21 May 2017

21May17 AHOK SENTENCED TO PRISON



AHOK SENTENCED TO PRISON

Despite earlier news reports to the contrary, the Guardian reports that Jakarta’s Christian former governor, known as Ahok, “has been sentenced to two years in prison after a trial that was widely seen as a measure of religious pluralism in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.”

US VICE PRESIDENT SUPPORTS PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

Earlier this month, US Vice President Mike Pence told persecuted Christians around the world that "we stand by you". Pence spoke at day two of the first ever World Summit in Defence of Persecuted Christians where more than 600 persecuted Christians, advocates and church leaders were in attendance.

FAITH AND BELIEF IN AUSTRALIA
As reported in Eternity Magazine, three in four Aussies say that they are turned off investigating religion when they hear celebrities or public figures talk about their Christian faith. Stories of miraculous healing are also significant turn offs. The results are part of the new Faith and Belief in Australia report. But sounding a note of hope, the greatest attraction to investigating spirituality and religion is seeing people live out a genuine faith.

15 May 2017

14May17 CHRISTIANS FLEE IRAQ



CHRISTIANS FLEE IRAQ

As many as 1.5 million Christians, or close to 75 per cent of all followers of Christ in Iraq, have fled the country since 2003, according to an Iraqi Christian lawmaker quoted in The Christian Post.
"The number of Christians living in the country now stands at between 500,000 and 850,000," Josef Sleve told a news agency recently. "This means that over the past 14 years, some 1.5 million Christians have emigrated to other countries."

CHINESE FLOCK TO CHRISTIANITY

CBN Christian World News reports that forty-one years after China’s Cultural Revolution snuffed out all forms of religious expression, hundreds of millions of Chinese people are flocking to Christianity. Author Ian Johnson believes what’s transpiring in China is nothing short of ‘one of the world’s great spiritual revivals’ and says the world better take note because the impact of this ‘spiritual transformation’ could have significant global implications.

HOLLYWOOD ACTOR DEFENDS MARRIAGE

Today, it is rare to find a Hollywood actor who is willing to speak publicly about the vital role God and faith play in their lives. Matthew McConaughey recently discussed his views on marriage in an interview with GQ. McConaughey and his wife Camila believe that traditional marriage is worth defending and openly share their pro-marriage views and devotion to the Bible.

7 May 2017

7May17 CLEARED OF BLASPHEMY CHARGES



AHOK CLEARED OF BLASPHEMY CHARGES
As reported by CBN, the Christian governor of Jakarta is free from charges of blasphemy against the Koran. At a recent court appearance, Indonesian prosecutors decided to end their trial against Basuki Purnama, also known as Ahok. The decision came just one day after he lost his gubernatorial bid against the former minister of education. The politically motivated blasphemy charges came during the campaign when Ahok told Muslims they could vote for him even though he is a Christian.
Ahok has continually stated that his life is in God's hands.

‘THE CASE FOR CHRIST’
The Case For Christ is the first film from Pure Flix studios to receive more positive than negative ratings from the critics. The film tells the compelling true story of atheist journalist Lee Strobel who sets out to prove that Christianity isn’t true, but finds that such a task is more than he bargained for.

COPTIC CHRISTIAN FORGIVES KILLERS
Premier reports that a TV host has been left stunned after an Egyptian Coptic Christian woman said she forgives the suicide bombers who killed 45 people celebrating Palm Sunday at church. Samira Fahmi's husband was one of those who lost their lives in the Islamic State terror attack that targeted two churches. According to a translation provided by The Bible Society she said: "Believe me I am not angry. "I ask the Lord to forgive them and let them try to think. "If they think, they will know that we didn't do anything wrong to them."