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Religious leaders join condemnation of Beijing’s new national security law for Hong Kong

Hong Kongers are fearful of their future under Beijing control(Photo: Unsplash/Han Min T)The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and Church of England bishops are among the religious leaders to have added their names to an international letter signed by hundreds of leaders around the world condemning Beijing's new national security law in Hong... Read more

Scotland’s Christians continue to pray through pandemic

Friends and family in Scotland can now meet again as the country starts to ease out of lockdown.(Photo: Unsplash/Sherry Xu)Christians in Scotland have been praying together at the same time each week in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.The initiative sees Christians in the country commit to praying every Sunday at 7pm. Ahead of Pentecost Sunday, churches... Read more

Christian leaders in call for churches to be allowed to re-open

(Photo: Pexels/Brett Sayles)Christian leaders from different denominations have issued a joint call to the Government to review continued church closures over Covid-19.In their letter, they ask the Government to urgently review lockdown measures preventing churches from re-opening to the public, calling them both unneccessary and unlawful. While the Government has moved to allow smaller social gatherings... Read more

Some politicians on the left ‘hate faith’, says Ted Cruz

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz said that some Covid-19 restrictions were being imposed "arbitrarily".ReutersSenator Ted Cruz of Texas has claimed that some progressive elected officials issuing orders to curb the spread of COVID-19 that restrict churches but not secular entities are doing so because they "hate faith."On an episode of "First Liberty Live!" streamed... Read more

After another Christian loses faith, is convenience Christianity to blame?

Christian rock band Hawk Nelson are seen in this photo, which was posted on the band's Facebook page, as band member Daniel Biro responded to Jon Steingard's announcement that he no longer believes in God.Facebook/Hawk NelsonThe young singer was excited. "This is the biggest gig we've ever done!" We were at a joint Christian event... Read more

Actor Who Plays Jesus Says The Chosen TV Series ‘Deepened My Faith Very Intensely’

Actor Who Plays Jesus Says The Chosen TV Series 'Deepened My Faith Very Intensely' The filmmakers behind the new biblical television series The Chosen have said they hope it helps strengthen the faith of viewers.Its already done that with one of the lead actors.Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus in all eight episodes, told... Read more

New White House Press Secretary Says God Put Her in the White House ‘For a Purpose’

New White House Press Secretary Says God Put Her in the White House 'For a Purpose' Having faith in God has been instrumental in the life of Kayleigh McEnany, from her upbringing to her present role as the White House press secretary."I believe God put me in this place for a purpose and... Read more

President Trump Signs Executive Order to Prevent Social Media Censorship on Political Post

President Trump Signs Executive Order to Prevent Social Media Censorship on Political Post President Donald Trump approved an executive order this week that asks federal officials to hold social media sites accountable for censoring some political posts.According to The Christian Post, Trump said the sites are not a neutral platform.Today, I am signing... Read more

Christians Respond to the Tragic Death of George Floyd

Christians Respond to the Tragic Death of George Floyd Christian leaders and well-known Christian celebrities are expressing sadness and calls for justice after the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.In an Instagram post, actress and author Candace Cameron Bure wrote that her heart was wrecked.Most of you come to my page... Read more

Vice President Mike Pence, Lecrae, Time Tebow and More Honor Ravi Zacharias in Online Memorial Service

Vice President Mike Pence, Lecrae, Time Tebow and More Honor Ravi Zacharias in Online Memorial Service On Friday morning, Vice President Mike Pence, Tim Tebow, Louie Giglio, Matt Redman, Lecrae and others participated in a memorial service for well-known Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias. Zacharias died on May 19 and was buried in Georgia... Read more

Life and legacy of Ravi Zacharias celebrated at moving memorial service

Ravi Zacharias' daughter Naomi Zacharias addresses family and friends of her father at a memorial service to celebrate his life in Atlanta, Georgia(Photo: YouTube/RZIM)A moving memorial service has been held to celebrate the life and legacy of renowned apologist Ravi Zacharias, who passed away on 19 May at the age of 74. US Vice President Mike... Read more

Illinois Backs Down, Says Churches Can Meet Again

Illinois Backs Down, Says Churches Can Meet Again Illinois churches are claiming victory in a much-watched legal battle after the state on Thursday withdrew all restrictions on houses of worship.The state issued new guidelines for churches in a nine-page document that recommends but does not require that churches consider limiting attendance to 25%... Read more

Christians Killed in Kaduna State, Nigeria as Herdsmen Threaten Kidnapped Missionary

Christians Killed in Kaduna State, Nigeria as Herdsmen Threaten Kidnapped Missionary JOS, Nigeria, May 29, 2020 (Morning Star News) Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Kaduna state, Nigeria attacked seven villages from May 19 to Monday (May 25), killing five Christians and destroying four church buildings, sources said.In the same state, kidnappers said they will... Read more

Schools that Let Boys Compete in Girls’ Sports Violate Title IX, Trump Admin. Rules

Schools that Let Boys Compete in Girls' Sports Violate Title IX, Trump Admin. Rules A Connecticut statewide policy that allows biological boys who identify as girls to compete in girls-only sports violates Title IX, the Trump Department of Education has ruled. At issue is a policy by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) the... Read more

Chicago, California Churches Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court over State Bans

Chicago, California Churches Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court over State Bans The legal battle over government-mandated closure of churches is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Liberty Counsel filed an appeal Wednesday to the high court on behalf of Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church, a Chicago church that is being threatened with closure for defying... Read more

Iraq Church leader fears country cannot cope with Covid-19

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako(Photo: Aid to the Church in Need)A Church leader in Iraq has voiced concerns about the growing number of Covid-19 cases in the country. According to the authorities, confirmed coronavirus cases have topped 5,000, with 175 fatalities. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, who heads the largest Christian community in the country,... Read more

Calgary bans conversion therapy

(Photo: Unsplash/Cecilie Johnsen)The Canadian city of Calgary has banned so-called conversion therapy "to protect" its residents. A bylaw passed overwhelming by the city council this week prohibits businesses from providing counselling services for people with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender dysphoria. "With this, the City of Calgary initiates new regulations to protect Calgarians, regardless of gender and... Read more

‘Morally wrong’ to expect care workers to work ‘for poverty pay’ without proper PPE

Fri 29 May 2020 12:36 BST Dr John Sentamu said care workers were putting their lives at risk doing their jobs "for poverty pay"The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is backing calls to the Government to ensure care workers receive a living wage. The campaign has been launched by Citizens UK after care worker Tabitha... Read more

Open Doors ‘very concerned’ by threat to religious liberty in Hong Kong

Voters queue to vote at a polling station during district council local elections in Hong Kong, China November 24, 2019.(Photo: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)The head of a human rights group that monitors Christian persecution worldwide has expressed concern over new security legislation the People's Republic of China over the semi-autonomous region of Hong Kong.China this week passed... Read more

Lebanon’s crisis just keeps getting worse – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) Even as Lebanon faces its worst crisis in 30 years, Horizons International models the hope and the love of Jesus Christ. Lebanons financial crisis might become worse than the 15-year civil war, some now say. Nearly half of all people in Lebanon now live below the poverty line. Pierre Houssney of Horizons International... Read more

Hawk Nelson singer’s “de-conversion” and how Christians can wrestle with doubt

USA (MNN) — Last week, Jon Steingard, the lead singer for the popular Christian band Hawk Nelson, announced on Instagram that he no longer believes in God. His story is a long one filled with doubts and theological wrestling over many years. Steingard joins a growing list of popular ex-Christians with “de-conversion stories.” Others include... Read more

Pandemic provides alternative options for Jesus Film Project – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — The pandemic means Jesus Film Project may not be holding any mission trips until 2021. More about that here. Nonetheless, Great Commission work continues. Find the latest update below as described here on Jesus Film Projects website: Praise The JESUS film was shown on television in 111 countries over the Easter season.... Read more

Eritrea’s Christians are ‘suffering so grievously for their faith’ – Lord Alton

The protest called for the release of prisoners of conscience in the East African country(Photo: CSW)Lord Alton has told UK Christians that they must not forget nor forsake their suffering fellow believers in Eritrea, where many have been imprisoned for their faith in inhumane conditions.The crossbench peer spoke on the plight of Eritrean Christians during... Read more

‘God Gave Me a New Heart’: Pastor Survives Heart Transplant amid the Pandemic

'God Gave Me a New Heart': Pastor Survives Heart Transplant amid the Pandemic A Florida Pastor has a new lease on life following a near-death experience.In mid-March, Pastor Mark Berney of River of Life Assembly of God Church in Merritt Island, Florida fell back in his chair and started seizing during the course... Read more

Mississippi Pastor Says He Is Praying for Person Who Burned Down His Church

Mississippi Pastor Says He Is Praying for Person Who Burned Down His Church A Mississippi pastor says he and his congregants will pray for the person who set their church on fire last week.We recognize that not everyone shares our belief in the Word of God as revealed in the Bible, Jerry Waldrop,... Read more

Sworn Depositions Lead to More Questions in Planned Parenthood Fetal Tissue Sale Case

Sworn Depositions Lead to More Questions in Planned Parenthood Fetal Tissue Sale Case A new video containing the sworn depositions of Planned Parenthood executives shows the abortion giants employees breaking down a contract between them and a stem cell research lab for the sale of fetal tissue.The revealing video was released on Tuesday... Read more

Free Abortions, Pre-K Sex Education Part of Boise Mayor’s Transition Report

Free Abortions, Pre-K Sex Education Part of Boise Mayor's Transition Report A committee report authorized by Boises new mayor has sparked concern among conservatives for its promotion of multiple controversial policies, including free abortions and pre-kindergarten sex education.The 13-page report, titled A More Equitable City for Everyone, was written by an 18-member transition... Read more

United Methodists Reschedule Meeting And Decision on Splitting To 2021

United Methodists Reschedule Meeting And Decision on Splitting To 2021 (RNS) The United Methodist Church has rescheduled its General Conference for Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis.And its looking into ways to use technology to ensure delegates can participate in the quadrennial meeting, according to the Commission on... Read more

‘Complete Victory’: ACLU Drops Suit against Pro-Life ‘Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn’

'Complete Victory': ACLU Drops Suit against Pro-Life 'Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn' Pro-life groups within Texas are claiming victory after the ACLU and two pro-choice groups dropped their lawsuits against seven towns that had declared themselves to be sanctuary cities for the unbornThe ACLU of Texas said this week it was dropping the... Read more

Mike Fisher, Carried Underwood Open Up about Marriage, Family and Faith in New Series

Mike Fisher, Carried Underwood Open Up about Marriage, Family and Faith in New Series This week I Am Second released the first video in a four-part series profiling the life and faith of Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood. The series, Mike and Carrie: God & Country, features the couple talking about their life... Read more

Hawk Nelson Members Release Statement following Frontman’s Departure from Christianity

Hawk Nelson Members Release Statement following Frontman's Departure from Christianity The remaining members of Christian Band Hawk Nelson have released a statement following their front mans departure from Christianity.On Thursday, bass guitar player Daniel Biro, guitar player Micah Kuiper and drum player David Niacaris released a statement offering love and support to the... Read more

One Big Way You Can Heed the Call to Help Right Now

One Big Way You Can Heed the Call to Help Right Now We're all living in difficult times. Friends can help friends get through anything, but how can friends help ease the burden of one anothers medical costs, especially during a pandemic?Its in times like these Christians are called to help and care... Read more

Chicago Pastors Speak Out against Threats of Shutdowns amid COVID-19

Chicago Pastors Speak Out against Threats of Shutdowns amid COVID-19 Multiple churches in Chicago, Illinois are already having in-person services even though restrictions prohibit them from exceeding a certain amount.According to the state's Restore Illinois plan, religious services with 10 or fewer people are permitted, NBC Chicago reports.Gatherings of more than ten, however,... Read more

Christian leaders call for justice after death of George Floyd

George Floyd(Photo: Facebook)In the bystander video that has been watched by millions around the world, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, begged for his life and cried for his mother before he visibly stopped breathing with the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer still pinned to his neck on Monday.The video (warning: shocking... Read more

‘How Great Thou Art’ is the hymn of choice to inspire hope during Covid-19

'How Great Thou Art' is the most popular hymn for inspiring hope during the coronavirus pandemic, a poll by CAFOD has found. The hymn is based on a 19th century Swedish poem that was translated into English in 1949 by missionary Stuart K Hine. It came out on top in a Twitter poll by the Catholic aid... Read more

Lockdown strategy has placed the poorest of the poor, especially children, at risk of starvation

New Life Baptist Church in Richmond Wandera's home town of Namugongo, Uganda has been distributing food during the pandemic.(Photo: Compassion UK/Richmond Wandera)As we observe World Hunger Day today and the world slowly starts to relax some lockdown measures, my thoughts turn to the devastating impact the pandemic has had on those already living in poverty,... Read more

ABTS unveils 2020 Middle East Conversation – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — ABTS has changed the format of its 2020 Middle East Consultation but still plans to serve the Church in MENA and around the world. Since 2004, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon has hosted the Middle East Consultation, an event where people from around the world gather to talk and learn about... Read more

New Wycliffe “Women of the Word” podcast discusses life in light of Scripture

USA (MNN) — During the pandemic lockdown, you may have binged your entire Netflix watchlist, read every book on your shelf, and crafted everything on your Pinterest board. Whats next? Podcasts! If you need a new podcast recommendation, you should check out the newly-launched Wycliffe Women of the Word podcast. Wycliffe Women of the Word... Read more

Iranian attacks target Jews, Christians, Hindus – Mission Network News

Iran (MNN) — Arson and Twitter threats reflect the latest uptick of anti-Semitism in Iran. On the 72nd anniversary of Israels nationhood, someone set fire to a building near the tomb of Esther and Mordecai. This ancient religious site holds significant meaning to both Jews and Christians worldwide. Tomb of Esther and Mordecai – Hamadan... Read more

Beijing sets its sights on Hong Kong

Turbulent times lie ahead for Hong Kong(Photo: Unsplash/Joshua J Cotten)Just about a year ago, voters in Hong Kong sent a loud and clear message to Beijing: They would not lose the freedoms they enjoyed. In fact, pro-democracy forces there won 389 of 452 parliamentary seats in that election more than 3x their previous total. Even more,... Read more

Justin Bieber invites his 137 million Instagram followers to church

Justin Bieber often uses his Instagram to talk about God and faith(Photo: Instagram/Justin Bieber)Justin Bieber has been sharing post after post about his Christian faith with his 137 million Instagram followers.The pop superstar recently invited his millions of followers on the social media platform to download the app of Churchome, the multisite megachurch pastored by... Read more

Food and a prayer for the suffering church in the Middle East

Volunteers ready for the start of the distribution to needy families in Qamishli, Syria.(Photo: Open Doors UK)With much of the Middle East in lockdown, life is especially grim for many of the region's Christian minorities - often passed over when aid is distributed.Hana works for a Christian group in the region, supplying aid to the... Read more

Longing for a return to church

Zoom church is good but for Peter Crumpler, nothing can compare to the real thing (Photo: Unsplash/Sincerely Media)I'm a massive fan of all that churches have been doing to go online during the lockdown.Some have transformed their Sunday services with presenters, interviews and worship played out on split screens. Others have streamed services, with the... Read more

New Survey: 45 Percent of Churchgoers Prefer Sermons That Are 30 Minutes or Less

New Survey: 45 Percent of Churchgoers Prefer Sermons That Are 30 Minutes or Less When it comes to estimating a sermons length, pastors and churchgoers arent on the same page, according to two new polls.A total of 31 percent of Protestant pastors say their sermons are less than 20 minutes, according to a... Read more

Jeff Sessions Says God Called Him to Public Service

Jeff Sessions Says God Called Him to Public Service From his first hello, Jeff Sessions begins to explain why he wants to get his old job as Senator for Alabama back. Sessions had been Alabamas Senator for more than 20 years, before leaving to become the U.S. Attorney General for the Trump Administration.In... Read more

A Virtual Memorial Service Will Be Held for Ravi Zacharias

A Virtual Memorial Service Will Be Held for Ravi Zacharias Christian evangelist Ravi Zacharias will be honored in a livestream memorial service this week.Zacharias died May 19 at the age of 74. The service will be streamed live at RZIM.org/RaviMemorial on May 29 at 11 a.m. ET.The story of the gospel is the story... Read more

Police Officers Fired after On-Scene Video Shows Unarmed Minneapolis Man Dying during an Arrest

Police Officers Fired after On-Scene Video Shows Unarmed Minneapolis Man Dying during an Arrest Four Minneapolis police officers were fired on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing one of the officers kneeling on the neck of a black man who was crying out that he could not breathe. The man soon became unresponsive... Read more

2 Senators Ask President Trump to Offer Aid to Persecuted Christian in Nigeria

2 Senators Ask President Trump to Offer Aid to Persecuted Christian in Nigeria As Christians in Nigeria continue to face harsh persecution by Islamic extremist groups, 2 Republican senators want President Trump to take action.According to CBN News, Iowa Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley are urging the President in a letter to... Read more

China Bulldozes, Shuts Down Churches amid Pandemic: ‘The Government Has Gone Insane’

China Bulldozes, Shuts Down Churches amid Pandemic: 'The Government Has Gone Insane' The coronavirus that devastated Chinas population hasnt stopped the communist government from shutting down and even razing churches across the country.The persecution has impacted state-run churches and underground house churches alike, according to the watchdog Bitter Winter, which monitors religious freedom... Read more

Church of the Nativity Reopens while Church of the Holy Sepulchre fails to Open Back Up

Church of the Nativity Reopens while Church of the Holy Sepulchre fails to Open Back Up The Church of the Nativity, which stands on the site where many believe Jesus was born, reopened this week after a nearly three-month-long closure due to COVID-19. According to CBN News, officials closed the site on March 5th... Read more