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  • U.S. pastor among ChinaAid top 10 persecution cases

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (5 days ago)

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    MIDLAND, Texas (BP) -- A Virginia pastor interrogated and evicted from China during a discipleship seminar he led in the nation is among ChinaAid's top 10 cases of Christian persecution there in 2017.

    Wang Zhiyong, senior pastor of Grace Christian Church in Herndon, Va., was interrogated for four hours and ordered to immediately leave China after police interrupted his "Religious Reformation and Life Transition" seminar in Guangdong in April 2017, the religious freedom watchdog group ChinaAid said in its report. Read More

  • Christians killed after laws limit Fulani herdsmen

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (11 days ago)

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    MIDDLE BELT, Nigeria (BP) -- At least 170 Christian farmers and Muslim Fulani herdsmen have died this year in Nigeria's Middle Belt in a centuries-old feud driven by Muslims seeking to graze their cattle on farmland, Christian advocacy groups have reported.

    Advocacy group Amnesty International (AI) counted 170 killings through Jan. 30 in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Ondo and Kaduna states. Many killed were Christian farmers attacked by herdsmen seeking grazing land for their cattle, but others died in retaliatory clashes. Read More

  • Persecuted in Pakistan, now pastoring in Vancouver

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, January 26, 2018 (24 days ago)

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    VANCOUVER (BP) -- Pastor Gavaha* received the alarming news while he was visiting South Korea for a leadership conference. A group of men, claiming to have come to deliver a magazine at his family's home in Pakistan, had forced their way past an armed security guard and taken Gavaha's wife and four children hostage.

    A few weeks earlier, Gavaha had led Christian mission teams into areas in Pakistan that had been severely impacted by floods in 2010 and 2011. He and his team brought both flood relief and the Gospel message of Jesus. Read More

  • Black church, family conference marks 25 years

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (25 days ago)

    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- The Black Church Leadership and Family Conference celebrates its 25th year July 16-20 at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Ridgecrest, N.C.

    The only year Mark Croston didn't attend was when obligations at his former pastorate, East End Baptist Church in Suffolk, Va., kept him away, he told Baptist Press ahead of the 2018 event hosted annually by LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More

  • Lankford, Moore amplify separation of church & state

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Two Southern Baptists -- one a U.S. senator and the other a convention entity head -- said on Religious Freedom Day the idea of "separation of church and state" entails freedom -- rather than limitations -- to Americans in the practice of their faith.

    Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, co-wrote "The Real Meaning of the Separation of Church and State" for the celebration Tuesday (Jan. 16) of the country's heritage of religious freedom. Time magazine published the article online. Read More

  • China bombs megachurch in drive to silence Christianity

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (one month ago)

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    SHANXI, China (BP) -- The bombing demolition of a megachurch in China is indicative of a rush to silence Christianity under new laws that will heighten religious persecution, according to human rights group ChinaAid.

    The Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, Shanxi, was home to some 50,000 worshippers before the Chinese government bombed and demolished the church Jan. 9, according to news reports.

    Religious persecution is at its harshest in communist China in perhaps 50 years, ChinaAid President Bob Fu told BBC News Jan. 11. Read More

  • Christian persecutors largely unchanged, Open Doors reports

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 12, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The most dangerous countries for Christians, led again by North Korea, remain largely the same, according to the 2018 list compiled by a leading advocate for the persecuted church.

    Open Doors USA released its annual World Watch List Jan. 10, two days after President Trump renominated Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom in a move welcomed by supporters of people of faith overseas.

    For the 17th consecutive year, North Korea -- a communist country that enforces worship of its leader, Kim Jong-un -- was ranked as the worst country for followers of Jesus Christ. Christians are "the number one enemy of the state in North Korea," Open Doors President David Curry said. Read More

  • Muslim Fulani herdsmen launch more attacks

    by Morning Star News/Nigeria Correspondent, posted Monday, January 08, 2018 (one month ago)

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    JOS, Nigeria (BP) -- A mass burial on Sunday (Jan. 7) was announced for 49 of at least 65 Christians killed in Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacks in Benue state, Nigeria that began on New Year's Day, sources said.

    Benue Gov. Samuel Ortom announced on Saturday that coffins would be provided for the state-sponsored funeral as he visited Benue State University Teaching Hospital-Makurdi's hospital morgue. Brandishing heavy weaponry as well as cutlasses, Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked several predominantly Christian villages in the Guma and Logo Local Government Areas (LGAs) on Jan. 1-2 and ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Is church membership biblical?

    by Bill Connors, posted Friday, January 05, 2018 (one month ago)

    Though some Christians object to the idea of formal church membership, Bill Connors notes that the concept is biblical. "Each born-again believer should enter into a covenant relationship with a particular local church," he writes. Read More

  • Christians killed globally for faith at Christmas

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 03, 2018 (one month ago)

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    RIVERS STATE, Nigeria (BP) -- The deaths of nearly 150 Christians have been reported in targeted attacks on religious minorities in Nigeria, Cairo and India during the 2017 Christmas season, according to various reports from religious liberty advocates and news agencies.

    Among the latest attacks, unidentified assailants killed between 14 and 16 Christians leaving a midnight New Year's Eve service Jan. 1 in Omuku town in Rivers State, Nigeria, the BBC and Nigerian Independent news reported Jan. 2. The gunmen fired at random and at close range, according to police who said the ... Read More