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July, 2019

 

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Are We Morally Distressed by What is Taking Place on Our Border? – Christianity Today

The UN Declaration of Human Rights guarantees everyone asylum protection, but Jesus’ commands us to go the extra mile. Source: Are We Morally Distressed by What is Taking Place on Our Border? – Christianity Today


A prayer vigil tomorrow- Sunday, July 28 at 12:00 p.m. at the corner of Benton and 4th.

Church calls for prayer vigil after fatal shooting

Saturday, July 27, 2019   Note from the Rev. Jeff Moore, senior pastor, of First Presbyterian Church – Aurora…   “In response to the tragic, senseless violence that took the life of a 19-year-old woman last night in our church’s neighborhood, we will hold a prayer vigil tomorrow- Sunday, July 28 at 12:00 p.m. at the corner of Benton and 4th. Please park in the parking lot of First Presbyterian Aurora off of 4th street. May we cry out to the Lord Jesus for justice, healing and hope.”   NewsRead More


This order does not restrain the Kane County State's Attorney's Office from future prosecutions in relationship to this matter.

Wayside Cross Ministries residents gain a temporary restraining order

Wayside Cross Ministries

AURORA, Ill., July 25, 2019 — The Wayside Cross Ministries (WCM) residents who are registered child sex offenders have been granted a temporary restraining order by Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – Eastern Division. Civil rights attorneys Adele Nicholas and Mark Weinberg representing the WCM men gained the temporary restraining order with the City of Aurora. The two-part order contains relief for the current (19) and future WCM resident sex offenders in registering, as required by state statue, with the AuroraRead More


The service, perhaps the first led by the church's elders in Willow Creek's 44-year history...

Willow Creek elders preach reconciliation after allegations against Hybels

Elders preach reconciliation without Hybels

by: Emily McFarlan MillerSOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill., July 24, 2019 (RNS) — Battered. Weary. Divided. That’s how elder Shoji Boldt described Willow Creek Community Church at a service of worship and reflection on Tuesday night (July 23) on the church’s main campus in suburban South Barrington. “We are a house divided on whether we need to dig in and why can’t we just move on?” Boldt said. The service, perhaps the first led by the church’s elders in Willow Creek’s 44-year history, was the latest attempt by one of the nation’sRead More


They also called on Hybels to repent.

Willow Creek plans reconciliation service to move on; Hybels not involved

Willow Creek service

by: Emily McFarlan MillerCHICAGO, July 23, 2019 (RNS) — Willow Creek Community Church plans to hold a service Tuesday (July 23) in hopes of moving on from the troubles involving its founding pastor, Bill Hybels. In what they said will be their last public statement about the allegations of sexual misconduct against Hybels that have torn the church apart over the last year, the church’s elders called on past and present church attenders to attend a service of “worship and reflection” at the evangelical Christian megachurch’s main campus in suburbanRead More


But an increasingly vocal band of advocates and experts says the Trump administration’s policies have failed to address many of the challenges faced by Christians...

Trump aims to protect persecuted Christians, but some aren’t sure he’s helping

by: Jack Jenkins July 25, 2019 (RNS) — Just weeks into President Trump’s first term, David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network asked the businessman-turned-politician whether he would make the plight of Christians facing religious persecution abroad a priority of his administration. “Yes,” Trump said. “They’ve been horribly treated.” The president spoke about Christians fleeing violence in Syria, concluding: “We are going to help them.” The U.S. State Department has backed up Trump’s statement, recently convening its second ministerial to advance religious freedom, intended to draw attention to the plightRead More


Editor's Links of Interest

Aurora attorneys say they will not pursue Wayside residents with criminal charges, but option ultimately up to state’s attorney – The Beacon-News

While the 19 convicted child sex offenders living at Wayside Cross in Aurora will likely not have to move out of the mission by Thursday, there is still a large cloud lingering over their heads, attorney Mark Weinberg representing the men said. Source: Aurora attorneys say they will not pursue Wayside residents with criminal charges, but option ultimately up to state’s attorney – The Beacon-News


“The U.S. refugee resettlement and placement program is the crown jewel of America’s humanitarian program,”....

World Relief Strongly Condemns the Trump Administration for its Reported Plan to Abandon Persecuted Christians and Other Refugees

World Relief Strongly Condemns the Trump Administration

BALTIMORE, Md. , July 18, 2019 – Today, POLITICO reported that the Trump administration is considering zeroing out the number of refugees resettled in 2020. World Relief strongly condemns this proposal. “The U.S. refugee resettlement and placement program is the crown jewel of America’s humanitarian program,” commented World Relief President Scott Arbeiter. “The world’s need is clear: With over 70 million displaced persons, including over 25 million refugees, we are in the middle of the worst refugee crisis in recorded history. Our national commitment to welcoming refugees goes back at leastRead More


Editor's Links of Interest

Left behind – World Magazine (Christians in the Middle East)

The Trump campaign promised to champion persecuted Christians, but the numbers tell a different story Source: Left behind – World Magazine


Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) comes the Chicago area

It’s the planes… group demonstrates how aviation proclaims Jesus

Take-off at Aurora Municipal Airport

SUGAR GROVE, Ill., July 19, 2019 -— Planes were taking off and landing in a demonstration at Aurora’s Municipal Airport of how aviation proclaims Jesus to the world . Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) of Nampa, Idaho, presented a program to some 75 individuals gathered the Aurora airport’s J.A. Air Center. MAF used a Quest Kodiak turboprop airplane for rides. This plane is very versatile… it can use a short landing/take-off areas and is adaptive in its fuel requirements. Several passenger trips were taken throughout the afternoon and evening. The climaxRead More