• US Catholics Now as Concerned About Persecution as Climate Change or Refugees

    But more than a third incorrectly believe Christians suffer less than half of world’s religious freedom violations.
    American Catholics are growing more concerned about the fate of the world—and with it, Christian persecution.
    More than 9 in 10 now identify persecution as either “very” or “somewhat” severe. This is roughly the same percentage as an identical poll last year, both sponsored by the US branch of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)
  • Seven Surprising Ways to Prepare Yourself to Share the Gospel

    What does it mean to be prepared to share the gospel?
    Anyone who has been around the church for any length of time has heard the exhortation written in 1 Peter 3:15: “But in your hearts, revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
    What does it mean to be prepared to share the gospel? What does this preparation look like?
    What often comes to mind is evangel
  • Has Academic Theology Lost Its Way?

    Two theologians ask how their discipline can start mattering to ordinary believers again.
    Something is rotten in the state of academic theology.
    That, at least, is the bold claim that Miroslav Volf and Matthew Croasmun advance in their compelling new book, For the Life of the World: Theology That Makes a Difference. Volf and Croasmun fear that academic theology has lost its way, in part by positioning itself in opposition or even hostility to the church and its ordinary believers. Rigorous resea
  • Britain Uses Violent Bible Verses to Deny Iranian Convert Asylum

    Latest example of immigration officials deploying Scripture to keep former Muslims out of UK comes as Church of England adds an official Farsi liturgy due to demand.
    The British government has been using the Bible against Christians seeking asylum after converting from Islam—most recently, citing verses from Leviticus, Exodus, and Revelation as evidence that the faith was not more peaceful, as one Iranian convert claimed in his application.
    Anglican leaders and other advocates for refugees
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  • Announcing the Launch of the Global Diaspora Institute

    The Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College has partnered with the Global Diaspora Network to launch the Institute.
    With migration becoming a megatrend of our times, the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College has entered into a partnership with the Global Diaspora Network to launch a Global Diaspora Institute which will serve two vital functions: (1) equip, connect, resource, and mobilize missional leaders in diaspora communities in North America and beyond and (2) help churches in North America
  • An Admonition from Chuck Colson: You Are A Symbol of Hope

    The Charles W. Colson Scholarship was designed to equip former inmates for ministry. Here is Colson's message to the 2006 recipients.
    Hi. I'm Chuck Colson. I'm glad to have this opportunity by way of this video to bring a message to all of you who are Colson Scholars at Wheaton. It's a great honor that you have been chosen to have this scholarship at one of the great institutions in America. I might just tell you a little bit of background on how the Colson Scholarship came to be.
    Many years ago
  • America’s Farming Crisis, Laid Bare by Midwest Floods

    A deeper problem lies beneath recent stories of swelling rivers, soggy small towns, and feel-good relief efforts.
    The fields where my grandfather and his brothers once played football are currently covered by several feet of water.
    My grandpa Bert was born in a small Nebraska town called Oakland, a couple hours north of Lincoln, just down the road from Senator Ben Sasse in Fremont. Like much of northeastern Nebraska, these towns are now in crisis, battling the historic flooding that has devastat
  • Mission Network News (Sat, 23 Mar 2019 - 4.5 min)

    Today's Headlines Opioid crisis strikes Michigan ministry
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  • Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Deploys Chaplains into Nebraska Following Widespread Flooding

    NEWS PROVIDED BYBilly Graham Rapid Response TeamMarch 22, 2019CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 22, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are on-site in Dodge County, Neb., one of many areas across the Midwest that has been inundated with an historic level of flooding. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts called the disasterwhich was caused by a combination of factors including a bomb cyclone, deeply frozen ground, and heavy precipitat Source:
  • Robert V. Finley, Founder of Christian Aid Mission, is with the Lord

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., March 22, 2019Robert (Bob) V. Finley, who led a reformation in foreign missions and founded International Students, Inc. (ISI) and Christian Aid Mission, departed to be with Christ his Saviour on March 22, 2019, at the age of 96.Born in Albemarle County, Virginia, Finley attended the University of Virginia where he served as undergraduate student body president, head of the Honor Committee, captain of the boxing team, and won the NCAA intercollegiate boxing championshi Sour
  • President Trump's Golan Heights Announcement is a Meaningful, Historic Action in the U.S. Alliance with Israel, says Family Research Council

    NEWS PROVIDED BYFamily Research CouncilMarch 22, 2019WASHINGTON, March 22, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement praising President Trump's announcement that the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights: "Words have power and meaning when those words are linked to action. In the recent past, the words of America's leaders have meant little to the international community because Source: Family
  • Kudos to Disloyalty, Anti-semitism, and Obscenity

    NEWS PROVIDED BYCatholic LeagueMarch 22, 2019NEW YORK, March 22, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ --  Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an editorial in today's New York Times: A good index of how sick our culture has become can be found in a New York Times editorial on March 22.It hails the three most radical members of Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib for "dismantling one of the most tiresome and inaccurate stereoty Source: Catholic
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  • Mission Network News (Fri, 22 Mar 2019 - 4.5 min)

    Today's Headlines 11 Christians die every day for their faith
    Summer camp season to follow Easter outreach
    The CosmoVision Center celebrates 15 years of ministry
  • SCOTUS Urged to Take Counseling Case

    NEWS PROVIDED BY Liberty Counsel March 21, 2019 WASHINGTON, March 21, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Liberty Counsel filed a petition today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review Pickup v. Newsom, a case that upheld a ban by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which prohibits licensed counselors from providing talk therapy to minors seeking to reduce or eliminate their unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, or identity.
    Last year in National Institute of Family and Lif
  • Judicial Watch Uncovers More Classified Emails in Hillary Clinton's Unsecure Email System

    NEWS PROVIDED BYJudicial WatchMarch 21, 2019 WASHINGTON, March 21, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch today announced it received 756 pages of newly uncovered emails that were among the materials former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to delete or destroy, several of which were classified and were transmitted over her unsecure, non-"state.gov" email system.Hillary Clinton repeatedly stated that the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in D Source: J
  • Evangelicals Show No Decline, Despite Trump and Nones

    The 2018 General Social Survey reports American evangelicals holding steady, and a surprising uptick for mainline Protestants.
    Evangelicals in the United States are holding steady at just under a quarter of the population, according to the latest biennial figures from the General Social Survey (GSS), one of the longest-running, consistent measures of religion in the US.
    Despite the quick pace of news and week-to-week political polling, it’s longitudinal tools like the GSS that give social
  • The Three Horizons of Old Testament Prophecy

    The prophets launch their words into the future. Where do they land?
    A frequently challenging part of Scripture for many Christians is the Old Testament prophets. Sometimes, understanding their message can be a little confusing. Especially, when that message might apply (or is applied) to the New Testament. When the prophets do look into the future that God revealed to them, what do their words refer to?
    I find it helpful to think of three major possible horizons of their vision. That is to say,
  • Preoccupied with Love: One-on-One with CJ Rhodes

    “Unbelievers needs to see that we care for them, not just their postmortem souls but all of who they are as fallen image-bearers of God.”
    Ed: It’s hard to deny that we are living in challenging times culturally. The church’s influence is fading and we are struggling to find answers to some hard questions. What’s your take on the health of the church today, especially as it relates to our witness?
    CJ: Eddie Glaude, a Princeton University professor, wrote a Huffington
  • Learning to Love Modern Day Lepers

    As Christian doctors and development workers take on tuberculosis, trust is key to the cure.
    “It would be better to die than to suffer this way,” Fathia says, wiping her hands together with finality. She sits across from me at the Caritas medical center in Djibouti, crying. I’m trying not to cry. I’m also trying not to back away as she coughs without covering her mouth. She is a single mother, a refugee from Somalia, and all five of her children have tuberculosis, commonl
  • Francis Chan Explains Why He’ll Share a Stage With Benny Hinn

    “There are millions who will never hear strong biblical teaching unless teachers are willing to go.”
    Why would a respected evangelical leader like Francis Chan agree to speak at major events that also feature controversial prosperity gospel preachers? The short answer: to share the truth.
    The popular author and former pastor recently came under scrutiny for appearing on the same stage as televangelist Benny Hinn and Canadian evangelist Todd White when he was the top-billed speaker at
  • Houston Gospel Music Coalition Now Accepting Submissions for Music Video and Film Festival

    Calling all faith based and inspirational film and video makersNEWS PROVIDED BY
    Houston Gospel Music Coalition
    March 21, 2019HOUSTON, March 21, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Submissions are now being accepted for the Houston Gospel Music Coalition Music Video and Film Festival. Faith-based, inspirational film and music video makers can vie for a chance to have their works screened and be eligible for cash and awards, in our 2019 film festival. Entries opened March 4, through Film Free Source: Hou
  • Proclaim 19 to Feature First-ever Hispanic-focused Sessions

    Christian media, fundraising, and marketing leaders will gain cross-cultural insights to activate a blue ocean audienceNEWS PROVIDED BY
    Kerux Group
    March 21, 2019
    BELLINGHAM, Wash., March 21, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- In partnership with the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) and Nielsen Research, Kerux Group is hosting a set of Hispanic-focused events at Proclaim 19, NRB's International Christian Media Convention. The events are designed to empower Christian media, fundraisin Source: Keru
  • When Loving Your Neighbor Means Fighting Hookworm in Alabama

    In the Black Belt—once cleared for cotton plantations—rural black communities suffer the consequences of poor land stewardship.
    In 2013, the septic system at Jesus Christ Church of God the Bibleway failed and sewage began leaking into a neighbor’s yard—not uncommon for rural Alabama, an area plagued by sewage problems and a related upsurge in hookworm cases. A warrant was issued for the arrest of the church’s pastor, Bishop Ira McCloud.
    The public health department
  • Templeton Prize Winner: Marcelo Gleiser, Physicist Who Beholds the Universe’s Mysteries

    The agnostic is credited with bringing believers and religious questions into the scientific realm.
    An agnostic theoretical physicist who has encouraged Christians to embrace the dual mysteries of science and faith is the latest recipient of the prestigious Templeton Prize.
    The 2019 honor goes to Marcelo Gleiser, a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. The 60-year-old researcher has suggested that science and spirituality represent complementary expressions of humanity’s
  • Power and Pastors: Part 3

    Jesus schooled the world on how to understand and exert power.
    This series is an expanded version of my talk from the GC2 Summit, December 13, 2018. Here are Part 1 and Part 2.
    Jesus schooled the world on how to understand and exert power.
    Rather than wielding it through a sword, a harsh tongue or a prestigious position of authority, Jesus exerted power through two particular images: a lowly servant washing the feet of guests and a suffering sinner hanging on a cross. What’s amazing about
  • Pastors and Power: Part 4

    What Does It Look Like to Embody Gospel-Shaped Power?
    In this final post, I want to address practical ways pastors and church leaders can properly and biblically use power to help foster healthy churches and communities.
    I suggest five key elements you can implement.
    First, structure a church with pastoral accountability.
    If the church structure does not have pastoral accountability, we need to question that structure, regardless of denomination or ecclesiological association. Good pastors recog
  • LifeWay to Close All 170 Christian Stores

    The nation’s biggest Christian retail chain ends its brick-and-mortar operations.
    LifeWay Christian Resources, the largest Christian retail chain in America, plans to close all 170 stores this year and shift its offerings entirely online.
    “The decision to close our local stores is a difficult one,” said acting president and CEO Brad Waggoner, who is succeeding longtime LifeWay president Thom Rainer.
    “LifeWay has developed close connections with the communities where our s
  • Five Churches that Shouldn’t Reproduce

    There is legitimate reason to caution against a universal plea toward blind reproduction.
    There is a growing awakening to the need of a multiplying church movement within North America, as the best—and likely only—means to bring the gospel within proximity to those who desperately long for good news.
    As an advocate of this for many years, both as a church planter and as a pastor of a multiplying church, I am in complete agreement with this idea. I cannot envision a future where the g
  • Delivering a Stillborn Baby Taught Me the Transience of Death

    When I found out about my daughter's condition, I felt the destruction of my plans and hopes. But this place of limitation also revealed God’s profound love.
    “How do you prepare for a birth and a death at once?” I asked a friend one morning in mid-July. “Can anything be more unnatural?”
    Two months before, I had sat in a medical office listening to a doctor. His voice was unduly loud, as if he were speaking to a general audience. “Thanatophoric dysplasia is bes
  • China Tells Christianity To Be More Chinese

    Is this a case of government oppression or the Chinese church coming into its own? How to understand “sinicization.”
    The headlines out of China last week sounded ominous. In strident language not heard in a long time, the head of China’s Protestant church gave a speech supporting the government’s policy of reducing Western influence on religion and making it “more Chinese,” a process dubbed sinicization in English.
    Is the move a step toward tighter government
  • Azusa Pacific Drops Ban on Same-Sex Student Relationships, Again

    Revised code of conduct shifts in favor of “uniform standards of behavior for all students.”
    Azusa Pacific University (APU) has gone back and forth this school year on whether to allow students to date members of the same sex.
    Last week, the Southern California Christian college decided, once again, to remove a ban on “romanticized” same-sex relationships from its code of student conduct.
    APU had initially made the same change in the fall, only to reverse the decision whe
  • Mission Network News (Thu, 21 Mar 2019 - 4.5 min)

    Today's Headlines Cyclone Idai: thousands displaced throughout Southern Africa
    SGA prepares for Easter outreach in Ukraine
    On World Water Day 2019, start by helping “just one�
  • Notre Dame to Feature Film that Exposes Planned Parenthood

    World-renowned Catholic university hosts historic pro-life eventNEWS PROVIDED BYCarmel Communications
    March 20, 2019INDIANAPOLIS, March 20, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Notre Dame's pro-life supporters are taking a stand for life this week on campus, hosting an unprecedented event at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Browning Cinema at the prestigious DeBartolo Performing Arts Center: an UNPLANNED movie conversation with Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director whose true s Source: Carm
  • Wisconsin Court Slams City for 'Egregious' Disregard of Religious Freedom

    NEWS PROVIDED BYPacific Justice InstituteMarch 20, 2019GREEN BAY, Wis., March 20, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Brown County Circuit Court has issued a written decision which harshly criticizes a city's attempt to impose sexual orientation and gender identity mandates on religious organizations. The City of De Pere, which is near Green Bay, sought to categorize religious organizations as "places of public accommodation." As such, they would have been subject to non-discri Source: Pa
  • New Single 'Girls Like Me' by Turi Aleta Lights a Fire and Champions Women Across the Globe

    Film It Productions
    March 20, 2019DENVER, March 20, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Denver talent collaborates to benefit women fighting breast cancer with a new single and music video. "Girls Like Me," by Turi Aleta. The song drops digitally on Amazon, iTunes, Apple Music Spotify and others on Wednesday March 20th along with the music video produced and directed by award winning filmmaker, Darla Rae, of Film It Productions. (youtu.be/GZvch7FwGPs) click to watch video.T Source: Fil
  • The Wife He Wants by Dr. Tony V. Lewis

    Dr. Tony V. Lewis
    March 20, 2019
    HOUSTON, March 20, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Wife He Wants "What A Godly Man Seeks In A Wife" -- Let's be clear, this is not yet another chauvinistic how-to manual designed to inflict more pressure on, and anxiety in women or the men who love them. Relationships are serious business. Beyond the initial giddiness, heart palpitations, syrupy declarations, and grand promises, there's work to do by both parties.Women are one of G Source: tvlew
  • Mission Network News (Wed, 20 Mar 2019 - 4.5 min)

    Today's Headlines Eastern Ukraine: re-registration demand closes churches
    Cry Out rallies prayer around Arab Bedouins during Lent
    Monks turn to Christ in South Asia
  • Traditional Marriage Rosary Rallies to Blanket America on March 23

    America Needs Fatima
    March 19, 2019HANOVER, Penn., March 19, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- As some begin to wonder what has happened to the Catholic opposition to same-sex "marriage," TFP-America Needs Fatima is doing 3,108 public St. Joseph Rosaries for Traditional Marriage on, March 23, a Saturday close to Saint Joseph's feast day.This is the 5th consecutive year these rallies are carried out under the patronage of Saint Joseph, Head of the Holy Family, Terror of D Source: Amer
  • Laughing All the Way to the Bank: Comedian Helps People Get Out of Debt

    John Floyd
    March 19, 2019MOUNT AIRY, N.C., March 19, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Have you heard the one about the comedian who was so deep in debt he was afraid to answer the phone fearing it was another bill collector? For John Floyd, it was no laughing matter. By his early 30s, John Floyd was so deep in debt he never even attempted to use his credit card because he knew it would be declined. He owed more on his car than it was worth and had only $15 in savings.
    ButSource: Joh
  • Dangerous Attack on Religious Freedom

    NEWS PROVIDED BY Liberty Counsel March 19, 2019 WASHINGTON, March 19, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill that threatens the free exercise of religion and free speech. H.R. 5, known as the Equality Act, broadly imposes the LGBT agenda and does not exempt churches or religious employers, organizations or colleges. It specifically forbids raising religious free exercise as a claim or defense to the LGBT agenda.This bill am
  • Goodness Reigns Announces Cash Prize for People's Choice Film Award

    Vote for Your Favorite World Youth Day Contest Entries
    Goodness Reigns
    March 19, 2019LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 19, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Goodness Reigns is excited to announce the debut of its 2019 People's Choice webpage, which contains short videos created by and for youth and young adults as a means to evangelize the world.Everyone is invited to watch and vote for his or her favorite short films at GR 2019 Entries until Midnight on March 25. The filmmaker Source: Goodness
  • LGBTQ Equality Act Will Ruin Women Sports in the USA

    4 Winds Christian Athletics
    March 19, 2019MADISON, Wis., March 19, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- On March 13, 2019, Nancy Pelosi proudly introduced the Equality Act which will be voted on during this session of Congress. Sexual orientation and gender identity would be protected under federal civil rights laws.
    In 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed to protect African-Americans. The Equality Act of 2019 would protect individuals who practice the sin of homosexuality.
    Source: 4 W
  • From Frustrated to Followers

    I Need A WORD
    March, 19, 2019RALEIGH, N.C., March 19, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Birthed in August of 2017, I Need A WORD has taken the social media world by storm!
    Founder Quonda Renee, found herself in 2017 with three degrees, and three jobs. After crying out to God one night in prayer for a breakthrough she heard the Lord instruct her to establish a page on Facebook and call it I Need A WORD. At first thought Quonda dismissed the idea because she saw little value Source: I
  • Mission Network News (Tue, 19 Mar 2019 - 4.5 min)

    Today's Headlines Greece: after austerity in an election year
    Desperate need for audio Bibles in Mozambique
    Warrior hearts pursue Native American outreach
  • WCC to Hold Midday Prayer for Those Grieving After Flight Disaster

    World Council of Churches
    MARCH 18, 2019
    GENEVA, March 18, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- The World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting the public, media, and all people of goodwill to join in a Midday Prayer on 20 March. Prayers will focus on grieving family, friends and colleagues who lost loved ones from UN agencies, the WCC and other organizations who perished in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash on 10 March. 
    Photo: Ivars Kupcis/World Council of Ch Source:
  • Gospel For Asia to Drill Over 4,000 'Jesus Wells' in Asia's Most Thirsty Hotspots

    World Water Day on March 22 Spotlights Chronic Water Shortages, Issues Call to "Leave Nobody Behind"
    NEWS PROVIDED BYGospel For Asia
    March 18, 2019
    WILLS POINT, Texas, March 18, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Faith-based humanitarian agency Gospel For Asia today announced plans to drill more than 4,000 of its unique "Jesus Wells" in the most needy communities in Asia this year, as World Water Day on March 22 spotlights the struggle to satisfy the world's Source: InChrist Communicatin
  • Kamala Harris Opines on Life and Death

    NEWS PROVIDED BYCatholic LeagueMar 13, 2019NEW YORK, March 18, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- Catholic League president Bill Donohue (photo) comments on how Sen. Kamala Harris treats life and death issues:Last week, Sen. Kamala Harris was asked by National Public Radio (NPR) about her position on the death penalty. She is against it. When pushed further, she stuck to her guns.NPR: "For any crime?" Harris: "Correct."NPR: "Not even, I don't know, treason?"Harris: " Source: Catholic League
  • Should We Rethink the 30-minute Sermon Lecture?

    Our message should encompass both Scripture and our congregants questions.
    Recently, a group of pastors asked me this question: “Should we rethink the 30-minute sermon lecture in light of the many different ways classroom teaching is currently conducted?” They are part of a year-long initiative by the Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Seminary to strengthen the quality of preaching. In an effort to answer this question, the group of pastors asked me to lead a preaching wor
  • How Should Christians Respond to Christchurch Mosque Massacre?

    Eleven evangelical experts weigh in as death toll of New Zealand Muslims hits 50.
    Last Friday, Muslim worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, suffered a terrorist attack at the hands of an avowed white supremacist. 50 people were killed, with another 50 injured.
    Prior to the attack, the citizen of Australia posted a lengthy manifesto to social media, filled with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim themes. He then proceeded to livestream the shooting. Some victims originally hailed fro
  • ECFA Suspends Harvest Bible Chapel’s Accreditation

    Under James MacDonald, Chicago-area megachurch may have been in “serious violation” of 4 out of 7 stewardship standards, says Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
    Harvest Bible Chapel had its accreditation suspended this week by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), after “new information” led to concerns that spending under former senior pastor James MacDonald was in “serious violation” of 4 of the agency’s 7 standard