Russia's so-called "anti-extremism" law that restricts evangelism and missionary activities went into effect on Wednesday, and religious freedom advocacy groups say they are starting to assess the impact it will have on Christians in the country.
"For Christian advocates inside the country, there are challenges and risks," the American Center for Law and Justice's Gene Kapp said in a statement to The Christian Post on Thursday.
"Our team at the Slavic Centre for Law and Justice [ACLJ's Moscow affiliate that has argued against the law] is in the process of evaluating and analyzing the impact of the new directives. They are also preparing a webinar to provide critical advice and analysis for the Christian community on this vital issue. Details and timing are still being worked out. We will stand with them and assist in any way possible." more >>
A rift has emerged in the United Methodist Church after delegates in the Western Jurisdictional Conference defied the Church's prohibition of homosexuality on Friday to elect the Rev. Karen Oliveto as its first openly gay bishop.
"I think at this moment I have a glimpse of the realm of God. I want to thank the candidates who I have journeyed with these past few days, for the grace with which we walked with each other. And know I stand before you because of the work and prayers of so many, especially those saints who yearned to live for this day, who blazed a trail where there was none, who are no longer with us, and yet whose shoulders I stand on," Oliveto, 58, said after her election, according to a report from the United Methodist Church.
The Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church encompasses the eight westernmost regional conferences of the United States: the Alaska Conference, the California-Nevada Conference, the California-Pacific Conference, the Desert Southwest Conference, the Oregon-Idaho Conference, the Pacific Northwest Conference, the Rocky Mountain Conference and the Yellowstone Conference. more >>
WASHINGTON — God hasn't abandoned the United States, but Christians in America are withdrawing from God with their relative silence about Him, said Carmen LaBerge at an event for her radio show "The Reconnect" Thursday evening.
"I don't really think that God has been pressed out of the public square. I think Christians have very quietly receded, like little seventh graders at a dance, and they are just not engaged," said LaBerge, who's in her seventh year of serving as the president of the Presbyterian Lay Committee.
Speaking about her program on the Salem Radio Network, LaBerge announced that "The Reconnect" is now being broadcast on station WAVA 780 AM in the District of Columbia. The live show aims to reconnect believers with biblical truth by engaging Christians on the news of the day and matters of national and global importance. more >>
Presbyterian Church (USA)'s eighth largest member congregation voted this month to leave the Mainline denomination over theological differences and join the Evangelical Covenant of Presbyterians, a conservative denomination that has more than 280 member congregations.
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, a Houston, Texas-based congregation with approximately 3,700 members, was granted dismissal by the PCUSA Presbytery of New Covenant on Saturday.
Together 2016 organizers will not know if they reached their 1 million attendee goal until a few days more, but one thing they know for sure is they have got the nation talking – the hashtag #JesusChangesEverything was at one point the No.3 most popular trend on Twitter in the United States.
The event described as a once-in-a-generation, millennial-focused prayer and worship gathering was attended by at least tens of thousands of young Americans (if not hundreds of thousands) from all races and walks of life from across the county at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. The theme was unity with one shared purpose: to reset our lives as the singular body of Jesus Christ.
At the time of this article's publication, there were over 30,000 tweets with the hashtag #JesusChangesEverything, which Together 2016 visionary Nick Hall repeatedly urged attendees and viewers of the livestream to tweet in order to make it the top trend in the nation. more >>
NEW YORK — Influential evangelical leaders from every region of America are gathered together today in Washington, D.C. along with as many as 1 million Christians to worship God and pray for the nation at Together 2016.
Inspired by evangelist and college Pastor Nick Hall, founder of PULSE, Together 2016 is a prayer and evangelism movement to empower the Church and awaken the culture to Jesus. Christians from all over the nation will unite in prayer at the National Mall all day on Saturday solely under the banner of Jesus.
Hall said his ultimate goal for the weekend event is that Jesus be lifted up in the nation's capital. more >>