Following reports that a 35-year-old woman was stabbed to death by her husband in Sydney, Australia, for converting to Christianity, persecution news agencies are bringing attention to the vast number of Iranians who are forced to flee the country after their conversions.
"Christianity has been spreading rapidly among Iranians in recent years. This has caused many of them being forced to leave Iran as the government doesn't tolerate conversion from Islam," Mohabat News, an Iranian Christian news agency, reported on Sunday.
"Iranian expats have been embracing Christianity in large numbers as well. Many describe this wave of conversion to Christianity among Iranians living outside Iran as a spiritual awakening among them." more >>
CHICAGO — R-rated films typically aren't known for their spiritual themes, sermons and biblical references. There is the rare exception — "The Passion of the Christ" comes to mind — but in most cases R-rated movies carry content that most Christians simply would rather avoid.
This weekend, another exception — "The Birth of a Nation" (R) — hits theaters, telling the true story of Nat Turner, the slave/preacher who shared the Good News of Scripture to his fellow slaves and anyone who would listen, and who felt led by God in 1831 to lead a violent revolt against plantation owners in Virginia that led to his death.
Not since "The Passion" has an R-rated movie contained so much Christian content in a positive light. In fact, it's not hyperbole to say that "The Birth of a Nation," which was directed by and stars Nate Parker, includes more faith-based and biblical content than 90 percent of faith-based films, not to mention many Sunday morning sermons I've heard during my life. more >>
Nate Parker, the star actor, co-writer and director of "The Birth of a Nation," says he now views his highly publicized college rape case from the lens of a "Christian man" who should have never put himself in a position in which a fellow student said she felt violated.
Parker, 36, was accused of raping a freshman college student 17 years ago along with his wrestling teammate from Penn State, Jean Celestin. Although the actor was cleared of the charges that included rape and sexual assault, the woman struggled with the aftermath and tried to kill herself multiple times, succeeding on the forth attempt that resulted in her death in 2012.
During an interview with Anderson Cooper on "60 Minutes" on Sunday to promote "The Birth of a Nation," which hits theaters on Friday, Parker was asked if he feels any remorse for the incident in which he claims to have had consensual intercourse with the student at the same time as his friend, Celestin. more >>
Faith Green, 39, a Christian mother who was tortured by her 49-year-old ex-con husband Gregory Green, then forced to watch as he allegedly murdered their four children last month in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, has been revealed to be the daughter of a popular pastor who had pushed for her husband's parole.
Detroit police said Gregory Green, who served time for fatally stabbing his pregnant first wife, Tanya Green, with a steak knife 25 years earlier, called 911 last month to report the killings of his own two children, Koi, 5, and Kaleigh, 4, and his stepchildren, Chadney Allen, 19, and Kara Allen, 17.
When police arrived and went into the home in Dearborn Heights they discovered Faith, in the basement bound with duct tape and zip ties. Green allegedly cut Faith's face with a box cutter and shot her foot before shooting the two older children in front of her. She is currently recovering from her injuries. more >>
The I AM HOPE movement, inspired by Rachel Joy Scott — the 17-year-old girl who was gunned down for her Christian faith during the 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting — has launched a plan to help students across the nation overcome their fear related to sharing the Gospel, amid the release of a film based on Scott's life and faith.
"It's incredible," said Franklin Santagate regarding the plans of the I AM HOPE movement, in an email to The Christian Post on Monday. "We have over 2,000 schools using the 4 week plan at their school this month."
Santagate is vice president of global strategic alliances at Pure Flix, an independent Christian film and television studio that is making a film entitled "I'm Not Ashamed," based on Scott's compelling true story. more >>
Forty years of marriage between a respected South Carolina church elder and his wife ended in tragedy Saturday morning after his wife, described as a good Christian by friends and family, allegedly shot him dead then tried to take her life as well.
Elder Frank McNair, 70, of St. Noah Church of God in Christ in Aiken who also worked as an educator for more than a decade at the Denmark Olar High School, was found dead at his home in Bamberg on Saturday. His estranged wife, Anne, who lived in a house next door, is currently recovering from a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to local news station WJBF.