Friday, September 2, 2016

Five Christian Detainees have been released in China ahead of G20 summit

Ji Qingcao, Ji Qingcou, Ou Jinsi, Mei Xueshun, and He Lijing, have been released after four months in prison. The detainees are all members of Yazhong Church in Wenzhou, who were arrested in April on charges of "obstructing government administration" and "disturbing public order". 

A Wenzhou Christian told a reporter that he feels the government is trying to pacify the people before the summit meeting. The annual G20 summit meeting will hold in Hangzhou, Zhejiang on September 4th-5th and world leaders are expected at the summit including President Obama to discuss the key issues of global economy. 

Zhejiang authorities have reportedly been preparing for this meeting as early as February, through close monitoring of hotels, restaurants, churches, temples, and a crackdown on house churches unapproved by the government. Some churches were raided and forbidden from meeting again.

China Aid President, Bob Fu has urged the U.S. leaders to use the upcoming G20 summit to urge Chinese leaders to release those imprisoned and end persecution against Christians across the country.

Pharrell Williams Shared His Believe on the Power in the name of God & the Universe

Lately, Pharrell Williams sat down with Gospel music star Kirk Franklin and radio DJ Scott Vener on the Beats 1 radio show to discuss religion and the crossover between Christian and secular music. He said he believes there is power in the name of God because he has personally experienced and seen it himself.

He said: "I don't think the church gives enough credence to science". "There are departments in your brain for everything that you think. All of your thoughts come from your brain, that tissue, that muscle ... and there's a part where it falls under religion. And there are certain people that just don't have that." However, instead of giving up on such people, Pharrell recommended using alternative methods to get them to read the scripture.

He shared his thought on how it would be a great idea for people to worship the universe. He clarified that he did not seek to disrespect God or the Bible. He says he made that suggestion because there are some people who simply cannot process religion.

A cool way to bring people together is to say, 'Look, you don't have to look at it in a faithful or religious way. Read it as a text," he says. "Replace the word God with 'the universe' and it starts making more sense to you." Now, I know that there's power in that word [God]. I've experienced it. I've seen it.

But everyone has their journey, and not everyone is going to believe.

"I think that the easiest way for us to get to know each other is to share each other's beliefs and our differences and get to know them and understand them," he adds.

Mel Gibson Reveals his Next Project '' The Resurrection''

Hollywood Actor and ’’The Passion of the Christ’’ Producer, Mel Gibson in a surprise appearance at SoCal Harvest at Angel Stadium told evangelist Greg Laurie that he is working on a sequel to "The Passion of the Christ."

He revealed that his next project may be a sequel to his 2004 movie "The Passion of the Christ" which he may title "The Resurrection". Of course, this is a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don't want to just do a simple rendering of it - you know, read what happened."

"But in order to read it, experience and explore probably deeper meanings of what it's about, it's going to take some doing and Randall Wallace is up to the task," Gibson said. "He is also, as well as a brilliant writer, he is a great director. He directed 'We Were Soldiers' and 'Heaven is for Real' and stuff. So, he is a good writer and director."

Gibson is known for great Hollywood successes such as "Mad Max," "Lethal Weapon," "Braveheart" and "We Were Soldiers," he explained that he likes to do movies with a Christian message like "The Passion of the Christ," "Hacksaw Ridge" and possibly "The Resurrection" because real superheroes "appeal to something greater than themselves."

US Elections: Donald Trump to Speak in a Predominantly Black Church

The Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump who in the last one year has not held any event in the black community, plans to visit a black church in Detroit on Saturday to speak with the President of an African-American owned and operated national Christian Television Network. 

Bishop Wayne Jackson, President and Chief Executive of the Impact Network will interview Trump at the Great Faith Ministries. Trump's visit comes as several polls show majority of black support for Hillary Clinton.

Pastor Mark Burns, a Trump supporter, said in a statement that” Mr. Trump will answer questions that are relevant to the African-American community”. “He will give an address to outline policies that will impact minorities and the disenfranchised in our country. Citizens around the country will see, as I’ve have seen, the heart and compassion Mr. Trump has for all Americans, which includes minority communities whose votes have been taken for granted for far too long.”

Mr. Burns also said that Mr. Trump will talk about crime and safety, unemployment issues, educational opportunities and his plans to help black colleges and universities.


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