Christian publishing company Zondervan is offering readers a distinctive look at Scripture in the new book, Believe, NIV so that they may become more like Jesus this year.
Believe, NIV is an ultimate 30-chapter guide that features an easy-to-follow topical abridgement of the Bible complete with key beliefs, practices and virtues of the Christian faith.
Furthermore, the follow-up to The Story, Believe offers a spiritual experience that Randy Frazee, general editor and senior minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, says will help countless Christians lead a more Christ-like life. more >>
Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas megachurch in Texas, says Jesus Christ would be outraged by President Obama's audacity when he compared the Crusades and Inquisition to the mass slaughter being committed by the Islamic State terror group.
Jeffress joins a multitude of conservative Christian voices — the Revs. Franklin Graham, Samuel Rodriguez, The Catholic League's Bill Donohue and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins — in condemning Obama for comparing Christianity to the atrocities being committed by ISIS.
" … [L]est we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. … So this is not unique to one group or one religion. There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith," Obama said during his speech at the 63rd annual National Prayer Breakfast, just one day after he met with Muslim leaders whose names White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Friday wouldn't be release to the press at this time. more >>
NEW YORK — When 20-year-old Kalu J. Ogbureke first started the Ivy League's Columbia College in New York City three years ago, his conservative southern evangelical Christian sensibilities were left a little "shell-shocked."
It wasn't that the city or the college was hostile to his faith. They were far from it.
For Ogbureke and other Christian students like him who had come to the city from the South, it was mostly that Christianity isn't seen as such a big deal. Indeed, for many New Yorkers, Christianity is like an artifact that is no longer relevant for life in the modern world. more >>
A Canadian pastor accused of sexually assaulting one of his congregants and defrauding her has been arrested and charged.
Bishop Wayne M. Jones, 53, of United Spiritual Baptist Church in Scarborough, Ontario, was recently taken into police custody and charged with sexual assault and three counts of theft fraud over $5,000 after a woman accused him of wrongdoing during an exorcism.
The married pastor allegedly offered "spiritual guidance" sessions at his church and attacked the woman during one. more >>
Pope Francis has sent out a letter to the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church declaring that sex abusers have no place in the ecclesiastical body.
In the official letter sent out Monday the pontiff mentioned a July meeting he had with individuals who were sexually abused by Catholic priests. "At my meeting in July with persons who had suffered sexual abuse by priests, I was deeply moved by their witness to the depth of their sufferings and the strength of their faith," wrote Francis.
"This experience reaffirmed my conviction that everything possible must be done to rid the Church of the scourge of the sexual abuse of minors and to open pathways of reconciliation and healing for those who were abused." more >>
President Barack Obama described at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday the "extraordinary letter" he recently received from pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen serving eight years in an Iranian prison for his faith. The American Center for Law and Justice urged Obama to keep his word and bring the pastor home to his family.
Obama reminded attendees at the Prayer Breakfast that in 2014 they prayed together for Abedini's release, and said his administration has been working hard on trying to get Iran to grant his freedom.
"And I was recently in Boise, Idaho, and had the opportunity to meet with pastor Abedini's beautiful wife and wonderful children and to convey to them that our country has not forgotten Brother Saeed, and that we are doing everything we can to bring him home," Obama said. more >>