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Prayer List: 26 Killed in Church Massacre

Devin Patrick Kelley massacred 26 people Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Local TV station KSAT reported 20 wounded, of which “four are in serious condition and 10 are in critical condition.” Because Kelley targeted his in-laws, local law enforcement claimed the attack was not religiously motivated. However, it should be noted that Kelley was a vocal atheist on social media. Former classmate Nina Rose Nava is quoted in the Daily Mail, “He was always talking about how people who believe in God we’re stupid and trying to preach his atheism.”

Prayer List

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the families, friends and acquaintances of the deceased as well as the first responders and investigators. Pray for their emotional and spiritual health as they deal with grief and loss.
* Pray for speedy healing for the injured.
* Pray for the affected families’ spiritual, emotional and physical needs to be met.
* Pray for the remaining church members to grow in their faith.

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Baptist Press

  • newAtonement sparks discussion at NOBTS forum
    New Testament scholars N.T. Wright and Simon Gathercole addressed the meaning of the atonement at the 14th annual Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum, Nov. 10-11, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. <br>
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  • new400 S.C. Baptists 'Unite' for citywide evangelism
    More than 400 messengers and other volunteers engage in a citywide evangelism initiative during the South Carolina Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Columbia.<br>
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  • newSBTC messengers encouraged in wake of Harvey, tragedy
    Gathering Nov. 13-14 in Dallas around the Ephesians 4-inspired theme of "Belong," the messenger count for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention's annual meeting was its largest since 2008. Officers set out to design an environment of encouragement for pastors and it couldn't have come at a better time than in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the most deadly church shooting in American history a week prior in Sutherland Springs.<br>
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  • newSBC Va. decries racism in Charlottesville resolution
    The SBC of Virginia decries "every form of racism," including alt-right white supremacy, as "antithetical to the Gospel" in a resolution voicing "love and compassion to those in Charlottesville" devastated by the loss of life at a white supremacist rally Aug. 12.<br>
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  • newETS meeting focuses on Reformation heritage
    "The Heritage of the Reformation" was the theme at this year's annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, where Southern Baptists delivered nearly a third of the gathering's presentations and Trinity International University President David Dockery was elected president.<br>
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Berean Research

  • newTranshumanism And The Imagination
    C. S. Carmichael of Sacred Sandwich has written an exposé on Transhumanism that is an important read.  Carmichael gives the definition right off the bat (so we won’t) and reveals the reasons we should feel uneasy about some of the things science has accomplished in the field of artificial intelligence.  It is mind blowing stuff, brethren.  […]The post Transhumanism And The Imagination appeared first on Berean Research.
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  • Hillsong’s Carl Lentz Tells Christians Labeling Him a Coward: ‘You and I Know a Different Jesus’
    “Hillsong is seen as this hip, progressive church that’s drawn huge millennial crowds, but it’s still evangelical,” co-host of “The View” Sara Haines stated to Cark Lentz. “So, where do you stand on social issues that young people are particularly passionate about, like gay marriage [and] abortion? Like, how do you address those types of […]The post Hillsong’s Carl Lentz Tells Christians Labeling Him a Coward: ‘You and I Know a Different Jesus’ appeared first on Berean Research.
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  • What You Need to Tell Your Local Public School Officials About Children and Mindfulness Meditation
    In a piece we posted by Pam Frost titled  The Interface of Medieval Mysticism and Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation we wrote in the intro: What is the goal of mysticism? According to [Pam] Frost, “the goal is ‘to alter one’s perception of reality, redefining the self, the world, and the Divine according to mystical intuitions of Universal […]The post What You Need to Tell Your Local Public School Officials About Children and Mindfulness Meditation appeared first on Berean Research.
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  • Leaving the NAR Church: Max’s story
    “Just start making sounds and you will begin to speak through the Holy Ghost.” So I did. At first it seemed I was just making nonsense, but I definitely felt something take over and I started loudly speaking with whatever was going through me. Looking back now, I realize that something more sinister had an […]The post Leaving the NAR Church: Max’s story appeared first on Berean Research.
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  • What Do I See? False Prophets Everywhere — Not a Lucid Word to Spare
    According to false prophetess Jennifer LeClaire, “If you can see it, you can have it. Once you see My [referring to God] promises through the eyes of faith–really see them–you can obtain them; you can pull them down from the spirit realm into your life’s reality.” And this is in the Bible…where, exactly? What does that […]The post What Do I See? False Prophets Everywhere — Not a Lucid Word to Spare appeared first on Berean Research.
    - 7 days ago 13 Nov 17, 4:45pm -

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Christianity Today

  • The Truth about Suicide
    More and more Americans are taking their own lives. How the church can step up.In 2015, more than 44,000 Americans died by suicide—one death every 12 minutes, as the Department of Health and Human Services put it. The overall suicide rate has grown by nearly 30 percent over the past 15 years, prompting some to call it a new public health crisis.Al Hsu knows this reality personally. Nine months after the InterVaristy Press senior editor got married, he received a phone call from his mother. “Daddy killed himself,” she told him. When he heard the news, Hsu and his wife already had plans to visit his parents. His 58-year-old father was in rough condition after a stroke had left him partially debilitated and gravely depressed. The aftermath of his father’s death sparked Hsu to reflect and research, the results of which found their way into Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One’s Search for Comfort, Answers, and Hope (InterVarsity Press), first published in 2002 and re-released this year.Hsu spoke with assistant editor Morgan Lee about the inner conflict of grieving a suicide, the best and worst ways his community responded to his pain, and whether ending one’s own life condemns a Christian to hell.What is it like to lose someone you love to suicide?Counselors call this kind of grief a complicated grief or a complicated bereavement because grievers are actually dealing with two realities: grief and trauma. The grief of losing a loved one is normal and expected, but with suicide comes trauma. In processing a suicide, there is no easy path to peace and the grief journey cycles through all sorts of different feelings and emotions.So it’s important to realize that this grief will strike you in many different ways.Right. For grievers, there are any number of emotions that ...Continue reading...
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  • Why was Jesus so effective at reaching messy people? [Gospel Life Podcast]
    Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.Why was Jesus so effective at reaching messy people?Daniel Yang, Director of the Send Institute at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, pulls from Luke 15:1-2 to talk about God’s love for lost people. In evangelism, there’s always a chance people will be offended if you tell someone they are lost, but what we are saying is that Jesus is seeking them. What can feel like offense can turn to conviction and a life changed forever. Daniel shares why lostness can lead to life.Ed Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College, is executive director of the Billy Graham Center, and publishes church leadership resources through Mission Group.Continue reading...
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  • The Many Faces of Martin Luther
    Herman Selderhuis’s biography proves that just about every adjective, good or bad, can apply to the great reformer.Brilliant, tormented, passionate, scatological, superstitious, devious, loyal, bitter—pick an adjective, good or bad, and it invariably applies to the German reformer Martin Luther at one time or another in his turbulent life. “I was born to wage war against sects and devils,” Luther said, “and that is why my books are so stormy and combative. … I am the great woodcutter who has to forge a path and therefore I have to destroy so much.”The towering figure who changed the course of Western civilization also had feet of clay. That is one reason why, 500 years later, we continue to find Luther captivating. There is a historical footnote that illustrates Luther’s ongoing impact. In 1934, Rev. Michael King Sr., pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, attended the Baptist World Alliance Congress in Berlin. So taken with the story of the German monk, Rev. Michael King changed his name to Martin Luther King Sr. and then changed the name of his five-year-old son from Michael King Jr. to Martin Luther King Jr. Such was the enduring legacy that inspired an African American pastor to name his son after a German monk.As a Reformation scholar, I too find myself returning again and again to Luther, both for amusement and insight. I am not sure my ego could have survived the scathing rebukes he dished out to some of his closest friends. The truth is many of his friends learned to bite their tongues, or else they became his enemies. It was indeed difficult to stand in the presence of what his closest ally, Philip Melanchthon, described as a “militant temperament” and a “cocky self-righteousness.” Luther was a raging fire.Herman Selderhuis has managed to write a biography ...Continue reading...
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  • The Problem of Suicide: How is the Church Caring for those Impacted?
    A church without the broken is a broken church.Each year, 44,193 Americans die by suicide which, on average, amounts to 121 suicides per day.For many of us, these figures don’t feel too far off. We can picture the faces and remember the names of those in our own communities who’ve taken their own lives.As a young pastor, I too came face to face with the harsh realities of suicide and the pain brought on by watching those I loved experience such deep suffering. Particularly, I remember a man named Jim in our congregation who was struggling with mental illness. For a while, he fought the good fight and did what he could to spend time in prayer and read Psalms to find comfort. Eventually, however, filled with despair, he took his own life.I was devastated.At the time, I was unprepared, idealistic, and largely unsure how to handle the events that had just transpired in the church community I was shepherding.Unfortunately, I think many churches today fit that same description. They are trying to figure out how to help people struggling with mental illnesses and care for loved ones in the aftermath of loss but don’t really know quite what to do.But, if we’re honest, we must know that our unpreparedness is actually hurting the very people we care most about: our church communities. If we—as pastors, leaders, and churchgoers—really want to offer help, it’s time to look at the facts.The American Association of Christian Counselors, Liberty University Graduate School counseling program and medical school, and executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention recently partnered together to produce important new research on the topic of suicide in Protestant church communities.Some of their survey findings:55% of churchgoers say that they hear about a suicide in their community about once a year or moreContinue reading...
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  • The African Diaspora (Part 2): What We Can Learn and Biblical Principles
    Immigrants can bless their home countries and their host countriesIn Part 1, we looked at the African diaspora and four biblical figures from which we can learn. Today, we seek to apply some biblical principles to the reality of the diaspora today.Stay Close to GodAlthough Joseph, Daniel, Esther, and Nehemiah were far from their homeland, they were not far from God. They were people of prayer who made sure their relationship with God was fresh and current. Nehemiah and Daniel prayed regularly and before every important decision. Prior to interpreting the king’s dream, Daniel and his friends prayed.His powerful prayer is recorded in Daniel 2:20-23. Daniel regularly prayed three times a day “giving thanks to his God” (Dan. 6:10). Before Nehemiah approached the king about returning to Jerusalem, he said, “For days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven” (Neh. 1:4).Staying close to God through prayer is vital. When planning to leave your country of origin—whether for an opportunity or because you are forced to do so by circumstances—bathe your decision in prayer, asking for God’s wisdom and protection. The Lord can iron out obstacles and difficulties that could arise at any point of your journey.One step that will help an immigrant stay close to God is to join a strong, Bible-believing church in the new country. Take the initiative because fellowship with other believers will be a great help. If you are able, connect with Christians of your host community to help you integrate into your new home.Avoid taking illegal actions, no matter how expeditious or attractive they might be. If you emigrate through illegal means, you will continue to be confronted by situations to justify your residence in your new county that do not honor the ...Continue reading...
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Forum 18 News Service

  • Kazakhstan: Six more arrests for sharing faith
    Six Sunni Muslims arrested in Karaganda are under criminal investigation for alleged membership of a Muslim missionary movement. Three of them are in pre-trial detention. All known criminal cases against conscientious objectors have been dropped.
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  • Russia: Muslim prisoner of conscience tortured
    In Russia's prisons one Muslim prisoner of conscience has recently been tortured, and Muslims and Jehovah's Witnesses have both been denied literature. Other Muslims and Jehovah's Witnesses continue to be on trial and face investigations for allegedly organising or participating in allegedly "extremist" organisations.
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  • Kazakhstan: UN call for prisoner of conscience's release
    A Baptist has been given a criminal conviction for refusal to pay a fine for - as the Constitution allows - handing out religious literature on the street. And the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called for a prisoner of conscience's "immediate" release.
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  • Turkey: What do parents and pupils think?
    A group of NGOs have surveyed what Turkish parents and secondary school pupils think about the government's education policies in relation to freedom of religion and belief. Some welcome state actions, but others feel coerced into religious instruction and practices they disagree with.
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  • Uzbekistan: Book banning, censorship, illegal fines, reprisals
    A Muslim hairdresser and one of his regular customers with his family is being intensively investigated by Uzbekistan's Anti-Terrorism Police for sharing a Muslim book electronically. Several Protestants also have been fined - two illegally threatened - for keeping Christian material in their own homes.
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Get Religion

  • newHere we go again: The question of Roy Moore's solid 'evangelical' support just won't go away
    "When it comes to Roy Moore, the reality on 'evangelical' opinion is just as complex as ever."That was the highly appropriate title of a post that GetReligion editor Terry Mattingly wrote just last week.Here's my question: How soon is too soon to cover much the same ground once again? Is six days enough? (I'm not even counting tmatt's later post on "Sex crimes and sins in the past.")Based on weekend headlines, it's obvious that journalists are still grappling with where Alabama's conservative Christians stand on Moore. And rightly so -- that is an extremely important angle on this major national political story. In fact, cheering for a massive white evangelical turnout at the polls seems to be the only real strategy that Moore has, right now.As tmatt noted, the best coverage notes that when it comes to Moore, there is indeed a wide diversity of opinion among evangelicals (if that's even the right term ... more on that label in a moment).I'm also impressed with coverage that attempts to explain why some people of faith would keep backing Moore even amid mounting sexual misconduct claims against him.The Associated Press has an analytical piece that hits at many of the key reasons: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's Christian conservatives see Roy Moore as their champion. He has battled federal judges and castigated liberals, big government, gun control, Muslims, homosexuality and anything else that doesn't fit the evangelical mold. The Republican Senate candidate has long stood with them, and now, as he faces accusations of sexual impropriety including the molestation of a 14-year-old girl, they are standing with him.
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  • newA young GOP star's double life cracks, after evangelical leaders failed to call him out
    If I have learned anything in my 40 years working on the religion beat (and studying it), it's this: Repentance is really hard, even for the leaders of religious institutions.Some would change that to say "especially" for the leaders of religious institutions.This is true, I have found, for leaders on both the theological left and right (as anyone knows who has covered sex-abuse scandals among Catholic clergy). And many evangelicals choose to hide the sins of leaders. Ditto for leaders of liberal Protestant flocks.As we are finding out during the current American tsunami of ink about sexual harassment and assaults, this trend is also found in Hollywood, inside the D.C. Beltway and elsewhere. That's rather obvious. It's also obvious that religious leaders should do a better job of handling sin than other folks. Some do. Many do not.This brings me to an important Washington Post headline that many GetReligion readers made sure that I saw over the weekend: "How a conservative group dealt with a fondling charge against a rising GOP star." Similar stories ran elsewhere.So how did Family Research Council leaders deal with the sins of Ohio Republican Wesley Goodman? They tried to shut him down, while seeking to keep things private and -- in the age of easy-to-copy emails -- got caught. This journalism truth is also clear: Many evangelical leaders, like their liberal-church counterparts, would rather line up for anesthesia-free root canals than cooperate with mainstream news reporters.Here's the top of the Post story, which features tons of references to emails and documents to support key points: On a fall evening two years ago, donors gathered during a conference at a Ritz-Carlton hotel near Washington to raise funds for a 31-year-old candidate for the Ohio legislature who was a rising star in evangelical politics.A quick aside: Yes, I winced at the reference to "evangelical politics."
    - 9 hours ago 20 Nov 17, 5:33pm -
  • newReporting on Paula White and the White House: Trying to tell her side of the story
    Those of you who may have read my lengthy profile on Paula White in this past Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine may not know that it was this GetReligion post a year ago and then this one that helped make the Post story happen.Her spokesman, Johnnie Moore, noticed these posts, and contacted me to express thanks for their fairness.Mercenary creature that I am, the wheels started turning in my head. A lot of publications, I thought, would be interested in knowing the inner life of this woman; the backstory behind her relationship with President Donald Trump and how she has hung on over the years despite scandals that would deck most people.So I floated a trial balloon: Would Paula, I asked him, consent to appearing before dozens of journalists at the Religion News Association convention in Nashville in September? As a member of the conference committee, I was putting together a panel and I wanted her to be on it. Through Moore, she said yes. (Note: I’ll be referring to everyone by their last names in this piece except for Paula).By this time, I was in contact with pros at the Post’s Sunday magazine, since I have written 14 stories either for the magazine or the Style section. Most of the pieces were several thousand words long, including my latest: A 2015 profile on Alice Rogoff, wife of inside-the Beltway billionaire David Rubenstein and (at the time) publisher of the Anchorage-based Alaska Dispatch News. The folks at the magazine were definitely interested in a story. Paula was on the road so much that I didn’t get through to her until June to explain what a story of close to 6,000 words would entail. We agreed that I’d spend three days following her around Washington, D.C. in late July.Early in the afternoon of July 27, I was standing at the Northwest gate on Pennsylvania Avenue impatiently waiting for the right media person to allow me in. I didn’t know there was a titanic battle raging right then between communications director Anthony Scaramucci (who would be fired the following week) and chief of staff Reince Priebus who was about to be ousted.
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  • There's more to discussions of church-security fears than guns, guns, guns and more guns
    If the following USA Today story wasn't real, then some journalist would have had to have made it up.You see, coverage of shootings in churches almost always lead to mini-waves of reports about a tricky and controversial subject -- efforts to keep churches safe and secure. Yes, we talked about church security during this week's podcast, so click here to tune that in.The overused word "controversial" applies in this whole subject because of the tension between increased calls for gun control (which I support, especially when we're talking about military-grade weapons) and people discussing the use of off-duty police and trained volunteers to protect churches.In news media coverage, this can turn into left-leaning calls for gun control vs. people in large, almost always conservative churches packing concealed weapons. In other words, the whole thing turns into another discussion of guns, guns, guns and more guns.Thus, the headline on that aforementioned USA Today story: "Two accidentally shot in church while discussing church shootings." And here's the heart of that story: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A man accidentally shot himself and his wife at an east Tennessee church on Thursday while he was showing off his gun during a discussion on recent church shootings, police said. Elder members of First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains were cleaning up about 1 p.m. after enjoying a luncheon held to celebrate Thanksgiving. They began talking about guns in churches, according to Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks. A man in his 80s pulled out a .380 caliber Ruger handgun and said, "I carry my handgun everywhere," according to Parks. He removed the magazine, cleared the chamber, and showed the gun to some of the men in the church. He put the magazine back in, apparently loaded a round in the chamber, and returned the gun to its holster, Parks said.
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  • Can teens study the Bible on non-sectarian terms? This project says ... yes they can
    Few if any U.S. media noted that Nov. 12–18 was National Bible Week, but the origin of the observance has feature potential for this time next year.That’s because in 1941 the NBC radio network, with the blessing of President Roosevelt, launched the first Bible Week by devoting a Sunday to on-air readings from the Good Book, something unimaginable in 2018. And as it happened, the chosen date was Dec. 7, so Scripture had to be interspersed with breaking news bulletins on Japan’s Pearl Harbor attack.Here’s a different bid for biblical penetration of culture, in case your outlet hasn’t covered it yet. Since 2005, the non-profit Essentials in Education (E.I.E.) of New York City has campaigned for U.S. public high schools to offer elective courses on the Bible that are academically valid, fully legal under the U.S. Constitution, and acceptable to believers of any religion –- or none.   E.I.E. does this with “The Bible and Its Influence,” its innovative and carefully non-sectarian textbook, sold in print and digital formats. The publication (.pdf here) benefits from a notably broad lineup of 40 consultants, with lawyers and public school educators alongside Jewish, “mainline” Protestant, evangelical, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Mormon representatives.To date, “Influence” has been taught in 640 schools in 44 states (the exceptions are Delaware, Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming). Nine states have passed laws that encourage schools to offer such non-sectarian Bible courses (Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Kentucky, which joined the list in June).The latest angle, discussed at an Oct. 24 presser, is efforts to go global. There have been discussions with members of parliament in Brazil, Finland and Great Britain;  pilot projects in Canada, Rwanda, South Korea, Taiwan and Communist China; and academic conferences on this concept in Australia, the Philippines and even Hindu-dominated India.
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Mission Network News

  • Somalia sees bloodiest terror attack in country’s history
    https://www.mnnonline.org/news/somalia-sees-bloodiest-terror-attack-countrys-history/Somalia (MNN) -- Over 300 people were killed in Somalia's bloodiest attackThe post Somalia sees bloodiest terror attack in country’s history appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 35 days ago 17 Oct 17, 4:00am -
  • Emergency medical flight gets conjoined twin infants to life-saving surgery
    https://www.mnnonline.org/news/emergency-medical-flight-gets-conjoined-twin-infants-life-saving-surgery/DRC (MNN/MAF) -- Conjoined twins saved through ministry’s medical flightThe post Emergency medical flight gets conjoined twin infants to life-saving surgery appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 35 days ago 17 Oct 17, 4:00am -
  • Christmas short-term mission opportunities!
    https://www.mnnonline.org/news/christmas-short-term-mission-opportunities/Int'l (MNN) -- Short-term mission trip opportunities this ChristmasThe post Christmas short-term mission opportunities! appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 35 days ago 17 Oct 17, 4:00am -
  • The faces and stories behind World Food Day
    https://www.mnnonline.org/news/faces-stories-behind-world-food-day/International (MNN) -- On World Food Day, ministry spotlighting long-term solutionsThe post The faces and stories behind World Food Day appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 36 days ago 16 Oct 17, 4:00am -
  • State elections draw near in India, spark anti-Christian sentiment
    https://www.mnnonline.org/news/state-elections-draw-near-india-spark-anti-christian-sentiment/India (MNN) -- Christians are being watched closely The post State elections draw near in India, spark anti-Christian sentiment appeared first on Mission Network News.
    - 36 days ago 16 Oct 17, 4:00am -

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Persecution Blog

  • Missionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs' Story
    Growing up the home of missionary parents in Ecuador, Gene Jordan has always known the story of five men—Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian—who gave their lives in the jungle to reach an isolated Indian...      Related StoriesNate Saint Memorial School: End of an EraVOM Radio: "When We Say Yes to God"Missions: "Safety Is Not Our Primary Goal" 
    - 24 Jul 17, 4:06pm -
  • After Arrest, "I Was Terrified"
    “Dr. Andrew” is working to share the gospel in the Middle East, but he hasn’t always had a heart to share Christ’s love with Muslims. Growing up in a nominal Christian family, Andrew was harassed by Muslims his whole life....      Related StoriesBeing a True Vessel for God's UseMissionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs' StoryVOM Radio in Central Asia 
    - 27 Jun 17, 10:07pm -
  • Being a True Vessel for God's Use
    “Brother Matthew” is a pastor and church planter in South Asia, working among Muslims to share the gospel. After threats against his life and an attack on his brother, he was encouraged by family members to leave his country. He...      Related StoriesVOM Radio in Central AsiaAfter Arrest, "I Was Terrified"Openness in Pakistan? 
    - 7 Jun 17, 4:56pm -
  • 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 StoriesBeing a True Vessel for God's UseMissionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs' StoryAfter Arrest, "I Was Terrified" 
    - 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 StoriesMissionary Pilot Shares The Rest of the Auca Martyrs' StoryVOM Radio: "When We Say Yes to God"Missions: "Safety Is Not Our Primary Goal" 
    - 27 Apr 17, 8:14pm -

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Today's Creation Moment

  • newProgress in Technology
    I was talking to a group of young children, perhaps 10 or 11 years old, and they were looking at a partly mud-covered house. This house had got covered in mud at the time of the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens. Meanwhile, close by was a fridge, which had been washed out of the house, at the time of the mudflow. One boy was incredulous.read more
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  • Curiosity for Life on Mars
    Like many people of my generation, I was fascinated by the Apollo Moon landings from 1969 through 1972. As a small boy, I keenly watched all the special programs that I could on BBC TV. I clearly remember one of the BBC experts, signing off the Apollo 17 broadcast, by telling us that NASA would certainly have people on Mars before 1990. I waited eagerly, but it never happened. read more
    - 4 days ago 17 Nov 17, 6:00am -
  • Faster Uranium Decay
    In two previous Creation Moments, I have described how radiometric dating works, and how uranium changes into lead. We found that, for every atom of uranium that decays, eight atoms of helium are made. If a rock contained no lead when it was formed, then all the lead must have been made from uranium, and there would be 8 times as many helium atoms as lead atoms. read more
    - 5 days ago 16 Nov 17, 6:00am -
  • Uranium Half-Life and Decay
    The half-life is a value which gives an indication of the rate of decay of radioactive isotopes. Radioactive decay occurs in an exponential, rather than linear way. Suppose an isotope, which we will call X, has a half-life of 1 year. If we have 32lb of X today, then in a year, we will have just 16lb – half of 32. In another year, however, we will lose only 8lb more—half of 16.read more
    - 6 days ago 15 Nov 17, 6:00am -
  • Hourglass of the Rocks
    Evolutionary geologists find ages for rocks, using a method known as radiometric dating. For example, uranium-lead dating relies on the change of uranium into lead. The rate at which uranium changes into lead is not linear, but can nevertheless be measured. This value is called the half-life.read more
    - 7 days ago 14 Nov 17, 6:00am -

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World Magazine

  • newCBS suspends Charlie Rose over sexual harassment accusations
    CBS News suspended longtime anchor Charlie Rose after eight women who worked for him accused him of unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate behavior. The accusations include accounts of Rose groping the women, walking naked in front of them, and relating an erotic dream. PBS and Bloomberg LP also announced Monday they would end distribution of Charlie Rose, the in-depth interview program the 75-year-old newsman has hosted since 1991. In addition to working as one of three anchors for CBS This Morning, Rose also contributes to the network’s newsmagazine 60 Minutes. None of the women who accused Rose worked for the three media companies but were employed by Charlie Rose Inc. The incidents they described happened between the late 1990s and 2011. In a statement to The Washington Post, which broke the story, Rose apologized for his behavior: “It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”Image: Category: MediaArticle Title: CBS suspends Charlie Rose over sexual harassment accusationsKeywords: MediaSexual AbuseAuthor: Leigh Jones
    - 3 hours ago 20 Nov 17, 11:39pm -
  • newRights to life and free speech intersect at Supreme Court
    A U.S. Supreme Court case testing the constitutionality of a California abortion law will affect free speech beyond the battleground over unborn lives. National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, which the high court agreed last week to hear, focuses on whether the government can prescribe a message for groups that disagree with it—in this case, a message that promotes abortion. Pro-life groups that have filed suit against the law are optimistic the court will grant them a win.“I don’t think this will be the typical axiological split purely on the issue of abortion, because it’s so much broader than that,” Denise Harle, attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, which is presenting the case on behalf of the plaintiff, told me. “So we’re very hopeful for that, and a win would … [confirm] that Americans are free to speak or not to speak without government coercion.”Under the law, medically licensed clinics must post a sign or distribute literature to women with the following statement: “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at [insert the telephone number].”The signs must also be in at least a 48-point font on 8½-by-11-inch paper and posted at the entrance or in the waiting room. Violators face substantial fines.Pro-life pregnancy centers have been fighting the law since California Gov. Jerry Brown signed it in 2015. One group that filed suit in November 2015 recently won a permanent injunction against the law in a state court. Three other cases, filed by Liberty Counsel, the American Center for Law and Justice, and the Pacific Justice Institute, are pending appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver told me the Supreme Court’s decision to review Alliance Defending Freedom’s case bodes well for the three other pending cases.“The fact that they decided to take the case, to me, signals that they’re not approving of the California law,” he said, adding that he’s “optimistic that the Supreme Court will ultimately find the law violates the First Amendment right to free speech.”If the court sides with California, Staver said it would open the door to other states passing similar laws. “It would be a huge restriction on free speech but also on the mission of crisis pregnancy centers,” he said. "It’s like, in a way, telling the NAACP it needs to post notices regarding white supremacist organizations.”The eventual ruling in the case could stem the tide of laws mandating government messages, as well as determine the fate of the three California cases pending appeal. It could also set precedent for at least two other existing state laws.A 2016 Illinois law, currently under preliminary injunction, required healthcare professionals with conscientious objections to abortion to refer patients to abortion providers. Harle said that her organization, which filed suit against the law, will probably ask the court to halt proceedings until the Supreme Court issues a decision on the California case.Another law, passed this summer in Hawaii, requires pregnancy centers to post signs telling women how to obtain free or low-cost contraception and abortion. Pregnancy centers and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates filed suit, with Alliance Defending Freedom’s help, saying the law violates their right to free speech according to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.In Maryland, Illinois, Texas, and New York City, pro-life groups have prevailed against laws requiring government-mandated abortion messages, yet Harle said the upcoming Supreme Court decision will be a welcome reprieve from the constant “on the ground” battles.“We’re really excited for this opportunity because we think it’s going to have positive implications for affirming First Amendment rights for all Americans,” she said. “It’s going to go far beyond just protecting these particular centers. We’ve seen the legislatures in various states start to pass these laws, and, thankfully, courts in different states have so far invalidated them or mostly invalidated them. But now we get the chance to have the Supreme Court weigh in once and for all and say all these laws are unconstitutional.” Associated Press/Photo by Julie Carr Smyth Ohio resident Kelly Kuhns and her son Oliver Ohio moves toward Down syndrome abortion banThe Ohio Senate passed a bill on a 20-12 vote to ban abortions solely based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome just weeks after the Ohio House passed a similar bill by a wide margin.Ohio Right to Life has pushed for a ban on abortions related to Down syndrome for years, and the group’s president, Mike Gonidakis, said last week that the latest developments were encouraging: “All Ohioans, regardless of their gender, skin color, or disability, deserve the right to live out their God-given potential and purpose.”Critics of the bill said it interferes with women’s relationships with their doctors and pointed out it protects babies with Down syndrome but not other disabilities.Ohio Gov. John Kasich has a record of approving some pro-life laws, but not all. Last year, he signed a 20-week abortion ban but nixed a ban on abortions after a baby has a detectable heartbeat. —S.G.SaveSave Facebook Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney Australian state kills euthanasia billNew South Wales, Australia, narrowly rejected a bill last week to legalize euthanasia for terminally ill patients older than 25. The state’s Upper House voted the bill down 20-19 after a lengthy debate.Meanwhile, neighboring Victoria is considering a bill to legalize euthanasia. It has passed the Lower House, and reports say the Upper House is likely to approve it. Debate over Victoria’s law began Thursday and lasted more than 24 hours until lawmaker Daniel Mulino collapsed in his office and had to be taken to the hospital. Discussion is scheduled to resume Tuesday. —S.G.Texas beefs up funding for abortion alternativesTexas added $20 million to its budget for Alternatives to Abortion, a program that contracts with pregnancy care centers to provide support and necessities to new parents. The state plans to use the money to help pregnant women connect with financial assistance programs and to allow new parents access to services until their child’s third birthday. The additional money brings the program’s budget to more than $38 million. —S.G.Group aborts hurricane victims for freeTrue to its promise, Texas abortion provider Whole Woman’s Health has performed 85 free abortions to women affected by Hurricane Harvey. The group conducted the procedures at its Austin and San Antonio centers, covering the $50,620 cost with its Stigma Relief Fund. —S.G.SaveSave Image: Deck: Crisis pregnancy centers defend their mission from restrictive state lawsCategory: Pro-LifeKeywords: AbortionCourtsSupreme CourtLifeLegislationEuthanasiaAustraliaSlug: AbortionArticle Title: Rights to life and free speech intersect at Supreme CourtAuthor: Samantha GobbaDigital Branding: VitalsHide from Archive?: 0
    - 6 hours ago 20 Nov 17, 7:56pm -
  • newTrump to designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism
    WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump announced Monday he plans to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. “It should have happened a long time ago,” Trump said at the White House. North Korea has not had the designation since 2008, when President George W. Bush removed the nation from the list, which also includes Iran, Sudan, and Syria. The designation makes way for additional U.S. sanctions against North Korea. Trump cited North Korea’s repeated nuclear provocations and threats against the United States as justification for the designation. He also referred to Otto Warmbier, the U.S. college student who died earlier this year from injuries sustained in a North Korean prison. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in April the Trump administration was considering the terror designation. Trump’s announcement comes days after his return from a 12-day tour of Asia, where he met with world leaders to discuss trade deals and a strategy for dealing with North Korea. Trump said the Treasury Department would begin imposing the new sanctions against rogue nation on Tuesday.Image: Category: White HouseArticle Title: Trump to designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorismKeywords: North KoreaInternationalForeign PolicyWhite HouseTerrorismAuthor: Evan Wilt
    - 7 hours ago 20 Nov 17, 6:54pm -
  • newSecond woman accuses Franken of misconduct
    WASHINGTON—A second woman has accused Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., of sexual harassment. In a report published Monday, Lindsay Menz told CNN that Franken grabbed her buttocks while taking a photo with her at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. Franken was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008. Last week, Leeann Tweeden, a radio news anchor in Los Angeles, said Franken forcibly kissed her and groped her while she was sleeping during a USO Tour in 2006. In a statement to CNN, Franken apologized to Menz: “I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don’t remember taking this picture,” Franken said. “I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.” Franken already faces a possible Senate Ethics Committee investigation into what happened with Tweeden. The senator said he welcomed the ethics review, and he apologized to Tweeden, as well. Menz contacted CNN hours after Tweeden’s story came out last week. Image: Category: CongressArticle Title: Second woman accuses Franken of misconductKeywords: PoliticsSenateU.S. SenateSexual AbuseAuthor: Evan Wilt
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  • newOklahoma lawmaker to plead guilty to child sex trafficking
    A former Oklahoma state senator plans to plead guilty Nov. 30 to one count of child sex trafficking. Ralph Shortey’s attorney, Ed Blau, told The Oklahoman Friday that Shortey, a Republican, will admit to offering a 17-year-old boy money for sex in exchange for prosecutors dropping three other counts of possessing child pornography. Shortey, 35, resigned from his seat in the Oklahoma Senate in March, two weeks after police found him in a hotel room with the teen. Child sex trafficking carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison. By making the deal, Shortey hopes he won’t receive a life sentence. Blau said his client, who has a wife and four children, just wants to put the painful and humiliating ordeal behind him. Shortey was an early supporter of President Donald Trump’s campaign, which named him part of its Oklahoma leadership team. He was first elected in 2010 and ran on a conservative platform. He’ll receive his sentencing at a hearing early next year.Image: Category: CrimeArticle Title: Oklahoma lawmaker to plead guilty to child sex traffickingKeywords: PoliticsCrimeState GovernmentAuthor: Evan Wilt
    - 10 hours ago 20 Nov 17, 3:50pm -

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.
    - 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.
    - 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.
    - 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.
    - 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.
    - 8 Mar 17, 2:31pm -