20 Aug 2017

20Aug17 CANADIAN PASTOR FREED



CANADIAN PASTOR FREED
Several religious news agencies have reported that, earlier this month, North Korea released a Canadian pastor who was convicted of attempting to undermine the regime of Kim Jong Un. North Korea’s state media said that the pastor was freed on humanitarian grounds. The Rev. Rim Hyon Su, also known as Hyeon Soo Lim, was accused by the state of using religion as a ruse to overthrow the government. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in December 2015. The South Korean-born pastor of Toronto’s Light Korean Presbyterian Church had pleaded guilty to trying to undermine the worship of Kim, which is required of all North Koreans.

CHURCH ABANDONING THE POOR?
According to Church Times, a warning from the Bishop of Burnley, the Rt Revd Philip North, that the Church of England is “complicit in the abandonment of the poor”, and will continue to decline unless this is redressed, has been welcomed by church leaders and parish priests in the UK.
Bishop North warned: “The simple and hard truth is that, in the poorest parts of the country, we are withdrawing preachers. We are seeing the slow and steady withdrawal of church life from those communities where the poorest people in our nation live.”

STORY OF A RESTORED MARRIAGE

Christian Headlines reports that actress Renee Zellweger will star in the upcoming film "Same Kind of Different As Me," a film that deals with a husband and wife's marriage and redemption. The film is not being marketed as a faith-based movie, but Paramount Pictures and Christian entertainment company, Pure Flix, produced it.

14 Aug 2017

13Aug17 MYANMAR PASTORS FACE PRISON


BAPTIST PASTORS FACE PRISON

The Baptist Standard reports that two Baptist pastors in Myanmar who have been imprisoned since Christmas Eve face up to eight years in prison for helping a journalist who photographed evidence of the Myanmar military’s bombing of a Roman Catholic church.

IRAQUI TOWN ELECTS CHRISTIAN WOMAN AS MAYOR

A Catholic woman has made history by being elected as the new mayor of an Iraqi town according to Premier.org. Lara Yussif Zara has become the first Christian woman to be mayor of Alqosh, a small town on the Nineveh Plain in Iraq, after the Municipal Council of Qaraqosh voted unanimously for her election.

ACTOR OVERCOMES ADDICTION

Christianheadlines.com tells how actor Kelsey Grammer overcame his alcohol addiction with God’s help. Grammer said that, without God, he turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the pain of a series of tragic events. Grammer’s drug and alcohol addiction became so bad that he was caught drunk driving and spent time in prison. The consequences of his actions made him come to grips with what was happening in his life. He ended up giving his life to Christ, and through Jesus’ power, turned his life around. "As a Christian, we always fail because we can't become Christ," the now 62-year-old said. "But I can try to at least emulate the best qualities, even if I may fall short."

6 Aug 2017

6Aug17 PROGRAMS FOR THE PERSECUTED IN EGYPT



PROGRAMS FOR THE PERSECUTED

Assist News Service reports that the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is attempting to raise $100,000 to aid targeted minorities, including Egypt’s Coptic Christians. According to a media release, the “Bless the Persecuted” campaign will provide financial and medical aid, psychological counselling, and programs for families and children who have been victims of terror and other forms of religious persecution.

SCOTTISH CHAPLAIN FOR THE QUEEN

A Church of Scotland minister from Aberdeen has been appointed as one of Queen Elisabeth’s chaplains. Reverend George Cowie has been officially appointed as one of the Queen’s personal chaplains and has joined her Majesty’s Household as a Chaplain-in-Ordinary.

ANIMATED STORY OF FIRST CHRISTMAS

The trailer for the highly anticipated animated film The Star, which tells the Nativity story from a different perspective, has been released and includes endorsements from its all-star cast, including Tyler Perry and Mariah Carey. According to The Christian Post, the Affirm Films picture, to be released in November, tells the story of the first Christmas through the perspective of the animals that travelled with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and witnessed Jesus' birth. The film includes voiceovers from A-list celebrities such as Kelly Clarkson, Tracy Morgan and Oprah Winfrey.