Close to 1,000 young Christian leaders from as many as 160 countries have reportedly gathered for the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jakarta, Indonesia, focused on tackling some of the biggest challenges of their generation, such as standing up for biblical truth amid cultural pressure.
YLG2016, which is taking place between August 3-10 in Jakarta, is only the third time the Lausanne Movement has organized such a gathering, with the previous ones taking place in Singapore in 1987 and Malaysia in 2006.
The theme has been set as "United in the Great Story," and looks at how every continent and people group across history takes part in God's great story. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham announced that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will no longer host the "first-of-its-kind" World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Moscow following Russia's passing of new laws that severely restrict religious liberties.
In March, Graham announced that the international persecution summit was going to be held in Moscow between October 28-30 because "no church in modern history has suffered more than the church in Russia." Additionally, the conference was to be co-organized by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Last month, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed so-called anti-terrorism bills into law that infringes on the rights of missionaries and evangelists. more >>
Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson believes Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump needs to focus on the economy and stop his back-and-forth with the parents of a fallen Muslim-American soldier.
Trump has garnered national attention for his attacks on Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq.
During an episode of the long-running series "The 700 Club" that ran on Tuesday, Robertson argued that Trump should focus on the economy instead, saying, "the Lord has handed Mr. Trump a gift of 1.2 percent GDP growth, which is absolutely pathetic and horrible." more >>
Pro-life evangelicals are better off voting for the Planned Parenthood-endorsed Hillary Clinton than voting for real estate mogul Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, prominent Christian author Rachel Held Evans suggests.
Evans, a progressive Christian columnist and author of books such as Faith Unraveled and A Year of Biblical Womanhood, who claims to be pro-life and proclaimed in 2014 that she was no longer fighting for a seat at the "evangelical table," took to her website on Tuesday to argue that Christians, even pro-life believers, would be doing themselves and their cause a disservice by voting for Trump over Clinton.
Despite the facts that Trump vows to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices and Clinton opposes abortion limits up until the very end of the third trimester, Evans contends that Clinton's policies will help keep abortion rates at record lows, while Trump's policies will only help raise the abortion rate. more >>
Last Thursday as he wrapped up his hour-long speech in which he formally accepted the Republican Party's nomination for the presidency of the United States, Donald Trump thanked the evangelical Christians who supported his candidacy, helping make his quest for the nomination possible.
Trump graciously said,
… I would like to thank the evangelical and religious community because I'll tell you what, the support they have given me, and I'm not sure I totally deserve it has been so amazing and has had such a big reason for me being here tonight … more >>
A number of Catholic and evangelical humanitarian leaders met with Hillary Clinton's supporters and advisers in a series of "listening sessions" and addressed their concerns on global issues and the future of religious freedom for conservative Christian organizations.
TIME reports that several of Clinton's former State Department advisers organized closed-door meetings for about a dozen Catholic and evangelical leaders, including ones from the National Association of Evangelicals and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in Washington over the last two months.
The meetings took place in late June and July and were designed to allow the leaders of various faith-based humanitarian organizations to hear about Clinton's potential global development policies and address their policy needs, priorities and concerns with Clinton advisers. more >>