Kolkata order’s troubles come in the wake of a string of attacks on Christians by Hindu right-wing groups, who accuse pastors and churches of forced conversions. India’s government has blocked Mother Teresa’s charity from receiving foreign funds, saying the Catholic organization did not meet conditions under local laws, dealing a blow to one of the most prominent groups running shelters for the poor. The Home Ministry said in a statement Monday that the Missionaries of Charity’s application for renewing a license that allows it to get funds from abroad was rejected on Christmas. The ministry said it came across “adverse…

It’s not just Lakewood. So far, 99 Christian orgs have repaid their Paycheck Protection Program loans. When Michigan’s governor required churches to stop meeting in person on March 16 last year, Kenton Sanders, director of operations at Mars Hill Bible Church, quickly did some worrying math. About 40 percent of donations to the megachurch in Grandville, Michigan, came during in-person services that drew some 1,750 adults, students and children weekly. With in-person services shutting down, donations would surely tumble. If that happened, the church would have to lay off some of its staff. “It was at the beginning of the…

More leaders and state conventions are putting pressure on the Executive Committee ahead of this week’s meeting. As controversy escalates surrounding an investigation into mishandlings of sexual abuse by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee (EC), pastors and state conventions are calling on the committee to finally vote to waive attorney-client privilege at its upcoming meeting. In official statements and social media threads, Southern Baptists condemned trustees’ failure to heed the directive of the messengers in the EC’s two previous meetings, and many threatened to withdraw giving or redirect monies. “Should the Executive Committee fail to comply, we will lead…

Mohammad el-Halabi has refused plea deals that would “pollute” the image of Christian aid organization, lawyer says. Mohammad el-Halabi believes the truth will set him free. The former Gaza director of World Vision has now spent more than half a decade in prison, and according to his lawyer, the Israeli government has offered him plea deal after plea deal. He could potentially go home if he would only confess that funding for the Christian humanitarian aid organization was diverted to support terrorism. But Halabi has refused. “He is saying he will not admit to things he never did,” Maher Hanna,…

“We feel a deep sense of gratitude,” California’s governor said about his decision to help undocumented immigrants – 10% of the state workforce – amid the pandemic shutdowns. Opponents say there are more urgent needs for the $75 million.