Hindu radicals in India doused a Christian pastor and his wife in gasoline in an attempt to force them to convert, a leading Christian human rights group has reported.
According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, the attack occurred on April 17, when two men posed as Christians and went to Berseba Church in Chhattisgarh state's Karanji Village in search of prayer.
The church's pastor, Deenbandhu Sameli, let the two men into the church and was then attacked and forced to chant "jai sri ram," which means "hail Lord Rama" (one of the incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu). more >>
Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini argues that there are some pastors in America who instead of helping Christians grow, are standing in the way of revival, and suggests that church walls, or obstacles separating Christians from reaching society, must fall.
"After being far from the USA for four years and in prison and thousands of hours of prayer have happened, I see that more Christians seem ready to step into revival but not all pastors and leaders," Abedini reflected in a Facebook post on Friday.
"Could it be that pastors are so busy with ministry, church, financial growth plans, and building walls around their church that they are missing the most important thing?" he asked. more >>
A survey of American pastors belonging to various Protestant denominations has found a diverse array of opinions on how the End Times will unfold.
In recently released data by LifeWay Research sponsored by Charisma House Book Group, details about how Jesus will return are uniform among Protestant pastors. The major areas of disagreement center on the nature of the rapture, including when and how literal it will be, the nature of the Antichrist, and the nature and timing of Christ's thousand-year reign.
Mainstream rapper DMX has never shied away from sharing about his Christian faith. In episode 3 of N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's "Drink Champs" podcast, the New York rapper ended his interview with a deep prayerful freestyle.
See his freestyle in its entirety below:
"Dear Lord I need to be rescued, no one can get it done except you more >>
The community of Hartselle, Alabama, is still reeling in shock after a beloved 43-year-old pastor and his wife were allegedly gunned down in cold blood inside their home last Thursday by their adopted son.
According to AL.com, Priceville police officers were called to the home of Pastor William Jeremy Hulsey, 43, and his 37-year-old wife, Sandra Hulsey, around 8:45 p.m. last Thursday, where they found the couple dead. William Hulsey, commonly known as Jeremy, was a preacher at Aldridge Grove Church of Christ in Moulton.
An investigation by the police quickly led to the couple's adopted son, Andrew Kyle Hulsey, 23, as a person of interest. They also found what they believe to be the murder weapon. more >>
New research shows that most pastors who serve small evangelical churches face financial hardships and many are reluctant to open up about their struggles.
The National Association of Evangelicals released a survey on Tuesday, conducted by Grey Matter Research last July, which interviewed 4,249 pastors and found that most face severe financial troubles as they struggle with expenses and debt and don't earn enough to secure long-term financial stability.
"The vast majority of pastors do not have their own radio or TV show, robust church staff, or megachurch attendance," NAE President Leith Anderson said in a statement. "Rather, they faithfully serve in small churches and face financial challenges stemming from student debt, low salaries and medical expenses. And sadly, they often feel they have no one to turn to for help." more >>