An update on the Crisis in Syria: The UN General Assembly has taken up the issue of the bloodshed in that country after the Security Council failed to act. Britain's Ambassador says the Syrian people feel the U.N. has shamefully abandoned their cause.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the besieged Syrian city of Homs is over 400 in the last ten days. Now activists have reverted to the age old practice of using carrier pigeons to communicate with each other about their needs for supplies, medicine and food.
Here's our persecution roundup: the Church of England pressuring the U.K. government to aid religious minorities in Nigeria. Iranian authorities invaded another house church and arrested 10 Christian converts. No one knows their whereabouts now. 35 Ethiopian Christians imprisoned in Saudi Arabia while reportedly being pressured to convert to Islam. A Russian missionary group issued a warning against a potential forthcoming crackdown on evangelical Christians and other religious minorities in Russia. more >>
"Linsanity" struck again, this time with the return of one of the team's all-stars in a 90-87 victory Tuesday night over the Toronto Raptors. Although Jeremy Lin was able to turn the New York Knicks around in his first week starting for the league, many questioned whether he could excel with the return of the team's former stars, including Amare Stoudemire.
Stoudemire, one of the team's highly publicized all-stars, made his return to the Knicks Monday after a four-game absence to mourn the death of his brother. After Stoudemire left the team, the Knicks went on a three-game winning streak.
Lin was named Eastern Conference Player of the week, and managed to bolster the Knicks' bench. However, Soudemire's return to the game seemed to result in only a strong game for himself and Lin, along with an 11-point deficit for the team at halftime. more >>
So what is Jeremy Lin thinking about following his sudden rise to stardom and the Lin-mania that's gripping the country?
"I'm thinking about how I can trust God more," the 23-year-old New York Knicks guard told San Jose Mercury News. "How can I surrender more? How can I bring Him more glory?"
It's a fight, he said, but one he'll keep fighting. more >>
Long before Jeremy Lin's name was splattered across news headlines, his high school coach believed that he would be a star and that it was only a matter of time before "Linsanity" hit America.
Andrew Slayton, who coached the first Asian-American player in the NBA when he was a student at California's Palo Alto High School, revealed that he is the owner of the domain name Linsanity.com in July 2010, which he uses to sell Lin-inspired t-shirts.
"Having long ago been declared terminally LinSane, we have followed Jeremy Lin's career since his days at Palo Alto High School always firmly believing that his time would come and that the world would know our LinSanity," says the website. "And, if you're as truly LinSane as us, these TEES are just what the doctor ordered. Welcome to LinSanity.com... the home for all your LinSanitees." more >>
Jeremy Lin may have come out of Friday night's game against the Lakers a star with a career-high 38 points, seven assists and four rebounds. But he's not letting the "Linsanity" overcome the country without giving proper credit to God.
"I just give all the praise to God," Lin said after the game.
Point guard for the New York Knicks, Lin has become a household name overnight. He's being recognized for not only saving the season, but for being the first American player in the NBA to be of Chinese or of Taiwanese descent and for his outspoken Christianity. more >>
Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks' newest guard who has made headlines recently for his openness about his faith and moves on the basketball court, said he is inspired by NFL player Tim Tebow, another Christian player noted for his displays of faith.
In an interview with 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, located a short distance from his hometown of Palo Alto, Lin spoke about his respect for the Denver Broncos quarterback.
"Actually a lot of inspiration just because (Tebow's) such a polarizing figure but I think the things he says in interviews, his approach to the game is just unbelievable and I respect him so much," Lin said on Thursday. "I want to be able to do some of the things that he does in terms of the amount of charity work and the nonprofit work, and the way he impacts people off the field. I think that is what is most inspiring to me about him." more >>