23rd August, 2019
See how slavery grew in the US in a multimedia presentation - 'Slavery's explosive growth, in charts: How '20 and odd' became millions' - published on USA Today...

 

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22nd August, 2019
While churches in the West are generally seeing declining congregations, those in places like Zambia in Africa are booming. TESSA WALTHER, attending the Religions for Peace World Assembly in Lindau this week, explores why in the Deutsche Welle article, 'The Christian church: Dying out or thriving like never before?'...

21st August, 2019
Venezuela is increasingly relying on its gold as the bolivar drops to near worthlessness amid claims that the gold being extracted from the country, outside any protocols, is "bloody gold". Read VASCO COTOVIO, ISA SOARES and WILLIAM BONNETT'S report - 'A trail of 'bloody gold' leads to Venezuela's government' - on CNN...

20th August, 2019
Church planter, pastor, author and missiologist JEFF CHRISTOPHERSON looks at four characteristics that distinguish Biblical hospitality from merely entertaining guests. Read his article - 'The Power of Biblical Hospitality' - on Christianity Today...

19th August, 2019
The idea of godparents goes back to the early Christian period, reports ALICE MOLDOVAN of Australia's ABC. Read 'Godparents date back to ancient Christian times, but they've come a long way since then'...

16th August, 2019
Christian hip-hop making headlines, reports PATRICK RYAN on USA TodayRead 'Christian hip hop is having a moment: 6 rappers you should know, including chart-topper NF'...

14th August, 2019
Archaeologists excavating Mount Zion in Jerusalem have uncovered evidence of the Babylonian conquest of the city. MATTHEW ROBINSON reports for CNN...

13th August, 2019
Sri Lanka's Muslims say they are struggling in the wake of a series of bombings at Easter by members of an Islamic extremist group targeting churches and hotels. ANBARASAN ETHIRAJAN reports for the BBC in 'Sri Lanka's Muslims 'demonised' after Easter bombings'...

12th August, 2019
It's estimated there are still some 40 million people trapped in modern slavery around the world today. In an article published by Australia's ABC, Vannak Prum recounts his story to FARZ EDRAKI and ANNA WHITFELD...

9th August, 2019
The majority of children living in residential care worldwide are not orphans, says Dr Krish Kandiah, founding director of Home for Good, in an article published in Premier magazine. Read 'Why time is running out for orphanages'...

8th August, 2019
In the US, Russell D Moore, pastor, author and president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission - the public policy arm of the more than 15 million-member Southern Baptist Convention, has been a vocal critic of US President Donald Trump. Read NINA BURLEIGH's article in Newsweek - 'The Rebel Evangelical: Dismantling the Loyalty of Christian Trump Supporters'...

7th August, 2019
Archbishop Bashar Warda, of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Erbil, northern Iraq, says Christianity in Iraq is "perilously close to extinction". EDWARD CLANCY reports in his article 'Facing Extinction in Iraq, Can Christians Hope for Aid from the West?' - published on National Review...

6th August, 2019
Pastor and author Max Lucado is urging the US to “welcome Jesus into the midst of this turbulent time” instead of responding with fear and anger to the recent mass shootings. Read LEAH MARIEANN KLETT's article 'How should Christians respond to mass shootings? Max Lucado answers' on The Christian Post...

5th August, 2019
A year on from devastating wildfires in Greece, churches are helping with cleaning and rebuilding. Evangelical Focus reports in its article 'Greek Christians keep helping wildfires victims one year later'...

2nd August, 2019
Patience is an often under-rated virtue. In an article published in US Catholic publication America, Rev TERRANCE KLEIN looks at why 'To be a Christian is to live in patient expectation'...

1st August, 2019
The faith of US rapper Kanye West has once again been under discussion in recent months. KATE SHELLNUTT, writing in Christianity Today, asks whether  Kanye has "lost his Jesus complex and found Christ"?...

31st July, 2019
Josh Harris, a leader in the Christian 'purity movement' says he's undergone a "massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus" and that by all the measurements he has for defining a Christian, he no longer is one. Read DANIEL AVERY's report on Newsweek...

30th July, 2019
A devastating fire at Paris Notre Dame Cathedral in April made headlines around the globe and attention is now turning to its rebuilding. Read TIME's indepth report, 'Inside the Fight Over How Notre Dame Should Rise From the Ashes'...

29th July, 2019
The Economist's
 Erasmus column looks at the new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's religious leanings. Read 'Boris Johnson’s confusing and contradictory religious history'...

26th July, 2019
US Christian missionary John Allen Chau was killed when he approached the Sentinelese people living on North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal last year. In an indepth report published in Outside magazine which draws on Chau's journal entries, ALEX PERRY looks at 'The Last Days of John Allen Chau'... 

25th July, 2019
Christians all over the world are grappling with the use of social media. Writing in the Baptist Standard in the US, JOSHUA SHARP gives his thoughts in his article 'Voices: Restraint: Being a Christian presence on social media'...

24th July, 2019
Can a person have "always been a Christian"? SHANE PRUITT, author of 9 Common Lies Christians Believe looks at the question in an article on Relevant Magazine...

23rd July, 2019
Writing in Christianity Today, MARK GALLI warns of the dangers of creating a "cult of personaility" around preachers. Read, 'And Now, the Star of the Show'....

22nd July, 2019
More than 1,600 Bibles are on show at an exhibition in the Spanish capital of Madrid. Read about the display on Evangelical Focus...

19th July, 2019
The US Government is honouring an 83-year-old Muslim cleric who hit more trhan 260 Christians in his home and mosque during an attack in central Nigeria. BUKOLA ADEBAYO reports for CNN...

18th July, 2019
An Australian family has been ordered to pay $A2 million to the Australian Tax Office after failing to pay income tax on the grounds it is "against God's will". Read PHOEBE HOSIER's report on the ABC...

17th July, 2019
In a story being published in the August issue of Sojourners, Christians from around the world have written a series of letters to the US church. Read the letters here...

16th July, 2019
There were three men on board the Apollo 11 mission to land the first man on the Moon but only two walked on its surface. JEFFREY KLUGER reports for TIME magazine on what it was like for the man - Michael Collins - who didn't get to put his foot on the lunar surface...

15th July, 2019
In the US city of Boston, a Christian bookseller has operated under the name CBD for decades. DUGAN ARNETT, of The Boston Globe, reports on why that had become a problem...

12th July, 2019
There is no real risk of religious persecution in Australia, Tim Costello - former World Vision chief advocate and now senior fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity, has told The GuardianRead SARAH MARTIN's report, 'Tim Costello: 'Christians need to calm down' and 'suck it up' over alleged persecution'...

11th July, 2019
What not to say to a depressed Christian? MEGAN BAILEY, in this article published on beliefnet, looks at '6 Things Never to Say to a Depressed Christian'... 

10th July, 2019
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison attended the Hillsong conference in Sydney this week, saying in reported comments that the country needed "more love". Read KYLIE BEACH's report on Eternity...

8th July, 2019
Australian doctor Catherine Hamlin has been working to help women by addressing the issue of obstetric fistula in Ethiopia for the past six decades. JANE HUTCHEON, of Australia's ABC, reports in this article, 'Catherine Hamlin has been changing women's lives in Ethiopia for 60 years'...

5th July, 2019
What are the similarities between quantum physics and Biblical truth? UK Christian author Ann Shakespeare explains in this article by TIMOTHY ARDEN published on The London Economic...

4th July, 2019
In Vietnam, architects are campaigning to save the Bui Chu Cathedral in the northern province of Nam Dinh. Read about the campaign on BBC's News From Elsewhere...

3rd July, 2019
Child sacrifice is continuing to take place in Uganda, says Pastor Peter Sewakiryanga. Read this report from ABC Radio National's FIONA PEPPER and SUSAN CLARK, 'Witchcraft has a dark side in Uganda, and children are falling victim'...

2nd July, 2019
The payment of reparations for slavery has been a divisive issue in the US. In an article published by Newsweek, Dr Heather Thompson Day, communication professor at Colorado Christian University and a contributor to the evangelical research insititution, Barna Group, asks whether America's Christians are sacrificing themselves for others as Christ did...

1st July, 2019
In light of the recent (and ongoing) protests in Hong Kong, TIAN AN WONG, a visiting assistant professor at Smith College and a Malaysian, says it's time to get "righteously angry". Read his article 'Why we need a theology of protest' on Sojourners' revamped website...

27th June, 2019
Is it time for churches to come out and say what they really think about sexuality? MEGAN CORNWELL, deputy editor of UK's Premier Christianity magazine, says, in an article published in the magazine, that she uncovered a "conspiracy of silence" when researching Christian views on sexuality...

26th June, 2019
Should evangelism be the highest priority of Christians at work? In an article published by Christianity Today, JEREMY WEBER canvases different views at the Lausanne Movement’s Global Workplace Forum...

25th June, 2019
Afghanistan's poor are facing starvation once again as ongoing conflict, drought and floods exact a harsh toll. JACOB SAULWICK and photographer KATE GERAGHTY, of Fairfax Media, report...

24th June, 2019
Arabs are increasingly saying they are not religious, according to the results of a new BBC survey. Read the report which also looks at how Arabs feel about a wide range of issues - from honour killings to emigration...

21st June, 2019
The latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed more than 1,300 lives. SALLY HAYDEN, in an article published on TIME, reports from the frontlines in the fight against the disease...

20th June, 2019
Redding in northern California has become an "unlikely global epicenter of Christian culture" thanks to opening of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry 20 years ago, according to VANESSA RANCANO writing in The Mercury NewsRead her report here...

19th June, 2019
The Christian hymn, Sing Hallelujah to the Lord has become the unlikely anthem of Hong King's protests against an extradition bill. JESSIE PANG and MARIUS ZAHARIA report for Reuters...

18th June, 2019
The Bible - or at least the Old Testament - is common to both Christianity and Judaism. Yet theologian JOHN BARTON, writing in TIME, says the interpretative keys that each community brings to the texts are so different that it is almost as though they recognised two different Bibles...

17th June, 2019
What do unbelievers believe? NICK SPENCER, senior fellow at UK thinktank Theos, argues in an article on the organisation's website that "we get atheism wrong if we see it simply as a detached, philosophical (dis)belief in God"...

14th June, 2019
Hong Kong has been brought to a standstill this week with mass protests over a proposed law allowing extradition to China. In this article on CNBC, GRACE SHAO provides some background...

13th June, 2019
MARK GALLI, editor in chief of Christianity Today, says "thinking of the church primarily in missional terms is a mistake", adding that he thinks it an unBiblical view of the church which has a "higher purpose". Read his article 'The Church Does Not Exist for the Sake of the World'...

12th June, 2019
Amid ongoing political uncertainty, Venezuelans are suffering. Read ZOE DANIEL and NIALL LENIHAN's article - 'Venezuelans are slowly starving to death as Maduro and Guaido battle for power' - published by Australia's ABC...

11th June, 2019
And the contenders are - read the BBC's report on the final 10 contenders for the UK Conservative Party's leadership race...

7th June, 2019
Everyday, 100 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more are shot and injured, says Sojourners President JIM WALLIS. Read an article he wrote in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Virginia Beach in the US...

6th June, 2019
A Canadian psychology professor, Jordan Peterson, has been embraced by Christians around the world thanks to his views, including his attacks on political correctness, even prompting the headline in the UK's Premier magazine, Is Jordan B Peterson the saviour of Christianity?Read MICHAEL COLLETT's article, published on Australia's ABC, 'Jordan Peterson: Why some (but not all) Christians are flocking to the culture warrior'...

5th June, 2019
In an article published on The Atlantic website this week, EMMA GREEN says the controversy over a presidential stop-off at a Virginian megachurch following the recent mass shooting at Virginia Beach - during which the President was prayed for by the pastor David Platt, shows "how thoroughly the Trump era has opened the way for cynicism and outrage over even mundane, predictable Christian behaviour". Read her article 'On Praying for the President'...

4th June, 2019
With its 30th anniversary being marked this week, the Tiananmen Square massacre - a bloody crackdown on Chinese pro-democracy students in 1989 - was symbolised in an iconic image showing a lone man blocking the path of tanks as they rolled through the square. BILL BIRTLES, Australia's ABC China correspondent, looks at how China has "erased" the iconic 'tank man' image from the consciousness of young people in China today...

3rd June, 2019
Naomi Scott, star of the movie Aladdin, spoke to Compassion UK recently about her role in the film, her faith and her work with the organisation. Read 'Naomi Scott: Meet the Woman Behind the Big Screen and Discover Why She’s Passionate About Empowering Girls Worldwide'...

31st May, 2019
“God uses kids who do not speak to speak His Good News”. So says Jelena Sivulka, founder of Hanina nada, a US-based Christian organisation that works with special needs and their families. Read DANIEL HOFKAMP's article about her work on Evangelical Focus here...

30th May, 2019
Rockstar Alice Cooper is "proud to be a rebel like Jesus", according to a story published this week on CBNNews. Read ANDREA MORRIS' article 'Famed Shock Rocker Alice Cooper Proud to Be a Rebel Like Jesus, the One Who Freed Him from a Life of Sin'...

29th May, 2019
In a statement released by the Vatican this week, Pope Francis made it "crystal clear" that the logic of “me first and then the others" is not the logic of Christ. GERARD O'CONNELL reports for America Magazine in 'Pope Francis: “Me first” logic is not Christian in response to migrants and refugees'...

28th May, 2019
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was re-elected in a huge election win last week. JOHN L ALLEN, Jr, editor of Catholic publication Crux, reflects on what it could mean for Christians in his piece, 'India’s political earthquake could jeopardise Christian minority'...

27th May, 2019
Iraq's Christians are close to extinction, the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Irbil Bashar Warda told a gathering in London recently. FRANK GARDNER reports for the BBC...

24th May, 2019
Some 15 years ago, all of the waste from the Slovenian capital Ljubljana went to landfill, but by 2025, at least 75 per cent of its rubbish will be recycled. LUKA DAKSKOBLER looks at how the city brought about the change in the Guardian article, 'From no recycling to zero waste: how Ljubljana rethought its rubbish'...

23rd May, 2019
'What happens when Christian movies go mainstream?' That's the question asked by BuzzFeed News reporter ALISON WILLMORE in a recent article...

22nd May, 2019
Rev Jebasingh Samuvel, a priest at the Jaffna Diocese Church of South India in Delft Island, Sri Lanka, advocates against caste violence - particularly through his paintings. Read DANIEL SUNKARI's interview with Rev Samuvel on Sojourners...

21st May, 2019
Telling the story of the murder of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons in India in January, 1999, the movie, The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story, opened in Australia last week. Here, in an interview carried out for the Australian Christian Channel, ROD HOPPING speaks to Graham's widow Gladys Staines about the movie...

20th May, 2019
Architects from around the world have been invited to submit designs for the rebuilding of Notre Dame in Paris following April's destructive fire. ALAN WEEDON, of Australia's ABC, reports on the possibilities...

17th May, 2019
Religious freedom around the world is under attack, writes STEVEN WALDMAN in an excerpt from his book, Sacred Liberty, published on NewsweekRead the article 'Religious Freedom Is America’s Greatest Export - and It’s Under Attack' here...

15th May, 2019
The controversy over Australian rubgy player Israel Folau's Instagram post and his views on homosexuality continue to make headlines in Australia. SIMON SMART, executive director of the Centre for Public Christianity, addresses the issue in The Sydney Morning Herald with his article, 'What I wish I could have said as a Christian to Folau before he took to Instagram'...

14th May, 2019
Australia heads to the polls on Saturday, 18th May, in a hotly contested general election. KAREN TONG, writing for Australia's ABC, looks at 'Why Christians on the left are a growing voting bloc'...

13th May, 2019
There's trend in the US for multi-site churches to move back to autonomous congregations. LEONARDO BLAIR reports for The Christian Post...

10th May, 2019
Filipinos go to the polls in mid-term elections on 13th May with polls showing controversial President Rodrigo Duterte is as popular as ever. ALAN WEEDON, in a story published by the ABC in Australia, looks at why in his article 'Why Rodrigo Duterte remains as popular as ever ahead of the Philippines' key mid-term elections'...

9th May, 2019
Youth ministries are reaching out to teenagers "torn between Mexico and the US", reports Bekah McNeel on Christianity TodayRead 'Young Life at the Border'...

8th May, 2019
What does success look like to God? In an article on Relevant Magazine, HEATHER CALIRI looks at why God's idea of success is so different from ours...

7th May, 2019
DANIEL NOUR was among participants in the recent SBS show, Christians Like UsHere, he writes about what it's like to be a young Arab Christian in Australia today...

6th May, 2019
It's 49 years since four student protestors were killed and nine others injured when National Guard members opened fire at Kent State University in the US. Getty Images has released previously unpublished pictures of events surrounding the shootings. You can see them at TIME...

3rd May, 2019
The final Avengers film has broken box office records around the world. In an article - 'Avengers: Endgame Is a Love Letter to Human Imperfection' -  published by Sojourners, BETH COOPER-CHRISMON and JK GRANBERG-MICHAELSON have a look what what the film says about humanity...

1st May, 2019
Artists have just completed what is being described as the Philippines' own "Sistine Chapel" at a church on the island of Bantayan. CHARLES SACEDA reports for UCAnews...

30th April, 2019
Chinese migrants are openly embracing Christianity in Kenya. But JENNI MARSH, of CNN, reports in her story - 'As churches are demolished at home, Chinese Christians find religious freedom in Kenya' - they are often unaware of the Communist Party's "war on religion" in China...

29th April, 2019
Sri Lankan priest JURINESZ R SHADRACH, in an article published by Christianity Today, reflects on the how Christians can reconcile what happened in his country on Easter Sunday with the message of Easter. Read 'How Do We Reconcile Easter Beliefs with the Easter Bombings?'...

26th April, 2019
Among the stories to have emerged from the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday is that church-goer Ramesh who was killed the Zion Church in the east-coast city of Batticaloa after he first removed a man with a backpack which subsequently exploded killing at least 25 including 13 children. Watch RAJINI VAIDYANATHAN's video report for the BBC...

24th April, 2019
Almost a year on from suicide attacks on three churches in Surabaya in which 13 people died, forgiveness is a "consistent response" of those attending the targeted churches. BENEDICT ROGERS, East Asia team leader for UK-based religious freedom advocacy CSW, writes about what he encountered when visiting in this piece first published on UCAnews...

18th April, 2019
More than 40 million people have watched the musical His Life, described by director Harold Lee as "the best way to communicate what Jesus did for us". Read DANIEL HOFKAMP's piece about the play, ‘"His Life": Bringing Jesus to stages all around the world', on Evangelical Focus...

17th April, 2019
Notre Dame's medieval design was critical to how well it was able to weather this week's fire. Read YASMIN JEFFERY, of Australia's ABC, reports on 'The medieval design innovation that helped save Notre Dame from perishing completely'...

16th April, 2019
Denominations that support and enhance the Biblical mission of the local church will thrive while those that don't will continue to decline, according to KARL VATERS writing in Christianity TodayRead '14 Observations About The State of Christian Denominations Today'...

15th April, 2019
More than a year after Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria were seized back from the so-called Islamic State, both cities remain in ruins. VICTOR J BLUE reports for TIME in a photo essay, After the ‘War of Annihilation’ Against ISIS...

12th April, 2019
A new documentary, Santuario, follows the life of Juana Luz Tobar Ortega after she took sanctuary in a North Carolina church in May, 2017. DANIEL JOSÉ CAMACHO, writing for Sojourners, had a Q&A with those behind the film...

11th April, 2019
Syria's ancient Assyrian Christian community has been ravaged and displaced by war but its mostly elderly members are clinging to their ancestral home, reports DOMINIQUE SOGUEL. Read 'In northeast Syria, a Christian community fights for survival', published in The Christian Science Monitor...

10th April, 2019
Hundreds of the world's languages are at risk of extinction. Read CNN's JAMES GRIFFITHS ' report - 'Welsh and Hawaiian were saved from extinction. Other languages might not be so lucky'...

8th April, 2019
India's caste system could play a pivotal role in the country's upcoming upcoming elections. ABC reporter TASHA WIBAWA looks at how...

5th April, 2019
The global community must act to end the forcible extraction of organs from prisoners of conscience, says Benedict Rogers, East Asia team leader at religious freedom advocacy CSW. Read his article 'China's 'genocide' unlike any other' on UCAnews...

4th April, 2019
Dwight Martin has created what has been described as the "most comprehensive national church database in the world" charting how many churches there are in Thailand. KATE SHELLNUT reports in this article - 'Making Missions Count: How a Major Database Tracked Thailand’s Church-Planting Revival' - for Christianity Today...

3rd April, 2019
The label "Christian" can be problematic for business owners, non-profits or musicians, says US author and speaker Craig Gross. In an article published on Fox News, he looks at "Why nobody wants a 'Christian' label"...

2nd April, 2019
It's six months since an earthquake and tsunami devastated the city of Palu on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. ERIN HANDLEY and FARID M IBRAHIM speak to survivors in this story published by Australia's ABC...

1st April, 2019
Climate change could have a dramatic effect on the lives of the world's poorest. TARA JOHN, of CNN, explains how...

29th March, 2019
Vietnam’s Hmong Christians are persecuted for their beliefs. JOSEP PRAT, in this article published by the South China Morning Post, looks at why their faith makes the Vietnamese Government so uneasy...

27th March, 2019
A video which shows Pope Francis pulling his hand away from people who attempted to kiss his unique papal ring has gone viral on social media. JAMES REYNOLDS explains in this report for the BBC...

26th March, 2019
The Syrian village of Baghouz - the last stronghold of the so-called Islamic State in the country - is a "horrific wasteland" after 10 weeks of gunfire and airstrikes. DAVID SIM, of Newsweek, reports... 

25th March, 2019
The 'Vatican' and 'robots' don't usually fall in the same sentence. But in this article published by the BBC, JEN COPESTAKE reports on a recent workshop at the Vatican where  scientists, ethicists and theologians gathered to discuss the future of robotics...

21st March, 2019
The full extent of the death and destruction which occurred when Cyclone Idai slammed into south-eastern Africa late last week remains to be seen. But in this article published on National Geographic, STEPHEN LEAHY looks at why the cyclone was so destructive...

20th March, 2019
There's almost no research on how Christian women's rights to religious freedom are marginalised around the world, according to a report on World Watch Monitor. Read ‘In context of gender justice, women’s right to freedom of religion pretty much ignored’...

19th March, 2019
How should Christians respond to the Christchurch mosque attacks? Christianity Today's JAYSON CASPER asked "11 evangelical experts"...

18th March, 2019
Australian public broadcaster SBS is running a new show in which "10 Australian Christians with vastly different beliefs live under one roof for a week to confront the controversial topics of their faith". Read more about Christians Like Us here...

15th March, 2019
Christian refugees who were formerly Muslims and now live in The Netherlands are being "threatened or bullied on a regular basis" according to Christian relief organisations. Read SJOUKJE DIJKSTRA's report on Crux...

14th March, 2019
The church in Venezuela is suffering as the country experiences "increasing political tumult, blackouts, water shortages, and out of control inflation". In a podcast episode published by Christianity Today titled 'Our Venezuelan Brothers and Sisters in Christ Are Suffering', MORGAN LEE and MARK GALLI talk to Germán Novelli-Oliveros, a Venezuelan-born pastor now in the US about how oil brought Protestantism to Venezuela, why pastors won’t speak out politically, and his advice for people who want to help...

12th March, 2019
Christian converts in Tajikstan in Central Asia try to keep a low profile amid growing uncertainty about their religion’s status, according to a report from the Institute for War & Peace Reporting. You can read the story here...

7th March, 2019
The US-based Lott Carey Global Christian Missional Community has released a 31 day prayer guide for March, 31 Days of Prayer for Women’s EmpowermentTo download a free copy, head here.

6th March, 2019
More than a decade on from anti-Christian riots in the Indian state of Odisha in which almost 100 died and thousands of buildings were destroyed, victims and their families are turning out to be biggest inspiration of the Christian faith in the country say church leaders. Read CYNTHIA STEPHEN's report on UCAnews...

5th March, 2019
An analysis from Bible Gateway shows Jeremiah 29:11 has replaced John 3:16 as the most read verse on its website. In an article published on Christian Today, Jewish academic, author and translator Dr Irene Lancaster takes a deeper look at the verse...

4th March, 2019
Wife. Mother. Teacher. Artist. Warrior. Medina is all these things and more. She's also one of the "unknowns" in a terrible conflict most of the world has ignored. Medina lives in the war-torn Nuba mountains of Sudan. Her story, though tragic, is full of hope and beauty. Medina’s Song is the first in a series of films released by Persecution Project to highlight unknown heroes, like Medina, who struggle to live lives amidst war and persecution. See Medina’s Song here...

28th February, 2019
Dutch-born Franciscan Father Martin Harun is credited with rekindling interest in the Scriptures in Indonesia over the past 50 years. Read RYAN DAGUR's report telling his story for UCAnews... 

27th February, 2019
What's life like for people after they are saved from slavery? In this multimedia presentation from the Thomson Reuters Foundation, KIERAN GUILBERT speaks to survivors in Mauretania, India and the US...

26th February, 2019
As churches grapple with ministering to people struggling with mental illness, some are now speaking about how their experiences in the church led them to leave. Read this report from LEONARDO BLAIR on the Christian Post... 

25th February, 2019
Father Roy Snipes, known as the "cowboy priest" is the parish priest at a adobe chapel built beside the Rio Grande on the US-Mexican border. JEREMY RAFF reports for The Atlantic on how the priest is responding to US President Donald Trump's "border wall" and the military presence now on the border...

22nd February, 2019
ADAM TAYLOR, executive director of US movement Sojourners, writes about a recent visit to Alabama where he visited the new Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Read his reflection on his visits here...

20th February, 2019
US pastor Francis Chan left his megachurch and took his family to a developing country. Read about why in this interview published on the UK's Premier Christianity...

19th February, 2019
Catholics in Bangladesh recently celebrated 500 years of the Christian faith in their nation. See this video report from UCANews...

18th February, 2019
The ancient city of Ephesus, now in modern Turkey, featured heavily in the New Testament. STEPHEN BEALE, writing for Aleteia, looks at five key sites...

14th February, 2019
NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has been confirmed dead, 15 years after it landed on the red planet in 2004. JEFFREY KLUGER, in an article published on TIME, charts some of the key moments in its sojourn there...

13th February, 2019
Two years after the Iraqi town of Bartella was liberated from the so-called Islamic State, fewer than a third of its 3,800 Christian families have returned. FAY ABUELGASIM reports for Associated Press on why...

11th February, 2019
Scientists looking for Sir Ernest Shackleton's lost ship, the Endurance, have arrived at the search site in the Weddell Sea. Read this report on the hunt by JONATHAN AMOS of the BBC...

8th February, 2019
Pope Francis became the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninula earlier this week and saw the largest ever gathering of Christians there. But what impact will that have on local Christians? Read JAYSON CASPER's article, 'Francis of Arabia: Will UAE’s Warm Welcome Help Christians Feel More at Home?', published on Christianity Today...

6th February, 2019
JONATÁN SORIANO and JOEL FOSTER, of Europe's EvangelicalFocus recently interviewed Efraim Tendero, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance and former leader of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, about President Rodrigo Duterte, the Catholic Church and the role of Filipino evangelicals. You can read the interview in full here...

5th February, 2019
A new church in Kobani, on the Syrian-Turkish border, is attracting Muslim converts. YULIYA TALMAZAN reports for NBC News on how life under the regime of the so-called Islamic State had led Muslims to Christianity...

4th February, 2019
A North Korean defector has provided a window into life for Christians in the so-called "hermit kingdom". See AP reporter HYUNG-JIN KIM's story in Crux...

1st February, 2019
The Guardian
 has run a gallery of images depicting America's big freeze caused by a polar vortex in the midwest and east of the US. See the gallery here...

30th January, 2019
The burial of a woman in an early Christian cemetery in a Roman settlement in what is now Slovenia has puzzled archaeologists. Read MARJAN ZIBERNA's article on National Geographic...

29th January, 2019
Pope Francis has just spent five days in Panama where young Catholics from all across the world converged to celebrate World Youth Day. See a Vatican News wrap-up of his time in Panama here...

25th January, 2019
British pastor Andrew Wilson says charismatic and liturgical Christians need each other. The Christian Post's BRANDON SHOWALTER speaks to him about why...

22nd January, 2019
In the UK, Premier's JUSTIN BRIERLEY spoke with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby about evangelism initiative Thy Kingdom Come, prayer, evangelism, speaking in tongues, politics, Brexit, LGBT issues and church unity. Watch the full video here...

21st January, 2019
The US is today commemorating Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, with the annual Martin Luther King Day holiday. See a slideshow of images from his life on Reuters...

18th January, 2019
DAVID NASSER was a child of the Iranian Revolution and "wanted nothing to do with religion" after his experiences there. But after his family fled to the US, God turned his family’s "tragedy into testimony". Read his story on Christianity Today...

16th January, 2019
In Brazil, a wave of attacks in Ceará state has revealed the growing power of gangs. Read JO GRIFFIN's story in The Guardian...

15th January, 2019
In China, the Communist Party is intensifying religious persecution as Christianity’s popularity grows while a new state translation of the Bible is planned. The Observer's LILY KUO reports in this article 'In China, they’re closing churches, jailing pastors – and even rewriting scripture'...

14th January, 2019
China's National Space Administration (CNSA) has released footage captured by the Chang’e-4 spacecraft as it made an historic landing on the far side of the moon, on 3rd January. See the footage in this video published by Newsweek...

11th January, 2019
US singer Lauren Daigle has been embroiled in controversy in recent weeks over her stance on homosexuality and her recent appearance on US show EllenIn this report from LINDSAY ELIZABETH published on CBN News, she says she also doesn't consider herself a 'Christian artist', just an 'artist'...

10th January, 2019
A group of deaf and hearing impaired Syrian refugee children have joined with local Lebanese children in a choir performance held in Beirut in the lead-up to Christmas which has described as "nothing short of miraculous". Read this report on the UNCHR website...

8th January, 2019
Growing numbers of Ethiopian children are living on the streets of the nation's capital Addis Ababa. Read TOM GARDNER's article, 'Homeless children struggle to survive on the streets of Ethiopia's capital', published in The Guardian...

7th January, 2019
It's 40 years since the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime - which caused the deaths of an estimated two million people - in Cambodia. HOLLY ROBERTSON reports for Australia's ABC...

4th January, 2019
Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses in the US have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children. Read this in-depth report from Australia's ABC...

3rd January, 2019
It's a special moment when a new Bible translation is released into a community. In a story published on Christianity Today, ANN VOSKAMP and photographer ESTHER HAVENS document the moment a new Bible translation arrives in a rural Kenyan community...

2nd January, 2019
In the US, the Gospel Coalition has published a list of '10 Critical Religious Liberty Cases Coming in 2019'. You can read the list here...

31st December, 2018
The Jordan River has been reduced to just five per cent of its historic flows. In a story published by Australia's ABC, ERIC TLOZEK reports on efforts to save it...

24th December, 2018
The National Council of Churches in Australia has published a series of Christmas messages from Australian Christian denominational leaders. Read the messages here...

21st December, 2018
Psalm 142 is a cry from someone in desperate need and has become the daily prayer of a prisoner on death row in the US. In a piece published on Sojourners' website, Rev CARI WILLIS, a volunteer chaplain for men on death row in Virginia and North Carolina, explains how the psalm has impacted her as a result...

20th December, 2018
Former US President George HW Bush, who died earlier this month, secretly sponsored a child through Compassion International for the past 10 years. CNN has published the contents of some of the letters he exchanged with the child...

19th December, 2018
Christmas can be a wonderful time of the year - but for the lonely, isolated or bereaved, it can be a reminder of what they're missing. Read GRACE JENNINGS-EDQUIST report on Australia's ABC on some simple ways we can all help people feel connected...

18th December, 2018
Thousands of Iranian refugees are converting to Christianity in Turkey. But as NPR reports, there are some concerns that not all of the conversions are genuine and some being using "religious persecution as a way to get to the West"...

17th December, 2018
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced retired General David Hurley will be the country's next Governor-General. The ABC's ANDREW PROBYN and MATTHEW DORAN report...

14th December, 2018
Major reports to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem - which some believe was built on the site where Jesus was born - are reportedly lifting spirits in the town. Read MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH's story published by Associated Press...

13th December, 2018
Prior to his execution at the hands of the Nazis during World War II, German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a letter while he was imprisoned in Germany in which he compared Advent to being in a prison cell. In an article on Christianity Today, Elisabeth Rain Kincaid, assistant professor of moral theology at the Aquinas Institute of Theology, takes a closer look...

12th December, 2018
Famous for his investigation that lead to the impeachment of former US President Bill Clinton, Ken Starr - in this interview with Religion News Service's MAINA MWAURA - talks about his faith, his new book on the Clinton investigation, his advice for his independent counsel Robert Mueller, his departure from Baylor and his views on US immigration policy...

11th December, 2018
Congolese surgeon Dr Denis Mukwege was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Monday with Yazidi activist Nadia Murad. Sky News' correspondent JOHN SPARKS met the doctor at his hospital in the DRC...

10th December, 2018
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet, as SAMUEL MOYN explains in this piece published on the ABC's Religion & Ethics website, while it is celebrated today, it was largely ignored when first passed by the UN General Assembly...

3rd December, 2018
Hayarpi Tamrazyan, her mother, father and younger sisters have been in hiding since their asylum application - which was initially granted - was overturned by the Dutch government. Watch this BBC report on their story...

30th November, 2018
Syrian refugee Hassan-al Kontar spent seven months stranded in Kuala Lumpur's International Airport in Malaysia. Watch this BBC report on how his life has changed after Canada opened its doors to him...

29th November, 2018
Feeling guilty when you rest? In this interview published on the Lausanne Movement website, Pablo Martinez talks about his new book - Take Care of Yourself: Survive and Thrive in Christian Ministry...

28th November, 2018
Authors ROBERT and LINDA BANKS speak to the Centre for Public Christianity about Amy Oxley Wilkinson, a young Australian who went as a missionary to China in 1895. Listen to 'An Australian in China' here...

27th November, 2018
Who exactly is in the "human caravan" of Central American migrants that's been walking across Mexico toward the US border? BRYAN MEALER, in this article on The Guardian - This is what Trump’s caravan 'invasion' really looks like - reports on who he found...

26th November, 2018
Two decades after the Good Friday Agreement formally ended the sectarian conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland, violence persists. Read KATHY GILSINAN's article 'In Northern Ireland, Vigilante Violence Keeps Terrorizing Communities' published in The Atlantic...

23rd November, 2018
27-year-old American John Allen Chau reportedly died when he was shot with arrows by Indigenous residents of the remote Indian North Sentinel island. Listen to this BBC report featuring Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern, the organisation with which Mr Chau was aligned, talk about why he was there...

22nd November, 2018
It's three years since a million people landed on the Greek island of Lesbos in the largest movement of people since World War II. The Guardian's HELENA SMITH's writes about how Movement on the Ground is aiming to help both the refugees still there and locals in her article 'Lesbos deserves better': pioneering aid project unites locals and migrants'...

21st November, 2018
This month marks 80 years since Kristallnacht in Germany - the night the Nazi's persecution of the Jews suddenly turned violent. Ruth Winkelmann was there. Read BBC reporter CAROLINE WYATT's indepth interview about the events of that night...

19th November, 2018
More than half of the churches in the Californian town of Paradise have been destroyed in the fire which swept through the town recently. But pastors have continued working from the nearby town of Chico to minister to those affected. Read KATE SHELLNUTT's article - 'Paradise Fire Burned Most Church Buildings, But "the Church Is Still Alive"' - on the Christianity Today website...

16th November, 2018
Maha Mamo is one of the world's millions of stateless people. In a video published by the World Council of Churches, Maha shares the story of her struggle for citizenship and her work as an advocate for the rights of stateless people worldwide...

14th November, 2018
China has funded thousands of projects in the developing world in recent years. JOANNE LU of NPR in the US looks at whether such projects really help the local economy...

13th November, 2018
Efforts to colorise images from World War II are bringing the soldiers and their stories to life in a new way. Watch a report from CNN's NICK GLASS...

12th November, 2018
With the world marking 100 years since the end of World War I on Sunday, Bishop Paul Mason, Catholic Bishop of the Forces in Great Britain, talks about what his work involves. Read Sr BERNADETTE MARY REIS' interview on Vatican News...

9th November, 2018
US evangelist GREG LAURIE talks about an encounter he had with Billy Graham in an article marking 100 years since his birth. Read 'Happy 100th birthday, Billy Graham' on The Christian Post...

7th November, 2018
Evangelical megachurches are offering gang members in El Salvador a way out of their lives of violence. MOLLY O'TOOLE reports for The New Republic in this article 'Can Megachurches Save El Salvador?'...

5th November, 2018
More than three-quarters of abortions in the US are obtained by women who identify as Christians, according to data quoted in an an article on The Christian PostMARVIN G THOMPSON, in 'Why Do Christian Women Continue to Have Abortions?', explores why that's the case...

2nd November, 2018
US Vice-President Mike Pence this week caused an international controversy when he invited "Christian rabbi" Loren Jacobs on stage to pray at a rally in Michigan. NBC's CORKY SIEMASZKO reports...

31st October, 2018
John Dickson, founding director of Australia's Centre for Public Christianity and author of more than a dozen books, looks at whether Christians should oppose the idea of Halloween. Read 'Halloween vs Christmas' on the CPX website...

30th October, 2018
A 3,000-year-old Assyrian sculpture is expected to sell for at least $10 million at an auction in New York this week. SARAH LAZARUS, of CNN, explores the history of the artwork and how some believed it "proved the Bible was real"...

29th October, 2018
What's happened to the vanished Uighurs of Xinjiang? JOHN SUDWORTH investigates in this special report for the BBC, 'China's hidden camps'...

26th October, 2018
This week we ran a story on how climate-related displacement affects women and girls in Bangladesh, pushing some into prostitution. The article's author, doctoral student OTTO SIMONSSON, has also produced a documentary on the issue. You can see One Every Second here...

25th October, 2018
UN emergency relief coordinator Mark Lowcock told the Security Council this week that up to half the population of Yemen are facing pre-famine conditions. For an in-depth look at the situation, head to Famine in Yemen: A primer, put together by ANNIE SLEMROD and BEN PARKER, of IRIN news...

24th October, 2018
"Moderate religious voices" are not being heard, according to Michael Curry, the US Episcopalian bishop who presided over the wedding of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex. He spoke with The Guardian's HARRIET SHERWOOD ahead of his upcoming visit to the UK...

23rd October, 2018
Andrew Brunson, the US pastor releases from Turkey recently after two years in confinement there, has spoken of the breakdown he experienced while in prison. Read this Associated Press article on Voice of America...

22nd October, 2018
Last week Australia's Sydney Anglican Synod voted unanimously in favour of a new policy - possibly a world first - under which women who have been abused by the priest husbands would be able to apply for financial assistance. In this article published on the ABC, an anonymous woman who was abused by her husband, a clergyman, talks about what the new policy means for women like her...

19th October, 2018
Rihan Hanna Ayoub is one of five Christian members in the Iraqi Parliament (out of 329). She spoke with AsiaNews about the role Christians can play in the country today...

18th October, 2018
How should Christians respond to outrage online? CNN's DANIEL BURKE talks to Ed Stetzer - dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership at Wheaton College and executive director of the Billy Graham Cente - about his latest book, Christians in the Age of Outrage...

17th October, 2018
Can yoga be Christian? REBECCA ABBOTT investigates in this story published on Eternity News...

16th October, 2018
Slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was among seven new saints canonised by Pope Francis on the weekend. AARIK DANIELSEN, in the Sojourners' article 'The Scandal of Oscar Romero's God' takes a look at the controversial figure...

15th October, 2018
Social media should carry mental health warnings? That's the question asked by social futurist (and Sight contributor) MAL FLETCHER in the latest video from 2030Plus TV...

12th October, 2018
What does our fascination with Mars tell us about human curiosity? DOUGLAS ESTES explores the subject in his article 'Why does the Red Planet call to us?' on Christianity Today...

11th October, 2018
Research shows that religion is beneficial for people and their communities, says Denis Dragovic, honorary senior fellow at the University of Melbourne and a specialist on the role of religion in society. Read his article, published in Fairfax Media, 'Religion is good for you and for your community'...

10th October, 2018
The #MeToo movement has arrived in Asia but as SUYIN HAYNES and ARIA HANGYU CHEN report, speaking out comes with great risks. Read their report, 'How #MeToo Is Taking on a Life of Its Own in Asia', in TIME...

9th October, 2018
US theologian Timothy Keller, speaking about his latest book - The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy, said too many preachers and Christians "enjoy" condemning people in a recent interview. You can watch the interview with TBN's Mike Huckabee here...

8th October, 2018
Christians in disaster-affected Sulawesi gathered in ruined churches on Sunday to give thanks and mourn, reports Reuters. Read this report by KANUPRIYA KAPOOR...

5th October, 2018
Using a "verse of the day" Bible app? In this article on Premier Christianity, Dr Pete Phillips, director of the CODEC Research Centre at Durham University, looks at what his research shows about how it could be skewing your view of God...

4th October, 2018
Among the stories to emerge in the aftermath of the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami disaster late last week is that of 21-year-old Indonesian air traffic controller Anthonius Gunawan Agung who guided a plane to safety even as the earthquake began and later died of injuries received when the control tower collapsed. Read this report on Channel News Asia...

3rd October, 2018
Justin Bieber's transformation from "bad boy" to Christian family man - and the role Hillsong Church played in it - is explored in an article in Vox this week. Read this article by Tara Isabella Burton...

2nd October, 2018
The death toll from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in central Sulawesi continues to climb. See this gallery of images published in The Atlantic which show the vast scale of the devastation...

28th September, 2018
Childhood trauma can sabotage the ministry of pastors later in life. JOSHUA PEASE tells his personal story as well as that of others in this article in Christianity Today, 'When Pastors are Sexual Abuse Survivors'...

27th September, 2018
A stained glass window in a church Birmingham, Alabama - one of the first depicting a black Christ in the US south - is under threat. Watch this BBC report produced by SOPHIA SMITH GALER...

26th September, 2018
In an article first published in The New York Times and republished in The Sydney Morning HeraldIAN JOHNSON reflects on the breakthrough deal between the Vatican and China...

25th September, 2018
A new study from Harvard University  investigated the health and mental health of children and teenagers who were raised with religious or spiritual practices. JIM DENISON, in a piece on The Christian Post, looks at what it found...

24th September, 2018
Christians must not be silent on issues like racism, xenophobia, exclusion and discrimination, says Rev Traci Blackmon, pastor of a parish in St Louis, Missouri, and head of the Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ. Read this interview with her recorded by the World Council of Churches at a conference held in Rome last week jointly organised by the WCC and the Vatican’s Office for Integral Human Development.

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...

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...

23rd August, 2019
See how slavery grew in the US in a multimedia presentation - 'Slavery's explosive growth, in charts: How '20 and odd' became millions' - published on USA Today...