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Prayer List: Covid-19 Global Menace

Cases of Covid-19, the Wuhan Coronoavirus, have been reported in more than 200 nations and more than 80,000 people have died. – Stats from Wikipedia

Orders to stay at home are preventing normal funeral services for the victims. Some families and friends of the deceased are experiencing deep depression.

Severe economic problems are also on the horizon for the unemployed.

Prayer List

  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the families and friends of people that have died from Covid-19.
  • Pray for a rapid recovery for those who are sick.
  • Pray for safety for doctors, nurses and family members caring for the sick.
  • Pray for financial needs to be met for people financially struggling after losing a job or receiving fewer work hours.
  • Pray for the spiritual needs of people to also be met.
  • Pray for opportunities to share God’s love and hope to people that are depressed from these circumstances.

Religious News Websites

Assemblies of God News

  • Global Evangelism Conference
    With pandemic restrictions, SUM alters annual outreach to worldwide online event.
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  • Online Single Parenting
    COMPACT set to launch digital programs to assist moms raising kids by themselves.
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  • Learning from Their Darkest Hour
    Couple stays together after abortion, now help others find forgiveness from the trauma.
    - 3 days ago 21 Jan 21, 4:00pm -
  • This Week in AG History -- Jan. 22, 1921
    Who was the primary person who shaped early Assemblies of God missiology? The answer may be surprising!
    - 4 days ago 21 Jan 21, 1:00pm -
  • Church for the Skaters
    Ministry’s creative approach pursues a unique unreached community in Portland.
    - 4 days ago 20 Jan 21, 2:00pm -

Baptist Press

  • SBC DIGEST: Oklahoma Baptists name new CFO; Bargainomics Lady receives national audience
    Leslie Osborn named new CFO for Oklahoma Baptists; Alabama feature leads to national audience for Bargainomics Lady.
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  • Churches turning to ‘online pastors’ to foster community during pandemic
    HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Since Long Hollow Baptist Church began experiencing what Pastor Robby Gallaty calls “a genuine move of God” last month, some 283 people have travelled to its Tennessee campus from all over the country to be baptized.
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  • Fight for sanctity of human life robust on 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
    WASHINGTON (BP) – On the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling today (Jan. 22), Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore is committed to advancing the sanctity of human life despite the pro-choice agenda of newly inaugurated President Joe Biden.
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  • Religious liberty, sanctity of life top ERLC 2021 agenda
    WASHINGTON (BP) – Advocating for religious freedom and the sanctity of human life will headline the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s 2021 public policy priorities at what the Southern Baptist entity described as “a time of unique peril and uncertainty” for the United States.
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  • FIRST-PERSON: Who will be Mrs. Dann in 2021?
    CLEVELAND, Ga. (BP) – One of my top ten life-changing books is Andrew Murray’s classic "With Christ in the School of Prayer." First published in 1885, it has been continuously in print for the past 136 years. Murray was a Dutch Reformed pastor in South Africa whose preaching and writing was a catalyst for revival in his own country in the 1860s and the great revival that began in Wales in 1904 and reverberated throughout England and the United States.
    - 2 days ago 22 Jan 21, 7:51pm -

Bible Gateway

  • Celebrate Sunday of the Word of God
    The Sunday of the Word of God in the Roman Catholic Church takes place on the third Sunday in Ordinary Time, during January. This year it falls on January 24. According to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter, it “is to be devoted to the celebration, study, and dissemination of the Word of God.” The United States […]The post Celebrate Sunday of the Word of God appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
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  • Bestselling Author Max Lucado Hosts First Ever Online Reading Club Starting January 25
    Begin Again Reading Club Invites Readers to Enter 2021 with Hope Award-winning and bestselling author Max Lucado, who has over 140 million products in print, is inviting people internationally to start 2021 afresh, abandoning fear, worry, and hopelessness from the crises of 2020 and looking forward to personal restoration and renewal in the new year. […]The post Bestselling Author Max Lucado Hosts First Ever Online Reading Club Starting January 25 appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
    - 3 days ago 21 Jan 21, 10:37pm -
  • REPORT: Number of Christians Murdered for Faith Rose 60% in 2020
    “Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.” 1 John 3:13 Christian persecution is at a record high globally, according to religion freedom watchdog organization Open Doors in announcing its 2021 World Watch List. It reports more than 340 million Christians now suffer high levels of persecution for their faith—even […]The post REPORT: Number of Christians Murdered for Faith Rose 60% in 2020 appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
    - 3 days ago 21 Jan 21, 9:45pm -
  • How to Live the Bible — Peace With God
    This is the one-hundred-fortieth lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. On March 4, 1865, President […]The post How to Live the Bible — Peace With God appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
    - 4 days ago 20 Jan 21, 5:12pm -
  • Don’t Let Your Past Direct Your Future
    By Darryl Strawberry Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. —Proverbs 3:5–6 In the sport of baseball, a player’s mental approach to the game can largely determine success or failure. When competing against […]The post Don’t Let Your Past Direct Your Future appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.
    - 5 days ago 19 Jan 21, 11:04pm -

Christian Headlines

Christian Newswire

  • Classic Story From the Bible, Noah and the Ark, Comes to TBN in Movie Format
    "NOAH" to air on Friday, January 29NEWS PROVIDED BYTBNJan. 22, 2021LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- TBN announces today it has secured the rights to the landmark production NOAH and will air it on Friday, January 29. Originally enjoyed by more than 5 million people as a live musical at Sight & Sound Theatres (Lancaster, PA and Branson, MO), the production is faithful to the Biblical account and brings history's best-known voyage to life."Sight & Sound Thea Source: EPIC
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  • Evangelist Alveda King: Birthday Message
    Today, January 22, 2021, is my birthday, and I am 70 years + 9 months (in my Mother's Womb) old. I am very grateful to be living in this time. Thank you for remembering my birthday. I love you. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you. Philippians 1:3Today and always, I pray for family, friends, associates, and those who are not so happy with me, may God bless us all. Early this morning at 12:01 AM, I watched the classic movie Ben Hur with a family member. It was so good to be r Source: Alveda King Ministries
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  • Day Gardner Tells Freedom Loving Americans -- 'It's Time to Stop Supporting Big Tech and Big Businesses that Attempt to Silence Our Voices'
    NEWS PROVIDED BYNational Black Pro-Life UnionJan. 22, 2021WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union, she is available for comment:We have learned recently that Wayfair, Kohl's and Bed Bath & Beyond will stop selling the My Pillow brand products due to My Pillow's CEO, Mike Lindell's, support of President Donald Trump.What these stores don't seem to get through their collective th Source: NBPLU
    - 2 days ago 22 Jan 21, 5:11pm -
  • Bestselling Author and Pastor, Mark Driscoll, Teams Up with Daughter, Real Faith Ministries Director, Ashley Chase, to Release New Book About How to 'Pray Like Jesus'
    NEWS PROVIDED BYCharisma HouseJan. 22, 2021ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 22, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- As a young father, bestselling author and pastor, Mark Driscoll, remembers reading Bible stories and teaching his first-born daughter, Ashley, how to pray the way God's children talk to their dad. Today, at a time when Americans may feel isolated, anxious, or disconnected, Driscoll and daughter, Real Faith Ministries Director, Ashley Chase, believe prayer can be a powerful, life-changing vehicle Source: Charisma House
    - 2 days ago 22 Jan 21, 5:00pm -
  • The Stanton Public Policy Center and Purple Sash Revolution to Hold Peaceful and Prayerful Witness Against Abortion Violence at the Supreme Court on January 22
    NEWS PROVIDED BYStanton Public Policy CenterJan. 22, 2021WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- January 22 is the 48th Memorial of the Roe v. Wade decision which has resulted in the deaths of 63 million American children through abortion violence. Participants will gather at 3rd St. NE and East Capitol St. at 12:00 noon and then walk to the Supreme Court. The leaders will also have a news conference to discuss the future of the pro-life movement in light of th Source: Stanton Healthcare
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 21, 1:00pm -

Christian Post

Christian Research Network

  • newWhat is an Almost Christian?
    16 They profess to know God, but by their works, they deny Him, being detestable and as to every good work, unfit. Titus 1:16 (translated from the NA28 Greek text) In Puritan Matthew Mead’s The Almost Christian Discovered we find the … Continue reading →
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  • A staggering partial list of Democrats’ flagrant corruption in the 2020 election
    “In state after state, Democrats put the lie to the claim that America had a “free and fair” election last year. Accordingly, for the first time in at least modern history, three-quarters of the opposition party remains convinced that the … Continue reading →
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  • Pastor John MacArthur Calls Out Ravi Zacharias and Carl Lentz as ‘Phoneys’
    “We’re seeing one after another after another after another dead ones and alive ones, this dead apologist had a deviant sex life. This cool dude, rock and roll pastor, was immoral with multiple women for years and years.” (Protestia)  Pastor … Continue reading →
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  • Beth Moore Says God is Judging His People Because They ‘Sinned Grievously’ By Supporting Trump
    “God is judging the Church for sinning “grievously” by “wedding evangelicalism to a political party.” Because, it wasn’t about protecting religious freedom — that we all know is now gone. It wasn’t about protecting unborn life — that we now … Continue reading →
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  • Let the Senate’s Show Trial Begin
    “Despite more than 200,000 tips, the most wide-ranging investigation in Justice Department history, according to the acting attorney general, has yet to find any evidence of an orchestrated insurrection—just a lot of random troublemakers.”  (Julie Kelly – American Greatness)  So … Continue reading →
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Christian Sentinel

  • Trump’s New World Religion by Jackie Alnor
    Christians were shocked and appalled when United Methodist pastor, a Missouri congressman, Emanuel Cleaver, gave the opening prayer for the new 2021 Congress, and concluded…The post Trump’s New World Religion by Jackie Alnor appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 18 days ago 6 Jan 21, 8:02pm -
  • Not for the Faint of Heart
    The whole world is feeling anxious.The post Not for the Faint of Heart appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
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  • ‘Doing the Stuff:’ An Encounter with John Wimber
    John Wimber had the audience stand up. He told everyone to remain silent and pray. He put both hands together holding them straight out in front of him toward the audience, with eyes closed. It appeared he was using his arms as a divining rod... A very loud rap, rap, rap sound intermittently sounded all over the auditorium. Fear gripped me as I prayed for the Lord’s protection. The post ‘Doing the Stuff:’ An Encounter with John Wimber appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
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  • Come Together Right Now Over Trump? by Jackie Alnor, The Christian Sentinel
    Pastor Jack looks like the odd man out in Paula’s White House Faith Initiative. He has a different view of Bible prophecy than the core of the group. He preaches the soon rapture of the ChurchThe post Come Together Right Now Over Trump? by Jackie Alnor, The Christian Sentinel appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 2 Aug 20, 6:51pm -
  • Excerpt from the Berean Call, originally published, October 1991
    How negligent it would be not to warn the sheep of poisoned pastures and false shepherds who promote lies in the name of truth.The post Excerpt from the Berean Call, originally published, October 1991 appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 30 Jul 20, 3:52pm -

Christian Today

  • Black Churches Step in to Help Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines
    Florida pilot program could become model for other states.In his four decades as a minister, R. B. Holmes Jr. has never dealt with so much death.More than 24,000 Floridians have died from COVID-19, including more than a few of the flock that Holmes shepherds at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee.“No one is immune from this,” Holmes told CT. “The thief is winning. The virus is a thief.”The black pastor is especially concerned that the coronavirus has disproportionately impacted his community and other communities of racial minorities around the state. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black people are 1.4 times more likely to become infected with COVID-19 and 2.8 times more likely to die from it than white people.There are a number of possible reasons for this. The National Urban League points out that many minorities are more exposed to the virus because they work in fields that don't accommodate working from home. African Americans also tend to have more preexisting conditions—often poverty related—that put them at risk of COVID-19. On top of that, they are less likely to have health insurance.Whatever the reason, Holmes said the crisis has created an emergency for black people, and African American community leaders, especially pastors, have to find a way to respond. After one too many funerals in 2020, he felt compelled to action.“Why sit here as leaders and watch our people die and our families die?”So Holmes organized the Statewide Coronavirus Vaccination Community Education and Engagement Task Force.The group is partnering with hospitals and the state to better distribute vaccines—as they become available—through local churches ...Continue reading...
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  • Prayers and Praises from the World’s Hardest Places to Be a Christian
    The struggles and joys experienced by believers in 11 nations on Open Doors’ Christian persecution watchlist.More than 340 million Christians live in places with very high or extreme levels of persecution, according to Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List. Since these believers are our brothers and sisters in Christ, we thought it might be helpful to hear from the church and those close to them in 11 different countries on how God is working—and how you can pray for them. Countries that have been ranked in World Watch List’s top 20 in its 2020 and 2021 lists are represented here. They appear in order of how they are ranked on the current list. North KoreaWe praise God: for the descendants of believers in North Korea who have kept their faith despite the relentless persecution there since 1945. for building underground churches and allowing the gospel to be shared in North Korea even though all churches there were destroyed by Communist oppression. for helping North Koreans, who are thoroughly disconnected from the outside world, to nevertheless translate, print, and share the Bible.We pray: that the sin of idolatry that deifies the leader in North Korea will cease so that all North Koreans can serve the true God. that the sins of violating and repressing human rights will be stopped so that North Koreans can enjoy and worship the God who created all of us in his image. that vital foodstuffs and other basic necessities are provided to North Koreans who continue to suffer from hunger and frigid winter weather so they can at least maintain their minimal standard of living.Submitted by Peter Lee, executive director, Cornerstone Ministries International PakistanWe praise God: for the numbers of students training in the seminaries and Bible colleges. for the many agencies discipling people in the faith. for boldness in witness by many Christians.Continue reading...
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  • Montenegro’s Churches Get a Religious Freedom Do-Over
    Property dispute between Orthodox church and government that sparked mass protests in the Balkans ends—for now—with a strengthening of religious rights for evangelicals and other faiths.Europe’s second-newest nation made a second effort this week at greater religious freedom.And evangelicals in Montenegro, the Balkan nation independent from Serbia since 2006, couldn’t be more pleased.“This is a great blessing, we are out of the gray zone and drawn into legal existence,” said Sinisa Nadazdin, pastor of Gospel of Jesus Christ Church located in the capital city of Podgorica.“We were permitted before, but now we know our rights and duties.”Montenegrin evangelicals were pleased with the new law’s first iteration a year ago as well. But in between, the controversial text split Montenegro’s 75-percent Orthodox community, and nearly tore the nation apart.Controversially passed last February by lawmakers aligned with the 30-year ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (which ran the regional government when the nation was part of Serbia), ethnic Serbian politicians stormed out of the session in protest.At issue were not the general provisions of the law, which guaranteed the right to change religion, to establish religious schools above the elementary level, and to conscientiously object from military service.Replacing a 1977 communist-era law, it also eased licensing procedures and permitted foreign-born leadership and international headquarters.Rather, a clause in the religious freedom law required all religious communities to provide evidence of ownership for properties built prior to the 1918 integration of Montenegro into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.Critics interpreted it as a challenge to the Serbian Orthodox Church.Failure to do so would transfer ownership of hundreds of ancient churches and monasteries to the state, to be regarded as part of Montenegro’s ...Continue reading...
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  • Waking Up After QAnon: How Can the Church Respond?
    Untangling the evangelical QAnon connection. If the QAnon slogan “Where we go one, we go all” is to be believed, it appears that the “all” are fading into history.You see, in a stunning turn of events, Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the United States.Well, for most people this was not surprising but simply the natural result of the November election. However, for those who bought into the conspiracy theories surrounding QAnon, this was not supposed to happen.As a result, multiple news platforms are reporting that QAnon is beginning to fracture as many former influential figures are voicing their doubt or outright rejection of the movement. Typical of this broader dissatisfaction, one leader quoted in the BBC noted, "Today's inauguration makes no sense to the Christian patriots and we thought 'the plan' was the way we would take this country back."Indeed.While the potential demise of QAnon and other conspiracy theories should be relief to many, considerable work remains in addressing the destruction they’ve caused. Countless numbers were fooled, resulting in untold damage to relationships, institutions, and families. What now remains is significant amounts of anger, distrust, and shame.And, many of these were Christians—evangelical ones at that.As QAnon and other conspiracy theories begin to lose traction, pastors and church leaders face a decision. We can pretend that conspiracy theories were never really a threat to our congregation and simply move on unchanged. Or we can ridicule the foolishness of those in our congregations who were deceived by conspiracy, driving them out of the church and perhaps into the arms of whatever movement steps into the vacuum of QAnon.Or, we can engage our people refocusing ...Continue reading...
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  • Missions and Missional: Remembering History
    Part 3 of Ed Stetzer's chapter from the recent release “Conversations on When Everything Is Missions”How do justice and evangelism co-exist? How do we manage to accomplish both demonstration and proclamation without repeating the perilous mistakes of the missio Dei movement of the middle last century while also avoiding an extreme restrictivism that is all faith and no works (cf. James 2:14-26)?I am what I call an integral prioritist. I believe in integral, holistic mission—both showing and sharing the love of Jesus. We need to be doing good deeds not only because God has commanded us to but also because part of the mission of the Church is to work for the betterment of our communities. Mission is not simply making disciples who affirm disembodied doctrines. Discipleship naturally produces a faith that is vibrant and active, that is rich in good works (1 Timothy 6:18). But how does justice not become the sole focus of the Church? I believe this lies in the prioritization of the unreached.Jesus speaks frequently of reaching the lost, of proclaiming that the kingdom has come and that the good news of the kingdom is that He invites men and women to be born again into that kingdom (see for example Matthew 20:28; Mark 1:38; Luke 4:18-21, 43; 19:10; John 3:16; 10;10; 14:6). The greatest injustice ever committed was our sinful rebellion toward God and the greatest justice God has brought to the earth He has done in Christ at the cross, making the way for all to find saving faith in Him. The parable of the lost sheep in Matthew 18 gives a clear reminder of God’s prioritized desire to see lost people found. That too, should be our prioritized desire. It is from this orientation that the Church then works toward justice as a means of demonstrating here and now our certain hope of the future reign of Christ. The justice ...Continue reading...
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Faith on Film (Video Podcast)

Forum 18 News Service

  • UZBEKISTAN: Five years jail for defending Muslims' freedom of religion and belief
    After repeatedly defending Muslims' freedom of religion and belief, including demonstrating outside President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's residence, Tulkun Astanov has been jailed for five years. A state report accused him of following "sources of biased news such as Radio Free Europe", and publishing "unsubstantiated and exaggerated" information. Prisoner of conscience Astanov is being banned in jail from reading the Koran and praying the namaz.
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  • TURKMENISTAN: Another second-time jailing, four more imminent?
    Conscientious objectors increasingly face second prosecutions for continuing to refuse compulsory military service. On 11 January, a court in Lebap Region sentenced 20-year-old Jehovah's Witness Ruslan Artykmuradov to two years in a strict regime labour camp, his second jailing on the same charges. On 30 December 2020, Danev District Prosecutor's Office informed four other Jehovah's Witnesses they face second prosecutions. All had offered to do an alternative, civilian service.
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  • TAJIKISTAN: Three and a half years' jail for "illegal" conscientious objection
    Despite his offer to perform alternative civilian service, Khujand Military Court today (7 January) jailed Rustamjon Norov for three and a half years, the longest known sentence. The court claimed the 22-year-old Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector falsified his medical history to evade compulsory military service, charges he denies. While held in a military unit in October 2020, he was threatened with torture if he did not put on a military uniform.
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  • TURKMENISTAN: Conscientious objector jailed, awaiting second trial
    Arrested in December 2020, 20-year-old Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector Ruslan Artykmuradov is awaiting trial in Turkmenabat's Pre-Trial Detention Prison for refusing compulsory military service. He offered to do an alternative civilian service, but Turkmenistan does not offer this, despite repeated United Nations calls. Artykmuradov has already served a one-year jail term on the same charges. If convicted, he will become the 25th conscientious objector known to have been jailed since 2018.
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  • BELARUS: Regime allows Archbishop's Christmas return
    On 24 December, the regime allowed Belarus' senior Catholic leader, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, to return to his own country after barring him for 16 weeks. He will lead Christmas Masses in Minsk. The return followed a plea from Pope Francis, delivered to Aleksandr Lukashenko by the former Nuncio on 17 December. Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei – who had been present at the meeting – spoke of "a range of negative elements" connected with the Archbishop.
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Get Religion

  • Life after Georgia: Questions about a pro-life Democrat in U.S. Senate and other issues ...
    Once upon a time, there were these strange political unicorns called “pro-life Democrats.” They were often, but not always, part of another endangered species called “blue-dog Democrats.”Most of these unique politicos were in the U.S. House of Representatives, but there were occasional — but increasingly rare — sightings in the U.S. Senate. After all, Tennessean Al Gore had an 84% rating with National Right to Life when he was a congressman, but that changed — for the most part — when he became a senator. And as vice president? Forget about it.This brings us to the thought for the day, a quote drawn from a mini-firestorm in the Democratic Party back in 2017. Here is a quote from an “On Religion” column at that time: … Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez drew another bright line defining who participates in the work of his party. "Every Democrat, like every American," he said, "should support a woman's right to make her own choices about her body and her health. This is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state." In fact, he added, "every candidate who runs as a Democrat" should affirm abortion rights.What if that state is West Virginia?Some key Democrats quickly stepped forward in 2017 — including Rep. Nancy Pelosi — to suggest that Perez wasn’t speaking for all top Democrats. Still, the party’s stance on abortion rights and funding continued to veer further and further to the cultural and religious left, eventually causing one Joe Biden to shed the last scraps of his once “centrist” stance.This, of course, brings us to religion-beat angles in the aftermath of the Georgia earthquake, in which Democrats — Black and White — and other anti-Donald Trump voters appear to have handed the Democrats the slimmest possible control of the U.S. Senate.This brings us to Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a conservative Democrat and active Roman Catholic who has been endorsed by Democrats for Life, even though his record on that issue has become rather complex. He remains a throwback to the days when it was perfectly normal to be a Democrat and a cultural conservative. One can imagine the pressure he faces from establishment Democrats.Well, how many Democrats want to toss Manchin out of the party right now?
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  • Did that New York Times profile of the Rev. Raphael Warnock go the distance?
    There’s a black Baptist pastor running for the Senate on Tuesday in Georgia; a Baptist who’s in a dead heat for a very contested seat.“Baptist” can mean a plurality of things, even in the Deep South.Truth is, this Baptist, one Rev. Raphael Warnock, is a complicated man. In a series of four articles about the major contenders for Georgia’s two Senate seats, the New York Times profiled Warnock in a largely uncritical piece that put the man’s take on Christianity front and center.The marriage problems and domestic violence allegations went toward the bottom of the piece. His religious credentials rose to the top. Which is not a bad thing but oddly, the other three pieces didn’t say a thing about those candidates’ faith and –- this being the Bible Belt -– one can assume they do attend a house of worship somewhere, especially the Republicans.In fact, one of the other candidates (Kelly Loeffler, a Catholic) attacked Warnock last month for some of his liberal Christian beliefs. Loeffler got some bad PR on that unwise move.Another candidate, Jon Ossoff, is Jewish and the fourth, David Perdue, is Methodist. So you got a liberal Baptist, a conservative Catholic, a Methodist and a Jew. Even USA Today understood what a field day on the religion beat this election fight is.But we will start with the Times: Mr. Warnock is betting that the time is ripe for a Black Baptist preacher in robes trimmed with kente cloth, who speaks of police brutality and voter suppression from one of the world’s most famous pulpits. While he has built a résumé that piles credential on top of credential, he has not hesitated to share personal experiences like being suspected of shoplifting and having an incarcerated brother. Republicans have tried to paint him as a dangerous radical, noting his denunciation of white privilege, his defense of Black pastors who have criticized the United States and his support of abortion rights. Incidents from his past have come under greater scrutiny, including an arrest for which the charges were later dropped and an incident last year where his now ex-wife called the police after a conflict outside her home.As the story moves on, Warnock is first identified as Pentecostal, then as an “evangelical” and then as an intern at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.
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  • Yearenders-palooza finale: 2020 Top 10 religion-news lists from several Getreligionistas
    OK. This is it. I promise. This is the last GetReligion #2020 Top 10 religion-news post that you’re going to see. I think. And sorry about the Kiss 2020 goodbye concert video with this post (I could not resist).Let me be clear what this is. A few of us have already written columns or posts evaluating the results of the Religion News Association poll, like this “On Religion” column that I shared here: “Of course the pandemic was top 2020 religion-news story: But which COVID-19 story?”However, each of us — when creating our own personal lists — saw the religion-news landscape through our own lens. Thus, I thought readers might enjoy seeing all of the RNA poll items — 27 news events and trends were on the ballot — and how some of us arranged them. Some readers, for example, have expressed a desire to explore what was left OFF the list and how the items were described on the official ballot. Read it all at the website.As I said earlier, in the GetReligion podcast and post in which I shared my own ballot (“The year when religion news went viral, and that was a bad thing”), I thought the key was that the COVID-19 crisis was several stories in one. I thought the most important angle was the First Amendment fights, so I wrote: According to journalists who cover religion, this was the year's biggest story: "COVID-19 pandemic claims lives of many religious leaders and laity, upends death rituals, ravages congregational finances, spurs charitable responses, forces religious observances to cancel or go online and stirs legal fights over worship shutdowns." But there was a problem on my ballot. The RNA list included another coronavirus item focusing on religious liberty. In some cities and states, officials created pandemic regulations that claimed many institutions — from grocery stores to casinos — provided "essential services." Meanwhile, other institutions — like churches and synagogues — were deemed "non-essential." The U.S. Supreme Court eventually ruled that religious institutions shouldn't face tougher rules than secular groups and activities. It was wrong, for example, to ban masked priests from hearing confessions – outdoors, 10 feet away from masked penitents – while consumers were lined up at liquor stores.Ryan Burge, in a post this weekend, had a similar take at the top of his list, stressing First Amendment and Supreme Court issues. The key, he said, was this: “I made a list based on what I thought would have the most lasting impacts into 2021 and beyond.”So that brings us to new material from other members of the team, starting with Julia Duin. She sent me an email raising another issue with the RNA results:
    - 20 days ago 4 Jan 21, 6:10pm -
  • Yearenders-palooza -- Bobby Ross Jr. with positive, poignant ways to look at 2020 religion news
    A church shooting. Deadly twisters. Racial justice protests. And the biggest news in this tumultuous year: COVID-19.These were among the most memorable stories that I covered in 2020.Here is my personal year-end Top 10 list, mostly in chronological order:• Texas church shooting: A gunman opened fire at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, killing two worshipers before an armed member fatally shot him. While the attack occurred at the end of 2019, it remained an important story in 2020. In the immediate aftermath, I covered a members-only prayer vigil, recounted minister Britt Farmer’s experience and explained why Farmer chose to talk to me. I profiled victims Richard White and Tony Wallace. Later, I moderated a panel discussion on church shootings. And I wrote about the church’s emotional return to its auditorium.• Women in the church: My Christian Chronicle colleagues and I produced an in-depth package of stories on women’s roles in Churches of Christ. I focused on two distinct congregations: an Arlington, Texas, church that embraces traditional gender roles and a Los Angeles church that has added female elders.• Tennessee tornadoes: On my last flight before COVID-19 grounded me, I traveled to Middle Tennessee to report on tornadoes that cut an 80-mile swath of death and destruction. I highlighted the leading role that Churches of Christ played in the disaster relief effort. I interviewed a church teen who was serving her community while grieving her 4-year-old friend, Hattie Jo Collins. I covered the funeral for a Christian family killed in the storm. And I reflected on how sadness gave way to gladness on the Sunday after the tornadoes.• COVID-19: As of this moment, the global pandemic has killed 1.8 million people around the world.
    - 20 days ago 4 Jan 21, 2:00pm -
  • Yes, this is a religion question: Year in, year out, why is January 1st New Year’s Day?
    THE QUESTION:Why is January 1st New Year’s Day?THE RELIGION GUY’S ANSWER:There’s a religious angle here, as with almost any major aspect of human culture past and present. Our January 1 observance stems from ancient paganism. The numbering of “2021,” as with every year, reflects the global reach of Christianity. And the specific day everyone reckons to be January 1 was fixed by the Catholic Church during the Reformation and Counter-Reformation hostilities.Alongside this conventional calendar, many faiths observe their own religious new years by calculations apart from the January 1 tradition.The perpetually valuable Encyclopaedia Britannica tells us that worship of the Roman god Janus, with his festival (on January 9th, not the 1st) in the month eventually named for him was practiced even before the legendary founding of the city of Rome in 753 B.C. Janus was the animistic divinity of doorways (januae) and archways (jani). The idea of auspicious entrances and exits, endings and beginnings, eventually applied to turn of the year. January 1 officially replaced March 1 as the start of Rome’s year in 153 B.C..Due to this pagan background, much of Christian Europe came to reject January 1 observances and celebrated the new year on Christmas Day or March 25, the feast of the Annunciation (the angel Gabriel’s message to Mary that she would bear the divine Son).The year is the length of time the earth makes one circuit around the sun, but the day upon which a year begins is an arbitrary choice. In 46 B.C., Julius Caesar kept Rome’s January 1 starting point but reworked the “Julian calendar” to better fit with astronomy. The Julian system gained widespread use all the way until A.D. 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII ordered the “Gregorian calendar” cleanup that is universal today.The Julian system figured that a year lasts roughly 365 days plus 1/4 of a day, so it added one day in the “leap year” every four years.
    - 21 days ago 3 Jan 21, 7:00pm -

ID the Future (Podcast)

  • Michael Denton Discusses The Miracle of the Cell
    New research keeps unveiling ever more ways in which this fine tuning exists, from the cosmos to the atoms of the periodic table, even to the subatomic level of quantum tunneling.
    - 12 Oct 20, 9:31pm -
  • Michael Denton: Remarkable Coincidences in Photosynthesis
    On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, we listen in on a few minutes from a lecture given by Australian biochemist Michael Denton, author of the brand new book The Miracle of the Cell. In this segment, Denton explains the “remarkable set of coincidences” that makes the creation of oxygen through photosynthesis possible. From the specific energy of visible light to the unique properties of water, this degree of fine tuning for life shouts intelligent design. For more on how the cosmos is designed for life, watch Discovery Institute’s documentary Priviledged Species, featuring Michael Denton.
    - 9 Oct 20, 7:16pm -
  • Dr. Michael Denton on Evidence of Fine-Tuning in the Universe
    On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, Casey Luskin sits down with Dr. Michael Denton, a Senior Fellow of the CSC who holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Denton is the author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, which has been credited with influencing both Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe, as well as Nature's Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe, which elaborates on the evidence of design in nature.
    - 7 Oct 20, 11:29pm -
  • The Demise of the Artifact Hypothesis
    Paleoentomologist Günter Bechly makes the case that recent findings have put the nails in the coffin of this “artifact hypothesis.” He goes on to argue that these findings are “not just a tiny problem but a fatal problem” for modern Darwinism.
    - 5 Oct 20, 7:28pm -
  • Scott Turner on Purpose in Nature, Part 2
    On this episode of ID the Future from the vault, Rob Crowther continues his conversation with J. Scott Turner, biologist at the State University of New York (SUNY), visiting scholar at Cambridge University, and author of the new book Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It. Turner critiques evolutionary biology’s bias toward mechanistic and gene-centric thinking, and contemporary biology’s failure to come to grips with the evidence of purpose and intentionality at many levels of biology. Viewing the brain as a computer, for example, obscures many things about the brain and the mind that exceed computers, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
    - 2 Oct 20, 8:55pm -

International Missions Board

  • God uses Brazil’s Brandão as multiplication maestro
    “Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown” (Matt. 13:8 NIV). Multiplication is inherent to biological life. Thriving beings, such as cells, plants and people, multiply. Likewise, thriving disciples and churches multiply. And the message of Jesus spreads throughout the world. Fernando Brandão, who heads the National Mission Board (JMN) of the Brazilian Baptist Convention (CBB), understands the importance of multiplication. As he considers the 210 million people in Brazil, he says, “We want one Baptist church for every 10,000 people who do not know Jesus.” Brandão is...The post God uses Brazil’s Brandão as multiplication maestro appeared first on IMB.
    - 3 days ago 21 Jan 21, 2:23pm -
  • Born in darkness, live in Light
    I was born into darkness. The interesting thing is that I did not really know it was dark. I don’t think you can comprehend the difference between darkness and light until you have truly seen light. Thankfully, my life story does not end in darkness, but it did start there. I was born a Hindu in India, which means I grew up in fear of evil spirits. In my home, there were always idols that my family would constantly bow before and plead with for protection, wealth and help. We gave these statues baths, placed flowers around their necks, and...The post Born in darkness, live in Light appeared first on IMB.
    - 11 days ago 14 Jan 21, 12:34pm -
  • Retired couple joins IMB on and off the field (at the same time)
    The retirement years are often viewed as the time to enjoy a break from years of hard work. For Joe and Wanda Kord*, retirement was time for a new kind of work as they followed the Lord’s leading to volunteer with the International Mission Board in West Africa. Rather than leasing or selling their home in Mesa, they decided to open their home to missionaries visiting Arizona. In partnership with HiWay Baptist Church in Mesa, the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention and members from Heart of Mesa Church, the Kords’ home has been used these past three years to do just...The post Retired couple joins IMB on and off the field (at the same time) appeared first on IMB.
    - 18 days ago 6 Jan 21, 1:41pm -
  • On this day in 2019: No Room
    The dark of night descends rapidly on the small plaza. A penetrating drizzle steadily drips onto the stone floor. About thirty-five men, most in short sleeves or sleeveless shirts, huddle under the only two trees. Rain sluices off the trees onto their heads. Two young women scurry to pull together an improvised tent composed of black plastic trash bags, at the same time attempting to keep dry a small girl in fuzzy footsie pajamas. A young couple sits in utter physical exhaustion, trying to shelter their eight-month-old son from the rain. Everyone is wet and everyone is cold. This place...The post On this day in 2019: No Room appeared first on IMB.
    - 32 days ago 24 Dec 20, 1:00pm -
  • Staff Picks from 2020
    Editor’s note: The Global Communications Team at IMB is responsible for creating the graphics, photos, videos and stories you see on IMB’s website and beyond. We hope you enjoy looking through some of our favorite content from this year. “This is a popular tourist spot in Prague, the Lennon Wall, where people go and write their message of love and take a selfie. I thought the picture of this wall sums up the year of 2020 pretty well. We have all been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another this year. Even the legendary singer was not immune from...The post Staff Picks from 2020 appeared first on IMB.
    - 33 days ago 22 Dec 20, 1:23pm -

Julie Roys

  • John MacArthur Returns to Pulpit after Apparent, Undisclosed Illness
    John MacArthur has returned to the pulpit at Grace Community Church after about a month-long absence that began in the midst of an alleged COVID-19 outbreak at the church. The 81-year-old pastor apparently is recovering from an illness, but did not specify the nature of that illness.At the beginning of the service Sunday, MacArthur greeted the congregation. After struggling to clear his throat and catch his breath, MacArthur pointed to his chest and said, “It’s in there still, so, you’re going to get it, later this morning.”MacArthur Greets His Congregation at the Beginning of Sunday’s Service:MacArthur had last preached at Grace on December 20. 
    - 1 day ago 23 Jan 21, 7:56pm -
  • Petition Calls for Franklin Graham’s Firing Over “Complicity” in Capitol Riots
    Faithful America, which claims to be the largest online community of Christians putting faith into action for social justice, has posted an online petition calling for the firing of Franklin Graham from Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).The petition, which has garnered more than 24,500 signatures, claims that Graham has betrayed the mission of both groups by spreading “discredited election conspiracy theories” and “white nationalist terrorism,” which it says led to the riot at the U.S. 
    - 2 days ago 22 Jan 21, 11:02pm -
  • Jen Hatmaker Apologizes for Line in Inaugural Prayer Critiqued as Erasing Native Americans
    Jen Hatmaker was “proud” to offer the final prayer in the liturgy for the inaugural interfaith prayer service Thursday hosted virtually by the Washington National Cathedral.The popular Christian author, speaker and podcaster has also apologized for it — at least for the first line of the prayer, which began, “Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage.”“He didn’t. He didn’t give us this land. We took this land by force and trauma,” Hatmaker wrote later on social media. 
    - 2 days ago 22 Jan 21, 6:05pm -
  • J.D. Greear’s Church Announces Investigation Into Allegations Bryan Loritts Covered Up Sex Crimes
    The church of Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear today announced it is hiring a third party to investigate Executive Pastor Bryan Loritts’ handling of sex abuse at a previous church.As The Roys Report first reported in June, eyewitnesses at Fellowship Memphis, where Loritts served as a senior pastor, alleged that Loritts covered up sex crimes at the church 10 years ago.Aware of these allegations, Greear’s Summit Church hired Loritts as an executive pastor on June 1. 
    - 4 days ago 21 Jan 21, 4:48am -
  • Study Shows Religious Conservatives are Most Effective at Passing on Faith to Kids
    American churches have long been concerned about retaining the young people who have grown up in their pews. But research shows churches are looking in the wrong place. Parents are the key factor in whether a child embraces his parents’ faith. A recent study I published in the academic journal Sociology of Religion shows yet another predictor: religious conservatism.Using data from the  National Study of Youth and Religion, I find that when parents identify as religious conservatives, their young adult children (ages 23-28) attend church more often and report higher levels of faith.  
    - 4 days ago 20 Jan 21, 2:11pm -

Life News

  • Joe Biden Claims He Wants Unity, But He Just Called Pro-Life Americans “Extreme”
    As we wrote in “Five Takeaways from President Biden’s Inaugural Address,” In his call for “unity,” President Trump contrasted what he said he will do with behaviors virtually no one would defend. But if you listened carefully and read the transcript, you might wonder how long his enemies will be. Certainly commentators urged him to […]
    - 2 days ago 22 Jan 21, 11:56pm -
  • Virginia Senate Passes Bill to Force Residents to Fund Killing Babies in Abortions
    The Virginia Senate passed a pro-abortion bill Friday that would force state taxpayers to subsidize the killing of unborn babies in abortions. Catholic News Agency reports state Senate Bill 1276 would allow insurance plans on the Virginia Affordable Care Act health exchange to cover abortions without restriction. The vote was 20-17 with Democrats voting in favor […]
    - 2 days ago 22 Jan 21, 11:49pm -
  • Joe Biden Says He Wants to Overturn Every Pro-Life Law Saving Babies From Abortion
    Pro-life leaders heavily criticized President Joe Biden on Friday, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, after the Catholic president vowed to make Roe v. Wade the law of the land. “Joe Biden repeatedly insists he is a devout Catholic,” tweeted Live Action founder and President Lila Rose. “He used this claim frequently during his campaign. […]
    - 2 days ago 22 Jan 21, 11:24pm -
  • How Can They Say Black Lives Matter When 20 Million Black Babies Have Been Aborted?
    Jan. 22 is National Sanctity of Human Life Day in America, as designated by President Donald Trump in one of his final acts before leaving office this week. While that may not mean much to some, it resonates deeply with others. There are many individuals and organizations that advocate for the needs of human beings, […]
    - 2 days ago 22 Jan 21, 10:59pm -
  • Kansas House Passes Amendment Saying There’s No Right to Kill Babies in Abortions
    In a victory for life Friday, the Kansas House approved a state constitutional amendment to make it clear that there is no right to abortion in the state. The Value Them Both amendment passed in an 86-38 vote, surpassing the two-thirds majority required to amend the state constitution. It now moves to the state Senate […]
    - 2 days ago 22 Jan 21, 10:32pm -

Mennonite Central Committee

  • A renewed commitment to peace
    At a time when we keenly feel the fractures in our society and when division and polarization have descended into violence, the people of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. pray not only for a peaceful transition of government, but for peace and reconciliation in our communities, especially t
    - 5 days ago 20 Jan 21, 5:00am -
  • Worldwide impact, global response
    Top photo caption: In Mathare, an area of Nairobi, Kenya, Anna Mwatha, shown with her son Josiphat Zinga, maintains one of the 50 handwashing stations provided through an MCC partner and teaches neighbors how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. MCC photo/Scott Stoner-Eby
    - 11 days ago 14 Jan 21, 5:00am -
  • Judith Siambe
    I believe in people and in giving them the opportunity to explore their capacity and their potential to become who they want to be.What I want for my life is that every single day, I can say, “Today, I impacted this amount of lives.” I want to impact more lives.
    - 11 days ago 14 Jan 21, 5:00am -
  • Suffering on suffering
    Top photo: In the Democratic Republic of the Congo in September 2020, Riziki Mpendacheko, along with other displaced people and local families in need, received an agriculture toolkit. Photo/Kabamba Lwamba
    - 11 days ago 14 Jan 21, 5:00am -
  • Ingenuity at work
    Top photo caption: A preview of quilts and other online auction items for the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale coincided with a drive-thru food event in Kidron, Ohio, in September 2020. MCC photo/Jennifer Steiner
    - 11 days ago 14 Jan 21, 5:00am -


Religion News Service

Trinity Foundation

  • Trinity Foundation Investigation: $78.6 Million in Government Guaranteed Loans Given to Televangelists
      For months, Trinity Foundation has investigated televangelists receiving Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans. Our findings: At least $78.6 million in loans were given to religious TV networks, independent religious TV stations, TV preachers, and churches/media ministries with national TV programs.  The total would exceed $82 million if we include churches with 24/7 streaming channels […]The post Trinity Foundation Investigation: $78.6 Million in Government Guaranteed Loans Given to Televangelists first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 41 days ago 14 Dec 20, 10:57pm -
  • Inside Edition Examines Vacation Use of Televangelist Jet
    Daystar Television — An exposé of Marcus and Joni Lamb’s usage of Daystar Television Network’s Gulfstream V business jet aired this afternoon on Inside Edition with a little help from Trinity Foundation.  A small portion of our extensive database of televangelist ministry aircraft and flight log data came in handy.  The program showed a couple […]The post Inside Edition Examines Vacation Use of Televangelist Jet first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 44 days ago 11 Dec 20, 10:48pm -
  • Investigative Reporters Examine Religious Fraud Across Latin America
    An ambitious investigation of religious fraud cases shows that religious leaders are rarely prosecuted, and churches are increasingly participants in money laundering. The Cross-Borders Data Project at Columbia University has partnered with journalists across Latin America to investigate religious fraud. Journalists examined more than 60 investigations and court cases where churches or religious leaders were […]The post Investigative Reporters Examine Religious Fraud Across Latin America first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 22 Sep 20, 4:02pm -
  • Brazilian Church Accused of Money Laundering $1 Billion
    The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, founded by controversial pastor Edir Macedo, has been accused of money laundering again. The accusations come from Rio de Janeiro’s Public Prosecutor’s Office and Brazil’s Financial Activities Control Board. According to Brazilian news site Poder360, in one fiscal year, May 2018 to April 2019, at least 5.9 […]The post Brazilian Church Accused of Money Laundering $1 Billion first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 22 Sep 20, 3:41pm -
  • Taxing Jerry Falwell’s Golden Parachute Payments (severance over $10M)
      After analyzing Jerry Falwell Jr’s Liberty University compensation, Trinity Foundation estimates tax penalties of $1,530,383 on golden parachute payments of $10.5 million. Excessive compensation is a scandalously common practice in many religious institutions that needs to be carefully researched and exposed. After a series of embarrassing disclosures of moral failures, Jerry Falwell Jr. has […]The post Taxing Jerry Falwell’s Golden Parachute Payments (severance over $10M) first appeared on Trinity Foundation.
    - 31 Aug 20, 3:24pm -

United Methodist News Service

  • What would Jesus tell the US Capitol rioters?
    The Rev. William B. Lawrence examines the claims of Scriptural authority by violent protesters who stormed the U.S. Capitol.
    - 3 days ago 21 Jan 21, 4:35pm -
  • Retired pastor starts online ‘Doubter’s Parish’
    After setting United Methodist church work aside, the Rev. Martin Thielen reaches out to skeptics and struggling Christians, offering help and solidarity.
    - 3 days ago 21 Jan 21, 4:28pm -
  • North Macedonia ministry provides hope during pandemic
    Though COVID-19 changed the lives of many, leaders of a United Methodist diaconal facility in North Macedonia, have been able to provide care without interruption.
    - 5 days ago 19 Jan 21, 3:34pm -
  • A less welcoming place for refugees
    As the migration crisis continues, Europe “is becoming a fortress” where desperate people are being turned away, says a United Methodist pastor in Germany.
    - 5 days ago 19 Jan 21, 3:16pm -
  • A birthday letter to Martin Luther King Jr.
    On the occasion of the 92nd birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Reginald Lee, pastor of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, penned a birthday letter to the civil rights icon.
    - 9 days ago 15 Jan 21, 6:48pm -

Women of Faith

    DO NOT BE ANXIOUS!!!!Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT). Statistics show that about 85% of the things that spend time worrying about actually never take place! So much of our energy is spent worrying about things that by the end of the day or the end of the week will never happen. Anxiety is nothing more than fear-based and is definitely not from God. In fact, scripture tells us that there is a spirit that impacts us and causes us to worry. That spirit is the “spirit of fear”. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT).   The enemy can really use anxiety in many ways for the negative. One of the ways that he has become very crafty in using the spirit of fear and anxiety is to destroy marriages. Over the years of our marriage we have found some things that anxiety creates in our marriage. Maybe you can relate. More tensionSeparatenessFear of the unknownIdentity distortion  The more that tension gets created in your marriage the more couples get agitated and step into conflict. Unhealthy conflict is divisive and doesn’t create anything but separation between a husband and wife.  Once there is separateness a husband and wife have a tendency to fear the unknown. “What is my spouse going to do? Are they going to leave me? Are they going to find someone else to replace me? Are they going to go back to the addiction that used to control them?” There are many worries that get created through these questions and others. The reality is, during this entire time these events chip away at identity.  When your spouse is tense, distant, wrapped up in fear and doesn’t know who they are, they are not very desirable to be around. It’s at this time that the world would say, you deserve better. You deserve to be happy. You shouldn't be treated that way. Unfortunately, this leads some people to searching for answers through divorce. We have to step in and find some ways to start reducing the amount of stress, anxiety and fear that we allow in our life.  Below are four ways that we believe you can do to start alleviating anxiety. 1. Letting go of control The more we try to control the more we get ourselves out of control. Trying to control our spouse our kids our job and many other things on a daily basis. The more we worry and stress out about things that our out of our control, we suggest you find things you can control like your attitude. You can only control how you respond to your spouse, not how they respond or react. 2.  Letting go of failure.Failure becomes a bridge to success if we allow it to be. Failure is a natural part of our everyday lives. It’s what we do with failure, and how we respond to failure that helps us get out of the worry and anxiety associated. There are many people that walk around everyday calling themselves a failure. Failure can become very toxic and end up controlling our lives if we allow it to become our identity. 3.  Letting go of pleasing othersYou will never be able to please everyone [PERIOD].  Attempting to please others can create a lot of anxiety, because we are not responsible for our spouses emotional state. There is nothing wrong with acting in pleasing ways toward your spouse. But when we cross over into a place where we feel like we are responsible for their amount of being pleased or feeling a certain way, we get ourselves trapped in a codependency cycle. Don’t get me wrong you want to do things to create peace in your marriage, but it's not your responsibility to make sure they are happy or not. Happiness is a choice! When you put God first in your marriage, joy and contentment takes place and moves your relationship to a whole new level. 4 Letting go of the pastUnfortunately, The influence of your family of origin is sometimes greater than the influence of God. What keeps us from trusting God in the present is our attachment to the past. Letting go of the past is crucial to living a life of freedom in Christ. So how can we deal with the anxieties and fears in our life? We encourage you to take these four steps toward helping yourself calm your anxiety. 1. PrayerPrayer is the most important. Ask God to come in and give you a spirit of peace. 2. Counseling / Pastor / Accountability PartnerOne or all of these can be very useful when looking to calm your anxiety. It takes intentionality to step into working on ourselves. Sometime we have to have some help to start that process. 3.  JournalingThere is power in writing and acknowledging your fears and anxiety. You can’t change or heal anything you don’t acknowledge first. Journaling can help us start that acknowledgment process 4. Changing your EnvironmentDon’t put yourself in the places that create anxiety. Minimize being around the people that create more anxiety in your life. Take yourself out of the environments that are toxic and shame producing. Bryan & Stephanie VigneryFounders of The Intentional Marriage 
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    Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.  Romans 8:33Life is littered with what ifs.What if there’s not enough money? Or resources to go around? Or the economy doesn’t improve? What if the person we’ve trusted breaks her promise? Or doesn’t fulfill his commitment? Or drops the ball completely? What if our health begins to fail? Or our loved ones pass away? Or we find ourselves alone?Uncertainty surrounds us. The possibility of change can raise endless what if questions, causing us to worry. We all face legitimate challenges that need to be overcome and whenever we allow fear to take to root, we create space for worry and anxiety to set up shop in our lives. Once they begin working, they don’t want to stop.Given enough time, worry can strangle the life out of us. In fact, the origin of the word worry when it first appeared in Old English meant “to strangle.” Over the centuries, it transitioned to mean “to bite and shake,” much like a dog treats a rubber toy. Eventually the word was understood as “to harass or vex.” In the early nineteenth century, worry adopted its more modern meaning, “to make (or to be) persistently anxious.”Worry can cause us to lose touch with reality and move further and further from the truth.Jesus knew this. Maybe that’s one reason why time and time again He told the disciples to “Fear not!” Jesus never wanted us to be controlled by worry and anxiety but instead wanted us to be marked by faith and trust. Jesus recognized that worry has a way of subtracting God from the scene and making us believe we’re responsible for holding all things together.We will never get rid of all the what ifs in life, but when they come, we can rest assured that we do not meet them alone. God is with us. We can choose to face uncertainty with faith and begin to walk in greater levels of confidence, contentment, joy, peace, security, and calmness.From Overcoming Worry © 2013 Margaret Feinberg (Thomas Nelson) Used with permission. All rights reserved.  Women of Faith is a global ministry, specializing in the use of all forms of media & technology, as a conduit to connect people to people and exponentially grow friends and community globally and to create disciples 24/7, 365 days per year.  This allows Women of Faith to reach more people and to have more impact in growing God’s Kingdom.  Women of Faith is also committed to carrying the legacy of wisdom, story and authenticity, by providing various media, initiatives, resources, events, courses, studies, partnerships and programs.  These are utilized in delivering spiritual strength, life leadership, real relationships and to encourage and equip women to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus. Women of Faith's Foundational Voice is Alita Reynolds.
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    GOD LOVES US ALLFor God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16He created each of us by hand, and each one of us is unique. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, so we feel compelled to do the same. All of this wonderful diversity means we hold a variety of views. At Women of Faith we focus on what unites us. We choose to love and to offer grace to one another.We are here to laugh with you, cry with you, and walk beside you on your faith journey. By having a relationship with God, we choose to encourage you to deepen your spiritual walk with Him. If you are in a different place right now, we choose to introduce you to a community who loves you more than you know.  The bottom line is this:  God loves us.  All of us.  And He chooses for us all to love one another.
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    Confronting the Heart of a CriticThe phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones and words can never hurt me!” couldn’t be further from the truth. Words can be catastrophic, tearing through your heart like a tornado roaring down a residential street. While there may not be any visible destruction, the damage to your spirit can be just as devastating as a row of demolished homes.Although the initial sting of harsh words is evident, you may be unaware of the lingering effects. Overly critical words leave you with hurt feelings and a poor self-image. Being wounded by someone with a critical spirit often changes how you see yourself. God holds us all accountable for how we use our words – especially the ones that hurt. Critical words don’t come from a wise heart, nor do they reflect God’s heart. Only He can heal your spirit and teach you how to respond to criticism. He’s waiting to enrich your heart with encouragement, both for your good and for the good of others.“Curse God and die!”The words spew out of the mouth of an embittered wife who isstunned and stymied by tragedy. Gone … destroyed … are all their possessions and all their children as a result of God’s allowing Satan to test her godly husband in order to prove his faith. Job mourns their losses but doesn’t malign the goodness of God. Instead he submits himself to the sovereignty of God by declaring, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job 1:21 “Curse God and die!” is her retort, especially after seeing her husband suddenly stricken—afflicted from head to toe with painful sores. She observes this once respected man—so revered in the community—now scorned and reduced to sitting in a pile of ashes scraping his sores with a jagged piece of pottery. Job’s noble stance before the Lord is absolute nonsense to her. She doesn’t want to hear one more word of devotion from her disease-ridden husband.A critical spirit consumes the wife of the one whom God calls “… the greatest man among all the people…” (Job 1:3). However, she’s had enough, and she wants Job … and God … to know it! “Are you still maintaining your integrity?” she pounds, unleashing her toxic tongue: “Curse God and die!” Job 2:9 Everything is fine … until they open their mouths. They are aghast at the sight before them … their once highly respected friend is now horrifically humbled. Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar (Eli, Bill, and Zo for short) have set out from their homes to pour out comforting words upon their troubled friend, but now they find themselves speechless. For seven days and seven nights they sit on the ground and commiserate, and “No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was” (Job 2:13). Soon their sympathetic presence morphs into a barrage of stinging rebuke that further crushes the spirit of poor Job. He responds in deep emotional pain.… “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.”Job 6:14 Like Job’s friends, has someone in your life assumed the role of your personal heavenly sandpaper … a self-appointed expert at finding fault and continually focusing on your faults in an attempt to “refine” you? The abrasive words are not helpful, but hurtful, and qualify as verbal and emotional abuse. Such criticism grates against the grain of your soul … wearing you down … stripping you of your worth. God holds all of us accountable for how we use our words, especially words that wound. Harsh, critical words don’t pour out of the hearts of godly people. Jesus said … “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.”Matthew 12:34–35
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    The compelling need to be more than what you are capable of ever becoming is the driving motivation behind perfectionism. It stems from deep insecurity, a gnawing fear that being the woman God made you to be is somehow not good enough.The longing for absolute perfection is rooted in the lost recollection of paradise. Within every believer is an internal barometer of how things ought to be, a deep yearning for the perfection that only heaven will bring. Something inside knows that no matter how good things are—they should be better. One day they will be, but not now. Knowing how it could be while living with how it actually is often causes an unhealthy tension.Understanding the innate desire for perfection can lead to a deeper anticipation and hope in eternity. It also helps release the demand that life in the present must satisfy all longings.At the same time, the Lord calls each believer to pursue wholeness and soundness of spirit—concepts that are frequently described as “perfect” in the New Testament (Matthew 5:48). The foremost trait you are called to perfect in your life is the ability to love (1 John 4:17–19). Completion or perfection as human beings is not possible, however, as the result of your own striving. It is the manifestation of God’s work in you (Hebrews 13:20–21).Excerpted from The Woman's Study Bible, NIV © 2013 (Thomas Nelson) Used by permission.  Women of Faith is a global ministry, specializing in the use of all forms of media & technology, as a conduit to connect people to people and exponentially grow friends and community globally and to create disciples 24/7, 365 days per year.  This allows Women of Faith to reach more people and to have more impact in growing God’s Kingdom.  Women of Faith is also committed to carrying the legacy of wisdom, story and authenticity, by providing various media, initiatives, resources, events, courses, studies, partnerships and programs.  These are utilized in delivering spiritual strength, life leadership, real relationships and to encourage and equip women to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus. Women of Faith's Foundational Voice is Alita Reynolds.
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The World And Everything In It (Podcast)

  • Effective Compassion, Season 2, Episode 2: Addiction and recovery, part 1
    This episode of Effective Compassion is all about addiction. The patterns and choices and life circumstances that lead to it...and the patterns, choices, life circumstances, hard work, prayer, grit, sweat, time, and love that can help break its grip. Journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg share stories from addicts traveling the road to recovery with the help of Christian ministries.
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  • 1.22.21 Culture Friday, Fisherman’s Friends, and Word Play
    On Culture Friday, Myrna Brown and Megan Basham talk to podcasters Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker about how Christians should define unity in a time of divisions; Megan reviews an independent British film, Fisherman’s Friends, that tells the true story of a group of fishermen who became hit singers; and on Word Play, George Grant considers how we came to celebrate the new year on January 1st. Plus: a cross-species collaboration, and the Friday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at support comes from the Trinitarian Bible Society, translating and distributing the Word of God to all nations since 1831. TBSbibles.orgAnd from Dordt University. Students can apply to Dordt to study nursing, agriculture, engineering, social work and more—all taught from a Christian perspective. More at
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  • 1.21.21 Biden’s Iran policy, inauguration eyewitness, and life givers
    Jill Nelson reports on Iran’s efforts to move to the top of the Biden administration’s priority list; Emily Belz shares her eye-witness account of Wednesday’s inauguration and the unprecedented security measures that surrounded it; and Myrna Brown talks to prolifers Alveda King and Kim Dixon about their work advocating for the unborn. Plus: commentary from Marvin Olasky, a preview of this week’s Listening In, a radioactive over-reaction, and the Thursday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at support comes from Dordt University. Providing an education rooted in faith—for engineers, nurses, social workers, teachers, and more. More at from the Trinitarian Bible Society, translating and distributing the Word of God to all nations since 1831.
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  • 1.20.21 Washington Wednesday, World Tour, and remembering Joe Scheidler
    On Washington Wednesday, Mary Reichard talks to political analyst Henry Olsen about what we might expect from Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office; on World Tour, Onize Ohikere reports on international news; and remembering pro-life activist Joe Scheidler, who died on Monday. Plus: commentary from Kim Henderson, canine empathy, and the Wednesday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at support comes from Dordt University. Ranked #1 in the nation for student engagement by The Wall Street Journal, Dordt informs, inspires, and challenges students. More at from the Trinitarian Bible Society, translating and distributing the Word of God to all nations since 1831.
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  • 1.19.21 Trump’s triumphs, the new Ed head, and The Olasky Interview
    Sarah Schweinsberg talks to analysts about the Trump administration’s lasting accomplishments; Esther Eaton reports on Joe Biden’s pick for Education secretary; and on The Olasky Interview, WORLD editor in chief Marvin Olasky talks to conservative blogger and talk show host Erik Erickson. Plus: commentary from Cal Thomas, disappearing Bitcoin, and the Tuesday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at support comes from Dordt University. Students can apply to Dordt to study nursing, agriculture, engineering, social work and more—all taught from a Christian perspective. More at from the Trinitarian Bible Society, translating and distributing the Word of God to all nations since 1831.
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World Magazine

  • Russian police arrest pro-Navalny protesters
    Protesters from Siberia to St. Petersburg to Moscow took to the streets of Russian cities on a bitterly cold Saturday to condemn the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Russian police arrested more than 3,000 protesters across the country, including Navalny’s wife, Yulia, in Moscow.What’s behind the protests? Navalny, 44, was poisoned and went into a coma on Aug. 20. He was transferred to a hospital in Berlin, and tests showed he had been exposed to a Soviet-era nerve agent. He returned to Russia on Jan. 17 and was arrested. He could face more than three years in jail for alleged fraud and money laundering—charges Navalny says are politically motivated. Navalny has campaigned against corruption in the government of President Vladimir Putin. Supporters of Navalny have called for protests again next weekend.Dig deeper: Read Rachel Lynn Aldrich’s report in The Sift about accusations that high-level officials in Russia ordered Navalny’s poisoning.Image: Category: Political UnrestArticle Title: Russian police arrest pro-Navalny protestersKeywords: RussiaPutinProtestCrimeAuthor: Tim Lamer
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  • Christians in a politically charged climate
    Christians in a politically charged climatePoliticsTheologyDonald TrumpGovernmentQuestions to ask as tensions ratchet up GovernmentWaldemar KohlHow are we to respond—in this overly sensitive, divided, and politically charged climate—to a society that needs to know Jesus’ love?  I think it starts with us doing some serious self-reflection on where our priorities lie, and even where our heart is. A few overarching questions I would ask:Are we focused on love?  The world will know us by our love for each other (John 13:35), and how we love those who disagree with us—or who even curse us and persecute us (Matthew 5).  I’m not seeing this among some prominent Christian leaders. In all manner of social and public discourse right now—on issues ranging from mask-wearing, to equal rights, to respect for due process or respect for authority—there appears to be deep anger, outrage, a “call for blood” even! What about Paul’s admonition to “let your reasonableness be made known to everyone” (Philippians 4:5)? Is our love growing cold (Matthew 24:11-13)? I want to understand my more liberal (or more conservative) neighbors—maybe even learn something new, or change my opinion—as I focus on loving them.What is our battle?  This leads me to my second point: What are we fighting against? Why is there so much resentment and anger? We know that we are not at war with flesh and blood, but against spiritual powers of darkness and evil (Ephesians 6:12). Our behavior (speaking very broadly) would suggest we are at war with anyone who thinks differently about very earthly matters. I’m sensing from many Christians I know a strong undertone of condemnation of anyone who dares question their political beliefs, their political candidate, and anything their candidate says and does. Any information, “facts,” or insightful arguments that do not support what they believe to be true are grounds for mockery and disdain. (This is true on both sides, but shouldn’t believers be different?) Is it realistic to think all truth only comes from one party or one person? Does it stand to reason that anything offered by the “other side” is inherently false? And even if it were that black and white, on what are we focusing our fight? Our battle is against the devil, and for the souls of man. Our focus should be on living out the gospel, loving others because of the eternal glory set before us (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). Which kingdom are we pursuing? If we were Christians anywhere else in the world, we would struggle less with the melding of nationalism and faith. As it is, the church in the United States—in my opinion—has a dangerous emotional and spiritual bond with conservative political power. They are not one and the same. Jesus was clear, “My kingdom is not of this world.” If it were, He would have fought more like we’re fighting today—for power and control. Listening to the leaders involved in the Jericho March, you would think that the president is our messiah and we are fighting for his kingdom on earth. Anything that pulls us away from our focus on God’s eternal kingdom, or draws on our passion and energy to preserve worldly possession or influence, plays into the devil’s hands. Let us vote our conscience for the leaders we believe are best able to govern our country. But let our hearts and minds pursue the eternal kingdom, not a kingdom of any kind on earth.Are we guarding against deception? I do not read the Bible enough, nor am I praying in the Spirit as much as I should be, given these end times. I am increasingly aware of my susceptibility to false teaching and deceptive spirits as I read about how far a Christian leader can stray from his “first love.” We must absolutely test the spirits (1 John 4:1) and submit everything to God’s Word (Colossians 3:16) in order not to be deceived by the lust of the world (1 John 2:16).  The idols of my heart are a constant battle. Like all Christians who are also human, I do not always have Christ preeminent in my heart and mind. For some reason—unique to this time in history, and to this political climate, and to this leader—the Church is diverting much of its focus from God’s kingdom to political power. More than any time in my life, many of us threw our commitment and loyalty toward Donald Trump, to the point of even defining what is true by his standard. Some Christians claimed that any authority other than his was from the devil! This, I’m afraid, may be the fulfillment of verses such as 2 Timothy 4:2-4: “For the time will come when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”  I fear we may be following in the path of the Corinthian church that struggled with worldliness, heresies, and battled “party spirit,” which Paul decried (1 Corinthians 3:1-4, 21-23).Waldemar Kohl is a consultant who lives with his wife Ann and their five children in Hampton, N.H.PoliticsWhirled Views
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  • Larry King, TV interview virtuoso, has died
    Radio and television host Larry King, who interviewed tens of thousands of subjects, including presidents, Hollywood celebrities, athletes, and world leaders, died Saturday. He was 87.How did he become famous? Lawrence Harvey Zeiger, born in the Brooklyn borough of New York to Jewish immigrants, became Larry King when he landed his first radio job as a disc jockey in Miami in 1957. His boss thought Zeiger sounded “too ethnic,” and noticed an ad for King’s Wholesale Liquors in an open newspaper on the desk.Known for his personable and straightforward style, he credited his ability to talk with anyone, whether a prime minister or bus driver, to his insatiable curiosity. Larry King Live premiered on CNN in 1985 and became a mainstay of American television for 25 years. He welcomed everyone from the Dalai Lama and Mikhail Gorbachev to Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra.King married seven women (one of them twice). His last marriage to Shawn Southwick lasted more than 20 years before he filed for divorce in 2019. He cited religious differences—she was a devout Mormon and he an “agnostic atheist”—as one reason they didn’t get along.Obsessed with the afterlife, King often asked about faith in interviews. In his book Powerful Prayers, co-authored with Rabbi Irwin Katsof, he questioned influential people about how they talk to God. On a CNN special, King said he wanted to live forever, and was public about his wish to be cryogenically preserved.King’s estranged wife and three of his five children survive him.Image: Category: TVArticle Title: Larry King, TV interview virtuoso, has diedKeywords: ObituariesObituaryTelevisionMediaCultureAuthor: Jenny Rough
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  • Trump impeachment trial has a start date
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said senators can balance confirming President Joe Biden’s executive nominees and holding former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she plans to send the impeachment articles to the Senate on Monday.When will the trial start? Once the Senate receives the articles of impeachment, it is supposed to start the trial right away. But Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., agreed to begin the proceeding during the week of Feb. 8. That gives Senate Democrats more time to focus on confirmations. With the Senate split 50-50, at least 17 Republicans would need to vote against Trump in order to convict him of inciting insurrection on Jan. 6. In the House, 10 GOP lawmakers voted to impeach. Some Republican senators argue impeaching a president after he leaves office is unconstitutional. Democrats are seeking a conviction that would allow them to bar Trump from holding office again.Dig deeper: Read Josh Raimundo’s account in The Stew of what he saw at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.Image: Category: PoliticsArticle Title: Trump impeachment trial has a start dateKeywords: PoliticsImpeachmentSenateWhite HouseCapitol RiotAuthor: Rachel Lynn Aldrich
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 21, 3:09am -
  • Earthquake hits already devastated Indonesia
    Corrugated sheets, twisted windowpanes, and concrete rubble littered streets where many buildings once stood in the city of Mamuju on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island. A shallow 6.2-magnitude earthquake rattled the island just after midnight on Friday as many people slept.Nurwardi, manager of operations at Mamuju’s West Sulawesi General Hospital—the only clinic that survived the earthquake—said people steadily flocked to makeshift tents to receive care. “Many patients do not want to be treated inside the hospital because they’re worried about another quake,” he told the AFP news agency. “Many need surgery but we have limited resources and medicine.”The earthquake killed at least 90 people, the majority of them in Mamuju, and nearly 300 others sustained serious injuries. Aid workers this week continued to search for survivors and try to access cut-off villages. The quake came in the wake of several other disasters in the country, including the COVID-19 pandemic.The earthquake destroyed more than 1,000 homes and other buildings, including the governor’s office and a shopping mall in Mamuju. Thousands of people slept outdoors this week for fear of aftershocks. Nearly 30,000 displaced people moved to shelters in Mamuju and its neighboring district of Majene.A father of three who identified himself as Robert told the Associated Press he was at Mamuju’s Mitra Manakarra hospital when the earthquake began. The rattling bed woke him up, and he pulled out the drip from his hand before running out. “I cried when I saw the hospital where I was being treated collapse with people still inside,” he said. “I could have died if I got out late.”Didi Hamzar, the disaster agency’s director of preparedness, said rescuers have pulled at least 18 survivors from collapsed buildings. The region set up a navy hospital ship and field health centers to bolster the medical response. The International Red Cross deployed seven ambulances and first-aid teams to the region. Mark Baker, the director of disaster response with Water Mission, told me his team also sent in a mobile unit to deliver clean water to affected communities. The aid group is also assessing the needs before setting up permanent water treatment systems.Doni Monardo, Indonesia’s disaster agency chief, said authorities would set up COVID-19 testing sites at the camps. Indonesia has recorded more than 927,000 infections and more than 26,000 deaths, the highest in Southeast Asia. Security officers patrolling with loudspeakers reminded people to observe health protocols as markets and gas stations slowly reopened this week.Indonesian President Joko Widodo mobilized the military and police to aid the rescue and relief operations and pledged more government support during a Tuesday visit to Mamuju: “Soon the central government will rebuild, then for collapsed houses, the government will help for those that were heavily damaged.”The archipelago nation sits on the “Ring of Fire,” an arch of fault lines in the Pacific Basin, and experiences frequent earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis.Other disasters have struck the country as well. On Monday, Widodo visited southern regions on Borneo island, where flooding last week killed at least 15 people and forced thousands of people to flee their homes. On Jan. 9, a deadly landslide on Java island buried about 40 people. The same day, a Sriwijaya Air jet crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 62 people on board.“The people of Indonesia inspire the world community as an example of extraordinary resilience,” said Dr. Vlatko Uzevski, emergency response leader for the nonprofit Project HOPE, which is also responding in Sulawesi. Associated Press/Photo by Hassene Dridi Police officers face demonstrators in Ettadhamen City near Tunis, Tunisia, on Tuesday. Tunisian youths return to the streetsYoung Tunisians have gathered on the streets of the capital city of Tunis and other cities since Friday, throwing Molotov cocktails at security forces and holding posters that read, “Employment is a right, not a favor.” The demonstrations began after the government imposed a nationwide coronavirus lockdown on Thursday, the 10th anniversary of the ouster of authoritarian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali during the Arab Spring. Authorities have arrested more than 600 people and deployed troops across several cities, defense ministry spokesman Mohamed Zikri said.One-third of Tunisia’s youth remain unemployed, and the pandemic has worsened the country’s economic crisis. Tunisia has recorded more than 177,000 COVID-19 infections and more than 5,600 deaths. Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi acknowledged the growing frustration but condemned the looting and violence: “Your voice is heard, and your anger is legitimate, and it is my role and the role of the government to work to realize your demands and to make the dream of Tunisia to become true.”Amnesty International urged security forces to refrain from using excessive force. —O.O. Associated Press/Photo by Rahmat Gul The site of a gunmen attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday. Violence persists in AfghanistanGunmen killed two women Supreme Court judges in Afghanistan last week, the latest in a string of assassinations targeting civilians. The women were driving to their office in the capital city of Kabul when gunmen riding motorcycles opened fire on their car, said Ahmad Fahim Qaweem, a spokesperson for the Supreme Court. Police launched an investigation.Attacks in recent months have targeted government officials, activists, journalists, and prosecutors. The Taliban denied any involvement. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a November attack on Kabul University that left 22 people dead and 22 others wounded.The latest violence came two days after the United States said the U.S. troop level in Afghanistan reduced to a record low of 2,500, a stipulation in the U.S.-brokered peace talks. —O.O. Getty Images/Photo Alfredo Zuniga/AFP Women and children displaced by attacks in northern Mozambique attend a meeting at the Centro Agrrio de Napala. Freed captivesDefense forces in Mozambique’s terrorism-ridden northern province last week rescued 21 hostages abducted by extremists. Authorities said the insurgents captured the 15 women and six children from Matemo island and used them to transport looted goods.One of the women, Maisha Ambasse, counted up to 30 insurgents and said they planned to take the captives to a Koranic school. Bernardino Rafael, general commander of the police force, said the defense forces knew the terrorists’ location and launched a “smart attack” to rescue the hostages.A local rebel group called Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama started attacking the port town of Mocímboa da Praia in October 2017. Insurgent attacks in the oil-rich region have killed more than 1,000 civilians and displaced more than 500,000 people. On Wednesday, the United Nations called for expanded health and nutrition programs for the affected communities. —O.O. African tales go digitalThe African tradition of oral storytelling passed down to family members and communities could soon be available online. Herman Chinery-Hesse, a Ghanaian entrepreneur who established the country’s largest software company, created Afrikan Echoes to bring the continent’s tales to an international audience.The new audiobooks app, set to launch in March, will initially feature up to 50 unpublished African tales translated to Swahili, Yoruba, and other African languages. They include Frank Karefa-Smart’s story of his time working in New York during the civil rights movement and across West Africa at the time of the diamond trade. “We would like a situation where non-Africans can listen to African stories told by Africans, in an African way,” he told CNN. —O.O. Image: Deck: The country struggles to rebuild after the latest in a string of disasters this yearCategory: InternationalKeywords: InternationalIndonesiaAsiaEarthquakeDisasterCoronavirusTunisiaAfricaProtestPolitical UnrestHealthAfghanistanMiddle EastTerrorismMozambiqueArtsCultureSlug: InternationalArticle Title: Earthquake hits already devastated IndonesiaAuthor: Onize OhikereDigital Branding: World TourHide from Archive?: 0
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