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China Relentless in Persecution of House Churches

A recent spate of attacks against Christians and house churches in China underlines the country's relentless habit of persecuting Christians, even at the cost of its own reputation in the international community.

  • International Christian Concern |
  • October 11, 2013 |
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Gender-Based Abortions Spark Outrage in England

A group of Christian lawyers plans to sue two medical doctors who have raised a storm of controversy for arranging the abortion of female fetuses because the parents wanted boys.

Appeal Postponed for Moroccan Convert from Islam Sentenced for 'Proselytizing'

A Moroccan court postponed until Dec. 31 an appeals hearing for a convert hastily sentenced to prison for alleged "proselytizing," in hopes that international publicity over his conviction will subside by then.

  • Morning Star News |
  • October 11, 2013 |
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VIDEO: “How Great Is Our God” Around the World

God has given me the privilege of traveling the world. During my senior year of college, I studied in Tokyo. That experience gave me a glimpse of what I was to experience later during my early tenure at Focus, first as the international field director for Asia, Africa and Australia and later as the vice president of our international division.

Dean of Washington's National Cathedral: It's a Sin to Oppose Homosexuality

The dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., claimed during his weekly address this past Sunday that it is a sin to oppose homosexuality.

If Churches Shut Down

People across the United States are finding out what it means for their life when the government shuts down. But what if churches shut down?

  • Dr. James Emery White |
  • October 10, 2013 |
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California Governor Signs Bill Allowing Non-Physician Abortions

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Wednesday legalizing non-physician abortions.

Central African Republic Church Leaders Plead for Action

Church leaders in Central African Republic issued a joint appeal for urgent action from the international community to prevent "genocidal interfaith civil war" in the troubled nation in the heart of Africa.

African Migrants Risk Lives to Flee War and Persecution

The latest tragic incident of hundreds of African migrants drowning in European waters tells a wider story.

  • World Watch Monitor |
  • October 10, 2013 |
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How to Mourn with the Parents of Stillborn and Miscarried Children

The Gospel Coalition blog recently ran a vulnerably written post where a father described what he and his wife experienced when they lost their child in the womb.

Conservatives Say Censorship Has Increased on Facebook, iTunes

Since 2011, the National Religious Broadcasters' John Milton Project for Free Speech has documented a rise in "viewpoint censorship," targeting conservative Christian values.

  • Katherine Burgess |
  • October 09, 2013 |
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Forced Sexual Contact Common Among Teens

A new study finds almost one in 10 adolescents report perpetrating coerced sexual contact.

Shutdown Denies Death and Burial Benefits to Families of Four Dead Soldiers

The families of four soldiers killed in Afghanistan last weekend will not receive death benefits or the money to pay for their funerals because of the government shutdown.

Religious Groups Feel the Pinch of Government Shutdown

As the government shutdown enters its second week, some religious groups are starting to feel the pinch, and they're also finding ways to reach out.

  • Adelle M. Banks, Cathy Lynn Grossman, David Gibson |
  • October 09, 2013 |
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VIDEO: This Well-Known Christian Couple Almost Divorced Until…

Dr. Greg Smalley, son of popular author and speaker Dr. Gary Smalley, serves as Focus’ Vice President of Family Ministries. Greg’s office is just steps from mine, and I enjoy our regular interactions. Not only is he a marriage expert and popular author with a doctorate in psychology, but he also has a great sense of humor. He’s a fun guy to be around. Greg and his wife, Erin, have been married for 21 years and have four children.

Tensions Remain High in Mombasa, Kenya After Riots

Tension remained high in Kenya's port city of Mombasa over the weekend after riots in protest of the murder of a prominent Muslim cleric on Thursday left four dead, about eight injured and on Friday the Majengo Salvation Army Church razed.

Parents Play a Role in Eating Disorders

The ways parents or caregivers interact with children around mealtimes can have unintended consequences, according to a new study.

The Cure for Teen Obesity? Eating Five Small Meals a Day

Eating five meals a day - breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks - protects children against obesity, according to new research.

More Than 60 Church Leaders Remain Locked Up in Communist Vietnam

Sixty-three Christian pastors and church leaders remain locked up in deplorable conditions in four prison camps around the country. The prison sentences received by each are staggeringly long, ranging from five to 18 years.

Links With Jihadists From Somalia Increasingly Bring Battle to Kenyan Soil

Two weeks after Somalia-based Islamic extremists attacked a Nairobi shopping mall, Kenya saw another pocket of its territory turned into a battle zone.

  • Morning Star News |
  • October 08, 2013 |
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