China: Major house church “liquidated” by authorities

A historical house church in China’s Shaanxi Province was officially “liquidated” by government authorities earlier this month, as the ruling Chinese Communist continues its nationwide “Sinicization” program and crackdown on Christianity, Morning Star News (MSN) reports.

Poll: Majority of Americans believe religious liberty is declining in US

A new poll by Lifeway Research has found that 54% of Americans believe religious liberty is declining in the US, and 59% believe that tolerance of Christianity specifically is declining, CBN News reports. The poll found that evangelical believers are more likely (74%) to say religious liberty is declining than those who are not evangelical (48%).

Record-low number of Americans believe Bible is the literal Word of God

A Gallup poll published Wednesday shows that the number of Americans who believe the Bible is literally true is at an all-time low, the Washington Times reports. The poll found that, for the first time ever, there are more Bible doubters than believers in the US, the Times reports.

Nearly half of US pastors find congregants’ political views a challenge

A new poll by Lifeway Research has found that almost half of US Protestant pastors find their congregants’ political views and opinions about “nonessentials” a significant challenge in their ministry, Christian Headlines (CH) reports. Congregants’ political views ranked second only to apathy/lack of commitment on pastors’ list of most challenging things to deal with in ministry, the poll found.

Nationalist Party Wins Northern Ireland Ballot

The Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, which seeks a united Ireland, has won North Ireland’s election with the most significant number of seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly for the first time.

China Bans Popular Christian Website In Crackdown

One of China’s most popular Christian websites has been closed down by the ruling Chinese Communist Party as part of its ongoing crackdown on Christianity, well-informed Christians confirmed Thursday.

Russia Pounding East Ukraine, Terrifying Villagers

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says a long-awaited Russian offensive in the east has begun. As Russian forces are attacking Ukrainian positions, church charities stepped up efforts to welcome those fleeing the conflict.

Indonesia congregation harassed by Muslim radicals

Churches in Muslim-majority Indonesia face continual opposition and, on March 23, Islamist protestors refused to allow the Huria Kristen Batak Protestant to hold a planned worship service at its shophouse in Bandung, West Java, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.

US: Return to in-person church has stalled

While almost all US churches have now reopened, and more are dispensing with pandemic protocols like social distancing, new figures from the Pew Research Center show that the percentage of churchgoers returning to in-person services has stalled since September last year, Christianity Today (CT) reports.

Ukraine Bible Society: “We need more Bibles”

As Ukraine prepared to face the imminent Russian invasion last month, the Ukrainian Bible Society in Kyiv reported it was running out of printing Bibles as so many people were turning to the Word of God in this time of crisis, Church Leaders (CL) reports.

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