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South Korea Ferry Disaster Leaves 4 Dead; Urgent Search for Nearly 300 Missing

By Stoyan Zaimov

Four people have been confirmed dead and 284 are still missing after the South Korean ferry "Sewol" sank off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul on Wednesday.

Boko Haram Kidnaps Nearly 200 School Girls in Nigeria; Parents Facing 'Nightmare'

By Stoyan Zaimov

Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped nearly 200 girls from a boarding school in northeastern Nigeria.

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A church in Rukore, Uganda in 2011.

Former Muslim's Relatives Attempt to Poison Him After He Converted to Follow Jesus in Uganda

By Morgan Lee

A Ugandan man who converted to Christianity from Islam over 10 years ago has accused his relatives of trying to poison him to death late last month as retribution for his conversion.

The roughly two million or so transgendered people in India will be recognized as a third gender following a ruling by India's Supreme Court.

Malta has become the 22nd European country to recognize same-sex unions and the 10th to allow gay couples to adopt children following a parliament vote, going against the warnings of the Roman Catholic Church, which is the official state religion.

People in North and South American who stayed up between 2 and 4:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning were able to catch the best view of the the "blood moon" lunar-eclipse, though those who missed it will have a follow-up opportunity in the near future.

The controversial "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" ancient papyrus is not a modern-day forgery, according to newly published research in the Harvard Theological Review which insists that the fragment where Jesus supposedly mentions His wife dates between the sixth to ninth centuries CE.

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Residents walk on rubble in a damaged street in Aleppo\'s district of Bustan al-Basha September 8, 2012.

Christian Town of Maaloula Recaptured by Syrian Army

By Katherine Weber

The Syrian Army has recaptured the Christian town of Maaloula, along with the nearby villages of Sarkha and Jibbeh, from rebel forces, its state media announced Monday.

As Uganda continues to face international outrage over its Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was signed into law earlier this year, The Christian Post sought to get a better understanding of not only the bill but also how the churches in the East African country came to support it.

Defense lawyers for Singapore megachurch pastor Kong Hee have insisted that no evidence exists to prove that he and five other City Harvest Church leaders misused church funds to pay for the popstar career of Kong's wife, singer Sun Ho, as the trial entered its 42nd day.

The crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate with reports of pro-Russian separatists taking a government building in the city of Luhansk and declaring independence in Donetsk. The latest event sparks fears that other Ukrainian territories might break away, much like the annexation of Crimea last month.

Ukraine's interim government has asked the United Nations to send peacekeeping troops in an effort to confront pro-Russian separatists who have gained an increasing amount of control in the country's eastern regions in recent days.

A gay priest has become the first to defy the Church of England and marry his long-time partner following Britain's legalization of same-sex marriage. A conservative group has warned that there will be a "crisis" for the church if it fails to take disciplinary action.

Seventy-one people were killed and 124 were injured in a bus bombing attack in Abuja, Nigeria, on Monday. A Roman Catholic priest stated that Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram is likely the culprit.

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Climate Change Action: Faith Community Called to Lead by Example

Pro-environment groups are calling on the faith community to come together and lead by example when it comes to taking action on climate change issues.

Jesus Beats Communism on Chinese Social Media

A Chinese social media survey from the beginning of April suggests that there may be more online conversations about Christianity than Communism.

David Cameron Says Britain Must Stand Up Against Global Christian Persecution, Urges Increased Evangelism

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said Christianity is now the most persecuted religion around the world, and that Britain should be "unashamed" in standing up against persecution of Christians and other religious groups.

Pope Francis Warns Satan Exists in 21st Century; Says Christians Live in Constant Battle Against Evil

Pope Francis has rejected the idea that it is "old-fashioned" to speak of Satan in the 21st century, warning that Christians live in constant battle against evil and urging people to turn to the Gospel to learn how to fight against temptations.

Rick Warren to Preach Easter Services at Hollywood High; Saddleback Church Launches Los Angeles Campus

Saddleback Church founder Pastor Rick Warren plans to preach at two Easter Sunday worship services at Hollywood High School as part of launching a church campus in Los Angeles.

Bible Losing Influence in American Culture, Says Poll: Millennials Think Its 'Just Another Piece of Literature'

The Bible is apparently losing its in influence in American culture, according to a new State of the Bible survey.

Nanci Pelosi Suggests Race is Why US Republicans Block Immigration Reform

Nancy Pelosi suggested that the reason substantive immigration reform hasn't been passed in Congress is because Republican members are racist. The GOP claims that they are committed to immigration reform, but have cited the President's record on enforcing current laws as the reason change hasn't been enacted.

Christian Planned Parenthood Exec Challenges Misconceptions About America's Leading Abortion Provider

Alexis McGill Johnson, a self-professed Christian who is also the chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation's leading reproductive healthcare and abortion provider, told The Christian Post Thursday that many Christians don't believe that abortion services were accessed by only 10 percent of the nonprofit's clients. She also insisted that decisions to terminate a pregnancy should "be left to a woman, her doctor and her God" and not a politician.

Gay Advocates Hurl Feces-Stained Bible Pages at Christians for Protesting Teaching of Homosexuality in German Schools

Gay advocates in Germany reportedly attacked Christian parents with "little bags of feces" and feces-stained pages ripped from the Bible for protesting a new government sex education program in schools that seeks to teach students about homosexuality.

Oscar Pistorius Apologizes to Family for Killing Reeva Steenkamp; Tells Court 'I'm Scared to Sleep'

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, who is accused in the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, started his testimony at his murder trial Monday by apologizing to the family of Steenkamp, and said, "I'm scared to sleep. I have terrible nightmares ..."

Rwandan Genocide 20th Anniversary: Survivor Talks Forgiving the Man Who Murdered His Family

To mark Monday's 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, where close to 800,000 people were killed, one survivor working with Operation Christmas Child has shared his personal story of visiting and forgiving the people who murdered his family. He also revealed that the country has experienced remarkable healing and growth in the past couple of decades.

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Disney Is Tolerant of Anything in Its Movies...Except God - 'Frozen' and 'Book of Mormon' Songwriters Reveal

By Morgan Lee

The husband and wife team behind the Oscar-winning Frozen said on Thursday that while Disney is open to bringing in the talents of a diverse list of songwriters, God is the only thing that they have seen censored since they have worked there.

'Heaven is For Real' opens in theaters on April 16th and tells the story of the Burpo family whose son Colton experienced a vision where he traveled to heaven and met Jesus when he was just 4 years old.

"Duck Dynasty" star Miss Kay has chosen to go public about one of the most painful times in her life – the time she was accused by husband Phil Robertson of having an affair. That led Kay to seriously consider suicide, but by the grace of God, she was relieved of that thought and she and Phil have since rebuilt their marriage.

Jon Stewart poked fun at religious conservatives unhappy with Darren Aronofsky's Noah on Tuesday night in a segment called "Haters of the Lost Ark."

A young, frustrated Mets fan is gaining attention and laughs on Twitter after reportedly writing to Jesus as part of a Sunday School assignment, asking why he made the New York Mets such a "bad" professional baseball team.

Two more Muslim majority countries have opted to ban Darren Aronofsky's Noah, citing concerns of unrest and fear of controversies.

Members of music groups 'N Sync, Sex Pistols, Destiny's Child and Incubus are set to star in the upcoming "Jesus Christ Superstar" North American tour, the controversial musical loosely based on the events leading up to and including the crucifixion.

Noah and God's Not Dead were among the top four grossing movies in a weekend that saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier take in $96.2 million.

Much like the men in their lives, Duck Dynasty's five leading ladies are outspoken about their faith in Jesus Christ and their desire to grow God's kingdom by sharing their testimonies with the people they meet. In their new book, "The Women of Duck Commander," Miss Kay, Lisa, Missy, Korie and Jessica share never-before-told stories about the Robertson family, and how their reliance on God has enabled them to persevere through life's unforeseen challenges, heartaches and strife.

The week of Noah's release, BibleGateway found that over 60 percent of respondents preferred Hollywood adaptions that strayed little from the story.

The BET Celebration of Gospel is not a new affair, but actress Taraji P. Henson is bringing a new twist to the show that she promises will leave viewers on the edge of their seats.

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He Couldn't Tell People About Jesus - and Then He Found This Unexpected Church (VIDEO)

Gayle Walls desperately wanted to share the Good News, but cerebral palsy obstructed his words. Now he's free to live out his greatest joy.

Prime Minister David Cameron Shares How Christianity Benefits Britain in Easter Message (VIDEO)

The leader commends the 'countless acts of kindness' by Christians and churches throughout the U.K. See his encouraging message.

Singing Priest Father Ray Kelly Amazes Another Wedding, Treating Church to 'You Raise Me Up'

The Irish priest hit viral stardom this week, and here's another soaring wedding performance.

Scientists Claim Controversial 'Gospel of Jesus's Wife' Papyrus Fragment is Likely Authentic, Not Fake

In 2012, the discovery of a papyrus fragment suggesting that Jesus had a wife ignited a firestorm in academic and theological circles. Now, scientists claim the controversial document is of authentic origin.

New 'Late Show' Host Stephen Colbert Asked 'What is God?' - Hear His Answer From Scripture (VIDEO)

The popular talk show host, known for satirical takedowns of conservative pundits, pulls from the Bible when asked an incredibly deep question about God.

How Should Christians Respond to People Claiming Errors and Contradictions in the Bible? (VIDEO)

Pastor and author Michael Lawrence advises believers on how to handle attacks on the inerrancy of Scripture.

Christian Comedian Tim Hawkins Makes Us Laugh About Praying Over Junk Food (VIDEO)

What do you pray when your meal contains an ungodly amount of salt and sugar? This hysterical comic has an idea.

Electronic Devices: Servants or Masters?

By Dr. Richard D. Land

Sometimes things come across your desk that stop you dead in your tracks, and you say, "That just can't be." And then you find out, "Yes, it can." This happened to me the other day when I read a news release that said that at least 40% of Americans (and 90% of under 30 millennials) are afflicted with "nomophobia"—the fear of not having, or losing, their smartphones.

Deception: Christian Publisher Sells Soul for Mammon

By Matt Barber

Matt Barber

WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group is planning to release, through its liberal sister imprint Convergent Books, a manuscript paradoxically titled God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.

How Modernity 'Radicalizes' Western Muslims

By Raymond Ibrahim

Raymond Ibrahim

A new Danish statistical study finds that "Muslims [are] 218 percent more criminal in second generation than first." While some of these crimes are clearly related to Islam—such as attacks on Muslim apostates to Christianity—others, such as rampant theft of non-Muslims, would appear banal, until one realizes that even robbery and plunder is justified by Islamic doctrine—as one UK Muslim cleric once clearly said.

Sebelius May Be Obama's Late Term Abortion

By Ron Hart

Ron Hart

Outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hopes ObamaCare covers injuries sustained from being shoved out a door.

Easter and the Persecuted Church: Time of Celebration, Danger

By Dr David Curry

David Curry Open Doors USA

For most Christians, Easter is much more than Easter egg hunts and new Sunday clothing to wear to church. Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. For the most part, Christians in the West flock to churches in safety.

Do We Really Need More Churches Planted in America?

By Greg Stier

Greg Stier

Right now there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America. Think about it this way: there are just over 10,000 Starbucks and well over 300,000 churches! So Starbucks can saturate the United States with caffeinated drinks but almost 30x's more churches can't saturate the United States with the Living Water. Seriously?

Reader's Digest Christianity

By Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

We read the story (or hear the sermons) and sing the song and make this whole account about Joshua and how he bravely fought the battle of Jericho and how as a result of his great faith, the walls came tumbling down and he led his people into the Promised Land. And then we turn it into nothing more than a moral lesson. When we read the story of Joshua this way, we demonstrate that we've completely missed the hinge on which this story turns.

The Year of the Bible in Hollywood?

By Janet Parshall

Janet Parshall

If Hollywood is right and this really is the Year of the Bible in movies, then it's not possible to talk about biblical films without highlighting the one movie that has impacted the world by changing the eternal destination of multiple millions.

Are American Pastors Prophetic or Just Professional?

By Larry Tomczak

Larry Tomczak

Last week another minister and I invested days in a major city trying to equip leaders on the radical gay agenda and how to respond. A recent Barna survey found 97 percent of pastors affirming gay marriage as wrong, yet only 31 percent plan to address the issue! How was the attendance for this well-publicized event?

Facts and Fallacies About Paycheck Fairness

By Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a lawyer, conservative political analyst and author of 20 books. She is the co-author, with George Neumayr, of the New York Times Best-Seller titled

President Barack Obama and his feminist friends have been trotting out their tiresome slogan that women are paid only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Every reputable scholar who has commented has proved that this is a notorious falsehood that anyone should be embarrassed to use.

Is Everything About to Change? The First of Four Blood Moons Occurs April 15

By John Hagee

John Hagee, founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, preaches a sermon tied to his new book Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change in a video trailer produced by Worthy Publishing.

Astronomical events have been making headlines lately. On April 8, the orbits of Mars, Earth, and the sun fell into a straight line in a rare cosmic alignment called an opposition. Precisely one week later, we will see the first of four extremely unusual total lunar eclipses.

Nobody Expects the Rainbow Inquisition

By Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas

For the past several decades, the scope of what constitutes protected and permissible speech has been narrowing. Views that were commonplace in 2008 are regarded as beyond the pale now. Evidently, the only way to get back into good graces is to publicly recant your position.

Your Spirit Cannot Breathe Without 'Spiritual Oxygen'

By Dan Delzell

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Without oxygen, your body will die. And without "spiritual oxygen," your spirit cannot come alive. Only the Lord can give life to your body. And only the Holy Spirit can give "spiritual oxygen" to your spirit. The Christian life is as miraculous as breath itself. Receiving life-giving oxygen into your spirit is as easy as taking your first breath after being born. It just happens.

Jesus Card Not Welcome In Nazareth School

By Todd Starnes

Todd Starnes

It's almost Easter, but an incident that occurred just before Valentine's Day crossed by desk — and it's got me fired up. A little boy cried after a Nazareth, Penn. teacher confiscated his Valentine's Day cards because they contained religious messages and a Bible verse about Jesus, a lawsuit filed this week in federal court alleges.

Who is Responsible for the Suffering of the Palestinians?

By Michael Brown

Michael Brown

There is no doubt that there is real suffering among the Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank (which is actually ancient Judea and Samaria). The question is who, precisely, is most responsible for their suffering?

What Would the Framers Think of Evicting Churches from NYC Schools?

By Jerry Newcombe

Jerry Newcombe

A new court ruling has determined that churches can no longer rent public school facilities. Churches in New York City can be evicted from the schools. Despite the good they do in the community, they could be out in the cold.

Poll Vaulting: Marriage Gets PR Boost

By Tony Perkins

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For former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, supporting marriage must feel like an awfully lonely position. But according to a new Rasmussen Poll, it's anything but. In what should be an eye-opening survey that the media will go out of its way to ignore, the survey house announced a flat-out tie between Americans who back same-sex "marriage" and those who don't.

Liberal, R.I.P.: A Grievous Obituary

By Wallace Henley

Wallace Henley Portrait

The noble word "Liberal" has died at the hands of executioners, full of years, but far too soon. A pretender has risen in its place, lurking and laughing Gollum-like behind the tombstones even as the corpse of the esteemed term, "Liberal," is borne to its resting place.

Ingratitude

By Greg Laurie

Greg Laurie

We cry out to God. He answers our prayers. Then we say, "It's okay, God! Everything seemed to work out." But do we ever stop and think that God might have worked through certain circumstances to come to our rescue?

Religious Liberty Protections Should Apply to Both Individuals and Corporations

By Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas

In the contraceptive mandate case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby—argued Tuesday, March 25th—the government asserts that corporations can't exercise religion because they're not people – and that the people who own corporations can't exercise religion through them because they aren't corporations. Did you follow that? Me neither. But it's true.

Sexual Atheism: Christian Dating Data Reveals a Deeper Spiritual Malaise

By Kenny Luck

Kenny Luck

The guy sitting across from me is a professing and practicing Christian. He drops by my office unannounced today to talk to me about his new online dating life. Specifically, he wants to talk about the over-willingness of Christian women he has encountered on several of his dates who want to jump right from a very public conversation and vanilla latte at Starbucks to very private whispers and physical exchanges between the sheets back at his place.

Christ's Megachurch Consists of Many Small Congregations

By Dan Delzell

Dan Delzell Portrait Seagreen Background

Much ado is made over megachurches these days, but did you know that there is really only one true megachurch?

The Civil Rights Act: 50 Years On

By Dr. Richard D. Land

Richard Land Portrait

I believe the vast majority of Americans are disappointed in the degree of racial division, mistrust, and misunderstanding that still plagues American society. And I further believe that disappointment and discontent stretches through all ethnic groups and generations in American society.

The Narcissistic Christian Leader

By Thom S. Rainer

Thom Rainer

Narcissism should not be said in the same breath as Christian. The former is love of self; the latter is love of God in Jesus Christ. But the sad reality is that narcissism can and often does creep into the lives of many Christian leaders.

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