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November, 2018

 

The measure will provide humanitarian aid to Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities...

Iraq-Syria genocide bill draws praise

by Tom Strode WASHINGTON (BP), Nov. 30, 2018 — The head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity and his fellow advocates have praised bipartisan congressional action to help Christians and other survivors of genocide committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The House of Representatives approved without opposition Nov. 27 the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act, H.R. 390, and sent it to President Trump. The Senate passed the bill in October, also without opposition. The measure will provide humanitarian aid to Christians, Yazidis,Read More


Ukraine-Russia tensions spark historic religious rift – The Guardian

Ukrainian Orthodox church granted independence in significant blow to Moscow Source: Ukraine-Russia tensions spark historic religious rift – The Guardian


Star continues to shine in the "City of Lights"

The “star” atop Leland Tower fixed

AUROA, Ill., Nov. 28, 2018 – In the “City of Lights,” an iconic star sits on top of Aurora’s Leland Tower.  It is now fixed reports The Beacon-News. The fix of the star with a lighted trail atop a lit Christmas tree at the city’s tallest building has been repaired at cost of some $10,000. The Beacon-News questioned Kim Granholm, president of Aurora Downtown and owner of Aurora Fast Print . “[She} said there is one Aurora landmark she hears about more than any other — the star that rises aboveRead More


While 41 percent of Protestant churchgoers say they consume alcohol, 59 percent say they do not.

Study: Most churchgoers still abstain from alcohol

by Carol Pipes NASHVILLE (BP), Nov. 27, 2018 — Most churchgoers say the Bible teaches against drunkenness. But that doesn’t stop about 4 in 10 from taking a drink now and then, a study released Tuesday (Nov. 27) shows. While 41 percent of Protestant churchgoers say they consume alcohol, 59 percent say they do not. That’s a slight shift from 10 years ago, according to the LifeWay Research survey, which was conducted Aug. 22-30, 2017. In a 2007 phone survey by LifeWay Research, 39 percent of Protestant churchgoers said yesRead More


The faith-based story follows the lives of two teenage brothers...

Tebows ‘called’ to ‘Run the Race’ film

by Michael Foust NASHVILLE (BP), Nov. 27, 2018 — Jake McEntire was a movie-minded student at Dallas Baptist University in 2004 when he felt God leading him to write a film script. Thanks to prodding from a few friends — and lots of prayer — McEntire finally did so. McEntire’s 14-year-old screenplay becomes reality Feb. 22 when “Run the Race” is released in theaters. Former NFL and college football player Tim Tebow and his brother Robby served as executive producers, while Chris Dowling (Where Hope Grows) directed it. The WTARead More


ERLC President Russell Moore told Baptist Press he prays the high court will uphold Indiana's law.

Reconsider Roe v. Wade, brief urges Supreme Court

by Tom Strode WASHINGTON (BP), Nov. 26, 2018 — The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and allies have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion. A spotlight on Roe could come in the Supreme Court’s review of a lower court opinion nullifying a state law that bars discrimination against certain classes of unborn children, such as sex, race and disability, according to a brief filed Nov. 15. The ERLC and four other organizations, in a friend-of-the-court brief, called forRead More


The Sentinelese are an isolated people group known to rain down arrows on outsiders...

‘Crazy’ or called?: Missionary’s death debated

by David Roach ANDAMAN ISLANDS, India (BP), Nov. 26, 2018 — The last reported sighting of American missionary John Allen Chau was Nov. 17. Fishermen off the coast of India’s North Sentinel island spotted what they thought was his lifeless body being dragged across the beach and buried by members of the Sentinelese tribe. The Sentinelese are an isolated people group known to rain down arrows on outsiders who visit their home island in the Bay of Bengal. Though he knew the danger, Chou, 26, went as a missionary toRead More


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Evangelist Luis Palau Offers Positive Update on His Health

BATAVIA, IL, Nov. 25, 2018 – International evangelist Luis Palau in his 2018 Thanksgiving letter and message expressed graditude that his current health condition has stabilized. His letter noted “Diagnosed with lung cancer in January, I was told I’d be gone by Christmas.  Probably sooner. “ The evangelist stated “Whether the Lord gives me a few months or a few years . . . I have no regrets. Evangelism has been my life. And there’s nothing I want more for you than to have the same deep satisfaction in knowingRead More


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Do Muslims Understand Religious Liberty the Same Way Christians Do? – Christianity Today

How Christians can partner with Muslims on religious freedom. Source: Do Muslims Understand Religious Liberty the Same Way Christians Do? – Christianity Today


(several Islamist organizations)).... promote a culture of anti-Semitism in the United States and Europe.

Opinion: Muslims in Chicagoland Should Reject Preachers of Anti-Semitism

In the wake of the synagogue shooting last month in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, several Islamist organizations condemned the massacre, even though many of them promote a culture of anti-Semitism in the United States and Europe. Take for example, Kifah Mustapha, who identifies as the Imam of the Prayer Center of Orland Park, Illinois. Mustapha condemned the attack on his Facebook page; blaming the attack on “Hate rhetoric” under the guise of patriotism. But Mustapha has a history of supporting violent anti-semitism. In 2015, the same year he was hired as theRead More