21st September, 2018
Love is the "key ingredient" when it comes to evangelism, writes CARTER HEMINGER in Relevant magazine. But, as is explained in this article "'Love God, Love People' is More Than Your Instagram Bio'", it's important to understand what this means...

 

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20th September, 2018
"Disdained by the church and mocked by secular culture", Christian rock has long caused divisions within and without the Christian community. In this New Yorker story, 'The Unlikely endurance of Christian rock', KELEFA SANNEH takes a look at its tumultous past...

19th September, 2018
Google is this year marking its 20th anniversary. In an article on Premier Christianity CHRIS GOSWAMI looks at some of the questions that are being raised about the organisation's growing influence. Read 'The Gospel According To Google'...

17th September, 2018
CNN has published a photo essay on the effect of Hurricane Florence in the eastern US. To see the special report, In pictures: Florence drenches the Carolinas, head here...

14th September, 2018
A new book by the late British author JRR Tolkien, The Fall of Gondolin, is packed with Christian meaning, says Tolkien expert Colin Duriez. Read an article by him published on Premier Christianity...

13th September, 2018
The Russian military are collecting funds to build a new cathedral in Moscow dedicated to the nation's armed forces. You can read about the project in this BBC report...

12th September, 2018
Wonder why Costa Rica is one of the happiest countries in the world? LINDSAY FENDT investigates in this article published on The Huffington Post...

6th September, 2018
What can nuns and 'nones' learn from one another? KAYA OAKES address this question in a story published in America magazine...

5th September, 2018
The Cross aside, Christians use all kinds of symbols to express their faith. In this story, published on BeliefNet, STEPHANIE HERTZENBERG looks at 'Six Common Christian Symbols With No Biblical Basis'...

3rd September, 2018
MARSHALL ALLEN spent five years in Christian ministry before becoming a journalist and says his faith has made him better at his job. Read his story, 'The Biblical Guide to Reporting', in The New York Times...

31st August, 2018
Jackie Hill Perry, who recently featured in the film, The Heart of Man, talks about how "an epiphany about the wages of my sin" opened the door for God's "cleansing light". Read her testimony - 'Jackie Hill Perry: I Loved My Girlfriend - but God Loved Me More' - in this article on Christianity Today...

30th August, 2018
Gestures like 'bunny ears' and 'thumbs up' have fascinating histories. You can read all about their origins on the BBC IDEAS website...

29th August, 2018
It's time for action on the Rohingya massacres which have taken place in Myanmar, say Jan Figel, the European Union’s special envoy for freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, and Benedict Rogers, East Asia team leader at the human rights organisation Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Read their call for action in The Guardian...

28th August, 2018
When US Vice President Mike Pence talks about space, it sometimes sounds like he's giving a sermon, writes MARINA KOREN in The Atlantic, explaining that the VPs words draw on a long tradition of evangelical thinking about the cosmos. Read 'Mike Pence's Outer-Space Gospel' here...

27th August, 2018
With Pope Francis' visit to Ireland putting the spotlight on the Catholic Church there, the ABC spoke with David Vard, the country's youngest priest. Read NICK DOLE's story...

25th August, 2018
The Pentecostal faith of new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has already been the subject of some discussion in the media following his move to the top job on 24th August. ANTHONY COLANGELO, in an article in The Sydney Morning Herald, talks to the pastor of the Horizon Church in south Sydney's Sutherland Shire where Morrison and his family attend...

24th August, 2018
William F Liebenow, credited with saving former US President John F Kennedy's life after he was handed a coconut during World War II, was recently laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, having died last year at age 97. Read this amazing story by JESSICA CONTRERA in The Washington Post...

23rd August, 2018
Almost 40 years since Pope John Paul II visited Ireland, the country is about to welcome Pope Francis. In this report from the BBC, EIMEAR FLANAGAN and NUALA MCCANN look at how the country has changed between the two visits...

22nd August, 2018
Two branches of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians recently reunited after 27 years of separation. JAYSON CASPER reports in Christianity Today that, ironically, the push for an end to the schism came from the nation's new evangelical Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed...

21st August, 2018
With both the Protestant and Catholic worlds "rocked in the past couple of weeks by news involving abuse and sexual misconduct", DANIEL JOSE CAMACHO, of Sojourners, says it's safe to say that "Christianity is experiencing a patriarchal crisis". Read his article here...

20th August, 2018
There's been change afoot at Sydney's Wayside Chapel as Jon Owen takes over as pastor and CEO from Graham Long. Read about how the change has come about in this story from the ABC's VANESSA GRAHAM...

17th August, 2018
While the conflict in Myanmar's Rakhine state and the subsequent mass migration of Rohingya Muslims into neighbouring Bangladesh have made headlines around the world and prompted claims of genocide, the persecution of Christians Kachin state has recently attracted scant attention. Writing in The Kingston Whig Standard in Canada, GEOFFREY P JOHNSTON takes a deeper look at their plight...

15th August, 2018
The single biggest source of refugees in Africa between 2014 and 2016, Eritrea has been likened to countries like Cuba and the former East Germany. This report from The Economist looks at 'Why Eritrea is called Africa's North Korea'...

14th August, 2018
At least 250 people were killed, hundreds injured and tens of thousands left homeless after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok on 5th August. See a gallery of images depicting the aftermath of the quake in The Atlantic...

13th August, 2018
A year on from the deadly white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, comes a special BBC report on what took place. See JOEL GUNTER and ROLAND HUGHES' report, 'Charlottesville remembered: A battle for the soul of America'...

10th August, 2018
For two years the death toll from the conflict in Yemen has been frequently cited as 10,000. But as this report from KAREEM FAHIM published in The Washington Post shows, it is certainly conservative and possibly a gross underestimate...

9th August, 2018
Undocumented migrant Rosa Sabido has spent the past 14 months living in a church in Colorado in the US to avoid deportation. In a report for the BBC, TAYLOR KATE BROWN speaks with her about the toll it's taken on her...

8th August, 2018
Having trouble reading the Bible? In this article published by RELEVANT Magazine, Savannah Sturgeon grapples with 'What to do when you don't like reading the Bible'...

7th August, 2018
The Trump administration's policy on refugees is adverselt affecting Iranian Chrisians, according to a report in The AtlanticAs KRISHNADEV CALAMUR finds, the "legal limbo in which the Iranian Christians find themselves comes despite the Trump administration’s emphasis on religious freedom in Iran and around the world"...

2nd August, 2018
Large parts of eastern Australia are suffering through drought, described by one cattle farmer as a "cancer" that "eats away at you". See Newsweek's gallery of images...

1st August, 2018
Peter Comensoli has been appointed the new Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne amid hopes he might bring a "fresh start after one of the toughest periods in the church's history". In this article, 'Melbourne's new Catholic archbishop hopes to help heal city's wounds', published in The Age, he speaks with TOM COWIE about how he is approaching the role...

31st July, 2018
What's the connection between Christians who don't believe in gun control and Christian nationalism in the US? In an article published in The Washington Post, researchers Andrew Whitehead, Landon Schnabel and Samuel Perry look at the links... 

30th July, 2018
A sequel to the 2014 film Unbroken has been made focusing on Louis Zamperini's life after the events depicted in the Angelina Jolie-directed film which had shown how the one-time Olympic athlete had survived at sea for 47 days after his plane was shot down in World War II and subsequently endured two harrowing years in a Japanese POW camp. As BRYAN ALEXANDER reports in USA Today, the new film - Unbroken: Path to Redemption - tells the story of how the "spiritual chapter" in Zamperini's life began after he attended a Billy Graham crusade in 1949...

27th July, 2018
Imran Khan has claimed victory in Pakistan's election. JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, in an article published in The New York Times, looks at 'The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Next Leader'...

26th July, 2018
Bishop Joseph D'Souza, president of the All India Christian Council, believes that India needs its own #ChurchToo movement. Read this report from SAMUEL SMITH of The Christian Post...

25th July, 2018
A group of 100 Iranian refugees, including Christians and members of other religious minorities, who are stranded in Austria after they were rejected by the US may have new reason to hope. GRIFFIN PAUL JACKSON reports for Christianity Today...

24th July, 2018
Police said on Monday that a woman was lynched in central India after rumours she was part of a gang kidnapping children. Read this report in TIME about the recent spate of lynchings that have taken place in the country in recent months...

23rd July, 2018
'Biker nun' Kate Costigan is at the forefront of a campaign to tackle the problem of HIV in Tanzania through the use of mass checks in what it is hoped could be a template for other low-income countries to adopt. Read this report in The Observer about the Irish nun's work...

20th July, 2018
Branded as witches, children in Nigeria endure horrific abuse as a result. MARC ELLISON presents this special report for the BBC... 

19th July, 2018
New technologies have made finding time to spend in contemplation of God, away from the business of life, increasingly difficult. US academic and author ALAN NOBLE, in this article published on Christianity Today, looks at 'How to Witness to a Distracted World'...

18th July, 2018
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's recent comments about God - including calling Him "stupid" - have sparked an angry response from Catholic Church leaders in the country. EMILY SCHULTHEIS reports in this Foreign Policy article, Duterte vs God...

17th July, 2018
Two students were killed and at least 10 more injured during a 15 hour siege at a university campus in Nicaragua involving pro-government militias and students opposed to the regime of President Daniel Ortega which eventually ended with Catholic clergy could negotiate their release. Read this report in The Washington Post...

11th July, 2018
It's NAIDOC week in Australia and to mark the event, Common Grace is celebrating "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian women who have gone before us, and continue to lead ministries that seek justice, healing and Reconciliation in this land". You can read their stories here...

9th July, 2018
The Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, told a conference in Vatican City last week that humanity was facing a "possible collapse" in the Earth's ability to sustain life. You can read a report in the US National Catholic Reporter here...

6th July, 2018
Gang members in El Salvador seeking to leave behind their life of crime are increasingly finding a new home in evangelical churches, EMILY GREEN, of US media organisation NPR, reports. You can read Green's report here...

15th May, 2018
A former pastor from Melbourne, Morris Stuart moved with his wife Barbara to Alice Springs in 2006 and, while his wife painted, he decided to create a choir. It was the start of a remarkable musical journey which is now the subject of a documentary, The Song Keepers, and a recent episode of the ABC show, Australian StoryYou can read Morris' story here...

10th April, 2018
Mosul-based journalist and translator Ali Y Al-Baroodi has documented some of the story of what has befallen the Iraqi city in recent years in a photo essay - 'An Armenian church in Mosul after liberation from ISIS' - published on the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis' website. You can see the photo essay here.

9th March, 2018
The kidnapping of scores of schoolgirls from a town in northern Nigeria - this time Dapchi - has once again made headlines around the world. The Guardian's Ruth Maclean and Isaac Abraak here report on how terror group Boko Haram tricked girls in the town of Dapchi into thinking they were soldiers...

19th February, 2018
A rule which means only practicing Christians can own property in the Michigan town of Bay View is set to be tested. ROSE HACKMAN reports in The Guardian...

1st February, 2018
Rwanda has become the first poor country in the world to provide eyecare for all. Read VERITY BOWMAN's piece in The Guardian on how they did it...

13th December, 2017
US evangelist Franklin Graham recently made an historic visit to Vietnam to join in a Christian celebration known as the Love Hanoi Festival. To read about the historic moment, see the story by TIFFANY JOTHEN on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website...

23rd November, 2017
The Guardian's 
PETER BEAUMONT and OLIVIER LAUGHLAND report on the trade in the Dead Sea Scrolls and fears of a "significant number" of suspected forgeries in this story published on 21st November...

19th October, 2017
In an article published in online publication, The Quartz, LILY KUO reports on how Africans are being called to the UK as missionaries to reach out to white populations. Read 'Africa’s “reverse missionaries” are bringing Christianity back to the United Kingdom'...

14th September, 2017
Lyle Shelton, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, and Karina Okotel, lawyer and Liberal Party Senate candidate, presented the 'no' case for same-sex marriage at the National Press Club this week (Tiernan Brady, executive director of Australians for Equality, and Janine Middleton, co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality, had earlier presented the 'yes' case). To see both presentations, head to the ABC's National Press Club page...

5th September, 2017
Chinese missionaries Meng Lisi and Li Xinhen were abducted in Pakistan earlier this year and then killed by followers of the so-called Islamic State. Read the BBC report on what happened to them and why their case raised problems from the Chinese Government...

22nd May, 2017
In an article written for the Lausanne Movement's Lausanne Global Analysis, SAM GEORGE looks at whether God is turning the refugee crisis in Europe into one of the "greatest mission opportunities". Read Is God Reviving Europe Through Refugees?...

18th April, 2017
Jerusalem-based Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou is a 93-year-old Ethiopian composer-pianist - and a nun. Documentary-maker KATE MOLLESON, in a story in The Guardian, talks about Emahoy's extraordinary life...

21st March, 2017
Newly released footage of America's nuclear tests have been published on YouTube after the US Government declassified 750 films of the tests which took place between 1945 and 1962. You can see some of them here.

21st February, 2017
In an article published on the UK-based Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, James W Skillen, founder and former president of the Center for Public Justice in Washington, DC, and James R Skillen, assistant professor of environmental studies at Calvin College in Michigan in the US, give their take on the presidency of Donald Trump. Read The Trump Presidency: Everything Up For Grabs...

3rd February, 2017
In an article on the Nurturing Justice blog, BRUCE C WEARNE looks at the ongoing debate over the refugee "deal" brokered between Canberra and Washington in the dying days of the Obama administration. Read The Unsettlement of Asylum Seekers: Trump, Turnbull and the Deal: A brief comment on an international disgrace.

21st January, 2017
The World Economic Forum met in Davos, Switzerland, for their annual gathering this week and among those who attended was the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches. In a speech given as world leaders were arriving at the summit, Rev Dr Tveit urged them to remember those who are "left behind", calling for "accountable leadership" and noting that the solution to the divisions we see in the world today cannot be based on "appeasing the fear of one group by increasing the fear of another". You can read the full speech on the World Council of Churches' website.

24th December, 2016
Christian mother-of-five ASIA BIBI will spend her seventh consecutive Christmas in solitary confinement in Pakistan this year as she awaits the outcome of an appeal after she was sentenced to death for blasphemy over an incident involving drinking water. BBC correspondent MARTIN BASHIR revisits her case...

14th December, 2016
LORI HINNANT, in a story - Ransomed: The freeing of 226 Christians from Islamic State - published by Associated Press, looks at how a Syrian bishop raised ransoms from among the Assyrian Christian diaspora to free hundreds of Assyrian Christians kidnapped by followers of the so-called Islamic State in Syria...

30th November, 2016
Longriders Christian Motorcycle Club recently opened a new chapter in Mount Gambier in South Australia. The ABC's KATE HILL talks to the bikers about their faith - and their passion for motorcycles - in this article, Biker Church: An unconventional house of God...

23rd November, 2016
What are the connections between child marriage and climate change in Bangladesh? The Thomas Reuters Foundation, together with TakePart, explored the issue in a 20 minute documentary, Hidden Connections...

25th October, 2016
Following their release earlier this month by terror group Boko Haram, 21 schoolgirls who had been kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, in 2014, met with their nation's President Muhammadu Buhari to express their thanks for his role in their release. You can read and watch CNN's report of the meeting here...

16th September, 2016
Colombian Catholic priest Rito Julio Alvarez's mission spans the world, helping former child soldiers and explioted children in his homeland, and asylum seekers from north Africa in his adopted home of Italy. Read about his work in this story by the ABC's Europe correspondant STEVE CANNANE here...

30th August, 2016
It may have fallen off front pages around the world but the two-year-old conflict in eastern Ukraine continues to result in almost daily casualties even after the signing of a peace deal. Writing in The GuardianSHAUN WALKER reports from the frontlines...

16th August, 2016
The Christian Post has looked at the stories of five Christian athletes at the Rio Olympics who have had to overcome obstacles on their journey to win gold. You can read CHRISTINE THOMASOS' story here...

26th July, 2016
Writing in The Guardian, NAZIA PARVEEN reports on how one church in the UK is welcoming refugees and see many Muslims converting to Christianity - you can read the article here and read an earlier article on how the phenomena is occurring across Europe here.

12th July, 2016
Wondering how your church can capitalise on the Pokemon Go trend? Look no further. The Wardrobe Door blog (love the name!) has a list of eight ways for your church to make the most of the "cultural phenomenon". See the list here...

7th July, 2016
The NASA spacecraft Juno this week entered into orbit around the gas giant Jupiter after almost a five year journey. You can watch a time-lapse movie here showing a view of the planet as Juno approaches.

31st May, 2016
The Australian Prayer Network has launched a weekly prayer guide with reference to Australia's upcoming federal election. The five week guide is based around a series of weekly themes with a different prayer and Scriptures for each day. To access the prayer guide, head here.

20th May, 2016
It was 22 years ago this year that Captain Mbaye Diagne, a military observer at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda, was killed when a mortar fell near his vehicle. Though unarmed, Captain Diagne had risked his life repeatedly to save hundreds of people during the genocide, hiding them in the Hotel des Mille Collines (the story of the hotel's role has been immortalised in the film Hotel Rwanda). This month, the UN have honoured Captain Diagne with the inaugural 'Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage' which was awarded to his family. To read more of his story and hear some family reflections, follow this link...

15th April, 2016
Open Doors Australia are offering a rare chance to peek behind the walls of the 'Hermit Kingdom' of North Korea. The organisation, which says the country is the hardest place in the world to be a Christian, has published 21 images depicting daily life there. To see the images, head here...

11th March, 2016
Looking for a reason to be optimistic about the future of Africa? Here's five. Earlier this month, TIME's Ian Bremmer outlived "five facts which explain the good news about Africa". You can read the article here...

4th March, 2016
Almost two weeks have passed since Cyclone Winston tore through Fiji, leaving 43 dead and thousands homeless. The ABC has published a photo essay showing the devastation and how people are coping in the aftermath. You can see it here...

19th February, 2016
The images of three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan lying lifeless on a Turkish beach was image that made frontpages - and touched hearts - around the world. Australian musician Missy Higgins this week released a song Oh Canada which highlights his story - and the plight of the Syrian people. The video that goes with it features images which were drawn by Syrian children taking part in a program being run for children by Catholic charity Caritas in Damascus, Syria. The organisation is asking people to share the video to help raise awareness of the ongoing crisis. You hear the song and see the images here.

12th February, 2016
Lent kicked off around the world this week and to mark the occasion, TIME has published a graphic showing what people in the US have given up for the season. To see the graphic, follow this link...

1st February, 2016
Published online in the lead-up to Australia Day last week, a speech by Indigenous Australian journalist STAN GRANT in which he confronts the issue of racism has gone viral. To see the full speech, which Grant originally gave at an event in Sydney last year, follow this link...

24th January, 2016
To mark Australia Day, the Christian History Institute has released a new short documentary on the life of Captain William Bligh. Dr Graham McLennan says that while Captain Bligh is often simply remembered as a "bad-tempered disciplinarian" known for the 'Mutiny on the Bounty', his story is actually that of an "accomplished man" who played a part in the European settlement of Australia and who was "guided by faith in Jesus Christ". To see the full video, head here...

12th January, 2016
This month marks 60 years since American missionary Nate Saint and four friends were martyred in Ecuador. In this YouTube video, STEVE SAINT, son of Nate, talks about what happened that fateful day on 8th January, 1956, and the amazing story that has unfolded in the years since. You can see the video, 60 Years Later with Steve Sainthere...

21st September, 2018
Love is the "key ingredient" when it comes to evangelism, writes CARTER HEMINGER in Relevant magazine. But, as is explained in this article "'Love God, Love People' is More Than Your Instagram Bio'", it's important to understand what this means...