Where do Christians meet the people they choose to hang out with outside of church? Where did you meet the friends you will be watching the Super Bowl with? What about the group you regularly have over for dinner on Friday nights?
For most Christians, the answer is more than likely church, according to Mark DeYmaz, the founding pastor of the multi-ethnic Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas and founder of Mosaix Global Network, a ministry resource group. DeYmaz suggests that this tendency means that there are good odds that you will be hanging out with individuals of the same race as yours.
"Ninety-two and half percent of churches are segregated along racial lines [which means] the predominant friendships people have is with people who are like them," DeYmaz told The Christian Post recently. more >>
A committee within the Presbyterian Church (USA) has recommended that the mainline protestant denomination divest from three companies that do business with Israel.
The Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) recently submitted a report calling for divestment from Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, and Motorola Solutions.
South Korea's state news agency has reported that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has executed the entire family of his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, who was killed last month. Among the executed are children and the North's ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia, the unverified report claims.
"Extensive executions have been carried out for relatives of Jang Song-Thaek," Yonhap quotes an anonymous source as saying. "All relatives of Jang have been put to death, including even children."
The agency identifies those executed as Jang's sister Jang Kye-sun, her husband and Ambassador to Cuba Jon Yong-jin, and Ambassador to Malaysia Jang Yong-chol, who is a nephew of Jang, as well as his two sons. "The sons, daughters and even grandchildren of Jang's two brothers were all executed," the agency says. more >>
A Chinese Christian immigrant may have another opportunity at U.S. citizenship after failing an immigration judge's "bible quiz."
Chang Qiang Zhu, a Chinese Christian who previously sought asylum in the U.S. from the religious persecution he suffered in China, has been given another chance to plead his asylum case by a U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
In 2009, Chang asked immigration judge Barbara Nelson for U.S. asylum, claiming that he had been beaten and imprisoned in the Asian country for months after attending a church that wasn't sanctioned by the Chinese government. Chang told Nelson that while he was in prison, he told Chinese authorities the story of Apostle Paul from the bible. more >>
The Indian village where a woman was ordered to be gang-raped on the orders of a kangaroo court earlier this week has defended the men who participated in sexually violating her.
Both women and men alike in Chowhatta in West Bengal, India, have come to the defense of the at least a dozen men who attacked a woman, who was punished for having a relationship with man who lived outside of their town.
Authorities have been hampered in their investigations into the horrific gang rape incident, according to The Times of India. Local residents have said that they do not want authorities entering Chowhatta and "interfering in our daily lives." They have also moved to prevent journalists from entering the village and "demeaning their culture." more >>
A lawyer who specializes in religious liberty cases has expressed approval of the Defense Department's recently announced new policy on religious grooming for military personnel.
Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told The Christian Post that the Wednesday announcement by the Pentagon was a "good step."
"We think that it's a very good step in that it incorporates, for instance, much of the language from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which applies to the federal government," said Blomberg. more >>