19 Mar 2017
COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL CLOSES IN INDIA
The Christian Post reports that U.S.-based Christian child sponsorship organization Compassion International has announced it is finishing up its programs in India amid an ongoing crackdown by the country's Hindu nationalist government on non-profit organisations that receive foreign funds to stop conversions of Hindus to Christianity.
PUBS BOYCOTT COOPERS ‘BIBLE’ BEER
Some hotels in Sydney and Melbourne have stopped serving Coopers beer after the company produced 10,000 commemorative light beers to celebrate 200 years of the Australian Bible Society. Coopers have withdrawn the product from sale after a backlash on social media.
DARLENE ZSCHECH RELEASES NEW ALBUM
Eternity Magazine reports on the release of Darlene Zschech’s first album in four years. “Worship pushes back the noise of life,” the singer told the magazine, explaining why she began to write her latest album extolling God’s greatness in the dark days after her diagnosis with breast cancer in 2014. And she added, “Worship has more to do with what comes from our lives, not just our mouths.”
12 Mar 2017
PRAYER WALL FOR THE UK
New Life reports that a Christian 'prayer wall' is being designed as a major British landmark, built out of a million bricks – each representing a prayer said to have been answered by Jesus. Some 134 entries from 24 countries were received and following two judging panels, the entries were whittled down to four plus the winner of a public vote. A million people are being invited to pay £10 towards a brick and tell a story about their experience. For each brick built into the wall, a brick will also be donated for social housing both in the UK and abroad. Any excess funds from the project will be donated to charity.
POPE SUPPORTS BIBLE READING
Speaking on the first Sunday of Lent at St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis urged all Christians to carry and read the Bible with the same dedication and frequency as they do their mobile phones, according to a story in The Christian Post.
A LENTEN REFLECTION
In a Lenten reflection in The New York Times, María de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda writes, “The question for me is not whether there’s a point to giving things up during Lent, but whether I should ever stop fasting from all that numbs, dulls, and deadens me to life, all of life, as it is today—the good and the bad. Fasting makes me willing to try.”
6 Mar 2017
WORLD VISION CONCERNED FOR CITIZENS IN MOSUL
Premier.org.uk reports that World Vision has warned that emergency aid will be needed to assist civilians trapped inside western Mosul. The charity fears that 650,000 civilians will be caught up in the fighting. Mosul was once the home to most of Iraq's Christians. The Christian charity wants to avoid a repeat of civilian deaths during last year's operation.
NATIONAL CELEBRATION OF THE BIBLE
The Bible Society in Australia has announced a national celebration of The Bible in 2017. On Sunday March 5th a special event will be live streamed in churches across the nation. Key speakers include Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies and Hillsong’s Brian Houston.
NEW HILLSONG CHURCHES
Pastor Brian Houston of Sydney’s Hillsong church has announced the launch of three new church sites, including one in Tel Aviv, Israel. If the Tel Aviv congregation thrives the church will probably open another campus in Jerusalem, according to Christian Today. Along with the opening of their Tel Aviv campus, the two other site locations will be in Perth, Australia, and Bali, Indonesia.