The Gatestone Institute released a report stating that violent jihad and Islamic extremism continues rising against Christian churches in Indonesia.
The American think tank stated earlier this week that instances where Christian churches are being targeted both by Muslim mobs and local authorities are rising, with several violent outbursts reported throughout October.
In one attack in the Aceh region aimed at tearing down Christian churches, Islamic leaders reportedly sent text messages that read "We will not stop hunting Christians and burning churches. Christians are Allah's enemies!" more >>
As police in Indianapolis grapple to find the suspected burglar who killed his pregnant wife Tuesday morning while he was away from home at the gym, Pastor Davey Blackburn of Resonate Church told his followers Friday morning that there will be church as usual on Sunday.
"I cannot thank you enough for the unbelievable outpouring of love that you have shared with my family over the past few days. As many of you know, my wife Amanda Grace and our unborn baby have been tragically killed," said Blackburn in a message on his church's Facebook page Friday.
"We are going to have church this Sunday, just like we always do. In addition to meeting together at our normal service times, we are going to focus on celebrating Amanda's life later Sunday afternoon. Please join me at Traders Point Christian Church at 5 p.m. We are going to worship, share the Gospel through sharing Amanda's story, laugh together and cry together," he continued. more >>
A number of sheriffs have said that they are concerned for the safety of American citizens after close to 6,000 inmates were released from federal prison earlier in November.
A Fox News report featured several of the sheriffs speaking out against the decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which decided to reduce sentences for most drug trafficking offenses. As many as 46,000 inmates incarcerated on various drug offenses are hoping to have their cases reviewed.
"There's no transition here, there's no safety net. This is the biggest sham they are trying to sell the American people," said Sheriff Paul Babeu of Arizona's Pinal County. more >>
A 28-year-old pregnant pastor's wife, mother and pastor's daughter who was shot in the head during a home invasion in Indianapolis on Tuesday died Wednesday despite a desperate attempt to save her life with medicine and prayers.
Amanda Blackburn, the departed wife of Pastor Davey Blackburn of Resonate Church, is also the youngest daughter of Pastor Phil Byars of First Baptist Church, Elkhart in Bristol, Indiana.
She and her husband had moved to Indianapolis in January of 2012 to start Resonate Church with the help of megachurch Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. more >>
Christian women raped in Pakistan have a hard time achieving justice because they fear it will only endanger their whole family.
In November 2014, two Muslim men were accused of kidnapping and raping Christian sisters in the Pakistani village of Jaranwala. But before the trial even started, the teenage rape victims were threatened with death and the suspects were acquitted last month, according to a Morning Star News report cited by World Mag.
The home of the Christian rape victims were sprayed with bullets before the trial began. After the trial, the girls' father moved them to a safer place for fear that they will be killed. He said they never got justice for what the two Muslim men did to her daughters. more >>
In April 2014, the U.S. Sentencing Commission changed federal sentencing guidelines which reduced sentences for some federal drug offenders. In July 2014, the ability for those already serving time in federal prison was made retroactive for those serving under the old guidelines. They were then able to petition the court to have their cases reviewed under the lower sentencing guidelines.
This change has affected sentence terms of 13,177 individuals and as of November 1, 2015, 6,000 inmates have been released.
As leaders in the Christian Community Development Association, serving on the Mass Incarceration Taskforce, we have a strong sense of urgency around prison reform because we see firsthand the impacts incarceration has had on our communities. more >>