Sunday, February 9, 2014

A cry for help from Syrian church leaders!

Christians are being targeted by militants in war-torn Syria, says church leaders in the country.

Syrian church leaders raised the warning during a visit to Washington DC last week sponsored by Barnabas Fund and the Westminster Institute in the US.

During their visit, they took part in a panel discussion at the Heritage Foundation under the harrowing title of "Marked for Destruction: The Plight of Syria's Christians".

The panel shared that more than 1,200 Christians were martyred in Syria in 2013 alone and that over 600,000 have fled the country. Many still remain in Syria where they are at risk of abduction and acts of violence, and struggling with the same hardships as the rest of the population.

Barnabas Fund estimates that between 30 and 40 per cent of churches in Syria have been seriously damaged or completely destroyed as a result of the fighting.

Riad Jarjour, a Presbyterian pastor from Homs and former president of the Middle East Council of Churches, said: "If this continues the way it is, there will come a time when there will be no more Christians in Syria."

Kenya President Vows Not to Allow Radicalization in Worship Centers

Uhuru Kenyatta - Kenya, President
Kenya's president said he would not allow places of worship to be used to radicalize young people, in the wake of a police raid on a mosque in the port of Mombasa that triggered renewed clashes with Muslim protesters on Friday.

Armed officers swooped on the Masjid Mussa mosque over the weekend, saying they had a tip-off youths were being trained there for militant attacks.

Police fired teargas and rubber bullets at youths who threw stones and looted shops on Friday, said witnesses, in the city's fourth significant outbreak of violence since the raid.

"Under no circumstance will we allow places of worship, like I said, be it a Hindu temple, a Muslim mosque, be it a Christian church, to be used as a place to radicalize and to threaten the lives of Kenyans," said President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Nigerian-Americans look to Obama for more support against Boko Haram terror

Nigerian-Americans have welcomed Barack Obama's pledge to help stop terror against Nigerian churches.

The US President used his speech at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC to speak up for religious freedom around the world and reiterate his determination to stamp out terrorism.

He also restated the resolve of the US government to support the Nigerian people in the ongoing effort to end terrorism.

"I've pledged our support to the people of Nigeria, who deserve to worship in their churches and mosques in peace, free from terror," Obama said.

The US State Department recently designated Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organisation. The Islamist militant group has waged a campaign of violence and death against government institutions and churches, killing thousands. Targets have also included Muslims who have opposed them.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Church Leader Decries Spread of Prosperity Gospel in South Africa

Grant Retief
While South Africa can be called a "churched nation" demographically, prosperity gospel, or a "parallel, post-biblical Christianity," is spreading throughout the country, warns the rector of a reformed evangelical Anglican church who has ministered in Durban City for 17 years.

A churched nation is not the same thing as a "gospeled" nation, writes Grant Retief, the rector of Christ Church Umhlanga just outside of Durbin, in a blog post. Eighty percent of South Africa is Christian, according to the 2001 census.

When people from well-known bigger churches attend his church for a little while, the rector says, "they tell us they are surprised to regularly hear in the preaching and the liturgy that they are sinners."

That is because of the prosperity gospel phenomenon, of what Retief calls a "parallel, post-biblical Christianity." "When you stop to look inside these churches, you hear Christian-like things and you see Christian-like activities … Sermons aren't built on biblical theology, but employ an occasional verse to springboard toward the preacher's pre-chosen point," he laments.

Their meanings of biblical terms are vaguely assumed, or are informed not by theology but psychology, he adds. For example, "sin" might be described as the failure to achieve your goals, not as rebellion against an Almighty God.

"All this produces nice people instead of Godly people," Retief argues.

Christian-Muslim Clashes in Central African Republic Leave 75 Dead; Thousands Hiding in Churches Need Help!

Clashes between Christian and Muslim groups in a town in the Central African Republican have left 75 people dead this past week, according to reports from the African country. Pastors say that thousands of people hiding in churches are in desperate need of help.

Father Cassien Kamatari revealed that most of the dead in the town of Boda were Christians, though it is not known how many total Muslims were killed, as their bodies were buried quickly, BBC News reported.

CAR has been locked in sectarian battles ever since the resignation of interim President Michel Djotodia earlier this year. The transitional government had hopes of restoring peace and preparing for democratic elections, but those efforts were hampered due to fighting between Seleka rebels and anti-Balaka fighters.

Persecution watchdog group Open Doors, which ranks CAR No. 16 on its 2014 World Watch List of countries where Christians face the most persecution, sent The Christian Post a breaking news report on Tuesday by one of its field directors for west and central Africa, who said that thousands of people fleeing the sectarian violence are hiding in churches and mosques.

Inspiring Music Video Preview for the 'Son of God' Movie (VIDEO)

20th Century Fox released a new preview for the upcoming "Son of God" movie about the life of Jesus Christ, coming to theaters February 28. This emotional compilation of scenes is set to the 2012 song "Crave" by King & Country, a Christian duo out of Australia.

"Son of God" is produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, creators of the wildly successful History Channel miniseries "The Bible." The film, starring Diogo Morgado as Jesus, will be comprised of selections from the miniseries as well as never-before-seen material that wasn't part of the ten-hour miniseries.

Study: Facebook is Read More Than the Bible

According to a recent study carried out, Facebook is read more than the bible.

In 2006, a CBS News poll found that about 40 million in the U.S. and Canada read the bible every day. Comparably, Facebook reports about 143 million people in the U.S. and Canada actively using the site.

Total, Facebook reports 757 million daily active users. Facebook celebrated its 10th anniversary Tuesday. Today, ministers, Christian leaders and others are using the social media site to reach their audiences.
Facebook claims 1.23 billion monthly users. That's more people than live in any country but China.
In fact, Facebook is beyond comparing to nations and is more continental in magnitude. Facebook's monthly user population is larger than six of the seven continents, second only to Asia.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Christian Filmmakers Use Hollywood To Send A Powerful Message: Your Past Doesn't Need To Define You.

There’s a long-held assumption — particularly in conservative circles — that Hollywood simply doesn’t understand people of faith and that Tinseltown, either purposefully or inadvertently, ignores Christian audiences.

Pastor Kirk Dueker and Nicholas DiBella Are Teaming Up to Make a Big Impact Through Hollywood. It is true that faith-based projects haven’t traditionally been championed in popular media, but there’s evidence that these tides might be changing, as feature films like “Left Behind,” “Noah,” “Son of God” and a number of other Bible-themed movies are slated to hit the big screen in 2014.

Christian preacher & Muslim leader, who had previously criticised Boko Haram,killed in separate attacks.

Gunmen killed a pastor in an attack on a church in Sabon Garin Yambdula, in the Madagali area of Adamawa state late on Friday. Ten people tried to repel the attack with hunting rifles, said Madagali local government chairman Maina Ularamu, according to AFP.

"All we know is that the gunmen were not soldiers, although they were dressed in military uniform, because some of them wore bathroom slippers instead of boots," he said. Others had their faces covered, he added. The attackers stole four cows and also killed two goats, said Ularamu, who declined to say whether Boko Haram fighters were responsible.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Actress Says Her ‘Epic’ New Movie About Jesus Christ ‘Will Touch the Lives of Millions

After the successful mini series The Bible aired last year, producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are bringing the Jesus Christ narrative to the silver screen in the feature film Son of God to be released February 28th. The Bible aired over several weeks on the History channel, covering biblical stories from Genesis to Revelation. The Son of God film will draw from the Gospel-related footage shot for The Bible – the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Roma Downey told The Blaze that, while the film will undoubtedly entertain audiences, she also hopes audiences are impacted spiritually. “We hope audiences leave theaters feeling they know Jesus more and also that they are reminded of how deeply he loved us,” said Downey.

According to ASSIST News, Downey and Burnett have been planning to release Son of God since filming for The Bible was taking place. Burnett told ASSIST: “While shooting the Jesus portion, we realized that this really needed to be a big feature film…So we started overshooting and planning for this film which comes out February 28th and is a two hour movie on the life of Jesus which is made in a very fantastic way; very gripping very dramatic.”

In the film, Downey portrays Mary the mother of Jesus, and Jesus is played by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgando

Pastor and Son - Latest victims of Central African Republic violence

Civilians fleeing violent attacks by armed rebels seek refuge in the yard of a church

A Baptist pastor and his son were killed on Tuesday at their home in Bangui as violence escalated in the northern suburbs of the city. The Central African Republic has been beset by violence since March last year, when a coalition of rebel groups, led by Michel Djotodia under the Séléka banner, drove out President Francois Bozizé in a coup.

Though Séléka has been officially disbanded as of September 2013, members have continued their attacks – raping, looting and murdering innocent civilians – which has inspired an opponent faction to rise up under the name anti-Balaka. Violence between the two groups has spread throughout the country, resulting in 200,000 people being internally displaced, while an estimated 20,000 have fled the country. Thousands have lost their lives.


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