American Christian Keith Broomfield was killed last week while fighting ISIS alongside the Kurds in Syria, and his pastor says he would smile at Muslims who were hostile toward his faith and make a cross over his heart.
Pastor Gary Moritz of Twin City Baptist Church in Massachusetts, where Broomfield, 36, used to attend, told The Christian Post on Friday that Broomfield "wanted to serve the Lord" and traveled to Turkey and Syria in order to help the Kurds.
"The Kurds have been calling him the first Christian martyr to fight against ISIS," said Moritz. more >>
A Vatican City spokesman has announced the creation of a new tribunal meant to deal with cases against Roman Catholic bishops who failed to stop sexual abuse of minors by priests.
Centered on examining allegations against bishops who failed to report sexual abuse cases to authorities, the tribunal will be held within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
"Pope Francis will appoint a secretary and permanent staff for the new department, which will have a five year period to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of these new procedures," reported Vatican Radio on Wednesday. more >>
A judge has ruled that a diocese in Texas which broke away from The Episcopal Church over theological differences is the rightful owner of its church property.
Judge John Chupp of Tarrant County ruled Wednesday that All Saints Episcopal Church belongs to the breakaway Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth rather than the national denomination.
Recently, Tony Campolo said this about gay-marriage, "...like so many other Christians, I was deeply uncertain about what was right." But the Bible is crystal clear on sexual sin, including homosexuality. Unfortunately, those who are sounding the alarm are often categorized as irrational, judgmental, bigoted and intolerant. But how can we warn if we won't confront, correct if we won't challenge and and contend if we won't question? We must speak the truth in love. Opinions change, but truth does not.
My hope is that readers will read the entire article before drawing conclusions. I have nothing but compassion for those trapped in sexual sin. Those who strongly believe in the Bible and God's will regarding sexual behavior also strongly believe in unconditional love and forgiveness. To say that authentic Christians hate or fear those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle demonstrates a gross misunderstanding of the Christian faith. To "confront in love" simply comes from a desire to honor God and to truly love and care for others. The ability to relate to people on their level, show genuine concern, and love them regardless of their lifestyle is the mark of true Christianity. It's no surprise that the church, and our nation, desperately need to hear "the voice of one crying in the wilderness" to awaken, convict and restore. It was not so long ago that we were concerned about "the fall of America." America cannot fall because she has already fallen. We are now picking up the pieces of a broken nation reflected in our laws, our personal lives, our families and our children. America's moral heartbeat has ceased because we cut off the source of life. We need resuscitation, renewal and revival of the truth.
When people, groups, denominations or movements depart from absolute truth and thus quench and grieve the Spirit of God, they become mechanical in their approach to Christianity and lose the ability to guide. The Word of God is not in their hearts "like a burning fire" (Jer. 20:9), but relative, powerless and debatable. This is what we see today. more >>
American pastor Saeed Abedini has reportedly been "viciously beaten" by fellow prisoners in an unprovoked attack in the Iranian prison where he's being held. The pastor was punched in the face, leaving his eyes beaten black and blue, but prison guards intervened and prevented further injury.
The American Center for Law and Justice, the law group which represents his wife, Naghmeh Abedini, and the couple's two children in the U.S., said that the prisoners also demolished a small table that the pastor had used to study and read during the beating that he endured last week.
Abedini was allowed to see a prison doctor, who determined that he does not have any broken bones. On Wednesday, he was able to see a family member who came to visit him and see his injuries first hand. more >>
It will be a painful awakening for pastor Bryan Koch of Glad Tidings Church in Spring Township, Pennsylvania, in more ways than one when he emerges from the sedated state he has been in since a deadly motorcycle accident that took the life of his wife, Lynn, and severed one of his legs Sunday.
While his family and congregants already know that his wife is gone, the beloved pastor, who's a former catcher and first baseman with the Chicago White Sox, has not yet been told that Lynn is dead.
"We don't believe so," said Glad Tidings' director of communication Karen Troutman, when asked Tuesday evening if Koch knows that his wife is dead. more >>