kong's wife. more >>
A vacation in Jamaica ended tragically last Thursday for a Minnesota pastor's wife and mother of four when she was killed after a truck crashed into a tour bus in which she was traveling.
Crystal Glewwe, 32, wife of Pastor Rick Glewwe who oversees family ministries at the downtown Minneapolis and Spring Lake Park campuses of Substance Church, was with her 9-year-old daughter, Kayden, on a mother-daughter cruise when a truck smashed into their tour bus in Jamaica, according to Fox News. Kayden had to undergo surgery Thursday night in Jamaica and suffered a broken clavicle.
"It is with heavy hearts that we are communicating about a tragedy that happened in our church family yesterday. Crystal and Kayden were on a special vacation, enjoying a mother-daughter cruise when, yesterday (Jan. 14), Pastor Rick got a call that there had been a terrible bus accident in Jamaica and that Crystal (his wife) had passed away," the church noted in a statement Friday. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham praised the Anglican Communion's decision last Thursday to suspend the entire U.S. Episcopal Church over its embrace of same-sex marriage, calling it a "major scolding they deserve."
In a Facebook post issued Sunday morning, Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the humanitarian aid group Samaritan's Purse, argued that the three-year suspension and sanctions put in place by the Archbishops of the Worldwide Anglican Communion last Thursday during their meeting in Canterbury, England, should help the Episcopal Church realize that they have moved in a direction "contrary to the Bible."
"The Episcopal Church in the U.S. has just received a major scolding. The worldwide Anglican Communion voted to suspend the entire U.S. Episcopal Church this week because it has embraced same-sex marriage, allowing the election of homosexual priests and allowing same-sex marriages to be performed," Graham wrote. "They deserve to be called out for this — it is wrong and is against what Almighty God clearly teaches in His Word." more >>
A church in Buffalo, New York, is doing its part to ensure that the city's residents stay warm this winter. True Bethel Baptist Church launched its Shepard's Closet mobile clothing service last Tuesday, and consists of a roving bus stocked with free winter gear for local residents.
Shepard's Closet travels the city handing out warm coats, gloves, and scarves to anyone in need. During its run last week, the church gave away winter clothing to school children waiting at bus stops, and visited middle schools and homeless shelters.
"Each time we go out, our whole goal is to take care of a need," said Shepard's Closet project manager Cambridge Boyd to The Christian Post on Thursday. Recipients don't have to be homeless or unemployed. more >>