This post was originally published on this siteKANSAS CITY, Mo. (RNS) On the eve of a new year, religious leaders from different traditions pray and meditate for peace. The post Ending the year with prayers for peace (MULTIMEDIA) appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this siteHow should Christians think about religious liberty? I wrote about it yesterday for Religion News Service. In July of 2015, LifeWay Research published data showing how Americans think of America’s religious landscape. Sixty-nine percent of Americans said that “America is a nation of many religions,” and nineteen percent said America is a “Christian nation.” The same survey provided some encouraging data regarding the

This post was originally published on this site(RNS) A former rabbi enjoys rising popularity as a spiritual leader, but hundreds of Jewish leaders say he needs to be exposed as a sexual predator. The post Disgraced former rabbi’s ties to Whole Foods questioned appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this siteJERUSALEM (RNS) A ministry committee recommended that the book not be taught in high schools at a time of heightened Palestinian attacks against Israeli Jews and reprisals by Israeli troops. The post Novel depicting Jewish-Arab love banned from Israeli schools appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this siteDeparture comes after the cult-like group’s founder, Wayne Jolley, was accused of spiritual and sexual abuse. Christian songwriter and producer Ed Cash, best known as co-writer of the worship hit “How Great is Our God,” has cut ties with controversial pastor Wayne Jolley. For the past decade, Cash has been a key member of the Gathering International, a small congregation that meets in

This post was originally published on this siteVATICAN CITY (RNS) The give-and-take included insights from Francis about growing up in Argentina and his thoughts on media and anger. The post Pope Francis: ‘I don’t know how to sing. I don’t even know how to speak well.’ appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this siteChinese Christians plan to send 20,000 missionaries by 2030. Five years ago, more than 200 Chinese Christian leaders were detained before they could board flights to the most diverse gathering of evangelicals ever. Among the 4,000 leaders gathered in South Africa’s Cape Town for the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, their empty seats signified the Chinese church’s challenges in engaging world missions.

This post was originally published on this siteImportant developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our January/February issue). Where America’s Christian refugees come from As US lawmakers debated banning Syrian refugees after the terrorist attacks in Paris, some religious freedom advocates were concerned that only 53 of the 2,098 Syrians resettled in the United States at the time were Christians. World Relief explained that it takes

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This post was originally published on this siteA snapshot of Christian witness in the world (as it appeared in our January/February issue). India: In 1999, dozens of Hindu extremists attacked Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons in their sleep, burning them alive. Yet his widow, Gladys, forgave the attackers and continued the couple’s ministry to lepers. In November, she received the prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for

This post was originally published on this siteEven while I was raised far from Christian faith, God revealed himself through classic children’s books. I was raised in a Hindu home, where Dad taught his children that God was a divine spirit of love. Dad’s job as an engineer took us from port to port, so that by the time I was 11, we had lived in India, England, Ghana, Cameroon,