17 Nov 2019

2019 11 17 Christian News Bulletin

SPRINGBOKS' CAPTAIN FINDS STRENGTH IN CHRIST
After the South African Springboks' recent win in the Rugby World Cup tournament in Japan, Eternity News reports on how the Springboks' captain, Siya Kolisi, has found strength in the Christian faith following a period of personal and family problems. Kolisi is quoted as saying: “Walking alongside a spiritual mentor, I’ve been able to discover the truth and saving power of Christ in a whole new way. This new life has given me a peace in my heart I’d never experienced before. Now that I have given everything to God, nothing else affects me. I now live and play with the freedom of knowing His plan will always happen, and at the end of the day, that’s all I care about!”

PRESIDENT CARTER PREACHS
Former President Jimmy Carter, 95, didn't allow a recent fall and fractured pelvis to keep him away from church for long, and  he returned recently to share his thoughts on life and death with the congregation. According to USA Today, Carter taught a 45-minute lesson on the trials of Job and told the attendees at Maranatha Baptist Church in the town of Plains, Georgia that they should not doubt the Bible's promise of life after death.

INTERFAITH WEEK IN UK
Last week, thousands of people took part in a series of events promoting tolerance and unity between faith groups in the UK. The Interfaith Week highlighted the positive effect of faith groups on local communities throughout the British Isles.

10 Nov 2019

10Nov19 Christian News Bulletin

GREATER FREEDOM IN UZBEKISTAN?
According to the Barnabas Fund, church registrations are increasing in Uzbekistan, as the country moves toward religious freedom. The rise in registrations could signal freedom of worship for Christians in the Muslim-majority country.

HELP FOR NORTHERN SYRIA
New Life reports that Open Doors, a Christian charity, is responding to immediate and urgent needs in northern Syria after the Turkish invasion. Open Doors is assessing the situation on the ground and providing relief and rehabilitation to those afflicted. Immediate relief includes emergency food, shelter, clothing, medical care, and hygiene kits.

NIGERIAN PRIEST RELEASED
A Nigerian priest, who was kidnapped at gunpoint recently, has been released unharmed according to Nigerian newspaper The Punch. The priest’s safe return is a relief for Enugu state authorities, who have increased security measures in an attempt to stop the attacks on clergy in the region.

FRED NILE AT 85
Eternity News reports that Reverend Fred Nile has turned 85. The Christian Democrat politician entered parliament in 1981 and shows no signs of stopping. Fred Nile told the press gallery “My retirement plans are in God's hands. When he says, 'Go Fred', then Fred will go.”

4 Nov 2019

3Nov19 Christian News Bulletin

GROWTH OF CHRISTIANITY
According to Christianheadlines.com, the 2019 Status of Global Christianity report shows there were 2.5 billion Christians in the world as of mid-2019—a major increase from the 1.98 billion Christians in 2000 and more than double the number of Christians (1.2 billion) in 1970. Christianity is growing worldwide at a rate of 1.27 percent each year and outpacing population growth (1.20 percent) — and is booming in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

CHRISTIANITY AND SCIENCE
In a recent debate on science and religion, Oxford professor Alister McGrath said that atheism was "hopelessly simplistic", while Christianity offered a more compelling framework within which to explore science. "I felt [atheism] was hopelessly simplistic, or at least the forms I knew. And I think what really drew me to Christianity was this deep sense that it offered me a bigger picture of things," he said. "A way of making sense of myself, of our world, and also providing conceptual space for science.”

'VEGGIE TALES' SERIES RETURNS
Eternity News reports that the animated VeggieTales series that entertained millions of kids and parents during the 1990s is returning to screens this December. Over the next three years, 18 new episodes of the Christian-based cartoon will be rolled out. The new series will kick off with The Best Christmas Gift, soon to be released on DVD and digital, accompanied by an album featuring six new songs from the episode.

27 Oct 2019

27Oct19 Christian News Bulletin

NOBEL PRIZE WINNER
Eternity News reports that John B. Goodenough, the father of the lithium-ion battery, the rechargeable power source inside your mobile phone or laptop, is a Christian. This Professor from the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work at Oxford University which made possible the development of lithium-ion batteries. Goodenough joins a long list of Nobel laureates who are Christian; some lists suggest 65 per cent of prize winners are followers of Christ.

A FLOATING CHURCH
A church in Scotland is using a canal barge as a way of reaching out to the community. Polwarth Parish Church, which sits next to a canal near Edinburgh, has been given a £50,000 ($91,000) grant to get the All Aboard project off the ground, while the congregation has raised a further £32,000. Premier News reports that the vessel will be used for spiritual, educational and community activities including Sunday School, clubs and even weddings.

THE BIBLE IN AUSLAN
Bible Society Australia has launched new translations of the Bible in Auslan – Australian sign language. This is the first time that John’s Gospel, a revised version of Acts and selections from Paul’s Letters have been available in the language, which are accessible in digital form for free.