United Methodist Church leadership has recently endorsed a plan to change the name of its central rule book.
Bishops of the divided denomination plan to change the name of the Book of Discipline to Things United Methodists Don't Agree On.
A number of the fathers of the over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram from Chibok, Nigeria, have spoken out about the continued dangers their families face on a daily basis, and shared their pain of not knowing what has happened to their daughters.
Kristin Wright, director of advocacy for relief group Open Doors USA, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Wednesday that she was able to meet with 10 of the Chibok fathers during a recent trip to Nigeria. She revealed that despite the grim situation their families find themselves in, the fathers are refusing to give up hope that one day their daughters will return to them.
"One of the fathers, when asked, 'Where do you think your daughter might be?' he said, 'She is the hands of God.' It was a sentiment that was echoed by all of the parents that I met with. They are not going to think about any other reality," Wright told CP. more >>
A church in Ohio decided to cap off a monthly focus on "Random Acts of Kindness" by performing such to a pizza delivery driver.
Sycamore Creek Church in Pickerington surprised a pizza delivery driver by giving the woman a $1,000 tip, capturing the moment on a video uploaded to YouTube in October.
Pastor Steve Markle gathered $1,046 (to be exact), for the grateful Domino's employee, who was brought to tears by the gift. more >>
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and State Department Ambassador at-large for International Religious Liberty David Saperstein introduced on Wednesday the 2014 International Religious Freedom Report, which highlights the disturbing trends of religious martyr and persecution that occurred in every continent in the world.
The International Religious Freedom report, which is now in its 17th year of existence, is a congressionally-mandated report compiled by State Department staffers, which seeks to give voice to people throughout the world who have been victimized by various forms and degrees of religious persecution.
The 2014 report focused on a number of troubling trends including the rise of global extremist violence, the continued rise of anti-Semitism in Western Europe, the negative impact that blasphemy and apostasy laws have on the liberties of religious minorities, governmental religious hostility and societal violence and discrimination. more >>
A Syrian priest who was kidnapped by the Islamic State terrorist organization in May was finally released Saturday, allowing him to conduct his first mass since his abduction the following day in the Homs province.
An unidentified church source told AFP that Father Jacques Mourad, the prior of the Mar Elian Monastery, has been released and is now taking shelter in a town about 3 miles from the city of Homs.
Although the 1,600-year-old monastery was destroyed by IS in August when the militant group took over the town of Quaryatayn and kidnapped over 230 people, including 60 Christians, Mourad was abducted months before the demolition when IS militants took over the ancient town of Palmyra in late May. more >>
A South Carolina grandmother is giving all her praises to God after she and her grandson were saved by a giant cross after they nearly drowned in the midst of severe flooding that killed as many as 19 others throughout the state last Sunday.
Clara Gantt of Blythewood, South Carolina, told Columbia's NBC affiliate, WIS-TV, that she was driving to church last Sunday morning when she and her car were washed away by the raging flood waters.
Gantt explained that although it was dark and raining extremely hard as she prepared to leave for her church, which is located about 20 miles from her house, at around 6 a.m. on Oct. 4, she underestimated the strength of the storm. more >>