A Chinese pastor, one of several in recent months to be arrested in a massive government crackdown on Christians, said that he is "grateful" to God for giving him the opportunity to go to jail. Forty-year-old Huang Yizi is facing up to seven years in prison for speaking out against the government's demolitions of churches.
Huang was placed under arrest in August, The Telegraph reported on Monday, and was taken from his home in front of his wife and two children. He was charged with "gathering crowds to disturb social order."
A similar charge has been used to arrest other pastors, including Zhang Shaojie, in the wake of Chinese government officials ordering the demolition of a number of churches. more >>
Margaret Nagle, a screenwriter who's worked on hit TV shows such as "Boardwalk Empire" and recently penned the screenplay for "The Good Lie," which details the lives of Christian Sudanese refugees, describes how she incorporated the characters' Christian faith in the film.
"It was organic [to the refugees]. I haven't been raised going to church but I write historical projects, a lot of true stories, and so, I felt, I'm just going to use their faith as they use their faith in the telling of the story," Nagle told The Christian Post, explaining how she included the Christian faith of the lead characters who are based on people that fled the Sudan.
"I love the way their faith generated a belief system for them and carried them through. It was sort of a love letter from me to their personal faith and how it opened them up and kept them strong," she said. more >>
A retired American professor and author has said that terror group ISIS cannot be defeated by airstrikes alone, and that Christians in Syria are facing genocide if Sunni groups take over. William Relf, who has a PhD in international relations, shared his views on a number of complex ethical, political and strategic dilemmas facing U.S. forces in the Middle East.
Relf, who has taught strategy, international management, and entrepreneurship at institutions such as California State University, the Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, has led a business seminar in Iran, and authored novels such as The Iranian Connection.
Speaking with The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday, Relf offered his thoughts on President Barack Obama's strategy of hitting ISIS targets throughout Iraq and Syria with airstrikes, but without committing any official ground troops. He said that an air strategy alone cannot be enough to stop the Islamic militants. more >>
"The Good Lie," a film that tells the story of the lost boys of Sudan and their plight to escape civil war and assimilate into American culture hit theaters last week and is a movie Christians should not miss, according to some prominent evangelical leaders.
The film takes place during the real South Sudanese civil war of the 1980s and 90s that displaced millions of natives, forcing them into refugee camps where some of them were able to gain access to living in the U.S through several faith-based and government initiatives.
WEA (World Evangelical Alliance) Secretary General Geoff Tunnicliffe screened the movie and discussed it with the creators and stars, including Reese Witherspoon. He recently shared his enthusiasm for the "The Good Lie" with The Christian Post and explained why Christians and others should get behind it. more >>
The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN, held its second annual fundraising dinner in New York City on Sunday where the organization's President vowed to raised $1 million within six months to help victims of terrorism in Nigeria.
In a powerful and heartfelt speech, Pastor James Fadele, Ph.D., acknowledged the rise in terrorism in Nigeria, particularly the growing threat of Islamic jihadist group Boko Haram, which advocates a strict form of sharia law.
In recent years Boko Haram, which made headlines in April following the abduction of 276 female students from Chibok, Borno, has killed thousands of innocent civilians in the name of terrorism. Experts say the group is the second deadliest terrorist group in the world after Afghanistan's Taliban. more >>
Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon stars in the new film "The Good Lie" and recently quoted Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church while promoting the film.
During a press conference for the movie, which tells the story of four Sudanese refugees who flee a vicious civil war and arrive at a refugee camp in Kenya, which eventually gives them the opportunity to make a life in the U.S., she discussed a statement made by the Purpose Driven Life author related to the perception Americans might have about refugees, such as the ones seen in her new film.
"I was talking to Rick Warren yesterday, he said sometimes we assume that if people are poor they're not intelligent or they don't have anything to offer to society," Witherspoon said. "[Sometimes] these are people who were top of their field, and they're doctors, they're educators, they're community leaders, and essentially they're [just] displaced." more >>