The first Egyptian Christian convert to seek a change of religion on his ID card declared last week that he has returned to Islam after having been imprisoned for over two-and-a-half years.
In 2007, Mohamed Hegazy, also known by his Christian name Bishoy, became the first Egyptian man to sue the government to officially change his religion of record from Islam to Christianity so that his child could be raised as a Christian and get married in a church.
In response, many radical Muslim leaders called for Hegazy to be killed as an apostate. In December 2013, Hegazy, who worked for a Coptic Christian television station, was arrested and accused of spreading a "false image" of persecution against Christians in Egypt. In June of 2014, Hegazy was sentenced to five years in prison. more >>
Despite constant destruction of churches, tearing down of crosses, and jailing of believers at the hands of the authoritarian Chinese government, best-selling Chinese author Yu Jie predicts that "Christianity" is China's future.
Yu, a devout Christian and an author of over 30 books who is active in the Chinese dissident movement, wrote in an op-ed published in the August edition First Things that Christianity and the Chinese urban church movement is laying the "seedbed" for democracy to flourish in the Communist Asian nation.
Although the Chinese regime of Xi Jinping has been active in telling religious leaders that they must adapt to social order of the communist government and "merge religious doctrines with Chinese culture," Yu argues that the Chinese government's hostility is because Xi recognizes Christians as the biggest threat to the communist government. more >>
A historic Florida megachurch that experienced a large decline followed by a steady resurgence in membership over the past few years is considering selling off a portion of its property.
Calvary Assembly of Orlando was founded in the 1950s. Considered one of the first megachurches of the United States, at its peak it had around 7,000 members.
However, steep declines in membership have led Calvary Assembly to consider an offer to sell part of the church's property to a developer. more >>
Four years after she first appeared on A&E's reality TV series "Duck Dynasty" with her family, Sadie Robertson is surprised that God has given her the opportunity to headline her own tour.
"Whenever I used to think, 'OK, what do I want to be when I grow up?' it was definitely not this," she told Rare. "I never thought this would happen to me."
Now, Robertson is gearing up for a 17-night nationwide "Live Original Tour" where she will be joined by her brother, John Luke, his wife, Mary Kate, cousins Reed and Cole Robertson, Reed's fiancée, Brighton Thompson, filmmaker Max Zoghbi, and his wife, Bonnie Kate, and Colorado movie theater shooting survivor Bonnie Kate Zoghbi to spread motivational messages to the masses for three hours each night. more >>
Candace Cameron Bure could be called a triple threat — a dancer, actress and author — but it's another member of the family who might soon be featured on network TV showcasing her talents.
According to Us Weekly, Bure's daughter, Natasha, will be using her gift as a singer to audition for the next season of "The Voice."
The proud mom regularly posts videos of her only daughter singing worship songs in church, but now the 17 year old is reportedly hitting "The Voice" stage to audition for season 11. According to the celebrity news publication, the "Fuller House" star was on set during blind auditions to support her daughter. more >>
Last week's killing of a French priest by radicals associated with the Islamic State has inspired atheist Wall Street Journal writer Sohrab Ahmari to come out publicly about his plans to convert to Catholicism.
After the news broke that Father Jacques Hamel had been killed by radicals who raided the Church of the Gambetta in the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray district of Normandy last Tuesday, the Iranian-born Ahmari announced in a tweet:
"#IAmJacquesHamel: In fact, this is the right moment to announce that I'm converting to Roman Catholicism." more >>