The Muslim mayor of the Israeli city of Nazareth has now said that Christmas celebrations will go ahead as scheduled despite reports last week that they would be limited, due to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem.
At least nine worshipers were killed and over 50 others were injured after Islamic extremists conducted an attack on a church in southwestern Pakistan during a Sunday pre-Christmas service.
Here are just a few things that happened this week, Dec. 17-23, in Church history. They include the death of a notable evangelist, the incorporation of a Christian media group, and the birth of a prolific hymnist.
Islamic State supporters have threatened to launch a terror attack in Washington, D.C. and New York on Christmas, according to the SITE intelligence group. A propaganda poster carries a picture that shows Washington's National Cathedral erupting in flames while indicating that New York could be their target.
Evangelicals have drawn much criticism after a large majority of them voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, and as many evangelical leaders have acted as informal advisers to the administration. But with 2017 coming to a close, the administration has done much in its first year that conservative evangelicals are celebrating.
A U.S. judge on Friday blocked the Trump administration's new HHS rules that exempt nonprofits and for-profit businesses from covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs.
The Hallmark Channel, which is known for broadcasting family-friendly movies, is being criticized by Slate for lacking diversity and featuring too many "white heterosexuals" and "lumberjacks and labradoodles."
Evangelical leaders, including John MacArthur of Grace Community Church of Sun Valley, California, and John Piper of DesiringGod.com, have expressed their respects for the life of influential theologian R. C. Sproul.
A judge has ruled that the property of a Pennsylvania megachurch whose congregation voted overwhelmingly to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) belongs to the mainline denomination.
Best-selling author and popular millennial Pastor Chad Veach has released his latest book, "Faith Forward Future," and hopes to inspire everyone, young people especially, to do all God has destined for them.
Greg Wood, a father of three and International Mission Board missionary who served a village of indigenous people in Mexico, has died from an aggressive brain cancer after a two-year struggle with the disease. He was 48.
A recent E-Poll Market Research survey revealed which mainstream shows faith-based viewers enjoy watching.
Tim Tebow's philanthropic organization is revealing how the athlete was blessed after granting the wishes of two brothers who were stricken with cancer after one prayed to experience the disease with his brother.
Jeremy Lin is joining numerous people in congratulating a 16-year-old Louisiana student who found out this week that he's been accepted into Harvard University.
Christian country music stars are coming together to help save the lives of children who are battling with cancer.
Derick Dillard says he wasn't fired from TLC's "Counting On" series for speaking out against transgenderism in a post about Jazz Jennings, a boy who identifies as a girl, who also has a reality TV series on the network.
Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt will star as the lead in the upcoming film "The Miracle Season," based on the true story of a high school girls' volleyball team that's struggling to cope with the unexpected death of a teammate.
New archaeological excavations at the ancient port of the earthquake that struck the Biblical city of Corinth, which is now underwater, have uncovered Roman architecture.
A 12-year-old Iraqi Christian boy whose home was destroyed by the Islamic State met with Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday and presented him with a gift.
A humanoid robot carrying the Olympic Torch in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is the latest example of artificial intelligence being programmed to assist with daily tasks.
At least 730 children were among the 6,700 Rohingya refugees who were burned, shot, or beaten to death in the space of a single month earlier this year, a major humanitarian aid group revealed.
The Australian government has recommended that celibacy be made optional for Catholic priests and that they be forced to report any child sexual abuse revealed to them. Recommendations were made in a recently concluded report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse aimed at protecting children.
Long-suffering Christians in Iraq's Nineveh Plains celebrated last week the reconsecration of the first church to be reopened there since the Islamic State terror group was driven out of the region, marking it as a symbol of hope and victory.
Is Christmas a holiday with pagan origins? Is it wrong to celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th? And what about putting up a Christmas tree? Is that a direct violation of Jeremiah 10?
We would like to believe that our nation is experiencing a genuine return to decency; but that assumption is false because the acknowledgement of God is nowhere in the public debate.
This Christmas, there are so many reasons to remember and enjoy the carols together—so above all else, let us sing!
Malaysia isn't a country one associates with old churches. Yet, as a past installment of this column detailed, Malaysia is home to a surprising number of interesting churches — Anglican and Roman Catholic alike.
There are 12 Days of Christmas contests on the radio, 12 Days of Christmas sales at the mall, 12 Days of Christmas charity drives, and, of course, that very long song.
We light our candles by adding another candle each night. However, we need to follow Hillel's advice all year long as well. As God commanded, we need to be light and add light to the world.
But what's in a pronoun? Specifically, if a neighbor who identifies as transgender asks us to use ze rather than he or she, does it really matter?
If you or your loved ones are facing bullies, here are some words of wisdom I learned through personal experience:
The posture of the technology sector, refusing to cooperate with the FBI and law enforcement regarding the opening of locked and encrypted cell phones used by evildoers, is not just callous, it is harmful.
This let's recommit ourselves to our ideals and values. No matter what may have happened in our lives, we can start anew today.
Pray about giving and make sure your motives are pure. In other words, don't give in hope of getting something in return, even recognition.
Many media outlets described the defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama as a defeat of President Trump, as if the voters in rejecting Moore were rejecting Trump. And, with Trump's approval ratings so low, does this predict a disastrous outcome for Republicans in 2018?
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I never thought in my wildest dreams I'd talk about Taylor Swift on BreakPoint. Just look what you made me do.
Throughout this season of light for Christians and Jews, let us remember that the victory doesn't always go to the mighty and powerful.
I am delighted to retract my description of David Berkowitz as "evil." He is not who he was. His transformation shows that the gospel that changed Paul's life still changes lives today.
If you have suffered any abuse at the hands of any person, you must tell someone. The enemy loves to keep his lies in the dark where they flourish. Shine the light of truth on those lies about who you are
From the time they were very small, we taught our children to pray.
Everything points to sex, is marketed by sex, and is designed to make us think that sex should be the ultimate objective night and day.
A cycle of teen sex, low motivation, pregnancy, drug use, and poverty is crushing many rural areas.
Jesus Christ is ultimately the solution to the racial divide in America. As Isaiah the prophet foretold: "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called 'Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.'"
Let's face it: For some of us, there's just no pleasure to be found in a cold, heartless gym. But it doesn't have to be that way. I recently met a fellow who has created a different kind of gym experience: one designed to meet our need for exercise and our need for companionship and spiritual growth.
It seems to me that four factors influenced the outcome. I predict that these same factors will continue to be relevant to American elections for the foreseeable future.
Advent — the traditional lead-up to Christmas — has been buried under a pile of twinkle lights, plastic reindeer, and the Grinch. Advent has vanished, culturally speaking.
Hanukkah is a holiday of hope, one that teaches us that there is no limit to what we can accomplish when we let God be our guiding light and do our best to shine our own.
Was this a vote against Trump and therefore part of a larger, national shift, a precursor of things to come?
We've given a wry smile at an offensive joke, instead of saying that it was inappropriate. We've put up with the sly sexual comments, instead of standing our ground and calling it out.
In a decision handed down Monday night, the city council for Hartford, Conn., authorized a new regulation that will force the city's only pro-life pregnancy center to post signage meant to turn women away from its life-saving services.
In times of discontent one has to go straight to the Father to down on his lap, cry if needed be. Then sit and let gratefulness be known. From a place of thankfulness ask him to fill the cup with the things that may be absent.