United Methodist Church to split into separate conservative and liberal denominations
Posted on:Monday, January 6, 2020

The United Methodist Church is planning to split over the issue of same-sex marriage and gay clergy, church officials said Friday.

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Trump admin condemns imprisonment of Chinese pastor Wang Yi, calls for his release: 'We are alarmed'
Posted on:Friday, January 3, 2020

The Trump administration has condemned the imprisonment of Wang Yi, pastor of one of China's best-known unregistered house churches, calling it another example of 'Beijing's intensification of repression of Chinese Christians and members of other religious groups.'

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Earliest Christian church in sub-Saharan Africa discovered in Ethiopia
Posted on:Friday, January 3, 2020

Researchers have discovered what is thought to be the oldest church in sub-Saharan Africa in Ethiopia, allowing scholars to now reliably date the spread of Christianity to the continent to the Constantinian era.

Christians in India dragged to jail and charged with illegal medicine for healing prayers
Posted on:Friday, January 3, 2020

Christians in central India accused of illegally practicing medicine spent Christmas Eve and Christmas in jail, later discovering that the charges against them applied to prayers for healing in which they had engaged.

Chinese Christians on the mainland punished for Hong Kong protests
Posted on:Friday, January 3, 2020

Officials in China are extremely threatened by the involvement of Christians in recent mass protests in Hong Kong, with many churches on the mainland pinned for supposed extremism in recent months for their association with Christians in the Special Administrative Region.

China intends to exercise total control over religion beginning February 2020
Posted on:Wednesday, January 1, 2020

China will roll out new measures to further circumscribe the spiritual activities of its citizens on February 1st in the New Year, as state news reported Monday that the 42 articles of the Administrative Measures for Religious Groups had been approved.

Radicals in India disrupt inauguration of Jesus-centered prayer hall
Posted on:Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Three Bharatiya Janata Party-affiliated people led an attack on a new prayer hall dedicated to Jesus in India's West Bengal state Saturday, as a mob of 800 people, mostly non-Christians, surrounded the building's inauguration ceremony.

Iranian Christians, charged with "Zionism," sent to Evin prison, have their bail multiplied for requesting a lawyer
Posted on:Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Nine Iranian Christians who had converted from Islam were sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison for "acting against national security" and "promoting Zionism," as Iran's Revolutionary court denied the requests of those who asked for lawyers and transferred them to the country's worst prison.

Translation of ISIS video threatens Christians of the world for killing of al-Baghdadi
Posted on:Tuesday, December 31, 2019

A translation from a 56-second video released by the Amaq ISIS news outlet showing the beheading and execution of 11 Christians in Nigeria over the Christmas holiday was provided by the Washington-based SITE Intelligence Group in recent days.

Texas pastor thankful parishioners had 'opportunity to protect ourselves' during church shooting
Posted on:Monday, December 30, 2019

A minister at a Texas church where a parishioner shot and killed a man who opened fire on the Sunday congregation thanked state leaders for granting the man the right to carry a firearm to the service.

Sudan church, once harassed by Islamist government, receives personal apology on Christmas
Posted on:Monday, December 30, 2019

In a gesture of reconciliation following years of persecution, the new religious affairs minister of Sudan, Nasr al-Din Mufreh, attended Christmas celebrations in Khartoum to personally apologize for former dictator Omar al-Bashir's harassment of Christians.

Wang Yi, Chinese pastor, locked up for 9 years for publishing manifesto against Xi Jinping's 'sinicization' plan
Posted on:Monday, December 30, 2019

Chinese pastor Wang Yi was sentenced to 9 years of prison on December 30th, following a year of detention in an unknown location in which he was deprived a lawyer by President Xi Jinping's Chinese Communist Party.

Gunman opens fire in White Settlement, Texas church, leaving 2 dead
Posted on:Sunday, December 29, 2019

Two people were killed and one person critically injured in a Texas church shooting Sunday morning, with one person having died on the way to the hospital and been revived.

Of whom the world was not worthy: John Allen Chau vindicated a year after his death, as missions group claims his martyrdom a clarion call to reach the unreached
Posted on:Sunday, December 29, 2019

November marked the one-year anniversary of the death of American missionary John Allen Chau, whose lone effort to reach the North Sentinelese unreached people group ended in martyrdom and yielded a slew of criticism from the world and Christendom.

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Pastor in Tajikistan charged with "inciting religious hatred" released
Posted on:Friday, December 27, 2019

A Tajik Pastor imprisoned for over 2 years for possessing a Josh McDowell book was released recently, 3 months before the end of his sentence.

China intends to manufacture new religion, rewrite Bible and Quran
Posted on:Friday, December 27, 2019

17 Chinese officials discussed revising religious texts last month to suit the needs of the Chinese Communist Party, even framing a new religion.

18 Christians killed by ISIS in Nigeria on Christmas Eve and Christmas
Posted on:Thursday, December 26, 2019

ISIS-affiliated terrorists in Nigeria killed 11 people, many assumed to be Christians, on Christmas day, following the slaying of 7 Christians in Borno State by the organization on Christmas eve.

Russian Christians reach out to Mongolia, where Christianity is resurrecting
Posted on:Thursday, December 26, 2019

Russian Christians are answering the call to take the gospel to Mongolia, one of the most sparsely populated and least-reached countries in the world, 26 years after the fall of communism left only 10 believers in the country.

Despite Intense Persecution and Death Threats, National Bible Translators Remain Committed to Translating the Scriptures
Posted on:Thursday, December 26, 2019

Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, continues to receive requests for help from Christians living in highly volatile regions who are committed to bringing the translated Scriptures to their language groups.

Boris Johnson Vows to Defend Christians in First Christmas Message Since Becoming PM
Posted on:Thursday, December 26, 2019

Boris Johnson has vowed to defend Christians around the world in his first Christmas message since becoming U.K prime minister.

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