20 May 2018

20May18 ATTACKS ON INDONESIAN CHURCHES


ATTACKS ON INDONESIAN CHURCHES
ABC News reports last week stated that Indonesian police claimed the suicide bombers who attacked three Christian churches in Surabaya were all members of one family. At least 13 people were killed and more than 40 injured when the group targeted Sunday church congregations in the country's second-largest city.

PROTEST IN NIGERIA
Nigeria's Catholic bishops will hit the streets to protest the killing of more than 100 Christians by Islamic Fulani herdsmen in northern Nigeria this year thus far. The protest will take place on May 22nd in Makurdi, the capital of Benue state, where two murdered priests will be buried on the same day, according to Crux Now.

ROYAL WEDDING
Prince Harry and former U.S. actress Meghan Markle invited Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American to preside over the Episcopal Church and who defends same-sex marriage, to deliver a sermon at their wedding. Presiding Bishop Curry, from Chicago Illinois, travelled to Windsor to take part in the Service. He joined The Dean of Windsor, The Rt. Revd. David Conner, who conducted the Service. The Most Revd. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, officiated as the couple made their marriage vows.

13 May 2018

13May18 GOSPEL CHOIR AT ROYAL WEDDING


GOSPEL CHOIR AT ROYAL WEDDING
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen one of Britain's leading Gospel Choirs to sing at their wedding on 19th May. The Kingdom Choir is drawn from various Christian traditions in the South East area of England. They say they are dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share. The choir has been performing both nationally and internationally for more than 20 years.


ISRAEL’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY
According to CBN News, Israel has opened its 70th anniversary festivities with song, dance and fireworks. The festivities celebrated technological progress and survival through seven decades of its modern history. And they told the story of the Jewish people from Moses to the early pioneers, through the Holocaust to a land of modern technology.

‘FOR THE LOVE OF GOD’
Faith News reports that the documentary film ‘For The Love Of God’ premiered in Sydney on 7th May and will now screen in cinemas around Australia. The film confronts the worst of what Christians have served up over the centuries … crusades, inquisitions, the oppression of women, complicity in colonialism, hoarding wealth and supporting slavery … while also tracing the origins of Western values like human rights, charity, humility, and non‐violence. The film’s presenters on-screen are Dr John Dickson and journalists Justine Toh and Simon Smart.

6 May 2018

6May18 CHRISTIANS KILLED IN MYANMAR


CHRISTIANS KILLED IN MYANMAR
At least 10 Christian civilians have been killed and thousands need urgent medical attention in Myanmar's Kachin State as the fighting between ethnic rebel groups and government troops in a conflict area rages on, according to reports. The ethnic Kachin civilians were killed in Mansi Township in southern Kachin and in Tanai Township as they sought to flee areas where the fighting is going on, according to Frontier Myanmar.

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE?
Eternity Magazine reports that a Uniting Church committee has recommended that the church adopt same-sex marriage. If accepted, the Uniting Church will become the first major Christian denomination in Australia to accept same-sex marriage.

WILL SMITH ON INSTAGRAM
According to The Christian Post, two-time Academy Award nominee Will Smith has become an Instagram sensation since joining the social media platform just four months ago. He has already amassed more than 15 million followers and in his most recent post he used his platform to share a message about God.

30 Apr 2018

29Apr18 VIOLENCE IN NIGERIA


VIOLENCE IN NIGERIA
The Melbourne Herald-Sun reports that ‘gun-toting semi-nomadic herdsmen have killed 16 people, including two priests, in an attack on a church congregation in a central state of Nigeria.  Hundreds have died this year in conflicts between herders and farmers. Herdsmen are mainly Muslims while farmers are mostly Christian. Both sides have carried out attacks.’


BARBARA BUSH SPOKE ABOUT JESUS
A report in The Christian Post states that Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, revealed that his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, talked to him about Jesus Christ in their last meeting before she died. Speaking at his mother's funeral at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Bush said that in their last visit together, they talked about their Christian faith.
"Jeb, I believe in Jesus and he is my saviour," she told him when he asked her about her feelings on death, according to CNN. "I don't want to leave your dad but I know I'll be in a beautiful place."

WILL GRAHAM IN AUSTRALIA
Will Graham, the grandson of Billy Graham is coming to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia next month. Australian singer Steve Grace is partnering with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for an event called Goldfields Celebration scheduled for May 18th to 20th.