Federal funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs around the country was stripped last month by the Trump Administration. A five year-grant that was awarded to 81 organizations in the country has now been cut to three years. A state government in India has passed a contentious bill forbidding the coercion of conversion into another religion, which some say can be abused to harass religious minority groups. In the wake of the violence that took place in Charlottesville Saturday, many leaders in the Christian community spoke out against racism, and called on Christians to pray for unity and peace. After two years, six months, and nine days of absence, Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim returned to the pulpit of Light Presbyterian Church in Toronto during its Sunday service on August 13, and greeted the congregants. Lim then expressed gratitude toward Christians all over the world who had prayed fervently for… The Chancellor of California State University System, Timothy P. White, issued an executive order on August 2 that seeks to revamp the university system’s matriculation system. The executive order states that the CSUs will no longer require remedial classes that were mandatory for students who wer… The teenage years can prove themselves to be a challenging season, for both the parents and teens alike. How can a deeper understanding of the gospel transform and redeem that potentially challenging period? A Korean Canadian pastor who had been detained in North Korea for two and a half years was released on Wednesday over health reasons, a North Korean news agency reported. A judge based in Wyoming who was censured for publicly stating her opposition to same-sex marriage has appealed her case to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday. Jordanian lawmakers in the lower house of Parliament voted on Tuesday, August 1, to repeal Article 308 of the Penal Code, no longer allowing sexual assault perpetrators to evade punishment for their actions by marrying their victims.
Volunteering Can't Substitute for Tithing, Most Pastors Believe; But Congregants Disagree, Study Shows
A majority of pastors don’t believe volunteering at church can take the place of tithing, according to a recent study. But most of all Christians don’t seem to share the same view. A humanitarian organization has set out to raise funds in hopes to rebuild a predominantly Christian town in Iraq that has been destroyed by ISIS. I want this fourth quarter of my ministry to make a difference for His glory. To be clear, I want to avoid seven dangers in my last years of ministry. And I know I can succumb to any and all of these dangers without His strength, His mercy, and His plan. Help us to be victorious in this world by relying on Your power that is worthy to be praised. Help us to remember what You have done for us in the past rather than focusing on the hardships that are present before our eyes. What began with an email requesting medical and dental help has grown into a regular effort by a group of friends from multiple churches to serve the Yazidi refugee population in northern Iraq. Amid the instability and violence that have occurred in the region over the course of more than ten years, eight churches in Baghdad have closed their doors for good, according to a human rights organization focusing on persecuted Christians.