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Prayer List: 22 Killed in Terrorst Attack Outside Ariana Grande Concert

The London Telegraph reports, “Police and the security services believe they know the identity of the suicide bomber who killed 22 people – including children – in an explosion that tore through fans leaving an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester. Last night’s attack also injured at least 59 people.

ISIS takes credit for the attack: “One of the soldiers of the Caliphate was able to place an explosive device within a gathering of the Crusaders in the city of Manchester.”

Prayer List

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the families and friends of the concert goers killed in Manchester, England.
* Pray for the wounds of the injured to heal quickly with minimal pain.
* Pray for ISIS terrorists to be captured and brought to justice.
* Pray for the safety of government authorities investigating these attacks.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict terrorists of the hatred in their hearts and to draw them to repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ.

Unreached People of the Day

Sunday: Hausa in Nigeria
Monday: Malay in Indonesia

Operation World Prayer Focus

Sunday: The Gambia
Monday: Georgia

Birthday Prayer Lists

Have you prayed for the salvation of all your friends? Why not turn your Facebook friend list into a prayer list? It shouldn't take long to pray for each friend on their birthday.

Some Christians also pray for entertainers, politicians and media personalities on their birthday.

Religious News Websites

Baptist Press

  • EDITORIAL: El pecado de la adicción al trabajo
    Cada vez estoy más convencido que ser un "trabajador obsesivo" es la adicción más común entre las personas que están en el ministerio cristiano. ...
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 8:43pm -
  • Egypt terror attack cited as call to prayer, witness
    A terrorist attack against Coptic Christians in Egypt that left at least 28 people dead has been characterized as a call to action for believers in America.
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 7:48pm -
  • Royce, former ERLC leader, joins Trump admin.
    Shannon Royce, a former leader at the Family Research Council and Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has been appointed as the Trump administration's director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Partnerships.
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 6:46pm -
  • At 107, she's still a missions advocate
    107-year-old retired missionary Allie Candler continues to be a missions advocate. "God called me," Candler says. "When God calls someone, it's best to listen."
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 6:39pm -
  • Phoenix church planters turning back darkness
    As the Southern Baptist Convention prepares to hold its annual meeting in Phoenix on June 13-14, three church planters -- all Arizona natives -- are helping to push back darkness in the Valley of the Sun.
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 2:31pm -

Berean Research

  • Which of These Crazy Jennifer LeClaire Quotes Did She NOT Say?
    Steven Kozar of Messed Up Church has put together a quiz for you to take. The quotes include…witches, and prophets and squids, oh my!  According to Jennifer LeClaire, the Holy Spirit is responsible for the words she utters. Now to Steve’s quiz. Enjoy! The following quotes from Charisma Magazine editor Jennifer LeClaire are all real, except […]The post Which of These Crazy Jennifer LeClaire Quotes Did She NOT Say? appeared first on Berean Research.
    - 2 days ago 27 May 17, 5:13pm -
  • How deep and wide does the NAR rabbit hole go?
    How do you discover which networks of Apostles are working together to reclaim America and build God’s Kingdom here on earth? You click. Just keep clicking, and clicking, and clicking some more, until things click. It takes time to research, and if you’re looking for an easy, bullet-point list of what I’m sharing in this […]The post How deep and wide does the NAR rabbit hole go? appeared first on Berean Research.
    - 5 days ago 24 May 17, 9:36pm -
  • Who are Family Research Council’s “Watchmen on the Wall”?
    Wouldn’t it be great if men and women who are dead in their sins would just stop being wicked and start respecting professing Christians? At first blush, the idea of transforming America’s ever-sickening, vile culture sounds like a great plan. And giving pastors a support network of Watchmen on the Wall to help them fight […]The post Who are Family Research Council’s “Watchmen on the Wall”? appeared first on Berean Research.
    - 5 days ago 24 May 17, 3:28pm -
  • Leaving the NAR Church: Macie’s story
    “I felt something push me down.  I stumbled up the stairs but kept falling.  It must have been the Spirit manifesting itself, I thought.  As I sat on my bed, I kept keeling over and twitching.  My brother and mother thought it was great.  In fact, my brother even videotaped it.” Macie has allowed me […]The post Leaving the NAR Church: Macie’s story appeared first on Berean Research.
    - 6 days ago 23 May 17, 7:55pm -
  • Pastors, don’t be a jerk. Be a shepherd.
    Boyce College professor Denny Burk has a word of advice for pastors: A wise and courageous pastor will always remember the wisdom of Solomon when exhorting his people: “There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Prov.12:18). A good pastor is not going […]The post Pastors, don’t be a jerk. Be a shepherd. appeared first on Berean Research.
    - 7 days ago 22 May 17, 6:47pm -

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Christianity Today

  • newDo This in Remembrance
    Participating in the “high holy day” of American civil religion is beneficial for Christians, so long as we do so thoughtfully.This Memorial Day I’ll make what’s become an annual pilgrimage, to a place made sacred by the struggles of people like my cousin Mike. Nestled in between the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Fort Snelling National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 220,000 American military veterans and their spouses. Most of them died at a ripe old age, but a few of the headstones bear birth and death dates that are far closer than they ought to be. One of those belongs to Mike, a Navy corpsman traumatized by his experience of the Iraq War. He died in 2014 at the age of 33, leaving behind a wife and three young children.Some of the visitors who had preceded me last year to Mike’s graveside left behind tokens of remembrance. Flowers and a small American flag rested peacefully in the grass. Two of his comrades-in-arms had placed quarters on the headstone.Nothing remained of my visit but fallen tears, fleeting evidence of the complicated mix of emotions I felt: grief at Mike’s suffering and death, pride for his courage and sacrifice, dismay at humanity’s propensity for violence, anger at the circumstances that led to his death, and uncertainty about how I should participate in the rituals of Memorial Day.More of the hurt will have healed when I visit this year, but the other emotions have already started to bubble up. So as a Christian, as a historian, and as someone who loved and was loved by a fallen veteran, let me share what I’ve been contemplating as we approach Memorial Day.We need reminders to remember.In a sense, every day is a memorial day for Christians, heirs of Moses’ exhortation to the assembly of Israel: “Remember the days of old; consider the generations ...Continue reading...
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  • newChurch Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important (Part Two)
    Measure outcomes, not activities.Read Church Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important, Part One (The Problem of Measurement Inversion; Defining and Measuring “Healthy Church”; Is Your Organization Suffering from Measurement Inversion?).Define the Object of Measurement (i.e., Church)As mentioned above, the end goal for church planters should be a biblically healthy church. The target “biblically healthy church,” however, is too vague to be observed and quantified. The design team needs to take the target and deconstruct it into sub-targets and observable indicators.Sub-targets are the components that characterize biblically healthy churches. They don’t describe church planting activities, but rather results of those activities. The list of sub-targets, when taken together, should be an accurate description of a healthy church without going beyond the biblical definition of church. The design team prepares a draft list of sub-targets, which they revise and rewrite as they receive input from leaders and practitioners. To keep the list of sub-targets manageable, the final list should be as short as possible (e.g., seven or fewer sub-targets).The following questions can serve as a guide for the design team as they define sub-targets:Is the sub-target a description of an outcome (rather than an activity)? Is the sub-target an essential and irreducible component of a healthy church? Taken together, do the identified sub-targets comprise an adequate description of a healthy church, or are other components still missing? Does any sub-target go beyond what is biblical (i.e., do they reflect the organization’s traditions or cultural idiosyncrasies)?One can think of sub-targets as a success checklist; when the condition is achieved, ...Continue reading...
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  • Moral Outrage in America Is Now for Everybody
    Gallup finds record-high liberalism on 10 of 19 issues. Yet moderates and liberals are growing more concerned.Ask Americans about their personal views on moral issues, and they are more likely than ever to hold a liberal position. Ask them about the country’s moral values, and they’re becoming more and more pessimistic.The church today finds itself in a precarious position, as an ethical shift pushes public opinion in favor of stances that Christians have traditionally sided against. Meanwhile, Americans from all political and theological stripes have their own reasons to be concerned over moral decline.In a recent poll, Gallup found a widening embrace for more than a dozen moral issues, including record-high acceptance for gay relationships, divorce, pornography, polygamy, and physician-assisted suicide.Of the 19 issues queried about, Americans have become more liberal on 13 of them (with 10 hitting record highs) and stayed consistent on 6—most notably abortion, which 43 percent of Americans and 34 percent of Protestants deem morally acceptable.Americans have not shifted more conservative on any of the 19 moral issues measured.“There was a time that basic Christian morality was at least something people were afraid to violate—at least in an answer on a public survey,” said Dan Darling, vice president of communications for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, in response. “I am not so sure this is reflective of a moral slide, but of greater honesty.”In May, both Gallup and LifeWay Research released polls showing about 4 in 5 Americans are worried about the moral state of the country. This year, 77 percent say the country’s values are getting worse, the highest level since Gallup started tracking this topic 16 years ago.Historically, ...Continue reading...
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 4:48pm -
  • ISIS Kills 29 Christians on Church Bus Trip to Popular Monastery
    (UPDATED) Egypt cancels Ramadan’s opening celebration as Copts resist revenge.[Updated at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 28]Terrorists ambushed a Coptic church bus trip on Friday near Minya in Upper Egypt, killing at least 28 and injuring 23, including many children.Egypt’s interior ministry reported that three vehicles of 8 to 10 gunmen dressed in military uniforms opened fire on the Christian convoy, which was on its way to the fourth-century St. Samuel the Confessor Monastery in Samalout, 140 miles south of Cairo.Reuters reported that the terrorists boarded the bus, stole jewelry from the women, and filmed the executions. They also left behind leaflets celebrating the start of Ramadan, the month-long observance of Muslim fasting and prayer that began that night.The attack was later claimed by ISIS, and follows church bombings by its affiliates on Palm Sunday and in advance of Christmas. Last week, Egyptian authorities arrested 48 individuals, securing confessions of belonging to an ISIS-linked terrorist cell.Survivors of the bus attack reported that the terrorists attempted to force them to say the shahada, the Islamic creed. Some did so, but most did not. Pope Francis, who visited Egypt in late April, tweeted that they did not renounce their faith.Among the victims was US citizen Muhsin Marcos from Tinley Park, Illinois, and seven of his family members.“They asked them to switch their religion from Christian to Muslim,” his relative Gerges told Chicago’s ABC affiliate in an exclusive interview. “They said we're not going to leave the Christianity.”“I am grieving. It is sad and shocking,” said Bishop Thomas of the Coptic Orthodox diocese of Qusia, 75 miles from the monastery. “But at the same time, I know this is not new. I was expecting things ...Continue reading...
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 3:33pm -
  • Do Children Go to Heaven When They Die?
    God's love for children is clear in Scripture, but the 'age of accountability' is harder to find.Several years ago, I took a group of college students to the Amazon basin to share the love of Christ in some remote river communities. After a few days in one village, I left a small group of students there and continued upriver to another village. After I left, a young family in the community tragically lost a 6-month-old baby to an unknown illness and dehydration. The parents asked my students to do the funeral. These 19- and 20-year-olds were not prepared for the emotional and spiritual gravitas of the situation. They did the best they could to minister to that family. But they all felt the acute burden of answering the inevitable theological questions arising from such a difficult loss: What happens when children die? Are they saved? What do we say to comfort grieving parents?It is natural, maybe even inevitable, that we seek comfort in the hope that God welcomes little ones in heaven when their time on earth is cut painfully short. While most Christians affirm the doctrine of inherited sin and confess that forgiveness of sin comes only through personal faith in Christ, we also believe God is good and gracious in cases when a lost child was too young to make a profession of faith. How is it, though, that God would save young children without the need for repentance of sin and expressed faith in Christ?Theologians and Christian leaders throughout history have sought to answer this knotty problem. Augustine and Ambrose argued that since infants inherit the guilt of sin, not just the sin nature, only baptized infants would be saved. John Calvin and C. H. Spurgeon maintained that God’s election could extend to infants and children, so they were already predestined for salvation. And a variation of this view argues ...Continue reading...
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 2:00pm -

Forum 18 News Service

  • Russia: Fines, vandalism follow Jehovah's Witness liquidation
    As Jehovah's Witnesses challenge the Supreme Court liquidation of all their organisations as "extremist", their Centre is closed, police have sealed some Kingdom Halls and bank accounts are frozen. Individuals continue to face fines, children face pressure, and places of worship face increased vandalism.
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  • Kazakhstan: Anti-extremism raid captures Koran
    An "anti-extremism" raid on a Kokshetau shop captured a Koran and other Muslim books. The seller was fined for selling religious materials without state permission. She will have to appeal if she wants to regain the books. Icon and book sellers are often fined.
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  • Uzbekistan: Deportation, fines, Bible and Koran seizures
    A Russian was deported with no court decision and home-owner fined after police raided a Tashkent Christian meeting. Officials told a Muslim seeking back her seized Koran manuscript that police cannot be prosecuted. Tashkent Airport customs seized pilgrims' Korans. A court ordered New Testament texts destroyed.
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  • Russia: Further arrest for Muslim study groups
    The mid-April arrest in Dagestan of Ilgar Aliyev brings to twelve the number of Muslims known to be on trial or under criminal investigation for meeting to study Turkish theologian Said Nursi's writings. The "extremism"-related criminal trial of two Jehovah's Witnesses continues.
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  • Azerbaijan: Fined for selling religious books
    Kifayat Maharramova was fined four months' average wages in Gyanja in early May for selling religious books and discs without the state permission required to sell religious books or items. Police and State Religion Committee officials often seize religious books in raids.
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Get Religion

  • newTaiwan and gay marriage: Can journalists face the fact that there are two sides to the story?
    Taiwan, as of this past week, is poised to allow same-sex marriage, the first country in Asia to do so. This has gotten all sorts of cheering from various mainstream media outlets. The reason why the writers of this blog care about this issue is that the opposition to such measures tend to be from the religious community. And those folks aren’t being heard from.There’s a lot at stake with Taiwan accepting gay marriage, as Taiwan is seen as the gateway to the rest of eastern Asia. Why else do you think McDonalds floated a TV ad showing a Chinese son coming out to his father? Anyone who thinks the religious community are the only folks in Taiwan thinking about family values must be asleep at the wheel. That McDonald’s ad focuses on a most revered family building block in Asia: The tie between father and son. So when the world’s largest hamburger chain gets into the act, you know the stakes are high for the cultural powers that be. Tmatt has written before about Taiwan coverage that gives one side of the argument, briefly mentions the opposition from the country’s tiny Christian community but doesn’t mention what the vastly larger contingents of Taoists and Buddhists on the island are saying about it. More on that in a bit.Also, there actually are some good religion angles on this issue, despite the reluctance among some American media in covering them. For instance, the Hong Kong-based Sunday Examiner has written on the divisions among Taiwan’s Christian groups over how to battle gay marriage. On May 24, Taiwan’s highest court ruled that laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. We’ll pick up with what the New York Times said next: TAIPEI, Taiwan — In a ruling that paves the way for Taiwan to become the first place in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage, the constitutional court on Wednesday struck down the Civil Code’s definition of marriage as being only between a man and a woman. ... When the ruling was announced, cheers broke out among the hundreds of supporters who had gathered outside the legislature, monitoring developments on a big-screen television.
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  • newPolls can be problematic, but journalistic blessings upon Gallup's long, long religion trend lines
    Let’s admit it. The news media are poll-obsessed, especially with politics. But don’t blame pollsters if journalists over-work surveys or neglect necessary caveats.Take Michigan’s presidential vote. A November 3 poll for Detroit’s Fox2 put Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by 46 to 41 percent.Did news reports mention the “margin of error” of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points? With that factored in, Trump could actually have been slightly ahead, and in fact he won Michigan by three-tenths of a percent.In “Inventing American Religion: Polls, Surveys, and the Tenuous Quest for a Nation’s Faith,” sociologist Robert Wuthnow doubted any polls are representative nowadays since “response rates” among randomly selected respondents are so low. GOP pollster John McLaughlin pursues another complaint, that sampling techniques consistently undercount Republicans. So religion scribes must be wary. Nonetheless, blest be the Gallup Poll, especially for trend-tracking because it has posed the same questions across years and decades, e.g. the famous “did you, yourself, happen to attend” worship this week?Sure, fibs and faulty memories may inflate the results, but the downward trend line is noteworthy.  Gallup’s annual “Values and Beliefs” poll in May finds the most permissive U.S. views to date on 10 of 19 moral issues -- though adultery still gets mere 9 percent acceptance. That got more coverage than Gallup’s subsequent report on the poll’s responses about the Bible that presumably shape moral opinions. (Note the sampling error of plus or minus 4 points, with no “response rate” in the fine print.)
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  • What were Time editors really trying to say with their White House turns Russian red cover?
    Yes, Russia, Russia, Russia. Russia, Russia and more Russia.Again.The big idea behind this week's "Crossroads" podcast (click here to tune that in) is that one thing is for certain -- America is not Russia and America is not turning into Russia (no matter that the cover of Time magazine was trying to say).There is another crucial idea linked to that that I have discussed before at GetReligion and with our colleagues at Issues, Etc. That would be this: Vladimir Putin is a Russian, but Putin is not Russia. Or try this: There is more to Russia than Putin. Or this: One of the reasons Putin is effective -- in his culture -- is that he knows which Russian buttons to push to move his people, even he is not sincere when doing so.Host Todd Wilken and I ended up discussing this question: What were the editors of Time trying to say with that cover? After all, they thought the image of the White House morphing into St. Basil's Cathedral (standing in for the actual towers of the Kremlin, perhaps) was so brilliant, so powerful, so logical, that it didn't even need a headline.The image was supposed to say it all.But it didn't. If you want to have fun, surf around in this collection of links to discussions of all the errors and misunderstandings linked to that Time cover (and CNN material linked to it). Hey, even Pravda jumped into the mix.All together now: But St. Basil's isn't the Kremlin. And they took the crosses off the top of the iconic onion-dome steeples (so they had to know they were dealing with a church). And this whole White House with onion domes thing has turned into a cliche, since so many other news and editorial people have used it.So what was the big idea behind that cover?
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  • Twisting Ramadan: Some big newsrooms failed to note timing of attack on Copts in Egypt (updated)
    What can we say? How long must we sing this song?Once again there has been another attack in Egypt that has left scores of Coptic Christians dead and wounded. Currently, the death toll is at 26 or 28, depending on the source of the information.Once again there are the same basic themes to cover. The ancient Copts -- the vast majority are part of Coptic Orthodoxy -- make up about 10 percent of the population of Egypt. They are the largest body of Christian believers left in the Middle East, part of a religious tradition that emerged in the time of the first disciples of Jesus.Once again, Egyptian officials have renewed their vows to help protect the Copts. Once again, reporters tried to find a way to list all of the recent terrorist attacks on the Copts -- a list so long that it threatens to dominate basic news reports.So what now? Why now? Here is the top of the Reuters report -- circulated by Religion News Service, as well -- which caught my attention because of its early focus on what may, tragically, be a crucial fact.In this case, the "when" and the "why" factors in that old journalism formula -- "who," "what," "when," "where," "why" and "how" -- may be one in the same. Read carefully. CAIRO (Reuters) -- Gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians traveling to a monastery in southern Egypt on Friday, killing 28 people and wounding 25 others, and many children were among the victims, Health Ministry officials said. Eyewitnesses said masked men opened fire after stopping the Christians, who were traveling in a bus and other vehicles. Local television channels showed a bus apparently raked by gunfire and smeared with blood. Clothes and shoes could be seen lying in and around the bus. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan. It followed a series of church bombings claimed by Islamic State.
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  • Barring any evidence to the contrary, let's assume that Yahoo! 'News' is meant to be commentary
    It's time for another edition of "What is this?"This is where we at GetReligion attempt to determine whether a particular piece of journalism -- or in some cases, a media organization in general -- is news or commentary or something in between.The traditional American style of journalism -- the model that this website unabashedly promotes -- relies on impartial, accurate reporting with named sources cited. On controversial topics, it's really nice to see some balance in terms of the quoted sources.But much U.S. journalism has given way to a European brand of advocacy, frequently making it difficult to distinguish between what is meant as "Just the facts, ma'am" and what is purposely told with a (biased) attitude. Lean forward!Today's example comes to us courtesy of a reader, who questions whether a piece on evangelical voters from Yahoo! News and attributed to the website's "senior political correspondent" really falls under the category of news.The reader notes that the story is "full of snark and opinion, but not labeled as opinion or even analysis."The lede: To Americans who stand outside the evangelical tradition, Franklin Graham’s recent proclamation that there’s “no question” that God supports Donald Trump’s presidency was another head-scratcher in a growing list of puzzling statements by Christian leaders over the past year. Even without getting into the question of whether God chooses sides in elections, or how Graham can be so sure of his preference, there is the obvious fact, much discussed in the campaign, that the generally non-churchgoing, avidly materialistic Trump seemed an unlikely vessel for God’s will. But Graham’s remark and white evangelicals’ continuing support of Trump make more sense when viewed in light of American evangelicalism’s history and DNA. It is a subject explored in depth in “The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America,” a new history of the movement by Pulitzer Prize-winner Frances FitzGerald. “He did everything wrong, politically,” Graham told the Atlantic’s Emma Green. “He offended gays. He offended women. He offended the military. He offended black people. He offended the Hispanic people. He offended everybody! And he became president of the United States. Only God could do that.” Graham’s mentality reflects the evangelical obsession with dramatic solutions and easy answers that Michael Horton, a professor of theology at Westminster Seminary in California, described in his 2014 book, “Ordinary.” “American Christianity is a story of perpetual upheavals in churches and individual lives. Starting with the extraordinary conversion experience, our lives are motivated by a constant expectation for The Next Big Thing,” Horton wrote.Um, OK. Where to start?
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 4:55pm -

Mission Network News

  • newMinistering to refugees in limbo (MNN) -- Ministering to refugees in Berlin's "purgatory"The post Ministering to refugees in limbo appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 11 hours ago 29 May 17, 4:00am -
  • newTurkey: what price, freedom? (MNN) -- Fate of jailed American pastor raised in state meetings with TurkeyThe post Turkey: what price, freedom? appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 11 hours ago 29 May 17, 4:00am -
  • newSeveral churches in India susceptible to losing meeting locations (MNN) -- Global Advance equips indigenous pastors with tools and visionThe post Several churches in India susceptible to losing meeting locations appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 11 hours ago 29 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Flight ministry sees uptick in aid requests as DRC violence continues (MNN) -- Violence amidst failed election sees hundreds of thousands displacedThe post Flight ministry sees uptick in aid requests as DRC violence continues appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Joy enters the jail, a story of healing States (MNN) -- She put away the lie that she was worthlessThe post Joy enters the jail, a story of healing appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 4:00am -

PE News

  • Grant Assists Another Young Leader
    An AG Next Generation Grant has helped meet the financial need of an AG children's pastor!
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 9:00am -
  • The Never-Ending Summer
    43 years after a short-term mission trip to Alaska, prison chaplain David Arestad is still ministering in America’s Last Frontier.
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 6:00am -
  • This Week in AG History -- May 29, 1920
    She was a single woman in her forties, but she responded to God's call and as a result laid a foundation for today's ongoing revival in Argentina!
    - 4 days ago 25 May 17, 12:30pm -
  • Water of Life
    Arizona church stresses conservation, stewardship of river resources.
    - 4 days ago 25 May 17, 6:00am -
  • New Ministry to Benefit Rural Churches
    Rural America Ministries (RAM) will be a strong advocate and vital resource for rural churches in the United States.
    - 5 days ago 24 May 17, 1:00pm -

Persecution Blog

  • VOM Radio in Central Asia
    "Tanya" is a Christian worker in Central Asia, living and ministering in a country where she must always be cautious about what she says openly and who she says it around. Listen to hear how Christians in the former Soviet...      Related StoriesNepal: This is Who God IsVOM Radio: "When We Say Yes to God"Middle East Christians "Standing in the Fire" 
    - 20 days ago 9 May 17, 7:17pm -
  • Nate Saint Memorial School: End of an Era
    The end of an era comes next month. In August 1985, I clutched my mom’s hand and squeaked my rubber flip-flopped way down the gravel path from the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) “base” to the cinderblock Nate Saint Memorial school....      Related StoriesVOM Radio: "When We Say Yes to God"Missions: "Safety Is Not Our Primary Goal"The Man Behind the Myth: St. Valentine 
    - 32 days ago 27 Apr 17, 8:14pm -
  • Nepal: This is Who God Is
    Listen this week for an update on the church in Nepal, especially how the church has been impacted by Nepal’s recent adoption of a new constitution which included anti-conversion provisions. Michael Huff has been the leader of Operation Mobilization in...      Related StoriesMiddle East Christians "Standing in the Fire""Holy, Holy, Holy" in a Sudanese PrisonVOM Radio in Central Asia 
    - 35 days ago 24 Apr 17, 6:38pm -
  • VOM Radio: "When We Say Yes to God"
    When God called Leanna to missions she was a young woman fresh out of college. Then God specifically called her to a part of South Asia known as "the graveyard of missionaries." He led her down a different path from...      Related StoriesVOM Radio in Central AsiaNate Saint Memorial School: End of an EraNepal: This is Who God Is 
    - 42 days ago 17 Apr 17, 5:15pm -
  • Middle East Christians "Standing in the Fire"
    For Christians in Syria and other Middle East nations, human logic is clear: get out! Go someplace safe! In spite of such advice, Tom and JoAnn Doyle tell us many Christians are choosing to STAY and serve the Lord and...      Related StoriesNepal: This is Who God Is"Holy, Holy, Holy" in a Sudanese PrisonA Personal Taste of Persecution 
    - 49 days ago 10 Apr 17, 3:38pm -

Religion News Service

Today's Creation Moment

  • newEvolution: A Student Car
    When I was a university student in the late 70s and early 80s, few students had cars. One of the young men that I shared accommodation with was one of the lucky few. Student cars of that era were infamous! My friend’s car fit into this category. When the fender fell off, he tied it back on with more
    - 10 hours ago 29 May 17, 5:00am -
  • Should We Teach Our Children Evolution?
    In creation ministries, such as this, we are very eager that people should see the fallacies and the lack of a good scientific basis for evolutionism. Instead, we point people to the factual basis for science, found in the pages of God’s Word. It is particularly important that we do not allow our children to be indoctrinated by the godlessness of secular more
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 5:00am -
  • Is the Universe a Hologram?
    Many astrophysicists have speculated that the universe is like a four dimensional sphere. If we imagine that we were ants, living on the surface of a very large beach ball, we might think that the surface on which we stood was a flat surface, even though it stretches around and back on itself in a sphere through the third more
    - 4 days ago 25 May 17, 5:00am -
  • Goldilocks and the Wolf Star
    In a previous Creation Moments, we talked about the Circumstellar Habitable Zone, or CHZ, which is a region around a star, where astronomers think that water is likely to be in liquid phase. This zone, not too hot and not too cold, is sometimes called the Goldilocks more
    - 5 days ago 24 May 17, 5:00am -
  • Where Are You, Goldilocks?
    Secular astronomers have defined a region around each star as the Circumstellar Habitable Zone. It is in this zone that it is assumed that life as we know it, Jim, could exist. The closer a planet is to its star, the higher its average temperature would be, unless there are other factors (like the runaway Greenhouse Effect on Venus).read more
    - 6 days ago 23 May 17, 5:00am -

United Methodist News Service

World Magazine

  • Portland train rider yells hateful slurs, stabs and kills two
    Police arrested a 35-year-old Portland man on murder charges in the stabbing deaths of two people on a light-rail train Friday. The suspect, Jeremy Joseph Christian, allegedly ranted against a “variety of ethnicities and religions,” police said. Some of the speech was directed at two female passengers, one of whom appeared to be wearing a hijab, according to police. At least two other passengers attempted to calm the suspect, who attacked them with a knife. Two people died, and a third person is being treated for non–life threatening injuries. Police are attempting to contact the two female passengers, who left the train after the incident.We Sift the news so you don't have to.Image: Category: CrimeArticle Title: Portland train rider yells hateful slurs, stabs and kills twoKeywords: CrimeTransportationNewsworthyAuthor: Lynde Langdon
    - 2 days ago 27 May 17, 5:08pm -
  • G-7 adjourns as Trump ponders climate deal
    President Donald Trump tweeted at the end of the G-7 summit in Sicily today that he would decide next week whether to keep the United States in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The other six nations in the group of world powers said they planned to uphold the agreement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the climate change talks at the summit unsatisfactory, but said the allies had a reasonable discussion on trade practices.  The group has adjusted its stance on trade in response to a new approach from Trump, who has insisted trade must be fair as well as free. Merkel said the leaders agreed to “act against protectionism.”We Sift the news so you don’t have to.Image: Category: EnvironmentArticle Title: G-7 adjourns as Trump ponders climate dealKeywords: InternationalForeign PolicyEnvironmentClimate ChangeAuthor: Lynde Langdon
    - 2 days ago 27 May 17, 2:21pm -
  • ISIS claims attack on Egyptian Coptic Christians
    Islamic State (ISIS) said today its “soldiers” carried out an attack on a bus full of Christians in Egypt on Friday that killed 29 people on their way to visit a monastery. Meanwhile, the Egyptian military Friday bombed militant bases affiliated with al-Qaeda in Libya in retaliation for the bombing. Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi told the country’s Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II in a phone call that the government would not rest until the terrorists responsible for the attack were punished.We Sift the news so you don’t have to.Image: Category: TerrorismArticle Title: ISIS claims attack on Egyptian Coptic ChristiansKeywords: InternationalTerrorismEgyptISISAuthor: Lynde Langdon
    - 2 days ago 27 May 17, 1:58pm -
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  • Egypt strikes militant bases in Libya
    Egyptian fighter jets struck militant bases in eastern Libya late today in retaliation for an earlier morning attack that killed 28 Coptic Christians. Officials said the warplanes targeted the headquarters of the Shura Council of Mujahideen, a group with ties to al-Qaeda, in the city of Derna, Libya. Shortly before the announcement, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in a televised address that Egypt will strike bases where militants who attack Egypt are trained, regardless of where they are. He also called on U.S. President Donald Trump to lead the global war on terror. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.We Sift the news so you don't have to.Image: Category: InternationalArticle Title: Egypt strikes militant bases in LibyaKeywords: EgyptTerrorismPersecutionDonald TrumpAuthor: Kiley Crossland
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 9:23pm -

World Watch Monitor

  • Sunni Arabs ‘helped drive out’ Mid-East Christians
    Amid the push by Iraqi government forces to retake Mosul from Islamic State (IS), some former inhabitants of Christian villages in the Nineveh Plains and northern Syria are refusing to go back because they believe their former Sunni Muslim neighbours were complicit in driving them out, says Middle East analyst and former journalist, Patrick Cockburn, in News Deeply. Christians returning to Nineveh believe Sunni Arab villagers were complicit in “taking their houses, killing and raping people,” he says.Cockburn adds that, in Syrian towns occupied by IS, Christians believe their Sunni Arab neighbours were similarly cooperating with IS and that returning Christians might drive Sunnis out in turn. There’s a “real, very high level of friction and hostility on the ground, which I think is going to be extraordinarily difficult to reverse”, he says.“A longer-term and very dangerous shift in both Iraq and Syria is that communities in general can’t live together any longer.”In November Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana, a priest in the Assyrian Church of the East and head of CAPNI (Christian Aid Program Northern Iraq), said that defeating IS won’t guarantee Christians’ return. “What are the guarantees that it will not happen again?” he asked, noting that Iraqi Christians had been targeted not only since IS’s sudden appearance in 2014 but since the US-led invasion in 2003, after which he said the fabric of Iraq “was broken”.In the decades before IS, more than a million Christians left Iraq, which had turned increasingly hostile towards them, the minority population felt.
    - 77 days ago 13 Mar 17, 1:01pm -
  • ‘Freedom of religion or belief must be protected’
    Countries around the world are urged to act now to promote and protect the right to freedom of religion or belief by a UN expert.The Special Rapporteur, Ahmed Shaheed, made his appeal at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, as he set out his priorities for the mandate of freedom of religion or belief, which he took up last November.Mr. Shaheed expressed concern about a rise in the number of incidents of violence - for religiousreasons - by extremist groups, vigilante mobs and others.“State and non-State actors, alike, continue to impose restrictions, or limitations, and engage in targeted harassment, intimidation of, or discrimination against religious minorities, unrecognised religious communities and dissidents, who are often confronted with threats to their freedom, safety and security,” he said.“I am particularly alarmed by continuing reports of mass atrocities and violence that threaten the very existence of religious minority communities, including some groups that have existed for over two millennia.”Mr. Shaheed pointed to a number of mechanisms for the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief that have already been developed, and for which consensus among states already exists. He said his agenda for the next three years would be focused on the implementation of these state obligations.The Special Rapporteur stressed that policies adopted to enhance the capacity of security forces to combat terrorism by limiting fundamental rights (such as freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly) often have dire consequences for the enjoyment of the right to freedom of religion or belief.He welcomed efforts to promote that right at national and international levels by governments, parliamentarians, national human rights institutions, human rights and faith-based organisations, and educational institutions.
    - 80 days ago 10 Mar 17, 6:39pm -
  • Iraq urged to allow UN investigation into genocide
    International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has called upon the Iraqi government to allow a UN investigation into the treatment of Yazidis by the so-called Islamic State (IS), reports Reuters.A year ago, the UK Parliament joined US Secretary of State John Kerry, the US House of Representatives, the EU Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in describing the actions of IS (or Da’esh) as genocide. In June last year, UN experts reported that IS militants seek to destroy the Yazidi group, whose beliefs combine elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions, through murder, sexual slavery, gang rape, torture and humiliation that amounts to genocide.Some religious leaders and other sources, including Vienna-based legal counsel Ewelina Ochab, believe that the campaign of genocide also extends to Christians. Prior to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, there were 1.4 million Christians in the country. Today there are thought to be fewer than 200,000. World Watch Monitor reported in May last year that Christianity “could disappear” from Iraq and Syria withinfive years, according to Catholic sources. Britain is drafting a UN Security Council resolution to establish an investigation, but Clooney said the Iraqi government needs to send a letter formally requesting the inquiry before the council can vote.Clooney, who represents Yazidi victims of IS, told reporters, “We do want to see an investigation take place with the cooperation of the Iraqi authorities, but ultimately if that support is not forthcoming in terms of real action, then the UN has to think of other ways in which to achieve accountability.”Since 2014, when IS took control of parts of Iraq, Yazidis and Christians have been under severe, and often violent, pressure with many Christians being given four options: to leave, convert to Islam, pay the jiyza (tax), or be killed. A report last October highlighted this accelerated targeting of “disproportionately suffering” Middle East Christians.
    - 80 days ago 10 Mar 17, 1:08pm -
  • Iranian mother and son Christian converts arrested
    An Iranian mother and son who converted to Christianity have been arrested in the north-western province of West Azerbaijan. Anousheh Reza-Bakhsh (known as Veronika) and her son Soheil (known as Augustine) were arrested on 20 February at their home in Urmia, the provincial capital. Mohabat News reports that it is the first known arrest of Christians in the city since 2008. Urmia, with nearly 700,000 inhabitants, is famous for housing the Cathedral of St. Mary the Mother of God, whose origin dates back to the 16th Century. Middle East Concern (MEC) reports that the mother and son, who had become Catholics, were baptised in Istanbul in August last year, after which they returned home and “continued to read and learn about the Christian faith”. Christian material was reportedly found at their home, as Augustine, reported to be a psychology student, had been “a keen follower of online Christian theological training programmes and Christian satellite TV channels”, according to MEC. There has been no further update on their whereabouts or safety, though they are believed to have been taken to an intelligence office of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. They are both reported to have health issues. Iran, which is no. 8 on the 2017 Open Doors World Watch List of countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian, continues to monitor and persecute Christians across the country. Often, detainees are subject to psychological and physical harm by the authorities. Iranian and European human rights and religious rights organisations have urged the international community to use new opportunities for trade with Iran since the nuclear agreement to hold the government there to account over its treatment of Christian converts.
    - 81 days ago 9 Mar 17, 3:23pm -
  • Pope: ‘Persecutors don’t care about denominations’
    Pope Francis has urged all Christians to pray for fellow believers who are persecuted for their faith, saying that “those who persecute them make no distinction between the religious communities to which they belong”.“How many people are being persecuted because of their faith, forced to abandon their homes, their places of worship, their lands, their loved ones!” Francis says in the video that shows three representatives of different denominations: Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox – standing as if in a police line-up accused of a crime. “They are persecuted and killed because they are Christians,” the Pope continues, adding, “I ask you, how many of you pray for persecuted Christians?”The one-minute video, which also includes images of broken religious statues and a burnt-out church, is the latest to be produced by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and contains his prayer intention for March: the support of persecuted Christians through prayers and material aid from all the Churches.Francis has spoken frequently about an “ecumenism of the blood” to emphasise that persecution is affecting many parts of the Church and should be met with ecumenical solidarity.
    - 82 days ago 8 Mar 17, 2:31pm -