As millions of Christians around the world were celebrating Easter Sunday, the Christians of the Muslim world were again under attack. The April 2 Islamic jihad attack on a Kenyan school—where the Islamic murderers made sure to slaughter only Christian students, sparing fellow Muslims—was only the most spectacular attack.
On Easter Sunday itself, as some media reported, the Islamic State destroyed the Virgin Mary Church in Tel Nasri—loosely translated as "Christian Hill"—in northeast Syria.
Even lesser known is that other churches and Christians in the Middle East were attacked during Easter weekend. Take Egypt. President Sisi recently decreed that a Christian church should be built in the Upper Egyptian town of al-Our, where 13 of the 21 Christians who were gruesomely beheaded by the Islamic State in Libya grew up, and where their families still live. The church was meant to honor them and the nation of Egypt. more >>
Is Obama more Christian than David Cameron? Their respective Easter pronouncements might indicate so.
The President gave "thanks for the extraordinary sacrifice that Jesus made for our salvation" and professed to "rejoice in the triumph of the Resurrection." He pledged to "renew our commitment to live as He commanded — to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves."
In contrast, the British Prime Minister, even though writing for a Christian publication, offered a more bloodless ode to Easter as supposed symbol of "compassion, forgiveness, kindness, hard work and responsibility," without mentioning Jesus or resurrection. He admitted he's a "bit hazy on the finer points of our faith." more >>
President Barack Obama went off-script during remarks at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast Tuesday morning to say he is concerned about Christians who are "less than loving" in their expressions.
After sharing quotes from both the Apostle Paul and Pope Francis, Obama went on encourage Americans to love our neighbors as ourselves.
"On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love," the President continued. "And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that's a topic for another day." more >>
On Sunday the 37th annual Lincoln Memorial Easter Sunrise Service, hosted by Capital Church, gathered a record-breaking crowd. Service organizers reported an estimated 8,900 people awoke "dark-thirty" to travel into downtown Washington DC to participate in the Easter Sun Rise service and worship celebration. Millennials represented an overwhelming portion of the participants huddled among the plastic chairs, ground and steps surrounding the Lincoln Memorial.
Selfies snapping galore, Millennials alongside a wide-range of folks joined in worship lead by Michael Tait, lead singer of the band Newsboy's and a DC native. It was a touching moment as nearly 8,900 people stood in solidarity of praise within the heart of our nation's capital and belted out "Amazing Grace" and "We Believe," a melodic adaptation of the Apostles' Creed.
"The tomb in Jerusalem is empty!" professed Pastor Amos Dodge during the morning sermon. "Dictators and tyrants have said over the years we are going to bury Christianity in one generation…They're dead. They're gone. But I have met the man from Galilee, Jesus of Nazareth, the sinless Son of God. more >>
Carrie Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher celebrated Easter over the weekend with a verse from Scripture.
The couple, who just recently welcomed their first child, both shared a verse taken from John 11:25-26 on social media on Easter Sunday. Fisher, who initially shared a photo with a cross as well as Scripture, added "Happy Easter" in the caption.
"Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life," Fisher's quote from the Bible read. "He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me… will never die." more >>
Saddleback Community Church pastor Rick Warren received an outpouring of support from Christians around the world on Easter Sunday, which marked the second anniversary of his youngest son's death.
Believers took to social networking sites last week to share heartfelt messages of love and hope for Warren, who requested prayer on April 1 via his Facebook page as he prepared to preach at Easter services for four days straight. The post garnered more than 39,000 likes and hundreds of comments.
Warren's son, Matthew, who was 27 when he died, took his own life on April 5, 2013, after a long battle with depression. In an emotional prayer request to his 1 million Facebook followers, the Purpose Driven Life author recalled his son's passing as being "the worst day of my life." more >>