Iran regime on alert following death of dissident cleric Montazeri

Thousands of mourners gathered in the Iranian city of Qom following the death of leading reformist cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, offering protesters a fresh rallying point for confrontation with the government. Montazeri, who died early Sunday, Dec 20, aged 87, was buried at the Ma’asoumeh shrine, one of the holiest in Shia Islam,... Continue Reading

Billboard Magazine Releases 2009 Top 10 Lists for Christian and Gospel Music

The following lists of Top Songs, Albums, and Artists in both the Christian and Gospel Categories during 2009 has been released by Billboard, the world’s premier music publication, serving the entertainment business since 1894. The listings are based on a compilation of sales, streaming and radio play. 2009 Hot Christian Song Artists 1. Tenth Avenue... Continue Reading

CEO Abruptly Resigns from Christian Booksellers Association

Longtime CBA leader Bill Anderson has resigned as president and CEO of the Christian retailing association. No reason was cited in a statement released Friday evening by CBA, the Colorado Springs-based association. Anderson joined CBA in 1978 from Moody Publishing and became president in 1985. “Christian retail has been given a high and holy calling,... Continue Reading

Congressman: ‘Protect sanctity’ of Christmas

US lawmaker, describing himself as unhappy about the trend of replacing “Merry Christmas” with “Season’s Greetings” or “Happy Holidays,” has introduced a symbolic resolution to preserve Christmas. “I am troubled by the growing sentiment that the phrase ‘Merry Christmas’ is not appropriate and I am worried that attempts to celebrate a ‘politically correct’ holiday season... Continue Reading

Peter Stam III, Presbyterian Missionary Leader, called to glory

On December 8, 2009, Peter Stam left us to go to his heavenly home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ at the age of 92. Peter was born in Paterson, N.J., on April 26, 1917, to Peter Stam Jr. and Margaret Gardenier Stam. His father was also a Presbyterian minister who was involved in... Continue Reading

The Death of Oral Roberts and Dimming of American Pentecostalism

Pentecostals have always been the red-headed stepchildren of American Christianity — holy rollers who were known for speaking in tongues or laughing wildly and even barking like dogs while seized by religious ecstasy, or producing miracle healings on command and handling venomous snakes without fear. All of that was made possible, of course, by calling... Continue Reading

Mark Ingram shows his passion, faith, in Heisman triumph

Alabama sophomore running back Mark Ingram capped off a whirlwind week Saturday which started with the seeming pinnacle of his young career and ended with college football’s most coveted prize. In winning the 2009 Heisman Trophy, Ingram showed his passion and love for the game with the pursuit of gridiron excellence which served him well... Continue Reading

Utah kidnapping suspect may not be ‘delusional religious zealot’

The man charged with the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, who was abducted from her home in Salt Lake City in 2002 and held for nine months as a captive teenage wife, is back in court, and back under the microscope . Federal prosecutors are trying to convince a judge that the defendant, Brian D. Mitchell,... Continue Reading

Ocala PCA member wins $25,000 on ‘Millionaire’

Tricia Pimental, a member of Grace Presbyterian church in Ocala, Fla., won $25,000 by figuring out the official fruit of India and the Philippines on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” In a nail-biting face-off with Regis Philbin, the episode, which was taped in November and aired December 4, Pimental watched the show in her... Continue Reading

Hudson Armerding, former president of Wheaton College, called home to glory

Hudson Taylor Armerding, 91, former Wheaton College president died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 at his home after a long battle with dementia. Despite Hudson Taylor Armerding’s military experience as a naval officer during World War II, the longtime WheatonCollege president tapped his gentle spirit and his deep faith in God to reach out to students... Continue Reading