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‘Typhoon No. 5 Campaign’ expels 100+ Missionaries from China July 16, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Church, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics, World News.
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In a bold move, the Chinese government has executed the largest expulsion of foreign missionaries in recent memory. In 1954, the Chinese Communist government expelled all foreign religious workers after taking power in 1949. Since then, China has refused to recognize international missionary status. As a result, many missionaries work in education or corporate sectors to stay in China.

Working in Xinjiang, Beijing, Tibet, and Shandong, the operation, code name “Typhoon No. 5” was an effort to silence mission activities before the Beijing Olympics next year.

Pray for those who work diligently to spread the gospel there.

Read the article here.

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International Call to Repent: Missions must remain Biblical July 13, 2007

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Chris Wright, International Director of Langham Partnership International and Chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group, has warned that the world church must become more “biblical” or else risk “a betrayal of the gospel”.

The spirit of his address is summed in his conclusion:  “We need repentance and renewal in the church, as well as renewed passion for world mission. Otherwise, we may become as the Lausanne Covenant put it, ‘a stumbling block to evangelism…a betrayal of the gospel.’”

Wright serves under world renowned theologian and evangelist John Stott, and he has a unique link between the Langham Partnership International and the Lausanne movement. Stott is the the founder and honorary president of Langham Partnership as well as serving alongside Billy Graham at the first Lausanne Congress in 1974.

Read the press here on the theology work group and the future of missions.

Evangelicals, Charismatics, and Muslims Meet in Egypt July 11, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Church, Culture/Society, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics, Politics/Public Policy, World News.
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 In a summit at the Egyptian embassy, a select group of men from Christian and Islamic causes gathered to discuss the future of the Christian-Islamic relations. Benny Hinn organized the meeting, which included Ralph Reed, Jonathan Falwell, Richard Cizik, Joshua Youssef, Ron Godwin, Gordon Robertson, son of televangelist Pat Robertson; Paul Crouch Jr., son of Trinity Broadcasting Network founder Paul Crouch Sr.; German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke; former NAE President Don Argue; and Vernon Brewer, president of the Forest, Va., relief organization World Help.

Muslim interests present included representatives from Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Kuwait, Yemen, Iraq, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt and the Arab League, the umbrella organization that unites their cause.

Meeting behind closed doors, the group released few statements to-date, except that Cizik will organize another meeting soon.

The Wash Times covered the event.

Dr. Harold O. J. Brown, R.I.P. July 9, 2007

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Joe Brown, professor and evangelical leader, went to be with the Lord on Sunday night, July 8, 2007. He was a powerful preacher, influential teacher and leader, and man of God that led one of the earliest effective pro-life movements in the post-Roe v. Wade era.

Click here for his Obituary.

Click here for his RTS faculty page.

Click here for the bio and c.v. of Dr. Brown.

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Take the quiz: What’s your Theological Worldview? July 8, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Church, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics.
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In this quiz, you may find an interesting answer to the questions, “Who’s your favorite Theologian?” In this quick survey, a computer determines your theological worldview by compiling your answers to a few easy-response questions. For example, “The Bible is supremely authoritative.” Answer simply from 1-5, ranging from “disagree” to “agree.” In just a few minutes, you will make history, or at least have fun trying.

Take the Theologian quiz now.

Malaysian State increases Persecution July 3, 2007

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In Malaysia, the Islamist party, Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS), has approved stiffer punishments to deter Christians from seeking the conversion of Muslims to faith in Christ. The new revised law passed by the northern state of Kelantan, anyone convicted faces up to six lashes with the rattan cane, 5 yrs in prison, and could be fined almost us$ 3,000.

Hassan Mohamood, head of the Islamic affairs committee, explained the stiffer laws are “a form of deterrence”.

The recent case of Line Joy (click here and here), a Malay-Muslim woman who sought legal recognition of her right to pick her religion of choice, raised fears among some in Malaysia over mass conversion. Last year, the PAS government passed a law giving Muslims cash (US$ 2,700), and an additional monthly subsidy (US$ 270), free housing, and a car if they married and converted indigenous animist people to Islam.

Pray for those among the Malay who seek to share Christ with those who need Him.

Read the article here.

Converted Convict and Carpenter for Christ built Ruth Graham coffin June 20, 2007

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Richard Liggett, convicted murderer and convict in Angola, the infamous “bloody prison” of the Louisiana state penitentiary system, did not start his sentence well. His life sentence, though, changed dramatically after he met Christ. Then, after years of hardened sin, he turned to Christ and carpentry, and ended faithfully in the arms of the Savior. Before dying of cancer in March 2007, he was asked to build several simple coffins for the Graham family.

Franklin Graham ordered birch plywood coffins after a visit to the Angola prison where he was struck by their simple beauty and the profound changes that have taken place there through gospel ministry.

After being convicted of murder and thrown into the bloodiest prison in the US, most would assume that life is all but over. But for Liggett and many others, the preaching ministry under the administration of my friend Burl Cain changed Richard’s course.

Burl Cain, the warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, has brought gospel reformation into one of America’s dealiest prisons. Of the 5,108 inmates, 3,700 are serving life sentences and the remainder are serving an average 88 year sentence.

But over the years, the gospel has moved powerfully, and now more than 2,000 inmates have repented and confess Christ as Lord.

The prison now has a Bible college and a chapel near death row, which is funded largely by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

After 20 years of federal court control, Cain became warden in 1995. In 1999, Louisiana took back the prison. But it looks much different now than it did just a few years ago. The number of inmate-on-inmate assaults with a weapon dropped from 346 in 1996 to 60 last year, explains Cain, who attributes the drop largely to Christ and the power of the gospel.

Liggett made the news because he built a few coffins. But from murder and imprisonment to salvation, his story now bears repeating to those who still need to be freed from the shackles of sin and told about the gospel that still changes lives today.

Read the press here.

Ruth Bell Graham Funeral Live Webcast June 16, 2007

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The live webcast of the Ruth Graham funeral service will be Saturday, June 16, 2pm EST, broadcast from the BGEA website. Additionally, you may give a memorial gift to the BGEA via the website. See her bio below. (more…)

SBC Calvinism, Tongues debates on line June 14, 2007

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You can link to the calvinism and tongues debates on line now at the Criswell College website.

Calvinism and Tongues Discussion Helpful at SBC June 11, 2007

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I plan to post the mp3s of both discussions we had today at the booth as soon as the edits are in from the studios:

Today, Criswell College hosted two theological discussions at the Southern Baptist Convention on June 11th.  Each debate lasted nearly an hour and was moderated by Jerry Johnson. Some of the discussion followed this format.

CALVINISM – Does God’s sovereignty prohibit man’s free will in the work of salvation?  Dr. Mark Coppenger (Pastor of Evanston Baptist Church and former President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Dr. Danny Akin (President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and former Criswell College Professor) discussed the various points and issues related to Calvinism.

TONGUES – What is the nature of tongues?  Is it a private prayer language, missionary language, or both?  Dwight McKissic (Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas and Trustee of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Dr. Russell Moore (Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) presented contrasting viewpoints on the issue.