U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that religion is a vital part of foreign policy and understanding how the world works, pointing out that some extremes can push people into war and genocide, while others use religion to search for peace.
"We cannot understand the world if we fail to comprehend and honor the central role that religion plays in the lives of billions of people," Kerry said at Rice University in Texas on Tuesday, Voice of America News reported.
Kerry, a Roman Catholic, noted that religion impacts the world in fundamental ways, and can act as a positive or destructive force. more >>
American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who spent three and a half years in prison for his Christian faith in Iran, has responded to the terror attacks in Pakistan Easter Sunday by arguing that it's a "lie" to believe Islam is peaceful.
Meanwhile, Muslim leaders around the world condemned the suicide blasts in Lahore that killed at least 72 people, insisting that terror does not represent Islam.
Abedini, who is the Exclusive Director of Saeed Ministries, posted on Facebook Monday: "If Muslims say: we are peaceful, 'it's a lie.' The Qur'an teaches that Muslims must fight and kill (Jihad) unbelievers. 'Wherever you overtake them' until 'religion is Allah's,' i.e. Islamic law rules all societies (2.Sura Al _Baqarah(Cow) 2:190-193). Regarding to the Qur'an's verse, Christians and Jews are included to make them Muslim or kill them in entire the world." more >>
The founder and CEO of a Christian satellite network that reaches out to refugees fleeing war-torn Syria and Iraq, is reporting that many Muslim families are turning to Christianity, where they encounter a message of peace and love.
"It's surprising just how much damage the Muslim world has done to itself due to this schism between Sunni and Shiites," SAT-7's Terence Ascott said, according to Mission Network News Monday. "It raises serious questions. People were really losing trust in organized religion."
He added that ongoing attacks instigated by the Islamic State and other terror groups are only part of the long-standing conflicts in the Muslim world, along with the age-old divide between Sunnis and Shiites. more >>
Film producer and actor Tyler Perry gets candid about how much Jesus Christ really means to him as he gears up to narrate "The Passion" live on FOX for Palm Sunday.
"The Passion" is a musical event that tells the 2,000-year-old story of Jesus Christ's life on Earth. The production, set in the present day, will follow the account of Jesus as He presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected.
"What I love about this show is that the death and resurrection is being told in modern day times so a lot of people can understand it, and understand that this really happened," Perry told The Christian Post. more >>
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Russian Orthodox Church will be hosting a summit on religious persecution in Moscow, the Rev. Franklin Graham announced today.
"I was in Russia this past October and met with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, and evangelical leaders, and we discussed at length the persecution of the Church worldwide," Graham wrote in a Facebook message Wednesday, explaining the roots of the summit, which will be held in October.
"The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians will shed a global spotlight on this crisis. We will bring delegates from around the world and will be able to join hands with people of other churches and denominations of the Christian faith to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ and to hear firsthand reports of the suffering that is taking place." more >>
Prayer is essential to the life of a believer, and this spring United Cry DC16 is an event that hopes to inspire 30,000 believers to come together to pray for the well-being of the nation.
Just as there is strength in numbers, there is strength in those who come together to pray and seek Christ, as evidenced by Matthew 18:20: "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
That biblical principle is one of the driving forces behind United Cry DC16, a gathering intended to move people to pray for America's future. more >>