Gary McCants Encourages Readers to Hang on to Hope in New Book

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In a world filled with much turmoil, heartbreak, violence, and suffering, it can be hard to imagine that hope exists. Embracing hope as a realistic part of life often seems impossible with countless situations that are void of such comfort. However, in the midst of all of this, a quiet voice continues to beckon each one of us to silence the noise around us and grab hold of the joystrings of hope that last forever.  Continue Reading…

Kurds push ISIS out of Kobani; Obama appeals for religious tolerance in India (UCNN #562)

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Dwight McKissic Praises and Rebukes Southern Baptist Leaders; Says, "It’s Obvious That the Rhetoric and the Reality is Not Matching"

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Leaders in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination are preaching that integrated churches can be a key driver of racial justice in society. But that could be a hard sell to those sitting in Southern Baptist Convention congregations. Continue Reading…

Japan Seeks Help from Jordan in Gaining Hostage’s Release from ISIS

Japan's government spokesman Yoshihide Suga speaks at a press conference in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Japan’s government spokesman Yoshihide Suga speaks at a press conference in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

A Japanese diplomat emerged from talks in Jordan on Monday with no signs of progress in securing the release of a freelance journalist held hostage by the extremist Islamic State group. Continue Reading…

President Obama Makes Strong Call for Religious Tolerance in India; Says Country Must Not be ‘Splintered’ on Religious Lines

President Barack Obama speaks at the Siri Fort Auditorium in, New Delhi on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Siri Fort Auditorium in, New Delhi on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo)

Hours before winding up his three-day visit to India, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday made a strong pitch for religious tolerance. Invoking Article 25 of the Indian Constitution that gives every citizen the right to practice or propagate his/ her religion, Obama cautioned India against efforts to divide society on “sectarian lines”. Continue Reading…

Kurdish forces push ISIS out of Kobani; ISIS calls on followers to launch attacks in ‘Europe and the West’

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 23, 2014.
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Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday after driving out Islamic State fighters, a monitoring group and Syrian state media said, although Washington said the four-month battle was not yet over. Continue Reading…

Hundreds killed in Boko Haram clashes; Over 4,000 flights cancelled as major snowstorm hits Northeast (UCNN #561)

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Will President Obama say Anything About the Increasing Religious Intolerance in India?

An Indian kitemaker poses with kites adorned with images of US President Barack Obama (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) in Amritsar, India on Jan. 21, 2015.Narinder Nanu / AFP / Getty Images

An Indian kitemaker poses with kites adorned with images of US President Barack Obama (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) in Amritsar, India on Jan. 21, 2015.Narinder Nanu / AFP / Getty Images

In the middle of the night on Jan. 14, a man walked into a church in India’s capital city of New Delhi. He folded his hands together, bowed in respect to a statue of the Virgin Mary and then proceeded to vandalize the churchContinue Reading…

Piece By Piece, Monks in Iraq Scramble to Preserve the Country’s Christian History

Father Najeeb Michaeel shows off one of the many Christian manuscripts he saved from Iraq's Christian libraries. (Alice Fordham/NPR)

Father Najeeb Michaeel shows off one of the many Christian manuscripts he saved from Iraq’s Christian libraries. (Alice Fordham/NPR)

In an unfinished building in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, displaced Christian children sing a little song about returning to their village. “We’re going back,” they sing, “to our houses, our land, our church.” Continue Reading…

John Kerry Visits Nigeria as Country Struggles to Fight Off Boko Haram Assault on Major City

Nigeria's President, Goodluck Jonathan, right, speaks with U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, at the State House in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Akintunde Akinleye, Pool)

Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, right, speaks with U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, at the State House in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Akintunde Akinleye, Pool)

In a rare high-level visit to Africa’s most populous country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Nigeria’s leading presidential candidates to refrain from fomenting violence after next month’s vote, and he condemned savage attacks by Boko Haram, an al-Qaida-linked insurgency. Continue Reading…

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