10 Dec 2017

10Dec17 RED WEDNESDAY



RED WEDNESDAY
New Life reports that Britain’s Houses of Parliament were among many landmarks in the UK, Ireland, Iraq and the Philippines to be floodlit in red on a Wednesday last month to highlight the persecution of faith groups for their ‘peacefully held beliefs’. The Red Wednesday initiative is in its second year and has been pioneered by Aid to the Church in Need. This year it was also organised by Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Both charities advocate chiefly for persecuted Christians.


SIGNS FOR SCHOOLIES
The Daily Telegraph has reported on the signs displayed by Christian youths during Schoolies’ activities in Australia. Signs included ‘Ain’t no high than the most High’ and ‘Jesus Loves You’.
Youth for Christ’s National Missions Director, David Ridley, said that the signs were evangelical, but they were not bashing people with a Bible.


NEW MOVIE ON THE LIFE OF PAUL
According to CBN Christian World News, the trailer for a new major film about the life of the Apostle Paul has been released online. The movie, titled Paul, Apostle Of Christ, brings to life the New Testament story of the man who went from persecutor of the church to its most powerful proponent.

3 Dec 2017

3Dec17 THE STORY OF ARTHUR STACE



THE STORY OF ARTHUR STACE
Eternity Magazine reports that the story of “Mr Eternity”, Arthur Stace, whose one-word sermon “Eternity” scrawled in chalk 500,000 times for over 35 years pointed Sydneysiders and Melburnians to Christ, has been told in a book co-authored by Elizabeth Meyer and Roy Williams.
The book’s title is, of course, ‘Mr Eternity’.


ARCHBISHOP’S WARNING
The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that churches must learn to live with a world in which families are no longer led by only married couples. Even Church of England schools are now filled with children from “myriad combinations” of men, women and children, the Most Reverend Justin Welby said. Even though his views are controversial amongst evangelicals and conservatives, the Archbishop did say that “the family, however it is experienced, is the place where we can be at our strongest and most secure”.

26 Nov 2017

26Nov17 AUSTRALIAN CHURCH SURVEY



AUSTRALIAN CHURCH SURVEY
Compared to all Australians, people who go to church are more likely to be a first or second generation migrant, female and tertiary educated. More than a third of Australian church attenders (36%) were born overseas, according to the latest National Church Life Survey results. Of those born overseas, 27% of churchgoers were born in a non-English speaking country.

CHRISTIAN OUTREACH TO MUSLIMS
Mission Network News reports that a coalition of Christian missions has announced a goal to reach millions of Muslims for Christ. The goal was set during a consultation in Thailand where 900 Christian leaders met to begin the outreach. The network of 180 mission organisations plans to reach the more than 1,000 Muslim people groups who have not heard the Gospel.

75 YEARS OF BIBLE TRANSLATION
Wycliffe Bible Translators USA is celebrating 75 years of Bible translation. Before Wycliffe came onto the scene, translating the Bible into every language seemed impossible to many, but now, that goal is closer than ever. Wycliffe has been instrumental in translating the complete Bible into over 600 languages around the world.

20 Nov 2017

19Nov17 BILLY GRAHAM CELEBRATES 99th BIRTHDAY



BILLY GRAHAM CELEBRATES 99th BIRTHDAY
Evangelist Billy Graham celebrated his 99th birthday on 7th November this year. Graham has conducted well-attended crusades around the world since 1949. According to Eternity Magazine, in 1959, an estimated 3.6 million people flocked to see him at 114 meetings in 106 days in Melbourne, Hobart, Launceston, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney.

NEW PRAYER FOR NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT
The new version of a prayer said before parliamentary meetings in New Zealand removes Jesus’ name, as well as the reference to the Queen of England. The text of the new prayer reads: “Almighty God, we give thanks for the blessings which have been bestowed on New Zealand. Laying aside all personal interests, we pray for guidance in our deliberations, that we may conduct the affairs of this House with wisdom and humility, for the public welfare and peace of New Zealand."

OPRAH SINGS A HYMN
Oprah Winfrey isn't known for her singing voice, but that didn't stop her from singing about surrendering all to Jesus and speaking about prayer on musician Harry Connick Jr.'s daytime talk show. The Christian Post reports that Winfrey appeared on Harry recently where she sang the famous hymn ‘I Surrender All’. Backed by a choir and band that included Connick on piano, Winfrey introduced the song with a story about the importance of surrendering issues in life to God when she was stressed out about doing a movie with director Steven Spielberg.