One of Canada's largest congregations is urging the nation's new Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to raise international awareness to help secure the release of the Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim from detention in North Korea when he meets with Asian leaders in the Philippines this week.
Lim, who has been detained by North Korean authorities for approximately eight months, is the head of the 3,000-member Toronto megachurch Light Korean Presbyterian Church and was arrested during a humanitarian trip to North Korea in February.
During the trip, the South Korean-born Lim was in the midst of supporting on-going ministries that included orphanages, nurseries and nursing homes when he was detained and charged with committing crimes against the communist regime. more >>
WASHINGTON — White Evangelical Protestants favor retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson more than any other Republican presidential candidate and find billionaire Donald Trump to be the most unfavorable, a newly released nonpartisan survey has found.
The Public Religion Research Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan, Washington-based research firm that focuses on religion and public life, released its 2015 American Values Survey on Tuesday at the Brookings Institution. The survey included a supplement survey that features data from 1,010 nationwide respondents who were interviewed from Nov. 6 until Nov. 10 on their opinions of the presidential candidates.
According to the survey, Carson has the most support among the likely Republican voters with 27 percent. Trump received the second-most support from likely GOP voters with 20 percent, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio received 9 and 8 percent of the support, respectively. more >>
Pope Francis has condemned the terror attacks on Paris on Friday that left 129 people dead, and argued that those who use God's name to justify murder are committing blasphemy.
"Pope Francis said such barbarity leaves us stunned as we wonder how human hearts can think up and carry out such atrocities which 'have shocked not only France but the whole world.' The pope stressed again that 'the way of violence and hatred does not resolve the problems of humanity,' adding that whoever uses God's name to justify that path is guilty of blasphemy," the Vatican Radio reported of the pontiff's words on Sunday at St. Peter's Square.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the mass shootings and bombings at Paris bars, restaurants, a concert hall and a stadium, which also left over 350 injured on Friday. more >>
Ken Ham, CEO and president of the Creation Museum, has announced that the grand opening of the Ark Encounter will take place on July 7, 2016, at Williamstown, Kentucky, and will initially be open for "40 days and 40 nights."
"We are so excited that the construction progress and schedule landed on this 7/7 date. Genesis 7:7 states that Noah and his family entered the Ark. So it's fitting we allow the public to enter the life-size Ark on 7/7," Ham revealed.
In anticipation of large crowds, the Noah's Ark project will operate for 40 days straight, before starting normal hours of operation on Aug. 15. more >>
A historically African-American denomination whose president recently took part in a summit on racial unity hopes the event will be a beginning to many conversations on reconciliation.
The National Baptist Convention, USA took part in a summit on racial reconciliation last week in Mississippi alongside the Southern Baptist Convention.
As America continues to grow more hostile toward public prayer and conservative religious viewpoints, younger generations of courageous Christians will be faced with the challenge of defying the norm of secular culture to defend prayer and biblical truth.
In his book No Fear: Real Stories of a Courageous New Generation Standing for Truth, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins highlights 11 instances when young men and women risked everything to defend biblical truth and their religious beliefs from intense societal, political, cultural and spiritual opposition.
Perkins hopes readers, especially younger Christians, will be inspired to live out their faith with the same courage displayed in the real-life stories exhibited in his book, No Fear, which was praised by leading evangelist Franklin Graham, who believes the book will "help raise up a new generation of world changers." more >>