An online crowdfunding page that was set up to support the family of a moderate Muslim man who was stabbed and killed in Scotland last week for wishing Christians a happy Easter has surpassed over $150,000 in donations in just over a week.
Asad Shah, a 40-year old shopkeeper who was a member of the peaceful Ahmadiyya sect of Islam, was stabbed to death outside his store in the Shawlands area of Glasgow last Thursday. Shah had posted a Facebook message wishing "beloved" Christians a "very happy Easter" just hours before he was murdered by a fellow Muslim.
After Shah's murder, a number of local residents who were frequent customers in his store set up an online donations page on GoFundMe.com in order to help support the family Shah leaves behind. more >>
On the heels of Republican Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's controversial veto of the Pastor Protection Act, legislation intended to protect the religious freedoms of clergy and religious entities, California megachurch Pastor David Jeremiah held a rally in Atlanta Thursday urging Christians to "stand up for your faith."
While Jeremiah's message centered on the resurrection story of Jesus Christ, the pastor also addressed the 2016 presidential election, issuing a wake-up call to those who say they've lost hope in America's political process.
"You've had your hope in the wrong place. If this year's election doesn't prove to you that our hope is not in politics, I don't know what else could," Jeremiah told the audience of 7,000 gathered at the city's Infinite Energy Arena. more >>
A judicial body within the United Church of Canada rejected an appeal from a minister who wants to keep her clergy credentials despite being an avowed atheist.
Gretta Vosper, head pastor of West Hill United Church in Toronto, attempted to appeal a ruling from the Toronto Conference that her ministry must be under review.
The UCC's Judicial Committee Executive recently decided Vosper's appeal did not hold sufficient merit to be heard before a review was initiated. more >>
An Oklahoma congregation affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention says it's working internally to deal with a possible indirect link to the construction of an abortion clinic.
First Baptist Church of Blanchard garnered controversy when an online petition claimed that a deacon with the church oversaw a construction company that was building an abortion clinic in Oklahoma.
"God's Not Dead 2" shines a light on the religious freedom battles being waged across the country that many Americans are not aware of. Using a similar formula as the first film, the creators of "God's Not Dead 2" move from scientific proof of God's existence to evaluating historical proof of Jesus' life on Earth.
Having a female lead this time around, '90s icon Melissa Joan Hart ("Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Melissa & Joey") takes on one of her most dramatic roles to date and brings the plot home with her convincing performance of persecuted teacher Grace Wesley.
When not looking after her grandpa, Walter (Pat Boone), Wesley spends most of her time in the classroom teaching high school history. But one day her answer to a student's question about Jesus' teachings compared to Gandhi's ideology, lands the happy-go-lucky teacher in court. more >>
Ex-Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll's attempt at a new beginning was somewhat overshadowed Easter Sunday as protesters gathered outside Driscoll's new Arizona-based Trinity Church to warn congregants of the pastor's alleged misdeeds.
Although few in number, protesters held signs that read: "Trinity = Mars Hill" and "Where'd all the Money Go, Mark???" alluding to the allegations surrounding the embattled pastor's tenure at the now defunct Mars Hill Church.
Protester Bob Sluys, a former member of Mars Hill, according to a report from KCTV5 News, yelled to parishioners as they entered the building, "Ask Mark, but he won't answer! His [Driscoll's] empire was built on the back of unpaid labor, volunteers, abusive culture, and all for Jesus' fame." more >>