Singer Ciara Harris is publicly thanking God for the experience of motherhood in celebration of her son's second birthday.
"It has truly been the best life experience watching you grow! I am so grateful to God for you, and I can't wait to see all the many other amazing things He has in store for you," the 30-year-old singer shared in a personal Instagram message for her son. "Mommy loves you soooo much! #HappyBirthday to my prince, Future Zahir."
Ciara shares her son with hip-hop rapper Future, whom the toddler is named after. Now that she is engaged to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, he also shared a special birthday message for the now 2-year-old Future Zahir Wilburn. more >>
Controversial author and former megachurch Pastor Rob Bell says he rarely uses the term "Christian," claiming that Jesus would oppose it.
In an interview with Uproxx published last week, the former Mars Hill Bible Church pastor explained that he does not like to use the term "Christian" to describe himself.
"I don't actually use the word 'Christian' much, because I think Jesus would be mortified that a religion with very strong codes of in-and-out had started in his name," said Bell said in the interview. more >>
China Aid has reported in its 2015 Annual Report of Religious and Human Rights Persecution in China that as many as 20,000 people suffered religious persecution by the Communist Party throughout the year. Despite imcreasing persecution, however, the number of Christians in the country continues to grow.
"In 2015, China Aid documented 634 cases of persecution in which 19,426 religious practitioners were persecuted, representing an 8.62 percent increase from 2014's 17,884 religious practitioners persecuted," the report stated.
"A number of factors led to the increases, including a widespread, barbaric round up of China's human rights legal professionals, activists and family members in July 2015," it added. more >>
Filmmaker Cristóbal Krusen, the founder of the cinematic ministry Messenger Films, released a new book earlier this month that explains how the Christian faith inspired a number of historical figures who had huge impacts on secular society at the time in which they lived.
In the book They Were Christians: The Inspiring Faith of Men and Women Who Changed the World, Krusen details the faith of 12 transformational figures who impacted United States and world history.
"These weren't just people who ended up having a religious experience and preaching to the choir in church, they had a deep experience and encounter with God and went out and changed the world in which they lived," Krusen said in an interview with The Christian Post. "They lived out their faith with great distinction and incredible achievement." more >>
Presbyterian Church (USA)'s donations to local missions increased by an estimated $7.7 million last year despite continued declines in congregations and membership numbers.
The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States released their statistics for 2015 on Monday, reporting that giving to local missions was up.
According to the recently released annual statistics, local mission giving went from approximately $125 million in 2014 to approximately $132 million in 2015. more >>
Louisiana rapper Dee-1 recently spoke to Rapzilla about his new release, "Against Us Remix," featuring secular rappers Lupe Fiasco and Big Krit, and defended himself against the backlash he is receiving for working with a secular artist from a different religion.
Dee-1's new remix song features two rappers he considers friends, including Fiasco, a popular hip-hop artist who has publicly talked about being Muslim. However the chorus for the "Against Us Remix," is strictly the Lord's Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13.
During a sit down with Rapzilla, Dee-1 explained that he and Fiasco have a brotherly relationship. The rapper maintained that having secular artists featured on his track brought the "humanity" to the record. more >>