The father of a 14-year-old Pakistani Christian girl was shot and killed after he tried to rescue his daughter who was kidnapped and forced into an Islamic marriage to a man she works for as a domestic servant.
The British Pakistani Christian Association, which reports on issues of Christian persecution in Pakistan, said that the girl, Mehwish, had been working as a domestic servant at the house of an Islamic man, Zahid Iqbal, at Shadab Colony in Faisalabad, when she was kidnapped in May.
After Mehwish did not return home for several days, her parents received a letter that included a copy of her marriage certificate with Iqbal. more >>
Best friends Blair Reynolds and Justin Stumvoll, hosts of the "The Liberation Project" podcast, started their program after observing what they describe as an absence of masculinity among men in the Church.
"I was absolutely grieved," Reynolds said in an interview with The Christian Post. "When I became a Christian I was saddened by the lack of masculinity in the Church. It baffled me how passionless and passive so many men were."
During their youth, Reynolds and Stumvoll said when they encountered the Lord they noticed they became more manly, a real shift in their hearts had taken place. But they struggled to know how to express and live that out, particularly in a Christian context. more >>
School teachers in Britain have been told they can no longer call transgender students by the "he" or "she" pronouns, and will instead have to use students' pronoun of choice.
The Boarding Schools Association told staff they could use the gender neutral "zie" pronoun as an alternative, along with "they."
Alex Thompson, deputy chief executive of BSA, suggested that the new language guidelines will help schools that are "in the dark" regarding transgender issues. more >>
In a candid "I Am Second" video, Shawn Johnson, the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist, pours her heart out, sharing her fear of failure and disappointment with success and how those experiences led her to Jesus, who gave her freedom.
"I remember being given the silver medal on the podium, the person who did it gave me a hug and told me, 'I'm sorry,'" Johnson says in the video, recalling the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. "I was being given a silver medal at the Olympic games and being told I'm sorry was kind of like a validation in my heart that I had failed."
She continues, "If I failed at being a gymnast then I failed at being a human being." more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has said it was "just a matter of time" after news broke that a man who identifies as a woman was caught videotaping an 18-year-old girl undressing in a Target stall in Idaho.
"I told you so, it was just a matter of time. Target is putting their customers at risk — and their shareholders. I wouldn't be surprised if people started dumping their stock, and they should," Graham said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
He linked to a story reported by East Idaho News in which the transgendered woman, Sean Smith, was charged with with one felony count of video voyeurism. Smith reportedly held an iPhone over the top of the barrier of an adjacent fitting room at a Target stall, while the teenager was trying out a bathing suit. more >>
The Church of England has apologized after a report was published exposing the physical and sexual abuse of hundreds of girls over a 20-year period at a church-run children's home.
"The findings of the independent review into Kendall House describe the harrowing regime experienced by numerous girls and young teenagers who were placed into the care of this Church of England home," said Bishop Paul Butler, lead bishop on safeguarding for the Church of England, on Wednesday. "The appalling standards of care and treatment should never have been allowed and on behalf of the national church I apologise unreservedly to all the former residents whose lives were and continue to be affected by their damaging experiences at Kendall House."