Government officials in China's coastal Zhejiang province have ordered the destruction of yet another church building as part of an ongoing campaign against so-called illegal buildings.
China Aid reported on Tuesday that Island Head Christian Church was demolished earlier in April after officials deemed that the church's cross was positioned too high, becoming the latest church out of hundreds to be destroyed in the Communist Party's near two-year-campaign targeting places of worship.
Church leaders reportedly tried to protest against the demolition, but relented after officials threatened them. Authorities claimed that the three-storey building had been illegally constructed, and tore it down. more >>
Charles Mackesy, an artist whose work has been collected by the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Bear Grylls and Sting, says God used art to draw him away from his atheist beliefs.
It began a quarter of a century ago when Makesy was at a Glasteonbury music festival where he first heard the gospel song "O Happy Day." He was so overcome by the song that he, then an atheist, wept and wept.
He then concluded "there must be more to this than meets the eye." more >>
Lakewood Church Pastor John Gray's prayers for Golden State Warriors MVP Steph Curry might have been answered. The star point guard has a grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee, an MRI revealed on Monday, according to ESPN. It is considered the least severe injury of its kind.
"Thanks for all the prayers and messages. Can feel all the positive energy. God is Great! All things considered, I'm Gonna be alright! #DubNation," Curry tweeted out to his more than 5 million followers on Monday.
Gray was on hand, along with others, after Curry's game four injury on Sunday and prayed for the star, who is an outspoken Christian. A video posted by ESPN showed pastor Gray, along with others, greeting Curry with hugs before the group huddled together in prayer following the game. more >>
Texas megachurch leader Robert Jeffress warned that the Republican Party will face a massive boycott if they do not nominate current frontrunner Donald Trump.
Recently, Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich announced an alliance to attempt to prevent Trump from getting the necessary number of delegates to secure the presidential nomination.
In an interview on the Fox Business channel earlier this week, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas argued that Cruz and Kasich's strategy was "distasteful." more >>
Hollywood actor George Clooney has presented the Aurora Prize, a $1.1 million humanitarian award, to a devoted Roman Catholic woman from Burundi who sheltered thousands of orphans during the country's civil war in the 1990s.
"Marguerite Barankitse serves as a reminder of the impact that one person can have even when encountering seemingly insurmountable persecution and injustice," Clooney said when presenting the award in Yerevan, Armenia, Reuters reported.
"By recognising Marguerite Barankitse's courage, commitment and sacrifice, I am hopeful that she can also inspire each one of us to think about what we can do to stand up on behalf of those whose rights are abused and are in most need of our solidarity or support." more >>
Colorado's highest court declined to hear an appeal from a Christian baker who was found guilty of discrimination for refusing to service a same-sex wedding ceremony.
The Colorado Supreme Court decided Monday to not hear an appeal from Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Inc., who had been found guilty of discrimination by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
"Upon consideration of the Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Colorado Court of Appeals and after review of the record, briefs, and the judgment of said Court of Appeals, IT IS ORDERED that said Petition for Writ of Certiorari shall be, and the same hereby is, DENIED," read the decision. more >>