U.S. pastor Saeed Abedini was robbed at knifepoint at Iran's Rajai Shahr prison, the American Center for Law and Justice confirmed, sparking further fears for his life.
World's Church Leaders Pray People Will Follow Nelson Mandela's Example of 'Justice and Common Good'
Church leaders around the world have paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, with Pope Francis praying that people will follow the example of justice and common good set forth by South Africa's first-ever black president.
A Christ-centered network of microfinance institutions is helping to provide life-changing mobile banking services in greatly impoverished communities in Rwanda so that people could find more security in life.
North Korea Satellite Images Expose Vast Prison Camps Where Prisoners, Children Are Held in 'Horrific Conditions'
International human rights group Amnesty International has obtained satellite images of North Korea that expose some of its largest prison camps, where hundreds of thousands of people, including children, are believed to be kept "in horrific conditions."
Evangelical churches throughout Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, partnered with local authorities recently to exchange gang members' illegal weapons for Bibles in an attempt to reduce the country's crime rate.
American Teacher Killed in Benghazi; Texas Father Shot Dead in Libya One Week Before Returning Home for Christmas
An American chemistry teacher working abroad in Benghazi, Libya was shot and killed by gunmen Thursday during his routine jog near the U.S. Consulate, security sources in the country confirmed Thursday.
World's Oldest, Rarest Biblical Texts to Be Placed Online Through Vatican, Oxford University Project
The Vatican Library and Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University have collaborated on a major digitization project to bring some of the world's oldest and rarest biblical texts online for people around the world to see.
World Round Up
A Mockery of Poverty: Rich Tourists Paying to Live Like the Poor in 'Luxury Shanty Town' in South Africa Causes Online Uproar
A luxury hotel in South Africa has drawn the ire of the Internet world for offering tourists the chance to experience shanty town life in that country without a taste of the attendant challenges of the poor who live in them for real.
While division and fighting abounds in a country of more than 450 tribes, more than 95 percent of the country professes Christianity--Village Peace Committees help give churches the tools and frameworks to make peace a reality.
The Lebanese Forces Party (LFP) has called on the United Nations to help protect holy places, archaeological sites, priests and nuns in Syria following recent attacks.
Members of the government of the Republic of Turkey have expressed consideration in turning a notable landmark that was once a church into a mosque.
7-Year Old Indian Christian Boy Brutally Tortured - Toes Broken, Neck Cut - for His Family's Faith in Jesus Christ
A Christian missions organization believes that a seven-year-old Indian Christian boy who was drowned and tortured earlier this month was killed because of his religion.
When going to a tavern or night club and looking upon the muscle hired to keep order, few would imagine that one of them may one day become a globally influential spiritual leader.
Croatians voted against same-sex marriage in a national referendum Sunday, breaking the recent trend of European countries moving away from traditional marriage, and going against the views of their president and prime minister.
Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for a 25-minute closed-door exchange in the Vatican on Monday.
A recently published study by Chinese researchers may provide definitive evidence for the pro-life claim that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer.
An influential aboriginal tribal group in southern India has lodged a formal police complaint seeking penal action against missionaries for allegedly converting more than 1,000 original indigenous families to Christianity by "allurement" and "brainwashing."
Church of England to 'Repent' of Homophobia, But Argues Traditional Teaching on Marriage Is Not Homophobic
The Church of England said it would "repent" for its previous homophobia in a major new report on human sexuality, but rejected the idea that traditional teachings on marriage should be seen as homophobic.
Mexican Man Gets New Grip on Life With First Successful Double Arm Transplant in Latin America (Watch)
Gabriel Granados, 53, suffered a massive electric shock while working at a construction site in 2011 that left him so badly burned doctors were forced to cut off both his hands below the elbow. Thanks to the marvel of modern medicine, however, Granados is sporting a new pair of arms and hands he got last May.
Want to Be the Next Katniss, Spider-Man or Robin Hood? New Devotional Instructs Readers on How to Become Heroes
For anyone who has found themselves mulling over or emulating particular character traits of film, comic and book protagonists, Kristen Parrish's new devotional book, "No Cape Required," offers readers an opportunity to reflect on the lives and decisions of 52 heroes, drawing out a particularly noteworthy quality in each.
Hillsong just announced the 2014 Hillsong Conference in New York City will be on October 16-18th at the Theater in Madison Square Garden.
The former NFL quarterback and currently unemployed player Tim Tebow may have several job offers - in the broadcasting world - starting in 2014.
Disney's new musical, "Frozen," may have done well at the box office, but it failed to convince all Christian reviewers. While some hailed the film as a masterpiece of sacrificial love, others attacked it as a lower quality cartoon.
Rapper Earl Simmons, known by his stage name DMX, has announced his plans to release a Gospel song entitled "Never Give Up." DMX has previously credited his Christian faith for helping him through his ongoing struggles with substance abuse and legal troubles.
The History Channel, home to the epic "The Bible" miniseries, is reportedly set to begin working on a new series about Jesus' childhood and the years not covered in the Bible. "The Lost Years" seeks to cover Jesus' life from the age of 13 until his ministry at age 30 and may seek to portray him as an exorcist, given the producer and writers' histories in the horror genre and the stories of exorcism taken from the Bible.
Steven Curtis Chapman Announces 'The Glorious Unfolding' 2014 Spring Tour With Josh Wilson and The Afters
Christian singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman finished up his highly successful "The Glorious Unfolding Tour," along with Laura Story and Jason Gray and is now ready to announce his spring tour.
Christian rock band Switchfoot will be releasing their debut feature film, Fading West, on Dec. 10 via video streaming platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Instant Video, Cable Movies on Demand, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation, Cinemanow, and Vudu with digital entertainment curator FilmBuff.
How crazy did Americans become about the Robertson family this year? If Yahoo search data is any evidence – very.
Trinity Broadcasting Network is set to air a TV special to honor the life of its co-founder, Dr. Paul Crouch, who died on Saturday, but there will be no public memorial service, as per his wishes.
Florida families hoping to catch Disney's latest movie "Frozen" were recently horrified when the theater showed several minutes of a sexually explicit scene.
It began harmlessly enough—just a little bit of numbness in three toes. At first it was no more than an annoyance, but then the numbness spread to her foot and began to creep upward. Soon it was accompanied by fatigue, nausea, headaches.
Yeah, I didn’t know either until a couple years ago. I was at work finishing up a few things during the late afternoon on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and one of my co-workers popped his head in my cubicle to tell me he ...
This past week was filled with news stories and personal recollections of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas fifty years ago. What you didn’t hear in the news, though, were accounts from people claiming that JFK had survived Oswald’s bullets and recovered to resume his presidency and...
Do You Have Faith? If So Why Are You So Restless? Sometimes our walk here on this earth is hard Really Hard.
Perhaps a bit of an obscure question but think about with me for a moment. Are You REALLY a Christian if You Do Not Share Your Faith? Sometimes debating a particular point or position is silly.
By Rick McDaniel
Christmas can be a very stressful time. It is a frenzied season full of expectations and obligations. Decorations need to be put up, baking has to be done, presents have to be purchased and relatives must be visited. It is quite possible that in a season where you should experience peace and joy you may miss out on all of it. Here are ten steps you can take to manage your stress this Christmas season.
By Dan Delzell
By Larry Tomczak
Surviving and even thriving in the midst of today's economic upheaval is the challenging task we all face. Many churches in addressing financial matters will focus on the area of giving the tithe, which is paramount, yet oftentimes overlook what God says about handling the other 90 percent. As a result, millions of people look to financial counselors like Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman or secular forecasters for guidance and help.
By Jerry Newcombe
By Todd Starnes
By Phil Cooke
By Eric Metaxas
You'd think that Christians would be completely safe in the land of Gandhi. Unfortunately, you'd be wrong. If I asked you to name the country that has witnessed the single greatest outburst of anti-Christian violence in recent years, you'd probably guess somewhere like North Korea or an Islamic country such as Egypt.
By Thom S. Rainer
In early 1984, I began serving as a pastor for the first time. I would ultimately serve four churches as a pastor and nine churches as an interim pastor. In 1984 I was a young 28-year-old pastor without a clue. Today I am 58-years-old, and I'm still not sure I have a clue. So much has changed. So much has changed in pastoring in just thirty years. Let's look at major ways the pastorate has changed in that time.
By Daniel Pipes
By Nate Kellum
By Eric Metaxas
We're at war. Or at least, war is being waged on our brothers and sisters in Christ across the globe. Sometime in November, the North Korean regime publicly executed eighty people in seven cities across the country. In each instance, a crowd was forced to watch as ten people, their heads covered with white bags, were tied to stakes and machine gunned to death.
By Harry R. Jackson, Jr.
By Susan Stamper Brown
By Scottie Hughes
Black Friday marks the official start of Christmas shopping season. Unfortunately, there's always that one present under the tree you wish you hadn't received. And then, under every American's tree this year, is the gift that keeps on giving, from the taker who keeps on taking: The President's present of Obamacare.
By Greg Laurie
For those who have lost a loved one, as my family has, Christmas can be really difficult, especially because it is so filled with memories. So many of those memories are triggered. And when you see other people having fun, it can actually bring a lot of sadness to you. It can even bring you to the point where you would just like to skip Christmas altogether. Have you ever wanted to cancel Christmas? I have.
By Joyce Meyer
When we enter into a relationship with God, we experience a divine exchange where He takes our sin and gives us His righteousness. He also puts the seed of the Fruit of the Spirit in us (see Galatians 5:22-23). But in order for this fruit to grow in our lives, we have to study the Word and spend time with God so He can do this work in our soul.
By Charles Stanley
Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians addressed a problem in the church. People valued only certain gifts and were focused on who had which ones. Believers with the "better" gifts were esteemed above others, while those with "lesser" abilities weren't considered as important. Spiritual pride was rampant, which is a problem that can still occur in the church today. We should remember:
By Nate Kellum
Should a clergy's prayers be subject to censorship if given to solemnize a public meeting? A powerful atheist group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU), thinks so, and has convinced a federal appellate court to enforce this sort of oversight. But the question is now squarely before the U.S. Supreme Court, having heard oral arguments earlier this month.
By Raymond Ibrahim
Time and again, Muslims, especially those in Egypt, project Islamic thinking onto Christians: thus the Coptic church has been accused of smuggling and storing weapons in its churches to take over the nation; of kidnapping and torturing Coptic girls who convert to Islam; and even of supporting suicide-attacks when the church speaks of Copts being martyred.
By Anugrah Kumar