COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP)--A 9-4 federal court ruling for Ohio's motto, "With God, all things are possible," is "an important victory for freedom and a sound defeat for those who want to strip our nation of its religious heritage," constitutional attorney Jay Sekulow said.
One Christian was seriously injured and 35 more were hospitalized when about 100 Buddhist extremists assaulted the congregation of the Sanasum Sevana (New Life) Christian Center as they prayed on Sunday morning, February 18. The church is located in Nurwarawatte, near Hinguragoda, 220 kilometers northeast of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.
Sharply different perspectives on religious persecution in Indonesia have been laid before the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Thus says the Lord: I have returned to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem
Yesterday (February 5, 2001) the American Secretary of State, Colin Powell, retreated from Bush's campaign promise to start moving the Embassy of the United States from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. President Bush had promised that his first step on taking office would be to move the Embassy.
A Pakistani high court acquitted three Christians of blasphemy, calling for an investigation as to whether their Muslim accuser had fabricated a false case against them two years ago.
A sizeable Christian community is among the Karen people group in Myanmar (formerly Burma) facing abuse at the hands of the country's military regime, according to Newsroom-Online, an Internet news service based in London.
Indonesia's Christian and political leaders are convinced that the widespread Christmas Eve church bombings were meant to provoke all-out war between the Muslim and Christian communities in the country.
SANTA ANA, CA (November 13, 2000) -- Terry Madison, President and CEO of Open Doors With Brother Andrew, USA, has urged the thousands of Christians throughout the United States who prayed for persecuted believers on the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Sunday, November 12, to "keep on praying daily for our suffering brothers and sisters around the world that are persecuted for their faith."
Dr. Benjamin Munthe, an Indonesian pastor who was involved in a September 17 brutal attempt on his life in which his driver Caleb was killed, has spoken about that fateful day.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (November 1, 2000) -- Dutch Sheets, senior pastor at Springs Harvest Fellowship in Colorado Springs, Colorado, author of several books on prayer including "Intercessory Prayer," has issued an impassioned "NEW NATIONAL PRAYER ALERT" following on the heels of his nationwide "PRAYER ALERT FOR THIS NATION" concerning the U.S. Presidential Election, November 7, 2000.
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (October 30, 2000) -- Sheryl Ramstad Hvass, the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, recently praised "faith-based" organizations, such as Chuck Colson's Prison Fellowship, in helping to reduce recidivism rates among the inmate population in the nation's prisons.
When millions of Chinese evangelicals gather for services in their homeland, the worship is rarely music to the ears. Forget the last minute sound checks, voice warm-ups, or instrument tuning. This worship is music to the heart.
Dozens of Christians have been killed in renewed attacks by extremist Muslim warriors in Indonesia's eastern province of Maluku. At least 32 people died in an attack on the Ambon island village of Hative Besar, according to news reports.
TYLER, Texas (BP)--"I've never seen this many churches come together," said R.J. Holt, one of three Southern Baptist youth pastors in Tyler, Texas, whose initiative has yielded more than 1,000 professions of faith.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BP)--When Daryl Orman was invited to deliver the March 9 invocation for the Florida House of Representatives, he had no idea the invitation would put him in the middle of a statewide controversy. But that's exactly what happened when Orman, pastor of First Baptist Church, Stuart, asked Jesus to instill in the lawmakers "the desire to protect the unborn."
(AgapePress) - In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prayer over public address systems at high school football games is illegal. As the football season opened across the country last weekend, many stadiums were the site of citizen- and student-led prayers. More prayers are expected at high school football games this weekend, continuing a campaign that pro-family groups hope will catch on across the nation.
28 September 2000 (Newsroom) -- Dozens of Christians have been killed in renewed attacks by extremist Muslim warriors in Indonesia's eastern province of Maluku. At least 32 people died in an attack on the Ambon island village of Hative Besar, according to news reports.
LOS ANGELES (Compass) -- If a recent poll of Americans is any indication, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) has been effective in raising awareness of Christian persecution. But motivating people to help the persecuted church may prove much more difficult.
ASHEVILLE, NC (AgapePress) - Reynolds High School, scene of last week's "We Still Pray" rally, might soon be seeing another religious gathering on its grounds. This time, a regional pagan group is asking to use the facilities.
"The most severe persecution happened to us on Sunday, October 17, 1999. They detained 150 Christians and prepared to send some of them to 'reform through education' camps for three years. They fined some of us 2,000 RMB. They didn't even give me a receipt. (Society here is now so corrupt!) But we did not cease to meet."