Human rights groups protest detention of Christians in Eritrea

(Photo: Screenshot YouTube.com/Tearstojoyministries.org) Several international human rights organizations, including the U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide, convened a protest vigil outside the Eritrean Embassy in London, marking the 20th anniversary of the ongoing detention of senior church leaders in Eritrea.  The vigil, held last Thursday, was significant for being the first in-person protest held at the Eritrean … Read more

Tensions flare over burial denial to Christians in Chhattisgarh; points to larger malaise within tribal society

(Photo: Pixabay) In the village of Dhurguda near Jagdalpur, district Bastar, Chhattisgarh the death of a Christian man sparked a significant dispute over burial rights, highlighting the ongoing tensions surrounding religious conversions in the region on 22 May 2024. The deceased’s family faced strong opposition from villagers when they attempted to bury him on their … Read more

Violent mob attacks Christians in Sargodha, Pakistan

Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo: Unsplash/Adeel Shabir) A Christian man was brutally beaten, and his house and shoe factory were set ablaze by an enraged mob in Pakistan’s Sargodha city over allegations of blasphemy against Islam’s holy book, the Quran. While social media reports alleged that the man was lynched, the police have denied any loss of … Read more

Christians in France see 'worrying' surge in hate crimes

(Photo: Unsplash/Rodrigo Kugnharski) Bereft parishioners in a French town found a statue of Mary beheaded and church benches set ablaze on Tuesday, less than two months after a report surfaced of nearly 1,000 hate-crimes against Christians last year in France. Local firefighters put out the fire before removing the charred benches and chairs from the … Read more

150 Christians forcibly displaced in Mexico pressured to accept illegal agreement

(Photo: Unsplash/Jorge Aguilar) A group of over 150 Protestant Christians have been forcibly displaced from their communities in Mexico’s Hidalgo state and government officials are pressuring them to sign an agreement that violates human rights protections under Mexican law, according to a U.K.-based persecution watchdog. During a press conference this week, Pastor Rogelio Hernández Baltazar … Read more

Practicing Christians, Scripture engaged more skeptical of AI than general public: poll

(Photo: Unsplash/Steve Johnson) Practicing Christians and Scripture-engaged believers are more skeptical of artificial intelligence than the American public as a whole, according to a new survey.  The American Bible Society released the second installment of its State of the Bible USA 2024 report on Thursday. The second chapter, “Faith and Technology,” examined respondents’ views about artificial intelligence and … Read more

Trump Pulls Support for Palestinian State; Rabbi Applauds Decision, Urges Christians to help Israel 'Keep God's Land'

JERUSALEM, Israel – Former President Donald Trump surprised many people both inside and outside of Israel recently when he came out against a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He’s the first U.S. leader in 30 years to do so. The 45th president, who said he favored a Palestinian state when he was in office, stated … Read more

Expert on depression, anxiety explains how struggling Christians can begin to find hope

(Photo: Unsplash/Samuel Martins) A Christian clinical psychologist stressed the need for churches to better understand depression and anxiety, especially among fellow believers.  Jason Jimenez, the founder of Stand Strong Ministries and faculty member at Summit Ministries, recently spoke with licensed clinical psychologist JoAnna Dias on his “Challenging Conversations” podcast, where she stressed the need to … Read more

Only 6% of self-professed Christians hold biblical worldview amid increasing syncretism in the US – survey

(Photo: Unsplash/Aaron Burden) Only 6% of Christians have a biblical worldview as many Americans embrace syncretism, according to a new survey. The Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University released a new batch of research from the American Worldview Inventory 2024. The main takeaway from the report is that “the typical American adult is not a worldview … Read more

Christians in India face escalating attacks and disruptions

A 20-foot tall Jesus statue stands before it was demolished by the government in India’s Karnataka state in February 2022. (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube) In March and April 2024, India’s Christian minority community faced an escalating number of attacks, disruptions of religious gatherings, and legal cases across multiple states, highlighting the continued challenges to freedom of religion … Read more