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Hillsong Church to Launch New Campus with First-Ever Black Lead Pastors

Hillsong Church to Launch New Campus with First-Ever Black Lead Pastors Hillsong Church is launching an Atlanta, Georgia campus that will be led by husband and wife Sam and Toni Collier.According to The Christian Post, the Colliers will be the first Black lead pastors of a Hillsong church. They also have a daughter, Dylan.We want... Read more

Christian Flogged in Iran, Pastor and Wife Forced to Flee

Christian Flogged in Iran, Pastor and Wife Forced to Flee October 27, 2020 (Morning Star News) The flogging an underground Christian in Iran received and the harsh prison sentence upheld for the pastor of a legally recognized church reflect the growing dangers of Christian faith in the country.Mohammad Reza (Youhan) Omidi on Oct. 14 received... Read more

Black Church Leaders Encourage Congregants to Vote with ‘Souls to the Polls’ Initiative

Black Church Leaders Encourage Congregants to Vote with 'Souls to the Polls' Initiative Souls to the Polls is encouraging Black churches to vote in the presidential election.Family, this is the most important vote of my lifetime. And this Sunday, October 25th, is an early voting Sunday. Were asking everyone to leave church. Leave virtual or in-person... Read more

North Carolina Pentecostal Church Ordered to Close after Coronavirus Outbreak

North Carolina Pentecostal Church Ordered to Close after Coronavirus Outbreak (RNS) A Charlotte, North Carolina, church was declared an imminent hazard and ordered closed until Nov. 6 after an outbreak of COVID-19 led to more than 121 cases and at least three deaths. The closure took effect Saturday (Oct. 24).The abatement order from the states... Read more

John Macarthurs Attorneys Denounce Reports of COVID-19 Outbreak at His Church

John Macarthurs Attorneys Denounce Reports of COVID-19 Outbreak at His Church LOS ANGELES (RNS) Attorneys for Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church are condemning recent headlines declaring a coronavirus outbreak in the megachurch that has defied public health orders since July.The Los Angeles Times on Thursday reported that three confirmed COVID-19 cases had been... Read more

Christian Girl, 13, Forcibly Married, Converted in Pakistan, Father Says

Christian Girl, 13, Forcibly Married, Converted in Pakistan, Father Says LAHORE, Pakistan, October 26, 2020 (Morning Star News) Police in Karachi, Pakistan are ignoring the kidnapping and forcible conversion to Islam of a 13-year-old Christian girl by a 45-year-old Muslim whose two brothers are police officials, sources said.Ali Azhar, a neighbor of the victims Catholic... Read more

North Carolina Megachurch Says It Won’t Reopen until There Is a COVID-19 Vaccine

North Carolina Megachurch Says It Won't Reopen until There Is a COVID-19 Vaccine One of North Carolinas largest churches, World Overcomers Christian Church, says it will not hold in-person services until a vaccine for coronavirus is developed.When our people are able to come back together, theyre going to want to greet one another and hug... Read more

Churches Attacked amid #EndSARS Protests in Nigeria

Churches Attacked amid #EndSARS Protests in Nigeria JOS, Nigeria, October 23, 2020 (Morning Star News) Protests against police brutality in Nigeria that grew into generalized unrest over poor government took on a religious dimension this week with attacks on Christians and church buildings.Following peaceful protests that began earlier this month against torture and killings by... Read more

Pastor John Piper Explains Why He Isn’t Voting for Trump or Biden

Pastor John Piper Explains Why He Isn't Voting for Trump or Biden John Piper suggested in a new piece for his site, Desiring God, that he may not be voting for Donald Trump or Joe Biden in the presidential election.I think it is a drastic mistake to think that the deadly influences of a leader... Read more

Devotional Author, Speaker Luci Swindoll Dies from COVID-19 Complications

Devotional Author, Speaker Luci Swindoll Dies from COVID-19 Complications Luci Swindoll, a devotional author and speaker, died this week from COVID-19 complications. She was 88.According to Christianity Today, Swindoll was one of the first Women of Faith speakers in the 1990s and also wrote books about Christian singleness.She was most known for her message to... Read more

Sean Feucht’s Worship Event Greenlit in DC, Despite Fears of ‘Superspreader’ Event

Sean Feucht's Worship Event Greenlit in DC, Despite Fears of 'Superspreader' Event WASHINGTON (RNS) Christian recording artist Sean Feucht is slated to bring his worship protest tour to the nations capital this Sunday (Oct. 25) despite concerns around mass gatherings during a pandemic. Feuchts tour has received widespread criticism from public health officials and other faith... Read more

United Methodist Evangelicals See Growth despite Denominational Division

United Methodist Evangelicals See Growth despite Denominational Division The Wesleyan Covenant Association, the largest group within the United Methodist Church, is growing despite some division in the church.According to The Christian Post, the Wesleyan Covenant Association is also considered the traditionalists of the UMC. The association has a strong interpretation of the Bible, including traditionalist... Read more

Young Christian Man Hacked to Death in North-Central Nigeria

Young Christian Man Hacked to Death in North-Central Nigeria JOS, Nigeria, October 20, 2020 (Morning Star News) Muslim Fulani herdsmen in north-central Nigeria hacked a young Catholic man to death with machetes on Wednesday (Oct. 14), one of eight Christians killed this month in Plateau state.The herdsmen ambushed 25-year-old Justine Patrick and two Christian companions... Read more

Christian Group Donates $1 Million to Help Jewish Exiles Immigrate to Israel

Christian Group Donates $1 Million to Help Jewish Exiles Immigrate to Israel A Christian non-profit organization working in Korea has donated $1 million to The Jewish Agency for Israel.According to CBN News, the money from One New Man Family will be used to help hundreds of Jews immigrate to Israel."Troubled times also bring opportunities to... Read more

Swiss Missionary Kidnapped in 2016 Is Killed by Islamist Extremists

Swiss Missionary Kidnapped in 2016 Is Killed by Islamist Extremists A Swiss missionary who was kidnapped in January 2016 has been killed by Islamist extremists.The woman, Beatrice Stckli, was apparently killed by kidnappers of the Islamist terrorist organization Jamaat Nasr al-Islam wal Muslim (JNIM) about a month ago, according to the Swiss Foreign Ministry.Christianity Today... Read more

Clergy Shortage Grows to More Than 3k Catholics for Every Priest, Vatican Data Shows

Clergy Shortage Grows to More Than 3k Catholics for Every Priest, Vatican Data Shows VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic missions are struggling amid dwindling vocations and the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released by the Vatican ahead of the World Mission Day this Sunday (Oct. 18).The number of priests and ordained leaders has dropped significantly, especially... Read more

Samaritan’s Purse to Set Up Coronavirus Field Hospital in the Bahamas

Samaritan's Purse to Set Up Coronavirus Field Hospital in the Bahamas (RNS) First the tents went up in Cremona, Italy. Then New York City. And now in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas.Its been a busy year for Samaritans Purse, the humanitarian relief organization led by Franklin Graham. On Thursday (Oct. 15), the group announced it... Read more

COVID Has Already Shut Down Some Churches, Don’t Let it Cancel Christmas, Too

COVID Has Already Shut Down Some Churches, Don't Let it Cancel Christmas, Too The shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child bring hope to kids who desperately need to feel Gods love. But during this time when the coronavirus pandemic is making it nearly impossible to just go to church, its even harder to get these boxes... Read more

Tennessee Officials Investigate Large Worship Event Where Many Ignored COVID-19 Guidances

Tennessee Officials Investigate Large Worship Event Where Many Ignored COVID-19 Guidances Health officials in Tennessee are investigating a Nashville Christian event where much of the crowd did not wear masks.The Metro Nashville Health Department said it was very concerned about the event, which featured Christian musician Sean Feucht. Feucht has held anti-coronavirus events all over... Read more

Former CCM Editor and Christian Music Publicist Jay Swartzendruber Dies at 52

Former CCM Editor and Christian Music Publicist Jay Swartzendruber Dies at 52 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Jay Swartzendruber, a Christian journalist and former editor of CCM magazine who urged Christian artists to get involved in the AIDS crisis, has died, according to friends in the music business.He was 52.Swartzendruber, an influential Nashville Christian music publicist in... Read more

Some Christians Question If New High-Tech Tattoos Could Be a Precursor to the Mark of the Beast

Some Christians Question If New High-Tech Tattoos Could Be a Precursor to the Mark of the Beast #top headlines #end times Penn State University engineers have developed a temporary tattoo that monitors your health, but some Christians say they are concerned the sensor may be a precursor to a way to identify believers and non-believers.According... Read more

SBC Seminary Votes to Retain Slaveholders’ Names on Buildings

SBC Seminary Votes to Retain Slaveholders' Names on Buildings (RNS) The flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention decided Monday (Oct. 12)  to maintain the names of campus buildings named for school founders who had connections to slavery. At the same meeting, the trustees of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary created a multimillion-dollar scholarship fund for... Read more

VeggieTales Creator Breaks Down the History of Why White Christians Vote Republican, Black Christians Vote Democrat

VeggieTales Creator Breaks Down the History of Why White Christians Vote Republican, Black Christians Vote Democrat Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales, says history is a major reason why Black Christians vote Democrat and White Christians vote Republican.What do we see when we look in the rearview mirror? Vischer says in a 15-minute video posted... Read more

Israeli Archaeologists Find Ancient Weight from First Temple Period

Israeli Archaeologists Find Ancient Weight from First Temple Period Israeli archaeologists found an ancient weight from the time of the first Jewish temple built by Solomon.The weight was found near the Western Wall beneath Wilsons Arch, an ancient stone arch, in Jerusalem.According to CBN News, the weight is the measurement of two shekalim."The weight is... Read more

Christian’s Hearing Permanently Damaged in ‘Reconversion’ Attacks in India

Christian's Hearing Permanently Damaged in 'Reconversion' Attacks in India HYDERABAD, India, October 12, 2020 (Morning Star News) A Christian and his 20-year-old son have taken refuge at an undisclosed location since an attack on Sept. 2 in Chhattisgarh state left the father with permanent damage to his hearing, sources said.Jagra Kashyap, 45, and son Asharam... Read more

Women in Britain Urge the Catholic Church Not to Use the ESV Bible at Mass

Women in Britain Urge the Catholic Church Not to Use the ESV Bible at Mass A group of Catholic women in Britain are supporting an online petition that asks the Church of England and Wales to reverse the decision to use the gender-exclusive English Standard Version of the Bible instead of the Jerusalem Bible translation... Read more

NY Christian Community Seeks Restraining Order over COVID-19 Restrictions on Houses of Worship

NY Christian Community Seeks Restraining Order over COVID-19 Restrictions on Houses of Worship A judge denied a Brooklyn dioceses request for a temporary restraining order on COVID-19 restrictions.According to ABC 7, the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn had filed a lawsuit in federal court against the state of New York, saying that COVID-19 restrictions were a... Read more

Three Young Christians Assaulted in Khartoum North, Sudan

Three Young Christians Assaulted in Khartoum North, Sudan NAIROBI, Kenya, October 9, 2020 (Morning Star News) A pastors son, his cousin and their 20-year-old aunt were assaulted in a suburb north of Khartoum, Sudan on Tuesday (Oct. 6) as Muslims continued targeting church members despite religious freedoms favored by the new transitional government.Levi Hakim, 17,... Read more

Gordon College Cuts Tuition to Make Christian Education More Accessible

Gordon College Cuts Tuition to Make Christian Education More Accessible (RNS) Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, announced a 33 percent tuition cut Thursday (Oct. 8), joining two other Council for Christian Colleges and Universities members that have reset their tuition in the last two weeks in an effort to make private Christian education more accessible.... Read more

Christian Animator Attacked Online for Refusing to Draw a Transgender Flag

Christian Animator Attacked Online for Refusing to Draw a Transgender Flag A college student says the online animation community is accusing her of having transphobic and homophobic views after she declined to complete a customer request to draw a transgender flag.According to CBN News, Regent University student Emily Arunt, known as LupisVulpes online, is a... Read more