Country music star Justin Moore has offered prayers of "strength, safety, guidance and encouragement" to the family of fellow country musician Craig Strickland as rescue crews recovered the body of the missing 29 year old on Monday.
Moore, who's a singer and songwriter represented by The Valory Music Co., shared his condolences to the Strickland family on social media, describing Craig, who went missing during a hunting trip over one week ago, as "kind, thoughtful, bright, talented, driven, and so much more."
"As an artist, Craig has 'it.' From the limited time I've spent with him, as a human being, he also has 'it.' That puts him in rarified air, in my opinion," Moore wrote in a Twitter post on Sunday evening. more >>
The United States Air Force Academy has defied an atheist group's demand and ruled that members of its football team are constitutionally allowed to gather on the field to pray before the start of games.
After several Falcons players were seen before the start of Air Force's Dec. 5, 2015, game against the San Diego State Aztecs kneeling in prayer on the field, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation threatened the institution with a lawsuit if the school did not take steps to prohibit players from praying before games.
After MRFF filed its complaint, the academy launched an inquiry into the prayer practices of its football team. more >>
A 30-year-old Christian woman who fled from the violence and persecution in Pakistan died in Thailand police custody on Christmas Eve after she was arrested and prevented from taking much needed medications, a watchdog group has announced.
The British Pakistani Christian Association reports that Samina Faisal and many other Pakistani Christian asylum seekers were arrested on Dec. 20, 2015, as part of a crackdown against Pakistani Christians who've overstayed their visas in Thailand after fleeing from the persecution in their homelands to seek refuge.
Faisal, who in March 2015 faced severe medical complications that caused her to miscarry her baby which was stillborn at six months gestation, was prescribed medication for high blood pressure, hypertension and a shrinking Kidney. The mother also sufferd from long-term health conditions that required regular treatment. more >>
A man armed with a semi-automatic assault rifle walked into a small church in North Carolina during a sermon on growing violence in the community, was calmed by the pastor, sat through the preaching and stood up to accept Christ when an altar call was given.
"I'm the first person to see him and when I saw him, I thought it was a dummy gun, but then I saw the bullet clip in his hand and the bullets were shining," Pastor Larry Wright of the Heal the Land Outreach Ministries in Fayetteville, told CNN of the incident that took on the New Year's Eve.
The pastor, a 57-year-old retired soldier, then walked up to him and said, "Can I help you?" The gunman, who looked emotionally troubled, asked Wright to pray for him, which the pastor did, and asked him to give the weapon and ammo magazine he had. The pastor then asked him to sit in the front row and carried on with the message on senseless violence. more >>
Editor's Note: A previous headline wrote that Higgins was criticized for "promoting abortion." Higgins was criticized for her critique of pro-life activism but she was not promoting abortion. We apologize for the mistake.
Also, Intervarsity released a statement on Thursday explaining its inclusion of Black Lives Matter speakers and with a response from interim President Jim Lundgren, saying, "Scripture is clear about the sanctity of life. That is why I'm both pro-life and committed to the dignity of my Black brothers and sisters." You can read the full statement here.
Urbana 15 and Black Lives Matter activist Michelle Higgins are under fire from Students For Life of America for seemingly rejecting the pro-life group's exhibition request and for proclaiming disparaging remarks from the stage about the pro-life movement, respectively, earlier this week at the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship-sponsored student mission conference. more >>
Social activist Michelle Higgins used the Urbana student missions platform to tackle key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, calling out the Evangelical Church in the process.
In her 30-minute address, Higgins, the director of Christian activist coalition Faith for Justice, dispelled misconceptions about Black Lives Matter and got to the core of the objectives of the movement.
"We do not want all people of color to go 'scott-free' from wrongdoing," she said. "I don't want to see people of color never arrested for anything. 'Oh, Black Lives Matter' means black folks can kill everybody and steal stuff and we're going to all go home and say, 'Well, let 'em — because of slavery.' That's not what we want. That's not what I want. What do we want? Justice. And what is justice? Justice means my baby boy, my baby girl will not be tried, condemed, sentenced and executed on the street. That is justice." more >>