Pastor Saeed Abedini said that when he was still detained in Iran, he was taken out of prison and brought to Day Hospital in Tehran to be tortured while his mother watched.

“They attack me and they grabbed me and they throw me to their car like a lamb,” he recounted, “and when hospital nurses came to help me they punched them to their chest and throw them to the wall.”
LOS ANGELES -- Pop star Katheryn Hudson, who goes by the stage name Katy Perry, mocked her Christian upbringing on Saturday as she received an award from a prominent homosexal advocacy organization. Hudson, the daughter of evangelical minister Keith Hudson and former CCM artist, pointed to her 2008 hit song "I Kissed a Girl" as she told those gathered at the...
WASHINGTON -- A state bill coming out of the Indiana House of Representatives is giving new life to the decades old debate over prayer in school.

The bipartisan bill known as HB-1024 states that students may pray or engage in religious activities before, during and after the school day without discrimination. It also says students are permitted to wear religious apparel and jewelry as long as it is in accordance with the school dress policy.
State officials in Sudan plan to demolish at least 25 church buildings in the Khartoum area, according to Christian leaders.
Franklin Graham, CEO of the humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse, said the hospital they set up outside Mosul in Iraq is treating not only civilians but wounded ISIS soldiers as well.
The world seems to be witnessing increasing levels of violence, fear and hatred that challenge us each day. There are ongoing debates about how or whether to welcome immigrants and refugees to the United States; news headlines remind us about the plight of Syria and about the horrors of the Islamic State.
Cairo bishop resists efforts to deny his church independence.
Egypt’s top Anglican leader is accusing its top evangelical leader of attempting a “hostile takeover” to prevent Egyptian Anglicans from achieving state recognition as an independent national church.
The dispute first surfaced in 2001, but this past summer Egypt’s High Administrative Court ruled against Anglican independence. This means the Anglican Diocese of Egypt must function as a full member of the Protestant Churches of Egypt (PCE).
Representing 18 denominations, the umbrella group coordinates the registration of marriages,
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deaths, property ownership, visas, and other legal—but not doctrinal—matters.
“The most important thing for me is the unity of the Protestant community,” said Andrea Zaki, president of the PCE and a Presbyterian pastor. “I don’t want it to be divided. This would weaken Protestants, and not develop the strengths we have.”
The Anglicans originally filed their case against the Egyptian government. The PCE says soon after, the court obliged them to join as defendants in the Anglican effort at independence.
After the June 2016 ruling, Anglican bishop Mouneer Anis filed a new suit in a lower court. Zaki followed up with key Egyptian agencies to apply the ruling, and the Ministry of Interior informed the Anglican diocese in September that it needed PCE approval for a visa application for an overseas worker.
At a December court hearing, Anglican attorneys addressed procedural faults in the June ruling. That court did not address their petition for the Egyptian president to recognize their denomination as independent, as they believe the law gives him the right to do.
“We were in Egypt before the Protestant church formed,” said Anis, ...Continue reading...
An excerpt from Culture Care.
In the early 1960s, Fred Danback came home from the Korean War to work at Anaconda Wire and Cable, a copper wire factory on the Hudson River, north of Manhattan. It was a booming enterprise. But he became troubled by what he saw.
In a PBS interview with Bill Moyers, Danback said, “[Anaconda] and other businesses were hurting a second business, the shad fishermen. I didn’t think they had the right to do that. I became obsessed with fighting pollution.”
But each time Danback complained, it seemed, he got demoted. He ended up as a custodian. But Danback never gave
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up. He literally pushed his broom into every room. He also took copious notes and made maps of the company. What was intended as punishment ended up as the best possible opportunity. He had all the keys!
Danback and a few other pioneers of the environmental movement decided to sue Anaconda under an archaic law called the Refuse Act of 1899. In 1972, when the US Attorney’s Office found a way to prosecute Anaconda, they used Danback’s maps and notes as evidence.
I draw three lessons for culture care from this story. First, it requires sacrifice. In the current art world in which ego, selfishness, and self-destructiveness abound, we will stand out, eventually, if we have an ounce of human decency and generosity. What if we [were] willing to serve someone rather than do art for self-expression? What if we collaborated in humility and gave ourselves in service, not expecting the world, or our audience, to agree with us or applaud us?
Second, culture care requires remembering our first love. As Danback said, “I love that river. It’s a beautiful river. . . . It belongs to everybody. Who’s got a right to mess it up?” Do we ...Continue reading...
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MADISON, Wisc., Feb. 13, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- A Texas bill proposed by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is being attacked by the NFL. The bill at the Texas Senate would prevent transgenders from using the bathrooms with children and others.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy issued a statement: "The NFL embraces inclusiveness. We want all fans to feel welcomed at our events, and NFL policies prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race Source: 4 Winds Christian Athletics
A Christian couple in India was severely punished by being made to stand in frigid water for 17 hours because they refused to deny their Christian faith.