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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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  • new'Pain Is Good For Me' -- Tackling 'the Norm' of Gender-Based Violence in Arab World
    SAT-7's new five-year project aims to 'free' women, girls; challenge unjust beliefs, practicesSAT-7 TACKLES ABUSE AGAINST GIRLS, WOMEN IN ARAB WORLD: Middle East Christian broadcaster SAT-7 USA ( has documented alarming stories of girls across the region suffering beatings, shaming, and stifling restrictions. A new five-year multimedia project aims to help women and girls speak up and push back.NEWS PROVIDED BYSAT-7 USAMarch 27, 2023EASTON, Md., March 27, 2023 /Christian Source: In Christ Communications
    - 27 mins ago 27 Mar 23, 4:50pm -
  • newAzusaFest 23 Celebrating Revival & the Next Generation
    Bishop Bill Hamon & Bishop Ed Smith to receive the William J. Seymour Award at Azusafest 2023 on April 14th & 15thNEWS PROVIDED BYAzusa Street MissionMarch 27, 2023LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2023 /Christian Newswire/ -- Azusa Street Mission & Historical Society announces the 117th anniversary of William Seymour traveling to Los Angeles on Feb 22nd, 1906, the Azusa Revival, April 9, 1906 and the winners of the coveted William J. Seymour award. This year's Source: Azusa Street Mission
    - 43 mins ago 27 Mar 23, 3:40pm -
  • newImprove 26 Christian Character Traits Through Gospel Power
    "Christian Character: Why It Matters, What It Looks Like, and How to Improve It" by Ernest R. LarkinsResource Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers978-1-6667-3752-3 (paperback)978-1-6667-9705-3 (hardcover)978-1-6667-9706-0 (ebook)www.wipfandstock.comNEWS PROVIDED BYErnest R. LarkinsMarch 27, 2023ELIZABETHTON, Tenn., March 27, 2023 /Christian Newswire/ -- This book covers twenty-six Christian character traits with narrower groupings for regeneration, the Te Source: Ernest R. Larkins
    - 2 hours ago 27 Mar 23, 2:15pm -
  • New Book Helps Believers Understand What God's Abundant Life is All About
    NEWS PROVIDED BYAuthor James J. RondinoneMarch 24, 2023BLOCK ISLAND, R.I., March 24, 2023 /Christian Newswire/ -- Rondinone pens guide teaching readers how to not only receive this new life but also experience it daily.Within the pages of James J. Rondinone's new book, God's Abundant Life ($9.99, paperback, ISBN 979-8372733909; $2.99, e-book, ASIN B0BX7GSM6H), the contention that blessings of world peace, financial prosperity, acts of charity, etc. are what establishes spiritual gr Source: NEW SHOREHAM HEATING SERVICE
    - 3 days ago 24 Mar 23, 7:54pm -
  • School Directed to Hide Gender Support Plans from Parents
    NEWS PROVIDED BYCapitol Resource InstituteMarch 24, 2023SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 24, 2023 /Christian Newswire/ -- The saga of secrecy continues, this time at Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy (BCCA) in the northern California town of Vacaville. In a move that may soon go district wide, Buckingham administrators have cited AB 1266 and CA Education Code 220 as the legal foundation for keeping parents/guardians completely in the dark if their child requests a Gender Support Plan (GSP) Source: Capitol Resource Institute
    - 3 days ago 24 Mar 23, 7:18pm -

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  • newGovernment Doc Shows What Fauci Knew…’I’m Struggling for Words’
    “In his second clip, Dr. Campbell explains what was not tested, what was known, and still, they went ahead with the vaccines.” (Mary Dowling – Independent Sentinel) “I think we can be certain this information was on Anthony Fauci’s desk…Bear … Continue reading →
    - 37 mins ago 27 Mar 23, 3:46pm -
  • But God, being rich in mercy
    4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us,  5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, he made us alive with Christ — by grace you have  been saved — … Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago 26 Mar 23, 4:32am -
  • Living the Cessationist Life
    “How frustrating it is then to hear the role of the Holy Spirit reduced to providing the charismatic gifts of prophecy, tongues, and miraculous healings in the minds of many. The Holy Spirit fills us without the extravagance of outward … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago 25 Mar 23, 5:51pm -
  • Christ or Chords? The Manipulated Emotionalism of Hillsong, Asbury, and Pentecostalized Evangelical Worship
    “The use of music to manufacture “feelings of spirituality” is exactly why Hillsong and the whole contemporary worship music movement are so popular—take away the music, and you eliminate the “feelings of spirituality.”…The use of music to manufacture “revival” is what … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago 25 Mar 23, 4:54pm -
  • David Platt Says He Loves Jesus Even More Because of False Teacher, Francis Chan
    “As Francis Chan continues down this path of ecumenism, however, it’s surprising to see those, like David Platt, who once upon a time stood as a living monument to biblical fidelity and against false teachings suddenly slip into a path … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago 25 Mar 23, 3:37pm -

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  • Ecumenism by Keith Green
    Taken from “The Lost Writings of Keith Green” Today there is much talk among Christians about the need for unity. Wherever Christians gather you can…The post Ecumenism by Keith Green appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 25 days ago 2 Mar 23, 6:20pm -
  • ‘Jesus Revolution’: A Reflection
    The new biopic film, ‘Jesus Revolution,’ is a love story. If you walk into the theater expecting to see an historical account of the outpouring…The post ‘Jesus Revolution’: A Reflection appeared first on The Christian Sentinel.
    - 28 days ago 27 Feb 23, 6:45pm -
  • 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.
    - 11 Jun 22, 2:49pm -
  • ‘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.
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    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.
    - 13 May 22, 4:36pm -

Christianity Today

  • newI Met God on the Mountaintop of Ritual
    How liturgy can lead to an encounter with the Lord.As someone who came from outside the liturgical expressions of Christianity, I had a certain suspicion of the whole enterprise. I thought the liturgical tradition, with its vestments, rituals, rules, and customs, was the very thing Jesus had come to destroy. I intuited that what God wanted was a broken and contrite heart. He owned the cattle on a thousand hills; he didn’t need our formalized prayers and spiritual sacrifices.The heroes in my mind were characters like David, who danced informally before God (2 Sam. 6:14), and the prophets, whose ministry was led from start to finish by the Spirit (1 Kings 18:12). The liturgical life seemed, from the outside, to stifle the Spirit.In my developing religious sensibilities, inherited from the Free Church Protestantism of my youth, the legalists Paul battled in Galatia had morphed into modern ritualistic Christians. Jesus wanted prayers from my heart that revealed my own wrestling with God, not the repeated words of those long dead. God was, of course, on the side of the informalists and against the formalists. In the language that became omnipresent during my college years, it wasn’t about religion but relationship. Religion was shorthand for any ritual activity I was uncomfortable with.Here, I want to approach the liturgy from a different perspective. I do not wish to engage in debates about particular texts of the Bible. I want instead to zoom out and look at the nature of the Old and New Testaments themselves. I want to press in on the method by which God forms a people. When God revealed himself to a spiritually malnourished group who needed to be taught the things required for holiness, what did he do? How did God do it?He gave his people rituals. He gave them ...Continue reading...
    - 12 mins ago 27 Mar 23, 4:35pm -
  • Where Drugs Often Merit Death, Singapore Ministries Offer New Life
    More than 70 percent of the country’s inmates are jailed for drug-related offenses. Christian groups seek to help them reenter society.Freddy Wee, the deputy director of a Christian halfway house for drug addicts in Singapore, understands what the men coming to Breakthrough Missions Singapore are going through. That’s because the 69-year-old has lived through it too.Wee started smoking marijuana as a teen before graduating to painkillers, heroin, and eventually morphine. “I was always begging for money for drugs, threatening people,” Wee said. “It was a shameful life. It owned me for many years till I was caught.”Even when Wee was arrested and sent to the government-run Drug Rehabilitation Center (DRC) for six months in his 20s, nothing changed. He returned to his old ways only to be arrested again.His second stint lasted 15 months, and this time, members of a Christian group shared the gospel with Wee and other inmates. Years earlier, Wee had heard the good news from friends and even attended church with them. But he didn’t consider his conversion genuine as his lifestyle didn’t change.At this point, Wee was desperate to be free from drugs and realized that only God could give him the power to overcome his addiction. He became a Christian, started studying the Bible, and led a Bible study group made up of fellow inmates. When he got out, he admitted himself to a Christian halfway house, House of Hope, realizing that without support, he would likely relapse. He promised God, “This time around, I am serious about my life. I want to follow the Lord.”After two years at the halfway house, Wee was able to find a job and get married. Eventually, he started his job at Breakthrough Missions in 2002. Reintegrating into society hasn’t always been easy as he has faced rejection based on his past. Often, it’s ...Continue reading...
    - 3 days ago 24 Mar 23, 6:00pm -
  • Gen Z Christians Want Leaders to Keep It Real
    That means dropping the façade and admitting their own struggles.As Generation Z teens grow up, many are moving further away from Christian faith and challenging church leaders to adapt to new expectations from the youngest in their flocks.Last month, Barna Research reported that young adults aged 18 to 22 are half as likely to identify as Christian and follow Jesus than teenagers aged 13 to 17. A slight majority of today’s young adults—52 percent—don’t identify as Christians.The young people of Gen Z are diverse, educated, and social media savvy. When it comes to faith, they’re open to Jesus and his teachings but skeptical about institutions and leaders putting on a façade.Kendall Johnson, 20, became a believer in college and established her faith through campus ministry, but it was the “real and raw” women of her local church in Raleigh, North Carolina, that helped her grow spiritually. Though older than she, they reached out to talk and share struggles from their own lives.Their openness, Johnson said, “allows me to see how much faith and trust they have in Jesus. It showed me Christianity is relational with one another [and] relational with God.”Young Christians like Johnson expect the same kind of transparency, honesty, and authenticity from their leaders.“For some generations, the more mythical their spiritual leaders, the more they trusted them,” said Darrell Hall, author of Speaking Across Generations: Messages That Satisfy Boomers, Xers, Millennials, Gen Z, and Beyond. “Gen Zers want there to be no gap between Darrell and Dr. Hall. No gap in persona. No gap in who I am and who I present myself to be.”To cultivate genuine relationships, Hall said leaders need be accessible to students, meeting ...Continue reading...
    - 3 days ago 24 Mar 23, 4:00pm -
  • These 3 Japanese Christian Women Changed Their Country
    Meet an early evangelist, an education reformer, and a preacher who held Bible studies with the royal family.Christianity arrived in Japan in 1549 through Jesuit missionaries and challenged the dominant Confucian view on the hierarchical position of women in society.The Confucian instructional book Onna Daigaku (School of Women) instructed parents to raise their daughters to be submissive in order to marry into other families, where exercising too much independence would be impertinent. The most desirable qualities for women were obedience, chastity, compassion, and emotional balance. Wives were expected to revere their husbands as if they were deities and to never become jealous, as that would risk alienating their husbands.The Christian faith that the Jesuits shared offered unprecedented opportunities for women to discover and embody new social roles and positions. The Protestants also represented this newfound reality as women comprised about two-thirds of the missionaries sent to Japan from 1859 to 1882, according to Japanese historian Rui Kohiyama.“Christianity required women to make a personal decision about their religious choices and confess it publicly in a society where women’s opinions mattered little,” writes Haruko Nawata Ward, a church history professor at Columbia Theological Seminary, in her book Women Religious Leaders in Japan’s Christian Century, 1549–1650.“It required them to maintain a stronger loyalty to Christ than to their feudal lords, fathers, elder brothers, husbands and sons. It empowered women to take vows of celibacy, or choose their marriage partners from among Kirishitan men.”In the early 17th century, Christianity was banned. Believers were persecuted for just over two and a half centuries, with many practicing their faith in secret as Kakure Kirishitans, ...Continue reading...
    - 3 days ago 24 Mar 23, 2:52pm -
  • Junia, the Female Apostle Imprisoned for the Gospel
    What Scripture tells us about the story of this “outstanding” Jewish woman in chains.About a decade ago, when my family was on vacation in Rome, Italy, we visited the Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli (“Saint Peter in chains”)—where tourists and Christian pilgrims come to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of Moses and a set of prison chains that tradition claims belonged to the apostle Simon Peter during his imprisonment (Acts 12:3–19).But it wasn’t just male apostles who were privileged with the unwanted gift of shackles. Paul tells us in Romans 16:7 that Andronicus and his wife, Junia, were both imprisoned for the sake of Jesus: “Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.”Two elements of this verse have been the subject of deep scrutiny and vigorous debate: Was Junia a woman? And was she really an “apostle”?With respect to the first question, there was a span of several hundred years where Bible translations treated this person as a man (with the name Junias—notice the s), mostly because it was unthinkable that Paul could call a woman an “apostle.” But biblical scholars have rediscovered her female identity in the last few decades for several reasons, including the fact that Junia was a popular female name in the Roman period, while the name Junias is not attested at all.And in regard to the second question, Paul acknowledges the married couple were Jewish like him and followed Jesus before he did. Since we know Paul came to believe in Jesus not long after the Resurrection (let’s say, around A.D. 33), Andronicus and Junia were among the “first generation” of Christian apostolic leaders.In fact, most ...Continue reading...
    - 4 days ago 23 Mar 23, 6:00pm -

Forum 18 News Service

  • OCCUPIED UKRAINE: After 4 months, are "disappeared" Greek Catholic priests still alive?
    Four months after Russia's Rosgvardiya in Berdyansk seized two Ukrainian Greek Catholic priests, Fr Ivan Levytsky and Fr Bohdan Heleta, their diocese has no information on them or even if they are still alive. The Russian Military Command in Melitopol refused to discuss their enforced disappearance. "This is not a question for us," the duty officer told Forum 18. No news has been heard since January of "disappeared" Orthodox Church of Ukraine priest Platon Danyshchuk. Russia's Kherson Region police raided the fourth empty Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall, seizing religious literature.
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  • RUSSIA: Two criminal trials to resume in April
    The criminal trial of Tomsk musician Anna Chagina on charges of again "discrediting" the Armed Forces resumes on 11 April. She was fined in 2022 for a poster reading "Blessed are the peacemakers". "Many times after [the arrest for the poster], I inwardly turned to these words of Christ and realised that peacemaking begins with what is in a person's heart," Chagina says. In St Petersburg, Fr Ioann Kurmoyarov's trial resumes on 10 April. He says he has been denied medical attention in prison, including from a cardiologist.
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  • CRIMEA: Five further criminal investigations, two on wanted list
    With 12 Crimean Jehovah's Witnesses serving jail terms of at least six years and two serving suspended jail terms, investigators are pursuing criminal cases against a further five. Two more who have left Crimea are on Russia's wanted list and Russia may illegally have sought Interpol Red Notices for them, as it has done for others. Yuliya Burenina of the National Central Bureau for Interpol of Russia's Interior Ministry refused to explain why Russia has sought Red Notices for individuals wanted for exercising their freedom of religion or belief.
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  • RUSSIA: "Thou shalt not kill" leads to fines
    A Moscow court fined Rostislav Charushin for his poster quoting three of the Bible's Ten Commandments which police said "clearly expresses a negative attitude towards the use of the Armed Forces". A Petrozavodsk court is due to hear a case on 20 March against yoga teacher Yekaterina Kukharskaya for putting stickers around the city bearing the Commandment "Thou shalt not kill". Buddhist former leader Telo Tulku Rinpoche – who left Russia in 2022 - became the first religious leader to be declared a "foreign agent" by the Justice Ministry.
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  • CRIMEA: Now 12 jailed Crimean prisoners of conscience
    Aleksandr Litvinyuk is not due to complete his jail term and post-prison restrictions until the mid-2030s, by which time he would be over 75. Armyansk Prosecutor's Office refused to put Forum 18 through to Prosecutor Minigul Saddykova, who led the prosecution case in court. Litvinyuk is among 12 Jehovah's Witnesses from Russian-occupied Crimea now jailed for at least six years to punish their exercise of freedom of religion or belief. Two more are serving suspended sentences including Darya Kuzio, wife of one of the prisoners.
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Get Religion

  • new'The Nuns Who Left Brooklyn' -- How many religious details did this Times story need?
    The headline of this New York Times story was totally “religion story” — “The Nuns Who Left Brooklyn.”Thus, I heard from people who wanted to know what your GetReligionistas thought of this religion story.The content of this news feature was, quite frankly, totally “metro desk” (people who have worked in newsrooms will understand that term). This is, let me stress, not a complaint. The Times story is packed with relevant, even colorful local news details about a sad situation that developed in Brooklyn.Also, religion-beat pros will not that it is hard to do a story about the details in the lives of cloistered Catholic women religious, since they are not going to sit down for interviews and talk about the details of their lives and beliefs. The story has some crucial details provided by others that tell readers some of what they need to know.Would I have appreciated a few more details about this order and where it fits into the current drama of Catholic monastic life in America? Sure. Was that an essential part of this particular story? I’ll admit that the answer to that is: “Not really.” Hold that thought. Meanwhile, here is the overture: The 10 Carmelite nuns of Cypress Hills, cloistered in Brooklyn for almost 20 years, decided to leave New York City after much contemplation. As much as they tried, the sisters of the Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Joseph, devotees of silence and prayer who rarely left the confines of the cloister, could no longer ignore what was going on outside. The loud celebrations in an adjacent park became a bit too much. And when a beloved lay volunteer was murdered, the sisters were shaken deeply. The last straw came in 2020, that first pandemic summer, with the explosion of late-night partying on their street involving cars with powerful speakers, said Mother Ana Maria, who spoke on behalf of the monastery, which used to be on Highland Boulevard. “Our walls shook and our windows shattered,” she said. The sisters wondered whether the blaring music well past midnight was aimed directly at them.Shattered windows? That’s some loud partying. That leads to a poignant detail, care of the mother superior who spoke for the nuns. Mother Ana Maria, who, along with her sisters, begins each day at 5 a.m. The nuns pushed their beds away from the walls of their cells — the small rooms where they slept — but still felt unsafe, she said.
    - 24 mins ago 27 Mar 23, 3:59pm -
  • newPlug-In: For two billion Muslims, the fasting season of Ramadan has begun
    Good morning, Weekend Plug-in readers.I’m back home in Oklahoma after a fulfilling time at the Religion News Association annual meeting in the Washington, D.C., area.Who’s ready to check out the top headlines and best reads in the world of faith?What To Know: The Big StoryIslam’s holy month: The new crescent moon Thursday marked the start of Ramadan, as the Washington Post’s Morgan Coates and Adela Suliman report: Almost 2 billion Muslims around the world will observe a month of abstaining from food, drink, smoking, gossip and sexual relations during daylight hours — from dawn to dusk. Pregnant, breastfeeding or menstruating women are exempt from fasting, as are the sick, elderly or those traveling. Children are also not expected to fast.The Associated Press explains: For the next 30 days, Muslims will refrain from eating or drinking anything — even the tiniest sip of water — from sunrise to sunset. Many will strictly observe prayers, read the Quran and donate to charity as they seek to draw closer to God. Family and friends will gather for joyful nightly feasts.An important time: Ramadan began “as parts of the Middle East approached crucial junctures in high-stakes peace negotiations during the holy month, traditionally a time of reconciliation,” AP’s Jack Jeffery notes.Schools and sports: Across the U.S., Muslim students are pushing to designate Eid al-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of Ramadan, as a school holiday, Religion News Service’s Alejandra Molina reports.Meanwhile, two English sports leagues are helping Muslim athletes observe Ramadan this year, according to the Deseret News’ Kelsey Dallas.Two more Ramadan reads: CNN’s Saeed Ahmed provides an etiquette guide for non-Muslims. The Deseret News’ Mya Jaradat asks, “Is corporate America ready for Ramadan?”
    - 3 hours ago 27 Mar 23, 1:00pm -
  • newDebates in England about free speech and religion veer into 'thoughtcrimes' zone
    Wherever he goes, Father Sean Gough prays for the people he encounters -- sometimes out loud and often silently.This isn't unusual, since he is a priest in the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, England. Gough was praying silently when he was arrested near an abortion facility in a Public Spaces Protection Order protected zone, while holding a "Praying for free speech" sign. His car was parked nearby, with a small "unborn lives matter" bumper sticker.The priest was charged with "intimidating service users," although the facility was closed at the time. The charges were later dropped.Officers also raised questions about his clothing."When interrogated by police for silently praying in the censorship zone, they challenged me for wearing a cassock," said Gough, on Twitter. "When do I normally wear one? Don't I realize it'll be perceived as intimidating? These are not questions a person should be asked under caution in a democracy!"Clause 11 of a recent Public Order Bill -- waiting to be signed into law -- would criminalize all forms of "influence" inside a 15-meter "buffer zone" around every abortion facility in England and Wales. An amendment to permit silent prayer and consensual conversations failed by a 116-299 vote in Parliament.After years of debates about religious liberty and freedom of speech, recent events in England have veered into what activists and politicos have described as "thoughtcrimes," a term used in George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" to describe thoughts that violate ruling-party dogmas.In the U.S. House of Representatives, eight Republicans circulated a letter claiming it's "imperative that the U.S. speak boldly and clearly to its friend when the U.K. has failed to protect unalienable rights." The document condemned policies that "persecute Christians and other pro-life citizens for thoughtcrimes."
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  • Religion in politics, again: What is Sikhism, candidate Nikki Haley’s one-time faith?
    QUESTION:What is Sikhism, candidate Nikki Haley’s one-time religion?THE RELIGION GUY’S ANSWER:Nikki Haley, who is challenging Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, was raised in the religion of Sikhism  (“SEEK-ism”) by immigrant parents from India. But soon after both Sikh and Methodist weddings she converted to husband Michael’s Christianity.During Haley’s first run for South Carolina governor in 2010, National Public Radio posted a notably nasty piece by a fellow Indian-American who said “I’m not buying” Haley’s “Christian bit,” noting that “serious churchgoers” and political opponents suspected a “conversion of convenience” in a heavily Protestant state. However, Haley adopted Christianity at age 24 and only entered politics eight years later.Partners in mixed marriages do have to make religious choices. Haley has repeatedly professed that she is a Christian believer but respects her family and does not criticize its religious heritage. Though a Methodist churchgoer, she occasionally attends Sikh services and has visited the faith’s holiest sanctuary, the Temple of God in Amritsar, India (known as the Golden Temple because it’s covered in gold leaf).As a journalist, The Guy has no business examining Haley’s soul, but sees her candidacy as a good opportunity for Americans to learn more about her former faith. Sikhism claims to be the fifth-largest world religion after Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, though it does not evangelize and counts only a modest 30 million adherents. Still, that’s double the global number for Judaism.Sikhism is by far the youngest of the major world religions. Its homeland is the Punjab region of northern India and adjacent Pakistan. The founder, Guru Nanak (1469-1539), was a married accountant with two sons who had a dramatic encounter with God, whence he proclaimed “there is no Hindu; there is no Muslim” and gathered a following as a spiritual teacher.Western scholars often depict Sikhism as a classic example of syncretism (blending of different religions) or a reforming “offshoot” of Hinduism.
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  • Podcast: Painful fighting inside Ukrainian Orthodoxy? Schism began long before the war
    Nearly 15 years ago, I traveled to Kiev to speak during a forum with Ukrainian journalists, and a few activists, focusing on religion coverage in that already tense nation. I was there as a representative of the Oxford Centre for Religion & Public Life.Obviously, this meant talking about the fractured state of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine, with bitter tensions between the historic (in many ways ancient) Ukrainian Orthodox Church and new rival churches — including leaders who had previously been excommunicated from canonical Orthodoxy.Again, let me stress that this was in 2009, during a time when the Ukrainian government was, basically, content to let global Orthodox leaders attempt work this out — oh so slowly — as an Orthodox canon-law issue.These conflicts were truly byzantine (small “b”) and Ukrainian journalists said it was obvious that most journalists from Europe and America knew next to nothing about the Orthodox splits and, frankly, didn’t care to learn the details.The Holy Dormition-Kiev Caves Lavra? That’s just a historic site. End of story.Things have changed, sort of, but for all the wrong reasons.With Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, journalists now care about the state of Orthodoxy in this war. The question discussed during this week’s “Crossroads” podcast (click here to tune that in) is whether elite journalists have any interest in the centuries of facts behind the current Orthodox conflict. The church conflict is linked, of course, to the February 24, 2022, invasion — but also to earlier actions by leaders in the United States, the European Union, the current Ukrainian government and, last but not least, a strategic 2019 move by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul.Note: All of these events took place before the Russian invasion. The Orthodox schism in Ukraine predates the war — by decades.Where to begin? Let’s start with some of what I learned, and described, 15 years ago, in a column with this title: “Religion ghosts in Ukraine.”
    - 3 days ago 24 Mar 23, 3:59pm -

ID the Future (Podcast)

  • How Hard Are You Willing to Work to Avoid the Obvious
    Engineer Steve Laufmann discusses what it takes to avoid the obvious. Laufmann is co-author of the book Your Designed Body: https://www.YourDesignedBody.comSource
    - 27 days ago 28 Feb 23, 11:32pm -
  • Jonathan Choe Discusses Seattle’s Drug Crisis with Jesse Watters
    Students at Summit Sierra High School in Seattle are surrounded by a gauntlet of drug dealers, addicts, an open air black market, and dangerous homeless encampments. Yet state, county, and city leaders are allowing this to flourish with no timeline on solutions. Parents are livid, teachers aren't sure what to do, and some say this culture is now being normalized. This is a public safety failure.Source
    - 32 days ago 23 Feb 23, 7:21pm -
  • A Theory of Biological Design
    Engineer Steve Laufmann discusses a theory of biological design. Laufmann is co-author of the book Your Designed Body.Source
    - 34 days ago 22 Feb 23, 12:15am -
  • Darwin Comes to Africa
    Charles Darwin fathered not just a scientific theory, but a toxic social ideology that fueled racist colonial policies in Africa. In this sobering book, African scholar Olufemi Oluniyi traces the insidious impact of Darwinian ideas on British imperial policies in Northern Nigeria. Drawing on official documents, public statements, and well-attested historical events, Oluniyi documents how concepts such as evolutionary racism Read More ›Source
    - 34 days ago 21 Feb 23, 7:51pm -
  • The New Nanocosm
    A panel representing companies on the leading edge of technology applications discusses emerging technologies holding great promise for human prosperity — from the conversion of waste to clean energy; to the production of graphene for a multitude of uses including building materials, lubricants, composites and coatings, sensors, and energy harvesting and storage; to revolutionary nanorobotic machines that can target and Read More ›Source
    - 39 days ago 16 Feb 23, 6:33pm -

International Missions Board

Julie Roys Report

  • newARC Pastor Leading Church Delinquent on Mortgage Teaches College Class on Finances
    Jimn Kyles of Anchor Bend Church—an Association of Related Churches (ARC) megachurch in Texas—recently urged his congregation to give more money because the church built a new campus it “cannot afford” and is delinquent on its mortgage. Soon afterward, Kyles taught a class on “financial wisdom” at Highlands College, the ministry training school for ARC in Birmingham, Alabama.Kyles spoke March 23 as part of Highlands College’s Leadership Encounter Day—a special event featuring pastors from across the nation teaching students “personal leadership skills and how to apply them.” Kyles’ class on “Financial Wisdom” specifically instructed students “how to make budgets and manage their money,” according to a post on Instagram. 
    - 49 mins ago 27 Mar 23, 3:35pm -
  • Judah Smith’s Megachurch Faces Lawsuit for Forcing Staff to Tithe 10% of Wages
    Judah Smith and his West Coast megachurch, Churchome, are facing a class-action lawsuit for requiring staff to tithe 10% of their wages—a policy that violates two Washington state laws, the suit claims.The suit was filed Tuesday in King County Superior Court in the state of Washington on behalf of Rachel Kellogg, a post-production producer at Churchome. Also included in the suit are any church employees who contributed part of their wages to Churchome during the relevant time period, unless they opt out, said Eric Nusser, attorney for the plaintiffs. 
    - 2 days ago 25 Mar 23, 1:00pm -
  • Amid Derailment Crisis and Political Feuds, Hope Abounds in East Palestine
    About a mile west from where a Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous materials derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, on Feb. 3, a man in a white cowboy hat was greeted by smiles, car horns and waves as he handed out cases of water in a lot beside the railroad tracks on Tuesday.One person brought him a buffalo chicken wrap for lunch. Two men in a pickup truck stopped by for water and asked if he’d be around later that night. 
    - 3 days ago 24 Mar 23, 6:00pm -
  • Australian Megachurch Founder with AOG Ties Sentenced in Indecent Assault Case
    Australian televangelist John McMartin, a former megachurch pastor and denominational leader, has reportedly been sentenced to an Intensive Correction Order involving three weeks of community service, after being found guilty of assault with an act of indecency.The order requires McMartin to complete 120 hours of community service, according to Christian news site The Other Cheek. It suspends a 16-month jail term, which McMartin still would be required to serve if he breaches the terms of the Intensive Correction Order.  
    - 4 days ago 23 Mar 23, 8:05pm -
  • Media Company Strikes Back Against Worship Leaders Online, Sparks Rebellion
    Scot Leonard, a church worship leader, is a fan of someone who refused to stay in the grave — but maybe not the person you’re thinking of.A lifetime “Star Wars” enthusiast, Leonard often cosplays in Mandalorian armor as Boba Fett, a legendary character in the multipart space saga who was resurrected.“He spent three days in the Sarlacc pit and then rose again,” said Leonard, breaking into laughter.Leonard spends his Sundays singing praise to Jesus, also known for his resurrection, but when the church he was leading worship at closed in 2020, Leonard found himself with time on his hands. 
    - 4 days ago 23 Mar 23, 1:40pm -

Life News

  • newDemocrats Want to Force Americans to Fund Abortion Travel for Members of the Military
    A group of U.S. Senate Democrats urged military leaders Monday to keep forcing Americans to fund travel for elective abortions for service members under a new Biden administration order. Their letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin came after Republican lawmakers demanded an end to the pro-abortion policy and promised to block Biden’s nominees until the […]The post Democrats Want to Force Americans to Fund Abortion Travel for Members of the Military appeared first on
    - 54 mins ago 27 Mar 23, 3:30pm -
  • newNebraska Gov Jim Pillen Wants a Heartbeat Law: “We Have a Right to Protect Babies” From Abortion
    Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen declared his support for heartbeat legislation again last week, saying the state has a “right to save and protect” babies in the womb. WJAG News Talk reports Pillen, a pro-life Republican, responded to attacks against the pro-life legislation during his radio call-in show. “When babies have a heartbeat, the facts and science […]The post Nebraska Gov Jim Pillen Wants a Heartbeat Law: “We Have a Right to Protect Babies” From Abortion appeared first on
    - 2 hours ago 27 Mar 23, 2:21pm -
  • newThree Small Towns are Fighting to Stop Abortion Businesses in Their Communities
    Since early June 2019, the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn (SCFTU) Initiative has been a part of the drafting of 65 city ordinances and 2 county ordinances across 6 different states (Texas, Nebraska, Ohio, Louisiana, Iowa, and New Mexico) which keep abortion out of communities. After the landmark ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health […]The post Three Small Towns are Fighting to Stop Abortion Businesses in Their Communities appeared first on
    - 3 hours ago 27 Mar 23, 1:15pm -
  • newCongresswoman Wants Abortionist Held Accountable for Five Babies Left to Die After Surviving Abortions
    Republican Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna wants to hold a Washington, D.C. abortionist accountable for potential crimes he may have committed aborting babies in his Foggy Bottom abortion clinic. Luna sat down with The Daily Signal on Friday for a wide-ranging interview on her first few weeks in Congress, what she wants to accomplish in […]The post Congresswoman Wants Abortionist Held Accountable for Five Babies Left to Die After Surviving Abortions appeared first on
    - 4 hours ago 27 Mar 23, 12:51pm -
  • Thousands of Pro-Life People Stand Against Abortion at Illinois March for Life
    Thousands of pro-life advocates gathered at the Illinois State Capitol Building on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, for the Illinois March for Life. Civic and religious leaders spoke to crowd at the Lincoln Statue, several echoing the words of the Great Emancipator as they appealed to Illinois legislators to protect the women and children being preyed […]The post Thousands of Pro-Life People Stand Against Abortion at Illinois March for Life appeared first on
    - 3 days ago 24 Mar 23, 10:47pm -

Mennonite Central Committee

  • Empowering women in Colombia
    In the middle of the night, flood waters from a nearby creek swept away almost everything in La Florida, a community in the Montes de María region of Colombia.
    - 7 days ago 21 Mar 23, 4:00am -
  • From Aleppo, Syria:
    “There would always be hope somewhere, but now everything is destroyed. There are still areas that were not affected directly, not destroyed, but the people there are destroyed from inside.” 
    - 15 days ago 13 Mar 23, 4:00am -
  • How one Christian leader works for hope in a hopeless time
    God is struggling with us. In the atrocities, the violence, the evils around us, God is suffering there.
    - 17 days ago 10 Mar 23, 5:00am -
  • Something Old, Something New, & Something Borrowed
    A few weeks ago, West Coast Mennonite Central Committee opened its doors to the first MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) Global Center in Reedley, CA.
    - 25 days ago 2 Mar 23, 5:00am -
  • Peace is more than a wish when women talk
    This blog originally appeared on the MCC Canada Peace is More Than a Wish pageAlmost the whole movie Women Talking takes place in a barn. Sitting on hay bales, women talk about how to respond to terrible violence.
    - 26 days ago 1 Mar 23, 5:00am -


Religion News Service

  • newJehovah’s Witnesses mourn victims of Hamburg shooting
    BERLIN (AP) — “We are speechless in the face of the violence and brutality. There’s no word for this,” said Dirk Ciupek, a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses.The post Jehovah’s Witnesses mourn victims of Hamburg shooting appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 2 hours ago 27 Mar 23, 2:48pm -
  • newCalls for a ‘green’ Ramadan revive Islam’s long tradition of sustainability
    (The Conversation) — Communal meals to break fast can mean lots of single-use plastics, but mosques are increasingly dispensing of single-use itemsThe post Calls for a ‘green’ Ramadan revive Islam’s long tradition of sustainability appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 2 hours ago 27 Mar 23, 2:45pm -
  • newTensions on the rise at revered Kyiv monastery complex
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The dispute is part of a wider religious conflict playing out in parallel with the war.The post Tensions on the rise at revered Kyiv monastery complex appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 2 hours ago 27 Mar 23, 2:33pm -
  • Photos of the Week: Ramadan begins; Day of Silence
    (RNS) — This week’s photo gallery includes the start of Ramadan, the Balinese Day of Silence and more.The post Photos of the Week: Ramadan begins; Day of Silence appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 3 days ago 24 Mar 23, 9:14pm -
  • COVID-19 sent houses of worship online. Will congregations come back in person?
    (RNS) — Religious leaders can find concern and comfort in a survey about attendance at worship early in the pandemic.The post COVID-19 sent houses of worship online. Will congregations come back in person? appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 3 days ago 24 Mar 23, 8:40pm -

Trinity Foundation

  • Dead Televangelist Rapist Haunts Word Network Viewers
    Trinity Foundation doesn’t normally report on the more salacious side of televangelism, be it Christianity, pseudo-Christianity, or Islam for that matter.  There is more than enough corruption stemming from dark money swishing around in religious organizations (see our “Dark Money…” article). We urge donors to follow the money, but when that’s not possible, follow the […]
    - 4 days ago 23 Mar 23, 10:42pm -
  • Trinity Broadcasting Network Jet’s Value Drops $20 Million in Three Years
    IRS form 990s and audited financial statements prove that churches and ministries waste millions of dollars annually by purchasing business-class jets. In 2017, Trinity Broadcasting of Florida (TBF), a non-profit affiliate of Trinity Broadcasting Network, replaced its older Bombardier Global Express jet with a newer 2010 model. On its 2017 form 990, TBF reported $8,814,590 […]
    - 4 days ago 23 Mar 23, 7:20pm -
  • Foreign Financial Reporting: When Church and Ministry Money Travels to Foreign Countries
    Researchers at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, writing for the International Bulletin of Mission Research, estimate that $55 billion will be spent on foreign missions in 2023. That may seem like a lot, but the same researchers also estimate that Christian religious leaders will embezzle $62 billion in 2023. Foreign mission organizations […]
    - 7 days ago 20 Mar 23, 4:05pm -
  • Convicted Child Molester Still ‘Enthroned’ by Millions of Faithful Churchgoers
    (Photo: Before his imprisonment for sex crimes, Naasón Joaquín García preached to large audiences in the United States, Mexico and in Central America.) By Pete Evans, with Luís Treviño A moment in time: A warm Sunday morning, spring, 2019.  We (Luis and Pete) go to a Dallas church and realize it’s far from your “normal” […]
    - 20 days ago 7 Mar 23, 5:23pm -
  • Caller Beware: The Prayer Line Business
    Prayer lines are the secret ingredient driving the financial success of televangelism. In a recent Form 990, Christian Broadcasting Network reported, “In 2020, the prayer center department handled 184,859 outbound and 1,935,522 inbound phone calls. A total of 4,488 people prayed the prayer of salvation with our prayer center employees and 6,677 people rededicated their […]
    - 20 days ago 7 Mar 23, 4:04pm -

United Methodist News Service

The World And Everything In It (Podcast)

  • 1.16.23 Legal Docket, Moneybeat, and History Book
    On Legal Docket, a dispute over a gerrymandered congressional map; on Moneybeat, the latest economic news and answers to listener questions; and on History Book, important dates from the past. Plus: the Monday morning news. Support The World and Everything in It today at Additional support comes from Children’s Hunger Fund—delivering food and the hope of the gospel to children in need around the world. Learn more at Dordt University. See for yourself why Dordt offers outstanding academic programs and a Christ-centered community. More at Mission Focused Men for Christ podcast. This month: helping men overcome a disordered life to stay better focused on honoring Jesus--that’s Mission Focused Men for Christ on your podcast app. The Word of the Lord Endures Forever podcast, a daily, 15-minute, verse-by-verse Bible study hosted by Lutheran Pastor Will Weedon. Learn more at
    - 70 days ago 16 Jan 23, 8:15am -
  • 1.13.23 Culture Friday, and the music of Rich Mullins
    On Culture Friday, an actual example of toxic masculinity and the arrest of a pro-life leader; Collin Garbarino provides a warning about Tom Hanks’ newest movie; and Steve West reviews a tribute to the music of Christian musician Rich Mullins. Plus: the Friday morning news. Support The World and Everything in It today at Additional support comes from Frameworks: A Biblical Worldview Initiative. Online courses for public high school students - transferrable for elective credit. More at Pensacola Christian College. Empowering leaders to influence the world for Christ. More at Ambassadors Impact Network, a nationwide group of angel investors committed to funding entrepreneurs whose Christian convictions have hindered secular financing sources. More at Mission Focused Men for Christ podcast. This month: helping men overcome a disordered life to stay better focused on honoring Jesus--that’s Mission Focused Men for Christ on your podcast app.
    - 73 days ago 13 Jan 23, 8:15am -
  • 1.12.23 Expanding access to abortion, unrest in Brazil, and a Lego championship
    The Biden administration is making legal changes that make the abortion pill more widely available; what comes next in Brazil after thousands of protesters stormed the country’s congress, supreme court, and presidential palace over the weekend; and a Lego championship. Plus: commentary from Cal Thomas, and the Thursday morning news. Support The World and Everything in It today at Additional support comes from Ambassadors Impact Network, an investing network that finances Christ-following entrepreneurs who demonstrate the gospel through their businesses. More at ambassadorsimpact.comFrameworks: A Biblical Worldview Initiative. Online courses for public high school students - transferrable for elective credit. More at Pensacola Christian College. Empowering leaders to influence the world for Christ. More at Mission Focused Men for Christ podcast. This month: helping men overcome a disordered life to stay better focused on honoring Jesus--that’s Mission Focused Men for Christ on your podcast app.
    - 74 days ago 12 Jan 23, 8:15am -
  • 1.11.23 Washington Wednesday, World Tour, and adapting to a new home
    On Washington Wednesday, Biden’s visit to the southern border after announcing new immigration policies; on World Tour, the latest international news; and an immigrant who has made it his mission to help newcomers adjust to a new life in the States. Plus: a message in a bottle, commentary from Janie B. Cheaney, and the Wednesday morning news. Support The World and Everything in It today at Additional support comes from Pensacola Christian College. Empowering leaders to influence the world for Christ. More at Ambassadors Impact Network, a nationwide group of angel investors committed to funding entrepreneurs whose Christian convictions have hindered secular financing sources. More at Frameworks: A Biblical Worldview Initiative. Online courses for public high school students - transferrable for elective credit. More at Mission Focused Men for Christ podcast. This month: helping men overcome a disordered life to stay better focused on honoring Jesus--that’s Mission Focused Men for Christ on your podcast app.
    - 75 days ago 11 Jan 23, 8:15am -
  • 1.10.23 Changes to House rules, and embryo adoption
    New changes to the rules in the House of Representatives could affect how Congress conducts business; a new COVID variant is circulating in the country; and a story about a family that chose to adopt some frozen embryos. Plus: a wild goose chase, commentary from Steve West, and the Tuesday morning news. Support The World and Everything in It today at Additional support comes from Frameworks: A Biblical Worldview Initiative. Online courses for public high school students - transferrable for elective credit. More at Pensacola Christian College. Empowering leaders to influence the world for Christ. More at Ambassadors Impact Network, an investing network that finances Christ-following entrepreneurs who demonstrate the gospel through their businesses. More at Mission Focused Men for Christ podcast. This month: helping men overcome a disordered life to stay better focused on honoring Jesus--that’s Mission Focused Men for Christ on your podcast app.
    - 76 days ago 10 Jan 23, 8:15am -

World Magazine