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Man accused of killing woman in church shouldn't be held criminally responsible, lawyer says
Man accused of killing woman in church shouldn't be held criminally responsible, lawyer says

'Dictatorships Have Tried to Do This Kind of Thing': Pope Slams EU for Swapping Christmas for 'Watered-Down Secularism'
'Dictatorships Have Tried to Do This Kind of Thing': Pope Slams EU for Swapping Christmas for 'Watered-Down Secularism'

Attacks on India's Christians Increase with Proposal of New Law: Region Has 'Lost its Humanity'
Attacks on India's Christians Increase with Proposal of New Law: Region Has 'Lost its Humanity'

3 more missionaries kidnapped in Haiti released; prayers urged for release of remaining 12
3 more missionaries kidnapped in Haiti released; prayers urged for release of remaining 12

Chicago Pastor Camps Out for 100 Days to Raise Awareness about Gun Violence
Chicago Pastor Camps Out for 100 Days to Raise Awareness about Gun Violence

Threatening Letters Terrorize Christians in Northwest Nigeria
Threatening Letters Terrorize Christians in Northwest Nigeria

Pastor in Nepal sentenced to 2 years in prison for saying prayer can heal COVID-19
Pastor in Nepal sentenced to 2 years in prison for saying prayer can heal COVID-19

Gospel Singer Kirk Franklin Produces First-Ever Gospel Christmas Movie
Gospel Singer Kirk Franklin Produces First-Ever Gospel Christmas Movie

U.N. Passes Controversial Resolution Calling Temple Mount Only by its Muslim Name
U.N. Passes Controversial Resolution Calling Temple Mount Only by its Muslim Name

Most Catholics, mainline Protestants say faith in God not required to enter Heaven: study
Most Catholics, mainline Protestants say faith in God not required to enter Heaven: study

Evangelist, Daystar Television Founder Marcus Lamb Passes Away from COVID-19 at 64
Evangelist, Daystar Television Founder Marcus Lamb Passes Away from COVID-19 at 64

Progressive church groups spread misinformation in wake of Rittenhouse verdict
Progressive church groups spread misinformation in wake of Rittenhouse verdict

Social Media Star Who Was Censored for Sharing Biblical Beliefs on Marriage Wins Big Ruling
Social Media Star Who Was Censored for Sharing Biblical Beliefs on Marriage Wins Big Ruling

16 pastors falsely accused of disturbing peace after 40-strong Hindu mob storms church
16 pastors falsely accused of disturbing peace after 40-strong Hindu mob storms church

Convicted sex offender on the run for 20 years found living new life as pastor in Alabama
Convicted sex offender on the run for 20 years found living new life as pastor in Alabama

Family of beloved Minnesota pastor killed in DUI accident forgives drunk driver in courtroom
Family of beloved Minnesota pastor killed in DUI accident forgives drunk driver in courtroom

10 Christians killed by militant herdsmen in overnight raid in Nigeria; over 100 homes burned
10 Christians killed by militant herdsmen in overnight raid in Nigeria; over 100 homes burned

Animist Villagers in India Force Christians to Exhume Body
Animist Villagers in India Force Christians to Exhume Body

Target, Walgreens named to ‘naughty’ list of companies accused of ‘censoring’ Christmas
Target, Walgreens named to ‘naughty’ list of companies accused of ‘censoring’ Christmas

Biden Bill Forces Faith-Based Child Care to Affirm LGBT Ideology or Lose Federal Funding
Biden Bill Forces Faith-Based Child Care to Affirm LGBT Ideology or Lose Federal Funding

Historic Bail for Nurses Charged with Blasphemy in Pakistan, Lawyer Says
Historic Bail for Nurses Charged with Blasphemy in Pakistan, Lawyer Says

'I'm Thankful That God's Love Sustained Me': Christian Florist Concludes Lengthy Court Battle with Same-Sex Couple
'I'm Thankful That God's Love Sustained Me': Christian Florist Concludes Lengthy Court Battle with Same-Sex Couple

2 kidnapped missionaries freed in Haiti, Christian Aid Ministries says
2 kidnapped missionaries freed in Haiti, Christian Aid Ministries says

Catholic Student Suspended from Sports Team for Saying There 'Are Only Two Genders' Files Lawsuit against School
Catholic Student Suspended from Sports Team for Saying There 'Are Only Two Genders' Files Lawsuit against School

NYC pastor who ran over, used machete to hack estranged wife to death pleads guilty
NYC pastor who ran over, used machete to hack estranged wife to death pleads guilty

Christian students in Egypt beaten at school, ordered by teachers to remove all jewelry bearing a cross
Christian students in Egypt beaten at school, ordered by teachers to remove all jewelry bearing a cross

LGBTQ+ Organization Holds Gay History Month Drag Show at Georgia Methodist Church
LGBTQ+ Organization Holds Gay History Month Drag Show at Georgia Methodist Church

69-Year-Old Woman Is Found Murdered inside Baltimore Church
69-Year-Old Woman Is Found Murdered inside Baltimore Church

Christian Florist agrees to pay $5k to end lawsuit over refusal to serve gay wedding
Christian Florist agrees to pay $5k to end lawsuit over refusal to serve gay wedding

'I made a deal with God': Nigerian Christian girl details harrowing escape from Boko Haram
'I made a deal with God': Nigerian Christian girl details harrowing escape from Boko Haram

DC Church Offers Free Gas to 250 Drivers, 8 People Come to Christ
DC Church Offers Free Gas to 250 Drivers, 8 People Come to Christ

Record levels of pastors, more than half of mainline preachers ‘seriously considering’ quitting: study
Record levels of pastors, more than half of mainline preachers ‘seriously considering’ quitting: study

Christian Teacher Wins Settlement, Gets Job Back in Transgender Policy Dispute: 'We Are Very Pleased'
Christian Teacher Wins Settlement, Gets Job Back in Transgender Policy Dispute: 'We Are Very Pleased'

First-ever 'Video Bible' app to illustrate God's Word, make Scripture more accessible
First-ever 'Video Bible' app to illustrate God's Word, make Scripture more accessible

John Hagee's Cornerstone Church criticized after ‘Let’s go Brandon’ chant erupts at event
John Hagee's Cornerstone Church criticized after ‘Let’s go Brandon’ chant erupts at event

Family of 12-y-o Christian girl held captive by Muslim man in Pakistan fear she's being forced into Islamic marriage
Family of 12-y-o Christian girl held captive by Muslim man in Pakistan fear she's being forced into Islamic marriage

Pastor, WWII Veteran Credits God for His Long Life as He Nears 100 Years Old
Pastor, WWII Veteran Credits God for His Long Life as He Nears 100 Years Old

Catholic Bishops Debate Holy Communion Rules That Could Affect Biden
Catholic Bishops Debate Holy Communion Rules That Could Affect Biden

More Young American Adults, Especially the Religiously Devout, Are Choosing Abstinence
More Young American Adults, Especially the Religiously Devout, Are Choosing Abstinence

Pastor Slain for Refusing to Remove Church Building in Eastern Uganda
Pastor Slain for Refusing to Remove Church Building in Eastern Uganda

Iranian authorities order pastor back to prison to serve 5-year sentence after temporary reprieve
Iranian authorities order pastor back to prison to serve 5-year sentence after temporary reprieve

House Republicans condemn Finland's prosecution of Christian MP over beliefs on sexuality
House Republicans condemn Finland's prosecution of Christian MP over beliefs on sexuality

Myanmar military shells Catholic cathedral for second time in 5 months
Myanmar military shells Catholic cathedral for second time in 5 months

South England Church Combines Christianity and Heavy Metal Music to Introduce Metal Fans to Christ
South England Church Combines Christianity and Heavy Metal Music to Introduce Metal Fans to Christ

Muslim Extremists Suspected in Killing of Church Elder in Uganda
Muslim Extremists Suspected in Killing of Church Elder in Uganda

'Depart Haiti now,’ US gov’t tells Americans; evangelical pastor shot, child killed
'Depart Haiti now,’ US gov’t tells Americans; evangelical pastor shot, child killed

Magic Johnson Reflects on Living with HIV for 30 Years: 'I Thank the Lord for Keeping Me'
Magic Johnson Reflects on Living with HIV for 30 Years: 'I Thank the Lord for Keeping Me'

Christian actor sues for religious discrimination after firing from Broadway play
Christian actor sues for religious discrimination after firing from Broadway play

Biden admin. to rescind Trump-era religious exemptions for federal contractors
Biden admin. to rescind Trump-era religious exemptions for federal contractors

'He Wanted to Kill': Hero Pastor Tackles Crazed Gunman, Saves Praying Church Members
'He Wanted to Kill': Hero Pastor Tackles Crazed Gunman, Saves Praying Church Members

At least some of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti still alive, US official says
At least some of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti still alive, US official says

At least some of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti still alive, US official says

At least some of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti still alive, US official says
Christian Aid Ministries' headquarters in Ohio. | Christian Aid Ministries

At least some of the 17 missionaries kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang in Haiti, whose leader Wilson Joseph has threatened to kill them if he is not paid a $17 million in ransom, have been confirmed alive, a senior official in the Biden administration says.

An unnamed official told Reuters that the U.S. government had seen proof that at least some of the 16 Americans and one Canadian are still alive some three weeks after being kidnapped while serving with the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries.

The statement comes in the wake of the Ministry of Defense in Haiti’s neighboring Dominican Republic confirming last Thursday that five U.S. helicopters likely on their way to Haiti on a...More



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'He Wanted to Kill': Hero Pastor Tackles Crazed Gunman, Saves Praying Church Members

'He Wanted to Kill': Hero Pastor Tackles Crazed Gunman, Saves Praying Church Members
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One Nashville pastor has no doubt in God’s power after he successfully tackled a gunman as he marched toward the altar at the front of the church’s sanctuary.

On Sunday, Ezekiel Ndikumana, the heroic pastor of Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church, lunged toward 26-year-old gunman Dezire Baganda after Baganda walked up to the altar and told everyone at the worship service to get up, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

“He wanted to kill,” Ndikumana told local news outlet WKRN-TV, the pastor’s comments being translated by choir member Nzojibugami Noe. “That’s what first came to my mind. … He was standing in the front of almost everybody. No one...More



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Biden admin. to rescind Trump-era religious exemptions for federal contractors

Biden admin. to rescind Trump-era religious exemptions for federal contractors
The Frances Perkins Building of the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. | Wikimedia Commons / Ed Brown

The Biden administration has proposed narrowing the religious exemptions to federal discrimination law given to entities that contract with the federal government, which currently allows them to uphold religious convictions in certain hiring decisions.

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, a U.S. Department of Labor division, has proposed rescinding a federal contractor rule adopted under President Donald Trump in 2020.

In the proposed rule change, published in the Federal Register Tuesday, the OFCCP argued that the Trump administration rule was too broad compared to previous administrations and ran afoul of discrimination measures governing...More



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Wed, November 10, 2021 2:42pm
 
Christian actor sues for religious discrimination after firing from Broadway play

Christian actor sues for religious discrimination after firing from Broadway play
Actor Chad Kimball attends a special performance of “Memphis” on Broadway for Inspire Change at Shubert Theatre on February 3, 2011, in New York City. | Getty Images/Slaven Vlasic

A 2010 Tony Award nominee filed a lawsuit claiming discrimination following his firing from the Broadway show “Come From Away” after he voiced his objection to a state mandate prohibiting singing in worship settings and questions were raised about his beliefs.

Actor Chad Kimball, nominated for a Tony for his role in the Broadway show “Memphis,” filed a lawsuit late last month in New York state court against Kiss The Cod Broadway and its management company, Alchemy Production Group. He claims he was let go from the “Come From Away” production over his religious beliefs....More



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Thu, November 11, 2021 11:01am
 
Magic Johnson Reflects on Living with HIV for 30 Years: 'I Thank the Lord for Keeping Me'

Magic Johnson Reflects on Living with HIV for 30 Years: 'I Thank the Lord for Keeping Me'


Los Angeles Lakers legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson recently recognized the 30th anniversary of his retirement from the NBA following his HIV diagnosis.

On Sunday, Johnson, now 62, took to social media to reflect on how God has used the past three decades of his life.

"God has really blessed me! Today marks 30 years living with HIV, so the message resonated with me in such a tremendous way. I thank the Lord for keeping me, giving me strength, and guiding me for 62 years but especially the last 30," Johnson wrote in a series of tweets.

"Through it all, I learned to trust in Jesus, and I learned to trust in God!" he added.

When Johnson announced his retirement on Nov. 7, 1991, he was one of the top stars in the NBA, having...More



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Thu, November 11, 2021 11:44am
 
'Depart Haiti now,’ US gov’t tells Americans; evangelical pastor shot, child killed

'Depart Haiti now,’ US gov’t tells Americans; evangelical pastor shot, child killed
A man films himself in front of tires on fire during a general strike launched by several professional associations and companies to denounce insecurity in Port-au-Prince on October 18, 2021. A nationwide general strike emptied the streets of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince on Monday with organizers denouncing the rapidly disintegrating security situation highlighted by the kidnapping of American and Canadian missionaries at the weekend. The kidnapping of 17 adults and children by one of Haiti's brazen criminal gangs underlined the country's troubles following the assassination of president Jovenel Mose in July and amid mounting lawlessness in the Western hemisphere's poorest nation. | RICHARD PIERRIN/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. State Department urged Americans to “depart Haiti...More



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Fri, November 12, 2021 1:34pm
 
Muslim Extremists Suspected in Killing of Church Elder in Uganda

Muslim Extremists Suspected in Killing of Church Elder in Uganda

Muslim extremists in eastern Uganda are suspected in the killing of a 60-year-old Christian elder who had led Muslims to Christ, sources said.

The decapitated body of Alex Mukasa of Busandha B village, Bukoova Town council in Luuka District, was found on Oct. 17. He had left home on Oct. 16 and did not return that day as expected, his brother said.

“I waited for my brother, but he never returned back home,” Elukana Kyotanalya told Morning Star News. “It was at 7 a.m. on Oct. 17 when I got information that his motorcycle was abandoned along the Bukoova road, and that his body was beheaded and dumped in a sugarcane plantation. The assailants carried away his head.”

Mukasa, elder of an area Church of Christ congregation, had received threats from local Muslims that...More



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Fri, November 12, 2021 1:53pm
 
South England Church Combines Christianity and Heavy Metal Music to Introduce Metal Fans to Christ

South England Church Combines Christianity and Heavy Metal Music to Introduce Metal Fans to Christ

A South England church plant is incorporating faith and heavy metal music to draw metal fans to Christ.

The church, called Fire and Blood, was started by friends Rob Byrne, Roger Kiralfy and George Papachristodoulou. The three friends are all Christians and lovers of metal music.

"I was exploring metal and the Christian faith and how they can work together," Papachristodoulou told BBC South East in a recent interview.

"I think that God placed me in the area to start a metal community based on the Christian faith," he added.

In the BBC interview, the group also addressed the common misconception that metal is incompatible with Christianity.

"If you encounter music that you feel, for whatever reason, is leading you away...More



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Fri, November 12, 2021 2:51pm
 
Myanmar military shells Catholic cathedral for second time in 5 months

Myanmar military shells Catholic cathedral for second time in 5 months
This aerial photo taken on October 29, 2021, show smokes and fires from Thantlang, in Chin State, where more than 160 buildings have been destroyed caused by shelling from Junta military troops, according to local media. | STR/AFP via Getty Images

Myanmar’s security forces reportedly shelled a Catholic cathedral in the northeastern Shan state for the second time in five months as they continue to fight local militias, targeating Catholic churches and convents and displacing more than 10,000 people.

The military fired heavy artillery targeting Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in the Diocese of Pekhon last Tuesday, days after shelling the convent of the Sisters of Zetaman, which is housed in a Marian shrine, Catholic News Service reported.

The shelling damaged the windows and...More



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Mon, November 15, 2021 9:38am
 
House Republicans condemn Finland's prosecution of Christian MP over beliefs on sexuality

House Republicans condemn Finland's prosecution of Christian MP over beliefs on sexuality
Finnish Member of Parliament, Päivi Räsänen. | ADF International

Six members of Congress have condemned Finland for prosecuting a Christian politician who is facing six years in prison for sharing her biblical beliefs on sexuality and marriage, voicing their concern with the top federal religious freedom advisory committee.

Led by Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, the Republican House members sent a letter to Nadine Maenza, the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, on Wednesday.

They condemned the prosecutions of Parliament Member Päivi Räsänen and Evangelical Lutheran Mission Bishop Juhana Pohjola, which they argue to be “infringements on religious freedom.”

Räsänen has been charged with three counts of ethnic...More



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Iranian authorities order pastor back to prison to serve 5-year sentence after temporary reprieve

Iranian authorities order pastor back to prison to serve 5-year sentence after temporary reprieve
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Iranian authorities have ordered a pastor from the Church of Iran denomination to return to prison to begin serving a five-year sentence for “sectarian activities,” indicating that Christian persecution might be intensifying after a brief respite due to the spread of COVID-19 that led authorities to temporarily release many people from prison.

Pastor Amin Khaki is now in prison in Karaj, the capital of Alborz Province near Tehran, after last Wednesday’s summon, the U.K.-based group Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported.

Pastor Khaki, along with two other Iranian Christians, Milad Goudarzi and Alireza Nourmohammadi, stood trial in Karaj in June. They...More



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Pastor Slain for Refusing to Remove Church Building in Eastern Uganda

Pastor Slain for Refusing to Remove Church Building in Eastern Uganda

Saying a church pastor would “face the wrath from Allah” for refusing to remove his church building, Muslim extremists in eastern Uganda on Oct. 26 killed him on his animals’ grazing fields, sources said.

Pastor Stephen Lugwire of Bunangwe estate in the predominantly Muslim area of Nangonde, Namutumba District, had gone to his fields with his 23-year-old daughter at about 6:30 p.m. when he was killed, she said. He was 58.

While Pastor Lugwire was untying his sheep from a tree trunk, three men dressed in Islamic attire shouted at them in a language unknown to her, said his daughter, Brenda Lugwire. They were brandishing long knives and blunt objects, and one yelled that Pastor Lugwire was a “kafir,” or infidel, who had harmed the religion of Allah, she...More



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More Young American Adults, Especially the Religiously Devout, Are Choosing Abstinence

More Young American Adults, Especially the Religiously Devout, Are Choosing Abstinence

According to the 2021 General Society Survey by NORC at the University of Chicago, more young American adults under 35 years of age are having less sex than in past generations, especially among those who are religiously devout.

The findings, which were featured in a research brief from the Institute for Family Studies, showed that the number of young adults refraining from sex more than doubled from 2008 to 2021, from 8 percent to about 21 percent.

Since 2010, “there has been a sharp rise in the share of males and females ages 18 to 35 who report not having sex in the prior year,” IFS research fellow Lyman Stone reported.

According to The Christian Post, he noted the trend of delayed marriage was one reason for the increase in sexlessness among young...More



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Tue, November 16, 2021 9:10am
 
Catholic Bishops Debate Holy Communion Rules That Could Affect Biden

Catholic Bishops Debate Holy Communion Rules That Could Affect Biden

President Biden's ability to receive communion is back in the headlines.

Kicking off a conference in Baltimore today, U.S. Bishops are expected to vote this week on a document clarifying the meaning of Holy Communion, a sacrament central to the Catholic faith.

The issue has divided the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, pitting more conservative Catholics against those who support the president's views.

U.S. Catholic Bishops to Discuss Banning Biden from Communion Over Pro-Abortion Views
While some denounce Biden's support for abortion, the conference will likely avoid direct criticism of the president's pro-choice position.

The highest-profile agenda item is a proposed "teaching document" about Holy Communion. After months of work on it by the Conference's...More



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Pastor, WWII Veteran Credits God for His Long Life as He Nears 100 Years Old

Pastor, WWII Veteran Credits God for His Long Life as He Nears 100 Years Old

A Texas pastor and World War II veteran is thanking God for helping him persevere throughout his life and allowing him to live for almost a century.

Jack Hetzel, who will be celebrating his 100th birthday on Nov. 18, currently pastors Big Sandy United Methodist Church in East Texas.

“I believe I’m going to go to 112 (years old), but I’m ready to go anytime,” Hetzel told Tyler Morning Telegraph last week. “God has been so good to me to live 100 years,” he added.

Hertzel served in World War II, where he took part in five major battles, with his final battle in Europe being the Battle of the Bulge.

“We were way down in the Czech border when we heard we were no longer in war,” the veteran explained. “The last aircraft surrendered to...More



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Family of 12-y-o Christian girl held captive by Muslim man in Pakistan fear she's being forced into Islamic marriage

Family of 12-y-o Christian girl held captive by Muslim man in Pakistan fear she's being forced into Islamic marriage
Christian devotees attend a Palm Sunday service at the Sacred Heart Cathedral church during the government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Lahore on April 5, 2020. | ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images

The family of a 12-year-old Christian girl from Pakistan’s Punjab province who was abducted by a Muslim man earlier this month fears she's been forcefully converted to Islam and married to her abductor, just as many other girls have been in the past.

The girl, identified as Meerab Abbas, has been missing since Nov. 2, although police later arrested two suspects, Asia News reported, adding that she lived with her mother, Farzana, a 45-year-old widow who works as a domestic worker in the...More



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John Hagee's Cornerstone Church criticized after ‘Let’s go Brandon’ chant erupts at event

John Hagee's Cornerstone Church criticized after ‘Let’s go Brandon’ chant erupts at event
US Evangelical Bishop John Hagee speaks during a meeting with Brazilian President jair Bolsonaro and evangelical leaders at the Hilton Barra Hotel, Barra da Tijuca neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 11, 2019. (Photo by Mauro Pimentel / AFP) (Photo credit should read MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images/ Mauro Pimentel

Cornerstone Church of San Antonio, Texas, a prominent evangelical congregation headed by Pastor John Hagee, has garnered controversy for hosting an event that featured a widely circulated video of a crowd shouting the anti-Biden chant, “Let’s go, Brandon.”

On Saturday evening, the Twitter account PatriotTakes posted a clip of a large gathering at Cornerstone in which a crowd was chanting “Let’s go,...More



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First-ever 'Video Bible' app to illustrate God's Word, make Scripture more accessible

First-ever 'Video Bible' app to illustrate God's Word, make Scripture more accessible
Jesus is depicted in a graphic illustration from The Video Bible. | Courtesy Dave Pillow

A new Christian Bible platform known as The Video Bible is being created and plans are in the works to one day launch it as a mobile app through a crowdfunded collaborative initiative that aims to fully illustrate Scripture.

The app will create illustrations depicting the events told on every page of the Bible from start to finish in just over three years — a visual venture that its founder says has never been done before.

Founded by Dave Pillow, the platform is designed with the hope of spreading the Gospel to listeners and viewers that are too young to read or for older people who are unable to read a physical Bible. The app will also help those who struggle with...More



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Wed, November 17, 2021 9:26am
 
Christian Teacher Wins Settlement, Gets Job Back in Transgender Policy Dispute: 'We Are Very Pleased'

Christian Teacher Wins Settlement, Gets Job Back in Transgender Policy Dispute: 'We Are Very Pleased'

Attorneys for a Virginia Christian teacher are claiming victory after a school district agreed to a settlement in a legal dispute over its LGBT policy.

Leesburg Elementary School physical education teacher Tanner Cross was suspended earlier this year after speaking out in public against a then-proposed policy that requires staff to use the name and pronouns that a student prefers, even if it differs from their birth certificate and biological sex. The policy – which was approved – also allows students to use restrooms and locker rooms and play on sports teams that match their gender identity.

Cross sued the Loudoun County School Board and won multiple rounds in court, including at the Virginia Supreme Court.

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Wed, November 17, 2021 3:41pm
 
Record levels of pastors, more than half of mainline preachers ‘seriously considering’ quitting: study

Record levels of pastors, more than half of mainline preachers ‘seriously considering’ quitting: study
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As more pastors report struggling with their overall well-being amid the COVID-19 pandemic, record numbers of them including more than half of preachers in mainline Protestant churches, are now “seriously considering” leaving full-time ministry a new study from Barna Group shows.

The study, released Tuesday, was conducted Oct. 12–28 and included 507 Protestant senior pastors.

It found that nearly four out of 10 pastors, or 38% of them, said they are “seriously considering” leaving full-time ministry. This reflects a significant jump from the 29% of pastors who reported feeling this way in January.

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Thu, November 18, 2021 9:20am
 
DC Church Offers Free Gas to 250 Drivers, 8 People Come to Christ

DC Church Offers Free Gas to 250 Drivers, 8 People Come to Christ

Last Saturday, members of a Washington D.C. church filled the cars of 250 people with free gasoline and led eight people to Jesus Christ.

At the event, titled "Gas on God," members from the Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church (GMCHC) served their community by putting $20 of fuel in motorists' vehicles. The event was held at a local BP gas station.

"We are still in awe of how the Lord moved through our Gas on God event!" the church said in a Facebook post. "What a blessing it was to serve 250 people from our community by pumping and paying for their gas! Plus 8 people accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior! It was truly a great day!"

Kristal Woodhouse, Calvary's Executive Pastor, explained in a video that the special event was an extension of the church's preexisting outreach...More



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Thu, November 18, 2021 10:28am
 
'I made a deal with God': Nigerian Christian girl details harrowing escape from Boko Haram

'I made a deal with God': Nigerian Christian girl details harrowing escape from Boko Haram
Joy Bishara, a Nigerian Christian who was kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014, discusses her abduction and escape at International Christian Concern's 2021 Persecutor of the Year Awards on Nov. 16, 2021. | The Christian Post

A Nigerian Christian who survived a kidnapping orchestrated by the terrorist group Boko Haram has credited her escape to a deal she made with God.

Joy Bishara, one of the 276 Nigerian girls who was kidnapped from their school in Chibok on April 14, 2014, spoke at International Christian Concern’s press conference announcing the 2021 Persecutor of the Year Awards Tuesday. She shared the story of her kidnapping and escape with the group of religious freedom advocates gathered at a Capitol Hill hotel where the top three persecutors of 2021 were named...More



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Thu, November 18, 2021 3:13pm
 
Christian Florist agrees to pay $5k to end lawsuit over refusal to serve gay wedding

Christian Florist agrees to pay $5k to end lawsuit over refusal to serve gay wedding
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A Christian florist has agreed to pay $5,000 to end a yearslong legal battle centered on her refusal to provide floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony. She has also announced that she will retire so that her flower shop can be run by her employees.

Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, was sued by Rob Ingersoll, a man she had done business with in the past, because she refused to provide a floral arrangement for his same-sex wedding in 2013.

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Fri, November 19, 2021 8:53am
 
69-Year-Old Woman Is Found Murdered inside Baltimore Church

69-Year-Old Woman Is Found Murdered inside Baltimore Church

A 69-year-old woman was found stabbed to death inside the Maryland church her family had worshiped at for generations.

According to news reports, Evelyn Player was found inside the Southern Baptist Church in East Baltimore, Maryland, this week.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said the crime against her was an “unspeakable, cowardly murder.”

“This is not OK,” he said. “None of us should be OK. Her family is four generations strong at Southern … Solving this unfathomable, unthinkable cowardly act is now priority number one for the Baltimore Police Department.”

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael S. Harrison told reporters that Player, who volunteers at the church, came to the church about 6 a.m. Tuesday to unlock the doors and allow contractors inside to...More



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Fri, November 19, 2021 10:02am
 
LGBTQ+ Organization Holds Gay History Month Drag Show at Georgia Methodist Church

LGBTQ+ Organization Holds Gay History Month Drag Show at Georgia Methodist Church

A local gay pride organization recently hosted a drag show at a Methodist church affiliated with the Atlanta-based Emory University, which has long supported the LGBTQ community.

According to Campus Reform, the event was meant to commemorate the end of gay history month, which took place in October.

Tommy Greenler, a senior at Emory University, hosted the event at Glenn Memorial Chapel while dressed in drag. He went by the stage name "Pam."

"There is something very subversive about hosting a drag show at a church, especially a Methodist church like Glenn Memorial," Greenler told Campus Reform.

"The UMC has officially adopted some anti-LGBT stances in recent years," he added. "But I think it says a lot about Glenn Memorial as an individual church...More



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Mon, November 22, 2021 2:02pm
 
Christian students in Egypt beaten at school, ordered by teachers to remove all jewelry bearing a cross

Christian students in Egypt beaten at school, ordered by teachers to remove all jewelry bearing a cross
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Coptic students at an elementary and middle school in Egypt’s Minya Governorate were beaten up by teachers and fellow students after the headmaster ordered all Christian students to remove any jewelry bearing a cross.

Believers in the Coptic community in Egypt often tattoo a cross on their wrist or wear necklaces or bracelets with a cross, but the headmaster of Al-Thawra school in Ezbat Beshri area ordered all Christian students to remove any such jewelry, according to the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern.

When some Coptic students refused to remove their jewelry, they were beaten up by fellow students and their teachers, the group added.

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Mon, November 22, 2021 2:20pm
 
NYC pastor who ran over, used machete to hack estranged wife to death pleads guilty

NYC pastor who ran over, used machete to hack estranged wife to death pleads guilty
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A New York pastor who ran over his estranged wife with her car and then repeatedly attacked her with a machete in front of neighbors and her grandchildren has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, according to prosecutors.

The pastor, 65-year-old Victor Mateo, who led Christian Congregation The Redemptor, Inc. in the Bronx, pleaded guilty before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Margaret Clancy on Wednesday to one count of first-degree manslaughter for killing his estranged wife, Noelia, 58, who was found unconscious with multiple lacerations to her body on Oct. 3, 2019, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office said in a...More



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Mon, November 22, 2021 3:26pm
 
Catholic Student Suspended from Sports Team for Saying There 'Are Only Two Genders' Files Lawsuit against School

Catholic Student Suspended from Sports Team for Saying There 'Are Only Two Genders' Files Lawsuit against School

A New Hampshire high school student who was punished by his school for allegedly saying there "are only two genders" has sued the school district and its vice principal.

The student and his mother filed a state lawsuit this month against Exeter High School and Vice Principal Marcy Dovholuk after he was suspended for one football game for stating his beliefs about gender in a text message to a classmate. That message was then given to Dovholuk.

New Hampshire Cornerstone Action is representing Dovholuk, alleging his rights as a Catholic under the state Constitution were violated. The text message occurred outside of school time.

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Mon, November 22, 2021 3:57pm
 
2 kidnapped missionaries freed in Haiti, Christian Aid Ministries says

2 kidnapped missionaries freed in Haiti, Christian Aid Ministries says
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Two of the 17 members of a missionary group — comprising mostly Americans and five children — who were kidnapped in Haiti more than a month ago have been released, says the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries, which sent them on the mission trip.

The two who've been freed are “in good spirits, and being cared for,” the ministry said in a statement Sunday while withholding their names, current location or the reasons for their release.

“We praise God for this! Only limited information can be provided,” CAM continued, requesting that those who might have more specific information about the release to “safeguard that information.”

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Mon, November 22, 2021 4:24pm
 
'I'm Thankful That God's Love Sustained Me': Christian Florist Concludes Lengthy Court Battle with Same-Sex Couple

'I'm Thankful That God's Love Sustained Me': Christian Florist Concludes Lengthy Court Battle with Same-Sex Couple
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A Christian florist has agreed to settle her legal battle with a same-sex couple, ending a case that has lasted nearly a decade. The couple sued Barronelle Stutzman for refusing to provide her floral services for their wedding.

Stutzman has always maintained that she was exercising her First Amendment rights when she refused to provide flowers for the wedding, insisting that it goes against her Christian beliefs.

Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) shared a video Thursday where the Washington florist explained that the long journey is now over and she "is at peace."

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Tue, November 23, 2021 10:40am
 
Historic Bail for Nurses Charged with Blasphemy in Pakistan, Lawyer Says

Historic Bail for Nurses Charged with Blasphemy in Pakistan, Lawyer Says

In an unprecedented court decision in Pakistan kept secret for two months to avoid Islamist backlash, a trial court judge granted bail to two Christian nurses charged with “defiling the Koran,” their attorney said.

Usually those charged under Pakistan’s widely condemned blasphemy laws even with little or no evidence languish in jail for years until verdicts and appeals are exhausted. Nurse Mariam Lal and student nurse Nawish Arooj, arrested on April 9, received bail from a sessions court on Sept. 23, attorney Atif Jamil Paggan said.

They were charged in Faisalabad under Section 295-B of Pakistan’s blasphemy after an Islamist mob on April 9 strode into their workplace, Faisalabad Civil Hospital, and demanded “death to blasphemers.” Conviction for defiling the...More



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Tue, November 23, 2021 10:54am
 
Biden Bill Forces Faith-Based Child Care to Affirm LGBT Ideology or Lose Federal Funding

Biden Bill Forces Faith-Based Child Care to Affirm LGBT Ideology or Lose Federal Funding


Religious liberty watchdogs are raising concern about the child care plan within President Biden's massive "Build Back Better" plan, saying its requirements could shut out Christian and other faith-based facilities that affirm traditional, biblical doctrine.

The White House says the bill would cut "child care spending on young children by more than half" and provide "free preschool for all 3- and 4-year old children."

The controversy involves language within the House-passed bill that would require preschool and child care facilities to abide by federal nondiscrimination laws related to gender identity and sexual orientation. This means, critics say, that faith-based facilities that affirm biblical beliefs on marriage and gender would not be able to...More



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Tue, November 23, 2021 11:08am
 
Target, Walgreens named to ‘naughty’ list of companies accused of ‘censoring’ Christmas

Target, Walgreens named to ‘naughty’ list of companies accused of ‘censoring’ Christmas
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Target, Gap and Walgreens are among 13 companies that have been placed on a Christian conservative legal nonprofit’s “Naughty List” for failing to spotlight Christmas during the holiday season.

Last Friday, the Liberty Counsel released its annual “Naughty and Nice Retail List” of businesses that either “recognize and celebrate Christmas” or “silence and censor Christmas.”

The compilation criticizes companies that the organization believes are not doing a good enough job of spotlighting the true meaning of Christmas in their holiday-themed branding.

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Wed, November 24, 2021 2:24pm
 
Animist Villagers in India Force Christians to Exhume Body

Animist Villagers in India Force Christians to Exhume Body

Tribal animists influenced by Hindu extremists in central India last month forced Christians to exhume the body of a 25-year-old man buried on relatives’ private land because they didn’t want a Christian interred in their village, sources said.

Laxman Markam had been dead for two days when about 50 residents of different villages armed with axes and wooden clubs on Oct. 29 forced his Christian widow and brothers to exhume his body in Gumadpal village, in Chhattisgarh state’s Bastar District, said Methodist Church pastor Samson Baghel.

“They demanded Laxman’s corpse be exhumed,” Pastor Baghel told Morning Star News. “When the family asked the crowd as to where should they bury Laxman then, the crowd told them to take it wherever they wanted, but that they would not let a Christian...More



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Thu, November 25, 2021 11:13am
 
10 Christians killed by militant herdsmen in overnight raid in Nigeria; over 100 homes burned

10 Christians killed by militant herdsmen in overnight raid in Nigeria; over 100 homes burned
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In another brutal attack on Christians in Nigeria, heavily armed jihadist militant herdsmen stormed a village in Plateau state, killing 10 Christians, including children aged 4, 6 and 8, and set fire to 100 homes early Friday, according to reports.

The militant herdsmen were dressed in black, carrying sophisticated weapons and shouting “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the greatest) when they attacked Ta’agbe village in Miango District at about 1 a.m. on Friday, the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern reported.

“I lost my grandchildren for the sake of Christ,” a survivor, identified as Sibi Gara, was quoted as saying while recovering in a hospital.

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Mon, November 29, 2021 9:57am
 
Family of beloved Minnesota pastor killed in DUI accident forgives drunk driver in courtroom

Family of beloved Minnesota pastor killed in DUI accident forgives drunk driver in courtroom
The family members of Pastor Verlyn Strenge extend forgiveness to David Nelson at the Clearwater County Courthouse on Nov. 14, 2021. | Screenshot: WDAY ABC

The family and grieving congregation of a Minnesota pastor who died after a drunk driver rear-ended his car extended forgiveness to the man responsible for the clergyman’s death, stunning an entire courtroom.

In November 2020, 58-year-old David Nelson was going nearly 70 mph in a 30-mph zone with a blood alcohol content of .267 when his pickup rear-ended 69-year-old Verlyn Strenge’s Jeep on Highway 92, The Legal Advocate reported.

Strenge, the longtime pastor of First Baptist Church in Clearbrook, was killed in the crash, and his wife was seriously injured.

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Mon, November 29, 2021 10:19am
 
Convicted sex offender on the run for 20 years found living new life as pastor in Alabama

Convicted sex offender on the run for 20 years found living new life as pastor in Alabama
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Police say they have found an absconding sex offender, who had been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexual misconduct, working as a pastor at a Baptist church in Alabama.

FBI agents arrested the convict, identified as 75-year-old Larry Albert Flake, in Birmingham, where he had assumed a new identity as a minister of music, under the name Larry White. He was posing as a minister at Evergreen True House of Prayer MBC, Belleville News-Democrat reported.

Flake was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in Indiana on Aug. 30, 2001, Richmond Police Department said in a statement.

Federal agents had been looking for him ever since he failed to appear for the trial about 20 years ago.

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Mon, November 29, 2021 10:29am
 
16 pastors falsely accused of disturbing peace after 40-strong Hindu mob storms church

16 pastors falsely accused of disturbing peace after 40-strong Hindu mob storms church
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Sixteen pastors have been falsely accused of disturbing the peace because they met with an official regarding the case of another pastor who had also been charged with “disturbing peace” after radical Hindu nationalists attacked his church.

Police filed a case against the 16 pastors on Nov. 13, the day they went to the local magistrate’s office in the southern Indian state of Karnataka for peace talks on behalf of the Christian community and Pastor Chandrakanth, who had been told to appear before the official that day, according to the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern which didn't disclose the...More



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Mon, November 29, 2021 10:46am
 
Pastor's wife reveals struggles of coping with mental illness, how family and churches can help

Pastor's wife reveals struggles of coping with mental illness, how family and churches can help
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As Diane McDaniel prepared for a sit-down interview to share her story of suffering a health complication she and her family never expected, she did so in the comfort of her longtime church home at Eastside Baptist Church, where her husband, Tim McDaniel, serves as the recreation and senior adult pastor.

McDaniel said at first, she would’ve rather been diagnosed with something people can understand, like cancer or kidney disease, not a mental illness. Despite the fears and trepidation of what lay ahead, McDaniel and her family decided not to hide but to openly face their challenges and be candid with those around them.

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Mon, November 29, 2021 11:10am
 
Social Media Star Who Was Censored for Sharing Biblical Beliefs on Marriage Wins Big Ruling

Social Media Star Who Was Censored for Sharing Biblical Beliefs on Marriage Wins Big Ruling

A lawsuit against social media star Erika "Kika" Nieto was overturned last week after the Colombian Supreme Court ruled that she should not be censored for sharing her beliefs about marriage.

Earlier this year, Nieto was ordered to remove an online video where she staated that marriage is the union between a man and a woman, however, she will "tolerate" other perspectives.

"God created man and woman so that they could be with each other," she said at the time. "I don't consider men being with men or women being with women to be good, but I tolerate that."

An activist complained about her comments, leading the national court to order the video be removed from the platform.

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Tue, November 30, 2021 10:12am
 
Progressive church groups spread misinformation in wake of Rittenhouse verdict

Progressive church groups spread misinformation in wake of Rittenhouse verdict
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Progressive church groups have condemned the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, issuing statements that spread misinformation about the 18-year-old and the 2020 shooting of Jacob Blake that led to protests and riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

United Methodist Women, which describes itself as “the largest denominational organization for women,” released a statement last week lamenting the “not guilty” verdict in the Rittenhouse trial.

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Wed, December 01, 2021 1:48pm
 
Evangelist, Daystar Television Founder Marcus Lamb Passes Away from COVID-19 at 64

Evangelist, Daystar Television Founder Marcus Lamb Passes Away from COVID-19 at 64

Marcus Lamb, ministry leader and founder of the Daystar Television Network, has passed away at the age of 64 after contracting COVID-19.

“It’s with a heavy heart we announce that Marcus Lamb, president and founder of Daystar Television Network, went home to be with the Lord this morning. The family asks that their privacy be respected as they grieve this difficult loss. Please continue to lift them up in prayer,” the TV Network shared across social media platforms on Tuesday.

According to his bio on Daystar’s website, Lamb was born on October 7, 1957, in Cordele, Georgia. Lamb was raised in Macon, Georgia, where, at the young age of 15, he began preaching as an evangelist. The following year, Lamb decided to skip his senior year of high school and at just 16...More



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Wed, December 01, 2021 1:56pm
 
Most Catholics, mainline Protestants say faith in God not required to enter Heaven: study

Most Catholics, mainline Protestants say faith in God not required to enter Heaven: study
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More than three years after Pope Francis sparked a firestorm of religious debate by telling a young boy that his deceased atheist father might still end up in Heaven, a new study from the Pew Research Center shows a majority of Catholic and mainline Christians also believe people who don’t believe in God will go to Heaven.

Data for the study, conducted Sept. 20-26, was collected from a nationally representative sample of 6,485 U.S. adults.

Pew researchers decided for the first time to tackle deep philosophical questions like the meaning of life, the purpose of suffering and why bad things happen to people. The national study was released amid a backdrop of major life-changing events for...More



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Thu, December 02, 2021 11:52am
 
U.N. Passes Controversial Resolution Calling Temple Mount Only by its Muslim Name

U.N. Passes Controversial Resolution Calling Temple Mount Only by its Muslim Name

U.N. Passes Controversial Resolution Calling Temple Mount Only by its Muslim Name

The United Nations passed a controversial resolution Wednesday that criticizes Israel and calls the Temple Mount only by its Muslim name, Haram al‑Sharif.

The resolution passed easily, 129-11, although Israel, the United States, Canada and Australia all opposed it.

The Temple Mount is the site of the first temple that was built by Solomon and destroyed by the Babylonians, and of the second temple that was destroyed by the Romans. It was this second temple that Jesus visited. The Western Wall, where Jews pray, is part of the Temple Mount structure. The Temple Mount also is considered holy within Islam.

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Fri, December 03, 2021 2:34pm
 
Gospel Singer Kirk Franklin Produces First-Ever Gospel Christmas Movie

Gospel Singer Kirk Franklin Produces First-Ever Gospel Christmas Movie

Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin has produced the first-ever gospel Christmas film. It comes out this weekend.

The movie, Kirk Franklin's a Gospel Christmas, will premiere on Lifetime this Saturday at 7 pm CST. It stars Demetria McKinney, Chaz Lamar Shepherd and Jen Harper.

"The film will show how much gospel music can live and survive outside of just Sunday morning, [and] that it can be on TV, on Broadway and in movies," Franklin told The Christian Post in a recent interview. Franklin is one of the film’s executive producers.

"It will be a great moment for the genre, the community and Lifetime," he added.

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Fri, December 03, 2021 2:49pm
 
Pastor in Nepal sentenced to 2 years in prison for saying prayer can heal COVID-19

Pastor in Nepal sentenced to 2 years in prison for saying prayer can heal COVID-19


A court in Nepal has sentenced a pastor to two years in prison under the country’s harsh anti-conversion law for merely saying that prayers can heal COVID-19, according to reports.

The District Court in Dolpa this week sentenced Pastor Keshab Raj Acharya to two years in prison and a fine of $165 (20,000 Rupees) for suggesting on social media that prayer could bring healing from the coronavirus, the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern said in a statement.

Pastor Acharya was first arrested on March 23 last year from his home in Pokhara, Gandaki Pradesh Province, on charges of spreading false information regarding COVID-19. Though he was released about a fortnight later, he was rearrested moments later on charges of “outraging...More



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Mon, December 06, 2021 9:25am
 
Threatening Letters Terrorize Christians in Northwest Nigeria

Threatening Letters Terrorize Christians in Northwest Nigeria

Christians in northwest Nigeria are living in terror after receiving letters threatening death unless they close their churches, sources said.

A police spokesman said Zamfara State Police have beefed up security at churches and increased intelligence-gathering in response to the letters that warn Christians will be killed or kidnapped if places of worship are not shut down.

“There’s fear and panic here since the letter was received,” Mary Ibrahim, a resident of Gussau, the Zamfara state capital, told Morning Star News by text message. “Christians no longer find it easy to attend fellowship and Bible Study programs in churches.”

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Mon, December 06, 2021 9:45am
 
Chicago Pastor Camps Out for 100 Days to Raise Awareness about Gun Violence

Chicago Pastor Camps Out for 100 Days to Raise Awareness about Gun Violence

A Chicago pastor recently embarked on a 100 Day "tent-a-thon" to combat the city's near-record levels of gun violence.

Late last month, Pastor Corey Brooks, founder of Project H.O.O.D., began a 100-day campout to end gun violence and poverty in his Woodlawn neighborhood. Brooks will reside in a tent above eight shipping containers at 6615 S. King Dr. until Feb. 28, 2022.

"I'm in an environment on the South Side of Chicago that can be pretty tough," Brooks told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview. "To be outside in the elements, to make that sacrifice over a long period of time, draws attention."

In battling the cold, Brooks brought a small heater to keep him warm and a stove that serves as a firepit. As a bathroom, Brooks has only a bucket and baby...More



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Tue, December 07, 2021 3:41pm
 
3 more missionaries kidnapped in Haiti released; prayers urged for release of remaining 12

3 more missionaries kidnapped in Haiti released; prayers urged for release of remaining 12
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Three more of the 17 Christian Aid Ministries missionaries kidnapped in Haiti on Oct. 16 were released Sunday night, the Ohio-based international aid ministry announced Monday as it urges continued prayers for 12 colleagues still held captive by the notorious 400 Mawozo gang.

“We are thankful to God that three more hostages were released last night,” Christian Aid Ministries said in a statement Monday morning.

“Those who were released are safe and seem to be in good spirits,” the organization added. “As with the previous release, we are not able to provide the names of the people released, the circumstances of the...More



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Tue, December 07, 2021 3:54pm
 
Attacks on India's Christians Increase with Proposal of New Law: Region Has 'Lost its Humanity'

Attacks on India's Christians Increase with Proposal of New Law: Region Has 'Lost its Humanity'

Attacks on India’s Christians have increased in recent weeks since the ruling government in one southern state proposed an anti-conversion law, according to a new report.

The southern state of Karnataka in India has seen 32 attacks on Christians this year, including five during a one-month stretch after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party proposed passage of an anti-conversion law, The Indian Express reported. Supporters of such laws say they prohibit forced conversions from one religion to another, but critics – including the major human rights groups – say such laws are abused.

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'Dictatorships Have Tried to Do This Kind of Thing': Pope Slams EU for Swapping Christmas for 'Watered-Down Secularism'


Pope Francis greets the journalists onboard the papal plane on the occasion of his five-day pastoral visit to Cyprus and Greece, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. (Alessandro Di Meo/Pool photo via AP)

Pope Francis is sharply responding against the European Commission's controversial efforts to make its communications more inclusive after leaked internal guidelines drew backlash for trying to "cancel Christmas," telling staff to "avoid assuming that everyone is Christian" and celebrates Christmas.

The Religion News Service (RNS) reports internal communications of the European Commission were leaked last week by the Italian daily Il Giornale. The 30-page document, titled "Union of Equality," advised members to "avoid assuming that everyone is Christian," especially during the winter holidays.

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Man accused of killing woman in church shouldn't be held criminally responsible, lawyer says

Man accused of killing woman in church shouldn't be held criminally responsible, lawyer says
The late Evelyn Player, 69, was found dead at Southern Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 16, 2021. | Family handout

A man accused of murdering 69-year-old retiree Evelyn Player inside a bathroom at the Southern Baptist Church in East Baltimore, Maryland, should not be held criminally responsible for her death, his lawyer argued as charging documents revealed how the praying grandmother fought her attacker to stay alive.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael S. Harrison told reporters at a press conference last Thursday that Manzie Smith Jr., a 62-year-old ex-convict with a lengthy rap sheet, was arrested and charged with Player’s Nov. 16 murder at Southern Baptist Church.

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