Hindu radicals in India have intensified their threats, forced conversions and persecution of Christians, saying they would cut them "into pieces" if they continue to worship Christ. Such threats have already forced at least 10 Christian families in a northwest province to flee from their homes and villages.
Church leaders told the Christian persecution watchdog Morning Star News that the 10 families fled from their homes in the Indian state of Rajasthan, which shares a border with Pakistan, because of death threats coming from Hindus seeking to turn Christians away from Christ and "reconvert" them to Hinduism.
The Hindu extremists have threatened to harm anyone who mentions Christ's name or participates in church functions. The threats have prevented Christians in the area from worshiping for over two months. more >>
NEW YORK — Acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Wilson says letting go of the past is essential in finding freedom through Jesus Christ, which is the message behind his latest album, That Was Then, This Is Now.
On July 31, the Christian artist, who is known for his bold lyrics and pop rock sound, debuted his fourth studio album That Was Then, This Is Now, which landed in the top five on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. The release also marked Wilson's first-ever debut on the Billboard Top 200 chart, indicating that the 11-track album is resonating with fans.
"Well it's been very exciting so far, there's so much work that goes into making a record so it's encouraging when people respond in a way like this," Wilson told The Christian Post on Thursday. "I'm very excited about it." more >>
A coalition of conservative pastors including Robert Jeffress and Ed Young have sent an amicus brief to the Texas Supreme Court stating that it is "unconstitutionally inefficient" for the state to prohibit taxpayer dollars from going to religious-based private schools when there are students who want to attend such institutions instead of public schools.
As the Texas Supreme Court is weighing whether or not to uphold a 2014 judgement that struck down the state's public school finance system, the U.S. Pastor Council, with the help of the of lawyer Briscoe Cain, filed a brief arguing that the court should uphold the state judge's ruling because the current school finance system has failed its students.
The council, which includes a number of prominent Texas pastors like Jeffress, Young, Robert Morris and Steve Riggle, stated that 50 percent of state's public schools are not meeting student advancement goals established by the No Child Left Behind Act. The council contends that religious schools should be eligible to receive public funding through the charter school system in order to give Texas students who wish to go to religious schools the ability to do so. Additionally, such a rule would fulfill the Texas constitution's requirement of an "efficient" school system. more >>
Oklahoma Wesleyan University announced this week that the institution is dropping out of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities because of the council's inaction against two member schools that announced earlier this summer that they'll hire staff who are in a gay marriage.
In a statement released Monday, the university announced that it will no longer affiliate with the CCCU, which consists of over 120 member schools focused on delivering Christ-centered education, because of the council's "confusion" on how to handle the decisions made by Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College to allow for the hiring of professors who are married to partners of the same-sex.
"CCCU's ambivalence in deciding the status of two member institutions that have advised CCCU they will permit same-sex couples to be employed as faculty members indicates to us that it is time for our university to move in a different direction," the president of the 900-student university, Everett Piper, said in a statement. more >>
Christianity is said to be on the decline in the United States, according to a Pew Research survey, and 2 billion people around the world still haven't heard the name of Jesus Christ, according to David Platt, president of the International Mission Board, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention.
At a time when more people are said to be turning away from faith, one group of believers has developed a new, innovative way of spreading the Gospel to ultimately propel people closer to God, and it seems to be working.
Socality has been described by its founder as a "new form of evangelism" and a movement that is "committed to creating spaces of belonging online and turning these into real life transactions." To put it simply, Socality connects believers and non-believers alike, mostly via social networking sites like Twitter and Instagram, for the purpose of bringing them closer to faith. more >>
A chair fit for the pope and made by a group of day laborers has been unveiled at New York City's Madison Square Garden, where Francis is scheduled to lead about 20,000 people in mass later this month.
The brown wooden chair with white backing was unveiled Wednesday by a beaming Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York.
The simple chair was constructed by day laborers affiliated with Don Bosco Workers and Obreros Unidos de Yonkers, reportedly under the direction of Brother Salvatore Sammarco, of the Salesians of Don Bosco based in Florida. more >>