Controversial Sam Childers becomes first American to join ranks of Malala Yousafzai and the Dalai Lama.
[ posted 10/28/2013 01:59PM ]
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The controversial "Machine Gun Preacher" has joined the ranks of Malala Yousafzai and the Dalai Lama in receiving a top award from an Indian charity that eulogizes Mother Teresa.
On Sunday, Sam Childers became the first American to receive the Mother Teresa Memorial ...
Trip with eight governors is first-ever Holy Land trip by a sitting president of Africa's most divided Christian-Muslim nation.
[ posted 10/28/2013 10:16AM ]
Courtesy of Nigeria's State House
The Mount of Olives. The Garden of Gethsemane. The Sea of Galilee. The Jordan River. The Church of the Annunciation. The Church of Dominus Flevit (where Jesus wept).
President Goodluck Jonathan spent the weekend leading eight of Nigeria's governors on a busy tour of ...
In latest sign of how many Christians have fled the Arab Spring, SAT-7 follows them to the United States.
[ posted 10/25/2013 02:36PM ]
Soon the Arab world's top Christian broadcaster, SAT-7, will also start reaching into American homes.
Unlike Al Jazeera, which aims to reach 48 million U.S. homes, 17-year-veteran SAT-7 is aiming for only four million. This is the estimated number of Arabs in the ...
(UPDATED) Steven Furtick apologizes to Elevation Church, explains why 'big house' media stories are not 'an attack.'
[ posted 10/25/2013 12:47PM ]
Update (Oct. 28): This weekend, Steven Furtick explained to his multisite congregation why he doesn't view the wave of media attention regarding his "big house" as "an attack," reportsThe Charlotte Observer. He also apologized for any affect the news ...
Author explains how and why she channels Jesus in his own voice.
[ posted 10/25/2013 12:01PM ]
Not only has Sarah Young's Jesus Calling now grown popular enough to outsell 50 Shades of Grey. The 365 devotionals written from Jesus' point of view—having sold 9 million copies in 26 languages—is giving the previous gold standard of English-language ...
Rounding up how efforts to free American pastor from Iranian prison are getting more numerous—and more interesting.
[ posted 10/24/2013 02:06PM ]
Courtesy of exodus8one
A "gadfly" California pastor tried a novel way to free an Idaho pastor imprisoned in Iran this week.
Eddie Romero sneaked away from his Tehran tour group to later stand outside Evin Prison, repeatedly demanding "Let my people go!" a la Moses while broadcasting ...
Beleaguered pilgrimage destination that still speaks Aramaic just one of many cities eclipsing Rio de Janeiro.
[ posted 10/23/2013 03:13PM ]
In a beleaguered Syrian city where many Christians still speak the language of Jesus, Jesus has literally come to "save the world." At least in one sense.
Last week, the historic Christian pilgrimage destination of Saidnaya (or Sednaya), where many residents speak ...
Why protesting a drive-by shooting is complicated for Egypt's Christians.
[ posted 10/23/2013 09:37AM ]
The wedding party stood outside the church, eagerly awaiting the ceremonious arrival of the bride. Instead, drive-by shooters killed four, including two children and the groom's mother, and injured 18.
Beyond its poignancy, the attack in Cairo's industrial neighborhood ...
(UPDATED) CCCU once wooed Edward Blews with 'voice of God' phone call. Today it fired him 10 months into the job.
[ posted 10/22/2013 03:06PM ]
Courtesy of CCCU
Editor's note: Updated at 6:30 p.m. Central time.
The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) wooed Edward Blews Jr. to its presidency by, among many things, pretending to be the voice of God calling on the phone. It selected him unanimously, and even waited ...
Archbishop Justin Welby backs 'new way of being in communion' as 1,200 leaders from 40 nations meet in Nairobi.
[ posted 10/21/2013 10:50AM ]
Courtesy of GAFCON (Andrew Gross, ACNA)
On the eve of this week's gathering of restive Anglican conservatives in Nairobi, Kenya, Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Sunday said "the colonial structures" of the past should give way to reform.
"We need a new way of being in communion," ...
Survey studies how young churchgoers are using technology.
[ posted 10/18/2013 11:49AM ]
Young churchgoers may be turning to YouVersion rather than their pew Bible during the Sunday sermon. Or they may be skeptically Googling what their pastor just said.
Earlier this week, Barna Group released the results of "what happens when the unique spiritual characteristics ...
(UPDATED) Why Suzan Johnson Cook stepped down, and why it produces 'sense of hope' among advocates at a second chance.
[ posted 10/18/2013 10:28AM ]
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Update (Oct 30): In her first interview since resigning, Suzan Johnson Cook explains to Religion News Service why she left her post (hint: money and kids), defends herself against critics, and touches on her future plans.
Talk about ironic timing.
After Rick Warren and Exponential jokes go awry, more than 80 leaders explain why they are 'weary, hurt, and disillusioned.'
[ posted 10/17/2013 12:16PM ]
Distress among Asian American evangelicals, sparked by recent failed attempts at humor by Rick Warren and a church planting conference, has proven to be more than the typical Internet flash in the pan.
Approximately 700 people have signed on to an open letter arguing to ...
Major provider of church health benefits takes on federal government for the first time.
[ posted 10/16/2013 11:49AM ]
The massive retirement and health benefits arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, GuideStone Financial Services, has made good on its threat to pivot from advocacy to litigation in defending beleaguered church health plans.
In its first-ever federal lawsuit, GuideStone ...
Malaysian Court forbids Christian paper from using a word Christians have used for centuries.
[ posted 10/14/2013 02:10PM ]
Mohamed Apandi Ali, chief judge, said the word Allah was not an "integral part of the faith in Christianity" and that Christians who used it would cause "confusion in the community," according to Reuters.
However, Christians in Malaysia—who ...