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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.

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  • newSend Network Unveils New Values, Leadership Team, Spanish Website
    NEWS PROVDED BYNorth American Mission BoardOct. 6, 2022ALPHARETTA, Ga., Oct. 6, 2022 /Christian Newswire/ -- At a national meeting of more than 275 field staff at the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) headquarters Thursday, Oct. 6, Send Network President Vance Pitman unveiled a slate of new leaders, a Spanish-language website and all-new values guiding North America's largest church planting network."As a family of churches planting churches everywhere for everyone, we want to Source: Guardian
    - 60 mins ago 6 Oct 22, 10:46pm -
  • newAvailable Now: New Movie 'Unknown Crisis'
    The journey back to hope!Find out more at: Zoefilms.co.uk NEWS PROVIDED BYZoe Films UK Oct. 6, 2022LONDON, Oct. 6, 2022 /Christian Newswire/ -- It's a simple case of cause and effect. Hope dies and our dreams with it! Sooner or later we resign ourselves to the situation and stop hoping for change. We embrace hopelessness. That is Simon's life, a long series of disappointments. Despite all his good intentions and best efforts, nothing is going right. His wife is ill and bed bound. The medi Source: Zoe Films UK
    - 1 hour ago 6 Oct 22, 10:45pm -
  • newMedia Ministry Gives Voice to Iran's Embattled Women
    As widespread protests continue across Iran, SAT-7 defies internet blackout with live satellite broadcastsA VOICE FOR IRAN'S EMBATTLED WOMEN: As deadly protests sweep across Iran and the nation's internet is shut down, multimedia ministry SAT-7 (www.sat7usa.org) continues to find ways to support embattled Iranian women and give them a voice.NEWS PROVIDED BYSAT-7Oct. 6, 2022EASTON, Md., Oct. 6, 2022 /Christian Newswire/ -- A Middle East media ministry is giving embattled Iranian women a vo Source: InChrist Communications
    - 4 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 7:23pm -
  • newThe Power of Prayer: New Book 'Intimacy with God' Offers Advice to Those on the Spiritual Path
    NEWS PROVIDED BYGoldman McCormick Public RelationsOct. 6, 2022MASSAPEQUA, N.C., Oct. 6, 2022 /Christian Newswire/ -- According to The Pew Research Center, the vast majority of Americans (90%) believe in some kind of higher power. However, according to spiritual life coach Latoya Shea, 100% of the people on earth can participate in the power of prayer. Shea's book "Intimacy With God: The Prayer Book That Will Change Your Life" offers readers a roadmap to developing a closer relationshi Source: Goldman McCormick PR
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  • newEl Autor Bruce B. Miller Invita a Lectores a Explorar Preguntas Comunes Sobre la Fe en un Nuevo Libro
    NEWS PROVIDED BYA. Larry Ross CommunicationsOct. 6, 2022MCKINNEY, Texas, 6 de octubre 2022 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bruce B. Miller, autor, orador y pastor de Christ Fellowship en McKinney aborda algunas de las preguntas más comunes que las personas que no están seguras de su fe suelen hacer en su nuevo libro, "Las 7 Grandes Preguntas: en busca de Dios, la verdad y el propósito" a la venta el 4 de octubre de 2022."Todos tenemos grandes preguntas sobre Dios, nuestro propósito aquí y Source: A. Larry Ross Communications
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  • The United States of Israel: America in End Times Prophecy
    Controversial Book Impacts Traditional EschatologyThe post The United States of Israel: America in End Times Prophecy appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
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  • ‘The Inevitable Collapse of the Auto Industry’ by Jackie Alnor and Joni Finkle
    The transportation industry is under tremendous pressure from the WEF/NWO in the real or imagined war on climate change. It doesn't take a genius to see the writing on the wall when passing by car dealerships with lots almost empty of cars for sale.The post ‘The Inevitable Collapse of the Auto Industry’ by Jackie Alnor and Joni Finkle appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 28 May 22, 2:31am -
  • NEW BOOK NOW ON AMAZON
    FROM THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF RAPTURE READY RADIO “There is nothing covered that shall not be revealed; and hid that shall not be known.” Prophecy…The post NEW BOOK NOW ON AMAZON appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
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  • Charisma’s 25th Anniversary Hall of Shame (Repost from the year 2000)
    Charisma Magazine's 25th Anniversary edition looks at the legacy of those who have graced its covers.  The list is a Who's Who of people who have brought shame to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The post Charisma’s 25th Anniversary Hall of Shame (Repost from the year 2000) appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
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  • Stephen Strang in the Pits (2006 article I wrote posted by request)
    Do you think Jesus would be happy with Mr. Strang, selling out the Church for the almighty dollar?The post Stephen Strang in the Pits (2006 article I wrote posted by request) appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 22 Oct 21, 2:25pm -

Christianity Today

  • newLoretta Lynn: A Coal Miner’s Daughter in the #MeToo Age
    The late country music star modeled what church leaders need: A bold willingness to stand up for women.This past week saw the death of country music legend Loretta Lynn at the age of 90. One need not have been a country music fan (as I am) to find this woman’s life important. Her story is especially significant at a time when, five years into the mainstreamed #MeToo movement, we still face serious questions about the treatment of women in both the church and the world.When I think of Loretta Lynn, my thoughts don’t go first to her music—although I love it and could recite lyrics all day. I think of the self-described “Honky Tonk Girl” and her meeting with Richard Nixon.Invited to perform at the White House at the height of the Vietnam War, Lynn took advantage of an audience with first lady Pat Nixon to raise the matter of someone she thought was unjustly imprisoned.“Pat,” she said, “I’ve been wanting to write a letter to … Richard.”Of course, one does not refer to the president of the United States by his first name—and especially not in the White House. Lynn chalked up her faux pas to her background as a coal miner’s daughter and the fact that she hadn’t spent a lot of time in places of power. When a television announcer in Chicago asked her why she had referred to the president as “Richard,” she said, “They called Jesus ‘Jesus,’ didn’t they?”In some ways, that one anecdote sums up much of why Loretta Lynn caught the imagination of so many people. With one sentence, she gently poked at an institution that needed more authenticity. And she did it with a mischievous wink, letting her listeners know that she was not nearly as unsophisticated as she let on and that she knew exactly what she was doing. ...Continue reading...
    - 8 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 3:46pm -
  • No Doctrine of the Trinity Is an Island
    As a new introduction emphasizes, the deep mysteries of Father, Son, and Spirit can’t be grasped in isolation.Historically speaking, theological debates over the Trinity have been a major factor in the denominational breakdown of the church. Moreover, the extent to which these debates have influenced—and continue to influence—our individual conceptions of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit cannot be overstated.Take, for instance, the Filioque—the notion that the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, as the Nicene Creed has it. The Filioque has been debated for over 1,400 years, heavily contributing to the church’s 1054 split into the Latin West (Catholicism) and the Greek-Byzantine East (Orthodoxy).As those who reject the Filioque often argue, if the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, then the Father’s unique role in the Trinity is undermined and the Spirit is made subordinate. Those in favor may retort: If the Spirit proceeds from only the Father, the Son’s divinity and salvific work are threatened. In short, acceptance or rejection of the Filioque affects how we define and distinguish the divine persons—and how we worship them, too.This is true of the many other Trinitarian issues as well. And so, wrestling with how and why we think what we think about the Father, Son, and Spirit—how they relate, work, and reveal themselves to us—is an essential task. This task requires serious biblical, historical, and theological investigation.Theologian D. Glenn Butner’s Trinitarian Dogmatics, an introduction to the doctrine of the Trinity, is a roadmap for just that. His approach to the Filioque is like that of the many other Trinitarian topics he tackles—ecumenical, fair, and nuanced. He distinguishes between hills to die on and hills to build bridges to, demonstrating ...Continue reading...
    - 1 day ago 5 Oct 22, 5:00pm -
  • Five Years After Church Shooting, Sutherland Springs Pastor Retires
    Now at a new location, the rural Texas church continues on in memory of the 26 members killed, including the pastor’s teenage daughter.Frank Pomeroy was hunting in the wet and cold Alaskan bush when the Lord gave him his final sermon as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.Considering the grizzlies, black bear, wolves, and rain, Pomeroy suspected the message would somehow encompass creation.“But God kept bringing me back to, this was an opportunity for me to share what’s important for the church to continue on,” Pomeroy told Baptist Press, “and that’s when He … led me to Paul’s letter to Ephesus (Acts 20) and we just went from there.”The tragedy First Sutherland Springs weathered when a gunman killed 26 worshipers and wounded 22 others on November 5, 2017, is perhaps the memory the church’s name most readily provokes. But First Sutherland Springs has ministered since 1926 in the small community of less than 1,000 people, 20 years under the leadership of Pomeroy.“What really brings Sutherland Springs together over these 20 years is that there really is a true sense of relationship and family,” he said. “And therefore, we have always been very inclusive of the community, and that the church would be the center of the community, whether it was during a tragedy or in the good times.“High on the mountain or low in the valley, there’s always been a true sense of family with those in the community. And that’s the thing I think I cherish the most, is that love never fails, as Paul said, and that love will extend to everyone who will come and listen to the Word.“I think again, if we can be remembered as promoting and making sure everyone knew that that pulpit was never my pulpit, it’s always God’s pulpit,” he said, “and ...Continue reading...
    - 3 days ago 3 Oct 22, 6:15pm -
  • ‘Two Taels of Bread’ and Other East Asian Heresies
    Misconceptions about Jesus, Scripture, and salvation prevail.American evangelicals are moving away from orthodox understandings of God and Scripture. This year’s State of Theology survey revealed the top five misconceptions that US evangelicals hold, as follows: Jesus isn’t the only way to God. Jesus was created by God. Jesus is not God. The Holy Spirit is not a personal being. Humans aren’t sinful by nature.CT polled five Christian leaders in China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan to find out whether these modern heresies are also widespread in their respective regions, how believers can address them, and what heresies may be more common in their contexts.Aaron Chau (name changed for security reasons), a house church pastor in Hubei, ChinaHeresies in China are quite different from America. Based on this study, American evangelical heresies are greatly influenced by liberalism. In contrast, Chinese heresies are greatly influenced by fundamentalism and superstition.Most Chinese Christians will accept the authority of the Bible, but some will accept it to the point that they have turned the Reformation motto sola Scriptura into “Read the Bible alone.” Unlike how American evangelicals do not believe the Bible is literally true, some Chinese Christians are too devoted to the belief that the Bible is indeed so.American heresies arise because Christians are highly educated. Chinese heresies occur due to a lack of theological education, which is why heresies are more widespread in rural areas than in cities.The most influential Chinese Christian heresy is the belief that Christ was born in China and his second coming has literally happened. Eastern Lightning is the cult that created this heresy based on their reading of Matthew 24:27. Another popular heresy, ...Continue reading...
    - 3 days ago 3 Oct 22, 4:30pm -
  • The Woman Who Gave the World a Thousand Names for God
    How a British linguist and a failed Nigerian coup changed everything about Bible translation.In July of 2007, Bible translators from a dozen Nigerian languages came together in the rural town of Bayara, Nigeria, for a three-week workshop to begin translating the Gospel of Luke. They gathered in a steel-roofed school building with a number of outside consultants—some Nigerian, others American and British.At the end of Friday, July 27, they had wrapped up their first week of work and made plans to unwind. Multilingual collaboration is taxing, and everyone was eager to eat dinner and watch a movie.The translators gathered their papers, books, and laptops into bags and slung them over their shoulders. One of them grabbed a USB thumb drive attached to a lanyard, which they used to pass files back and forth and store backups of their work.They walked half a kilometer through the warm evening air to a guest house where they were staying near the local hospital. The cooler rainy season had just begun, but this day had been neither cool nor rainy.The group finished eating around 7:30, and Veronica Gambo, the wife of one of the translation consultants, made popcorn. She filled a bowl and was carrying it out to join the others in front of the television when men with automatic rifles burst through a door into the kitchen.Gambo froze. A man put a gun barrel between her shoulder blades and marched her, still bearing the popcorn, into the living room.“Get down!” Danjuma Gambo, Veronica’s husband, remembers the men yelling. They fired shots into the walls and ceiling. They forced everybody to the ground, including the translation project’s leader, a silver-haired British woman in her late 60s.Andy Kellogg, an American working as a Bible translation consultant, was lying on the floor and wondering: ...Continue reading...
    - 3 days ago 3 Oct 22, 12:00pm -

Forum 18 News Service

  • OCCUPIED UKRAINE: Masked soldiers seize Mariupol pastor and wife
    Church members and relatives have been unable to find out who is holding Council of Churches Baptist Pastor Leonid Ponomaryov and his wife Tatyana, where and why. Armed and masked men in military uniform seized them on 21 September from their home in Russian-occupied Mariupol. Neighbours "distinctly heard groans and cries" as the masked men took them away "in an unknown direction", local Baptists said. Military personnel searched and sealed Ponomaryov's Baptist Church. Russian officials had initially claimed the couple had been involved in "extremist activity".
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  • RUSSIA: Four-year jail term if Russia gets back exiled Muslim?
    If Russia succeeds in getting back exiled Imam Ilkhom Merazhov, he could be tried and punished with a maximum four-year jail term. He left Russia in 2015, but in June 2022 the Novosibirsk FSB reopened the criminal case to punish him for meeting with others to study the works of theologian Said Nursi. On 8 September, a Novosibirsk court issued a detention order in absentia. The FSB has sought to have an Interpol Red Notice issued, though it remains unclear whether Interpol has approved any request.
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  • BELARUS: Fines, car park worship ban for New Life Church
    On 25 September, Police banned Minsk's New Life Church from meeting for Sunday worship in the car park of the building from which officials forcibly evicted it in February 2021. Police detained the Church's pastor Vyacheslav Goncharenko and another pastor Antoni Bokun. A judge fined each two months' average wage for leading the 18 September service which police had observed. Minsk City Executive Committee refuses to return the seized church building or allow the Church to meet for worship in the car park.
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  • AZERBAIJAN: Conscientious objector jailing "very unexpected decision"
    On 22 September, a Goranboy court jailed 22-year-old Jehovah's Witness Seymur Mammadov for nine months for refusing compulsory military service on conscientious grounds. On 25 July – two days after his 18th birthday – officers seized conscientious objector Royal Karimov and forcibly took him to a military unit in Ganca, where he is still held. Baku's Sabail District Court extended to March 2023 the pre-trial detention of Shia Muslim Imam Sardar Babayev, held on treason charges since October 2021, Babayev's lawyer Javad Javadov told Forum 18.
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  • RUSSIA: 200 people on criminal trial for exercising freedom of religion or belief
    Nearly 200 Jehovah's Witnesses and 9 Muslims who study Said Nursi's writings are on criminal trial for exercising freedom of religion and belief. Since June, courts jailed 17 Jehovah's Witnesses for "organising" or "participating in" banned communities. "I still do not understand what my crime is," Yelena Nikulina told a Saransk court. "There are no victims in our case, but there are still injured parties – and they are in front of you, in the dock!" The court jailed her and her husband for 4 years, 2 months.
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Get Religion

  • newLoretta Lynn: A tough, trailblazing woman whose edgy art included doses of grit and faith
    If you know Nashville, then you probably know that there is nothing new about major country music stars also being Christian believers. In fact, it’s probably worthy of a headline or two if and when superstars send signals that they’re NOT at home in the Bible Belt.That being said, I am still amazed when journalists produce stories about country artists and edit out the details in their lives and music that point toward faith. It happens all the time.I’m not just talking about musicians putting a gospel song or two in their set lists when touring, as a kind of music-history exercise. I’m talking about reporters missing revelations in autobiographies, social-media statements to fans or mini-sermons on stage. I’m talking about passing up chances to talk with pastors who have known performers for years.This brings me to the death of honky-tonk angel herself, Loretta Lynn — the matriarch for a generation or more of female artists in guitar town. As you would expect, the obits following her death stressed — with good cause, let me stress — her daring hit songs about blue-collar American life, with strong doses of reality about hard times, troubled homes, cracked marriages and lots of other sobering subjects.Which is why, to cut to the chase, it’s even more important that this legend turned to Christian faith as an adult, in the midst of all that gritty stuff. Hold that thought. Here is a chunk of the Associated Press report that will appear in most American newspapers: The Country Music Hall of Famer wrote fearlessly about sex and love, cheating husbands, divorce and birth control and sometimes got in trouble with radio programmers for material from which even rock performers once shied away. Her biggest hits came in the 1960s and ’70s, including “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “The Pill,” “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” “Rated X” and “You’re Looking at Country.” ... Lynn knew that her songs were trailblazing, especially for country music, but she was just writing the truth that so many rural women like her experienced. “I could see that other women was goin’ through the same thing, ‘cause I worked the clubs. I wasn’t the only one that was livin’ that life and I’m not the only one that’s gonna be livin’ today what I’m writin’,” she told The AP in 1995.All true.
    - 8 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 3:59pm -
  • A historian sketches the impact as American Protestantism goes ever more Sunbelt
    Daniel K. Williams, a University of West Georgia historian, is gathering string for an eventual book about the scenario he described last week in a Patheos.com posting with this headline: “The Southernization of American Evangelicalism (and American Christianity.”Well, make that Protestant Southernization. Catholicism is thin on the ground across most points South, although growing in some (Diocese of Charlotte, N.C., now has 500,000 members).Though “mainline” Protestant churches do better down yonder than in other regions, as the title announces Williams focuses on a nationwide reconfiguration of the evangelical movement. Evangelicalism has become the largest and most dynamic sector in American religion, continually evolving, growing here and slumping there, and divided in various ways.U.S. politics is always drenched in religious trends and in the case of evangelicalism the faith is thoroughly enmeshed with the Donald Trumpified Republican Party of 2015-2024.Williams’ geographic picture is that while Christianity has sagged in the Northeast the Midwest, once the heartland of evangelical influence as long emphasized by Williams’ fellow historians, is also fading. The Sunbelt South now controls the center.The importance of 11 core southern states and adjacent turf that shares the same culture will not exactly amaze writers and officials who closely watch American religion. But Williams’ research pulls together numbers of note, particularly from the University of Chicago’s important General Social Survey. Items:* A half-century ago, Americans’ rates of churchgoing barely varied by geography. Now the South, and Utah, are the only areas where half the population attends worship at least once a month.* Among all active U.S. Protestants, Catholics and Eastern Orthodox combined, and nationwide, half are now southerners.
    - 1 day ago 5 Oct 22, 3:59pm -
  • 'Indulgences' for Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine? Remember that Moscow speaks for Moscow
    Once again, the thought for the day is this: Eastern Orthodoxy is not the Church of Rome. There is no pope at the top of a unified Orthodox ecclesiastical structure that speaks for everyone.I’m talking, of course, about the most recent controversial — to say the least — comments by the patriarch of Moscow. As one reader asked: “I'm interested to know what the buzz is in the Orthodox world about Patriarch Kirill's recent statements in support of Russia's mobilization. I'm sure you've seen it 100 times.”I saw it 100 times. But I’ve been traveling for nearly a week, so I apologize for the delay in this post.What’s up? There was this headline at Reuters, which was typical of several reports: “Orthodox Church leader says Russian soldiers dying in Ukraine will be cleansed of sin.” Here is the top of that: The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has said that Russian soldiers who die in the war against Ukraine will be cleansed of all their sins, days after President Vladimir Putin ordered the country's first mobilisation since World War Two. Patriarch Kirill is a key Putin ally and backer of the invasion. He has previously criticised those who oppose the war and called on Russians to rally round the Kremlin. "Many are dying on the fields of internecine warfare," Kirill, 75, said in his first Sunday address since the mobilisation order. "The Church prays that this battle will end as soon as possible, so that as few brothers as possible will kill each other in this fratricidal war." "But at the same time, the Church realises that if somebody, driven by a sense of duty and the need to fulfil their oath ... goes to do what their duty calls of them, and if a person dies in the performance of this duty, then they have undoubtedly committed an act equivalent to sacrifice. They will have sacrificed themselves for others. And therefore, we believe that this sacrifice washes away all the sins that a person has committed."Yes, Patriarch Kirill speaks for Patriarch Kirill and does not speak for all of Eastern Orthodoxy (and may not be speaking for all of his own synod). Meanwhile, the “first among equals” Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul does not speak for all Orthodox leaders, even if — at times — it appears that he thinks that he has that authority (such as his intervention in decades of Orthodox divisions in Ukraine).Will Orthodox leaders speak out against the remarks by Kirill?
    - 2 days ago 4 Oct 22, 3:59pm -
  • English-language coverage of Italian elections packs lots of Meloni media baloney
    I have received more texts than usual the past two weeks. Most of them were about a rather unusual subject — Italy’s national elections. I say unusual subject because it’s not every day that this subject is discussed among my American friends.Many readers of this space may know that I am the son of immigrant parents who moved to the United States from Italy. As a result, I am bilingual (I read Italian news sites almost as voraciously as American ones) and also a dual citizen, meaning I can vote in Italian elections.But the texts I was getting was coming from a place of fear. They feared that the center-right would win the election (they ultimately did on Sept. 25) and bring Italy back 100 years to an era marked by fascism.This sentiment came as a result of the English-language press (predominantly the United States and England) that framed the political rise of Giorgia Meloni as threat to democracy. It was this skewed news coverage that got me to write about her twice in pieces for for Religion Unplugged, which included an analysis piece last week on what her election means and the Vatican’s reaction.Running on a “God, homeland and family” platform, the 45-year-old was labeled a “neo-fascist” and “hard right” by The New York Times largely because of her traditional Catholic views regarding marriage and her anti-abortion views. The Times hailed Meloni’s election this way: ROME — Italy turned a page of European history on Sunday by electing a hard-right coalition led by Giorgia Meloni, whose long record of bashing the European Union, international bankers and migrants has sown concern about the nation’s reliability in the Western alliance. Results released early Monday showed that Ms. Meloni, the leader of the nationalist Brothers of Italy, a party descended from the remnants of fascism, had led a right-wing coalition to a majority in Parliament, defeating a fractured left and a resurgent anti-establishment movement. It will still be weeks before the new Italian Parliament is seated and a new government is formed, leaving plenty of time for political machinations and horse trading in a coalition with major differences. But Ms. Meloni’s strong showing, with about 26 percent of the vote, the highest of any single party, makes her the prohibitive favorite to become the country’s first female prime minister.The opening of this news story reads more like an opinion piece, loaded with adjectives such as “hard-right coalition.”This was parroted by other U.S. newspapers as well as major television networks and cable news channels.
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  • Plug-In: 'Faith-based FEMA' -- religious groups rush to help others after Hurricane Ian
    Over the years, I’ve covered the faith-based response to quite a few hurricanes.I traveled to New Orleans after Katrina, Houston after Harvey, the Florida Panhandle after Michael and Puerto Rico after Irma and Maria. No doubt I’m forgetting a few.Inevitably, those watching the disturbing images on television or social media want to help immediately. But typically, assessing the needs requires a bit of time.That leads us to Hurricane Ian, the megastorm setting its sights on South Carolina’s coast after causing catastrophic damage in Florida.“The best way to help after Hurricane Ian is to give financially to established organizations responding to the disaster,” said Jamie Aten, co-founder of Spiritual First Aid and co-director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College in Illinois.“Reach out to those you know who have been impacted to ask how you might help,” Aten added. “Our research shows that providing spiritual support and attending to basic needs helps reduce distress in the face of disasters.”At Christianity Today, Aten and Kent Annan provide a “free spiritual and emotional toolkit for Hurricane Ian.”President Joe Biden on Thursday praised Federal Emergency Management Agency workers mobilizing to help. The federal government’s response is, of course, crucial after a natural disaster.But so is that of the “faith-based FEMA” — from Mennonite chainsaw crews to Southern Baptist feeding teams to Seventh-day Adventist warehousing experts adept at collecting, organizing and logging relief supplies, as I’ve written previously.
    - 3 days ago 3 Oct 22, 1:00pm -

ID the Future (Podcast)

  • Wesley J. Smith Discusses Biotechnology with Laura Ingraham
    Discovery Institute Senior Fellow sat down with Laura Ingraham to explain how Biotechnology, an incredible scientific achievement, can also be used for pernicious purposes. For example, it could used for human cloning research or creating synthetic human embryos, or as means for the Biden administration to seize farm land.Source
    - 14 days ago 22 Sep 22, 7:29pm -
  • Why Human Skeletal Joints Are Masterpieces of Engineering
    One of Britain's top mechanical engineers, Stuart Burgess explains how the skeletal joints in the human body are masterpieces of intelligent design. He also responds to claims by some that human joints are badly designed.Source
    - 29 days ago 7 Sep 22, 6:51pm -
  • Gale Pooley and Marian Tupy Discuss Superabundance with Jordan Peterson
    Marian Tupy and Gale Pooley are co-authors of the new book, “Super Abundance”. They sit down with Dr. Jordan B Peterson to discuss their studies into overpopulation, the myths surrounding the subject, and how academia has created a new philosophy that demonizes modern man simply for existing. Source
    - 30 days ago 6 Sep 22, 5:46pm -
  • Hope Camping Out in Spokane
    Surrounded by vast farmland and enjoying majestic sunsets, Spokane is the largest city in Eastern Washington. It’s home to Gonzaga University, an abundance of outdoor activities, and the population is booming — including at a place called, “Camp Hope.” Source
    - 35 days ago 1 Sep 22, 4:26pm -
  • Scientism Is Unbelievable
    Historian of science Michael Keas critiques the idea of “scientism,” the claim that only science (not religion) is reasonable. He explains how this idea is based on fake stories about Christianity being at war with science in history. According to Keas, scientism also ignores evidence of how Christianity actually stimulated the growth of science. This presentation was taped at the Read More ›Source
    - 36 days ago 31 Aug 22, 5:37pm -

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  • newOhio Pastor Arrested on Felony Charges in Connection With Jan. 6 Capitol Riot
    On Wednesday, Bill Dunfee, pastor of New Beginnings Ministries in Warsaw, Ohio, was arrested on federal felony charges in connection with the riot at the United States Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. Dunfee has been charged with interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding, in addition to five misdemeanors.An FBI investigation into Dunfee’s involvement began in February 2021, after someone tipped off the agency to a Facebook comment that said, “My local ministry group was there and members of our group ‘stormed’ the Capital (sic) for a redress of our grievances. 
    - 3 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 9:10pm -
  • newLoretta Lynn, Country Music Star & Devout Woman of Faith, Has Died
    Loretta Lynn, the country music superstar whose autobiography “Coal Miner’s Daughter” recounted her baptism and ties to the evangelical church, has died. She was 90.“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” her family said in a statement posted on Twitter.In her 1976 autobiography, Loretta Lynn, then 44, reflected on her “funny beliefs,” which she said sometimes mixed religion and superstition. 
    - 3 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 8:40pm -
  • newIn Wake of Abortion Scandal, Herschel Walker Attends Closed-Door Prayer Event
    Georgia Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Herschel Walker attended a closed-door prayer event at a prominent evangelical church in Atlanta on Tuesday, huddling with religious supporters a day after he denied allegations he paid for an abortion in 2009.The event, a “Herschel Walker Prayer Luncheon,” was convened at First Baptist Atlanta, which was once led by prominent evangelical leader the Rev. Charles Stanley. Press was reportedly barred from the event, with an official saying the decision was made by the church and Walker’s campaign. 
    - 5 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 6:40pm -
  • newOne of 14 Girls Sexually Abused by Youth Pastor Calls Response of Texas Church ‘Abomination’
    Tommy Nelson, a well-known author and pastor of Denton Bible Church in North Texas claimed in a sermon last May that until 2005, he knew nothing of the sexual abuse perpetrated by a former youth pastor at his church.“So, this all happened in the late 90s. It came to our attention in 2005,” Nelson told his congregation, referring to the abuse of multiple teenage girls by former junior high minister, Robert Shiflet. 
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  • Judge Dismisses Stovall Weems Defamation Case Against Celebration Church
    A Florida judge has dismissed a defamation suit that Pastor Stovall Weems and his wife, Kerri, had filed against the megachurch they founded. It’s the latest salvo in the Weemses’ ongoing legal battle with Celebration Church based in Jacksonville, which has alleged that the couple defrauded the church of millions.Last week, Florida Circuit Judge Marianne Lloyd Aho dismissed the lawsuit that the Weemses had filed, on the grounds that it would “require this court’s involvement in ecclesiastical (and) doctrinal matters.” It was dismissed “without prejudice,” meaning the claims could be brought up again. 
    - 1 day ago 5 Oct 22, 9:55pm -

Life News

  • newJoe Biden Funnels Funnels $750,000 in COVID Funds to Pro-Abortion Group
    Joe Biden has done hundreds of things during his two years in the White House to advance abortion despite claiming he’s a “devout Catholic.” Today, his administration diverted almost $1 million in funds meant to help fight COVID to a major pro-abortion group. As The Federalist reports: Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services […]The post Joe Biden Funnels Funnels $750,000 in COVID Funds to Pro-Abortion Group appeared first on LifeNews.com.
    - 2 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 9:48pm -
  • newBaby With Spina Bifida Had Surgery in the Womb, Now She’s Thriving
    An experimental new medical treatment for spina bifida is showing huge promise for unborn babies diagnosed with the debilitating condition. According to the BBC, three babies with spina bifida recently were born after undergoing a new stem cell treatment developed by scientists at the University of California Davis Health Center. Before they were born, doctors […]The post Baby With Spina Bifida Had Surgery in the Womb, Now She’s Thriving appeared first on LifeNews.com.
    - 3 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 9:00pm -
  • newCouple Thanks Mark Houck for Saving Baby From Abortion: “I Had One Hand on the Door of Planned Parenthood”
    A Philadelphia couple said their daughter, Nevaeh, is alive today because of pro-life advocate Mark Houck, whose home was raided by the FBI late last month. In a new video, the young couple, Jadda and Markeem, said Houck offered them hope in a moment of despair – right before walking into their abortion appointment, The Daily […]The post Couple Thanks Mark Houck for Saving Baby From Abortion: “I Had One Hand on the Door of Planned Parenthood” appeared first on LifeNews.com.
    - 3 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 8:35pm -
  • newBiden DOJ Official Ordering Arrest of Pro-Life Advocates is a Radical Abortion Activist
    Why are pro-life advocates across the country being arrested for peacefully protesting abortions? Why won’t the Department of Justice arrest any abortion advocates for as many as 75 attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers? The answer starts at the top. Joe Biden is a radical abortion activist. Attorney General Merrick Garland is a radical abortion activist. […]The post Biden DOJ Official Ordering Arrest of Pro-Life Advocates is a Radical Abortion Activist appeared first on LifeNews.com.
    - 4 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 7:35pm -
  • newArizona Senator Mark Kelly is an Extremist Who Supports Abortions Up to Birth
    Ahead of tonight’s U.S. Senate debate in Arizona, Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America called out incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Kelly on his record of pro-abortion extremism. Kelly is an original co-sponsor of the deceptively named “Women’s Health Protection Act,” legislation that would force all 50 states to allow abortion without limits by wiping away nearly all state level limits on abortion, […]The post Arizona Senator Mark Kelly is an Extremist Who Supports Abortions Up to Birth appeared first on LifeNews.com.
    - 5 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 6:52pm -

Mennonite Central Committee

  • Holding on to the chance to learn
    If Kizito Lonipe’s plan works out the way he expects, his niece Suzan Natyang, 17, will be a star.
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  • To sprout and grow
    “He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow.’”
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  • First person: Daniel Ameny
    When I was 10 years old, I came to Uganda from the Democratic Republic of the Congo with my older sister because of violence. My younger sister and my nephew, who was my age and like a brother to me, came too. It was 1997. My father had died, and my mother stayed behind.
    - 4 days ago 3 Oct 22, 4:00am -
  • Growing in mind, body and spirit
    Colombia
    - 4 days ago 3 Oct 22, 4:00am -
  • A pig story
    Once upon a real time, in a small village in rural Uganda, a pig came to live on the farm of Mary Ilero and her husband, Julius Egadu.Mary, who was the pig’s primary caregiver, named her Friend.
    - 4 days ago 3 Oct 22, 4:00am -

MinistryWatch

Religion News Service

  • newEven Christians who are Democrats are abandoning the Social Gospel
    (RNS) — Survey data show that church attendance, not party, is more likely to determine how Christians view the kingdom.The post Even Christians who are Democrats are abandoning the Social Gospel appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 4 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 8:00pm -
  • newIndia’s Hindu nationalism is exporting its Islamophobia
    (RNS) — Hindutva is linking with other modern fascist movements across the globe.The post India’s Hindu nationalism is exporting its Islamophobia appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 4 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 7:22pm -
  • newColorado baker fighting ruling over gender transition cake
    (AP) — DENVER (AP) — Jack Phillips, who won a partial Supreme Court victory after refusing to make a gay couple's wedding cake a decade ago for faith reasons is challenging a separate ruling that he violated Colorado law by refusing to make a cake celebrating a gender transition.The post Colorado baker fighting ruling over gender transition cake appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 4 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 7:18pm -
  • newTribes ask US Supreme Court to hear case over destruction of sacred land in Oregon
    (RNS) — The sacred site at issue is known as Ana Kwna Nchi Nchi Patat (the ‘Place of Big Big Trees’), an acre of land that consisted of a burial ground, campground, old-growth trees and an ancient stone altar.The post Tribes ask US Supreme Court to hear case over destruction of sacred land in Oregon appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 5 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 6:30pm -
  • newThe Satanic Temple takes aim at Idaho, Indiana abortion bans
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Salem, Massachusetts-based group contends that the abortion bans infringe on the rights of members who may want to practice the temple's 'abortion ritual.'The post The Satanic Temple takes aim at Idaho, Indiana abortion bans appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 7 hours ago 6 Oct 22, 5:07pm -

Trinity Foundation

  • Nepotism: Ministry Family Members Compensated Over $3 Million
    Most evangelical Christians have never heard of “prophet” Chuck Pierce and his “family business” Glory of Zion International. Pierce is a widely respected individual among charismatic and Pentecostal Christians who believe that God is raising up a new generation of prophets to guide the church. This respect is not warranted. Two huge red flags, nepotism […]
    - 9 days ago 27 Sep 22, 8:14pm -
  • Trinity Foundation Investigation Update:  Long Distance Ministry
        ((Photo: Pictured is Joel Osteen’s Texas residence. Joel Osteen’s 2nd home is located in Newport Coast, California, 1,175 nautical miles away from Houston where he pastors Lakewood Church.) One of our goals at Trinity Foundation is to engage in explanatory journalism. According to Wikipedia, “Explanatory journalism or explanatory reporting is a form of […]
    - 14 days ago 22 Sep 22, 2:11pm -
  • Are You Fed Up Yet?
    In our May 2022 newsletter (article here) we suggested a simple way to curb religious fraud and excess.  It would hold moderate and large religious organizations more accountable and provide donors with more transparency allowing them to make more informed decisions. Month after month, we show our (small) mailing list and website visitors, how much […]
    - 14 days ago 22 Sep 22, 1:51pm -
  • Checkbooks, Bank Cards and Bank Statements Reveal Pastor Priorities: Pastor James MacDonald and the Ethics of Gift Giving
    (Photo: PO Box and bank routing number redacted. Reimbursement check written by James MacDonald’s executive assistant Sharon Kostal.) Note: This is the first article in a series examining financial records and receipts for pastors and religious organizations. Future articles will explore travel expenses and per diem expenses. “It has been said, ‘Show me a person’s […]
    - 55 days ago 12 Aug 22, 1:52pm -
  • Privacy Laws Prevent Financial Transparency, Hurt Efforts to Investigate Religious Fraud
    In the name of privacy, laws often protect devious administrators working inside religious non-profit organizations and churches. Journalists and concerned donors are denied access to critical government information. Let’s look at three examples. Money Trail Not Available During the Great Depression, religious book publisher Zondervan launched a small Christian bookstore. The little retail business went […]
    - 55 days ago 12 Aug 22, 1:51pm -

United Methodist News Service

  • Moving ministries from idea to fruition
    Good ideas are hard to find, but taking an idea and turning it into a fleshed-out ministry is even more difficult. In the Mountain Sky Conference, a two-and-a-half-day workshop dubbed Hatchathon seeks to fill the gap.
    - 1 day ago 5 Oct 22, 3:57pm -
  • Spotlight shines on Jovita Idár, Methodist reformer
    Idár, a Mexican American journalist, activist and Methodist working in South Texas in the early 20th century, continues to gain recognition from historians and others. The United States Mint is including her in its American Women Quarters series.
    - 2 days ago 4 Oct 22, 2:19pm -
  • Celebrating unity on World Communion Sunday
    Hillcrest United Methodist Church’s Festival of Nations connects multicultural congregations and community through shared worship and fellowship.
    - 3 days ago 3 Oct 22, 6:17pm -
  • Hurricane recovery begins in Florida
    United Methodists plan to lead the way to recovery after Hurricane Ian unleashed substantial damage in Florida and South Carolina. But volunteers are being asked to stay put until things get more organized.
    - 3 days ago 3 Oct 22, 5:35pm -
  • Community Bible study helps church make disciples
    Church members in the Chitungwiza Marondera District in Zimbabwe are studying and spreading God’s word in their communities with the help of international Bible study program.
    - 6 days ago 30 Sep 22, 3:07pm -

The World And Everything In It (Podcast)

  • new10.6.22 Bussed from the border, and a life-giving transplant
    How immigrants are faring after being bussed from the border to sanctuary cities across the country; the life and legacy of Brother Andrew; and a revolutionary way that some women bring life into the world. Plus: one big pumpkin, commentary from Cal Thomas, and the Thursday morning news. Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate. Additional support comes from Samaritan Ministries, connecting Christians who care for one another spiritually and financially when there’s a medical need. More at samaritanministries.org/worldpodcast.The ministry of Barnabas Aid is to send financial support to projects that help Christians where they suffer discrimination, oppression or persecution as a consequence of their faith. The projects aim to strengthen Christian individuals, churches, and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders on the ground. More at http://barnabasaid.org/ Ridge Haven camp and retreat center has opened registration for their Winter Camps from Dec 28 – Jan 2 in Brevard, NC and Cono, Iowa. This 6-day overnight camp welcomes 3rd through 12th graders, including youth groups and their leaders. Registration, including early bird discounts and more information, can be found at ridgehaven.org
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  • 10.5.22 Washington Wednesday, World Tour, and worship music challenges
    On Washington Wednesday, legal challenges to election laws around the country; on World Tour, the latest international news; and behind the worship music scene. Plus: commentary from Joel Belz, and the Wednesday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate. Additional support comes from Samaritan Ministries, connecting Christians who care for one another spiritually and financially when there’s a medical need. More at samaritanministries.org/worldpodcast.  The ministry of Barnabas Aid is to send financial support to projects that help Christians where they suffer discrimination, oppression or persecution as a consequence of their faith. The projects aim to strengthen Christian individuals, churches, and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders on the ground. More at http://barnabasaid.org/ Ridge Haven camp and retreat center has opened registration for their Winter Camps from Dec 28 – Jan 2 in Brevard, NC and Cono, Iowa. This 6-day overnight camp welcomes 3rd through 12th graders, including youth groups and their leaders. Registration, including early bird discounts and more information, can be found at ridgehaven.org
    - 2 days ago 5 Oct 22, 7:15am -
  • 10.4.22 Russians on the run, and the Classic Book of the Month
    Progress on the Ukrainian battlefield seems to be forcing Russian troops to retreat; and a parenting book particularly suited to our crumbling American culture for the Classic Book of the Month. Plus: buyer beware, commentary from Steve West, and the Tuesday morning news. Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate. Additional support comes from Ridge Haven. Ridge Haven camp and retreat center has opened registration for their Winter Camps from Dec 28 – Jan 2 in Brevard, NC and Cono, Iowa. This 6-day overnight camp welcomes 3rd through 12th graders, including youth groups and their leaders. Registration, including early bird discounts and more information, can be found at ridgehaven.orgFrom Samaritan Ministries, connecting Christians who care for one another spiritually and financially when there’s a medical need. More at samaritanministries.org/worldpodcast. And from Barnabas Aid. The ministry of Barnabas Aid is to send financial support to projects that help Christians where they suffer discrimination, oppression or persecution as a consequence of their faith. The projects aim to strengthen Christian individuals, churches, and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders on the ground. More at http://barnabasaid.org/
    - 3 days ago 4 Oct 22, 7:15am -
  • 10.3.22 Legal Docket, Moneybeat, and History Book
    On Legal Docket, a dispute over lockdown penalties imposed on churches by the government; on Moneybeat, inflation continues to plague the economy; and on History Book, important dates from the past. Plus: the Monday morning news.Support The World and Everything in It today at wng.org/donate. Additional support comes from the ministry of Barnabas Aid, sendin financial support to projects that help Christians where they suffer discrimination, oppression or persecution as a consequence of their faith. The projects aim to strengthen Christian individuals, churches, and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders on the ground. More at http://barnabasaid.org/ Ridge Haven camp and retreat center has opened registration for their Winter Camps from Dec 28 – Jan 2 in Brevard, NC and Cono, Iowa. This 6-day overnight camp welcomes 3rd through 12th graders, including youth groups and their leaders. Registration, including early bird discounts and more information, can be found at ridgehaven.orgAnd from Samaritan Ministries, connecting Christians who care for one another spiritually and financially when there’s a medical need. More at samaritanministries.org/worldpodcast.
    - 4 days ago 3 Oct 22, 7:15am -
  • Legal Docket: Overruling Dobbs - Part II
    The only abortion provider in Mississippi sued the state over passage of the Gestational Age Act that prohibited abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation. Pro-life and pro-choice forces battled it out through friend of the court briefs, media appearances, and oral argument at the high court. The final decision of the court marked the beginning of a new front in the pro-life movement. Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Subscribe to the Legal Docket Podcast feed at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/legal-docket/id1525212317Legal Docket is made possible in part by Samaritan Ministries, a Biblical and affordable solution to health care, connecting more than 280,000 Christians across the nation who help pay one another’s medical bills. More at samaritanministries.org/worldpodcast. 
    - 6 days ago 1 Oct 22, 7:30am -

World Magazine