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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.

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

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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.

Rescue the Oppressed — Darfur and Rape Law June 29, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Culture/Society, Politics/Public Policy, World News.
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In war-torn Darfur, more than 2 Million people have been violently displaced from their homes in 4 short years. In that time, conservative estimates speculate that over 200,000 people have died in the strife.

Additionally, the report explains the high incidence of sexual violence in Darfur had been well documented in the past, but existing regulations made it “all but impossible” to prosecute rapists.

In many cases, the report added that women who admit being raped risk prosecution for “having sex” outside marriage.

Under current law, the offense carries punishment of 100 lashes or death by stoning.

Pray for peace and the power of the gospel in Darfur.

Read the press here.

Politics of Population and Poverty June 2, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Culture/Society, Family, Politics/Public Policy, World News.
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Why is the World Bank funding abortions?  In the last decade, over $2 Billion has been spent on “reproductive health,” which for secularists means abortion on demand, among other things.

Beyond erroneous reproductive spending, additional billions have been spent to reduce populations in developing countries, but this reproductive control has yielded no tangible economic progress, which is the functional purpose of the World Bank.

Mike Miller, Acton Institute director, asks in this article, “What about the rule of fair laws for every citizen, property rights, and a culture that rewards entrepreneurship? These traits have never existed perfectly anywhere on earth, but the degree to which they have been present reflects the degree to which prosperity has been achieved. Conversely, where they remain absent — as in much of the developing world today — poverty and misery are found in their stead.”

He concludes, “People can choose whether to eat a Big Mac or shop at Wal-Mart, but when foreign aid is made contingent on reproductive health policies that include abortion — and there is no choice — that is real cultural imperialism. It is ironic that Europe, the very continent facing an economic crisis because of population decline, is busily promoting its own disease as a panacea for what ails the developing world.”

Read the article here.

Religious Liberty fails, Gospel still Moves in Malaysia May 31, 2007

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In a recent post, I mentioned the possibility that Malaysia’s high court could forge a new direction toward free exercise in the largely Muslim country. The decision has received pressure from many sides, religious and otherwise, but Malay Muslim forces prevailed in the deliberation chambers.

Unfortunately, the court decided against Lina Joy and liberty today. Three judges heard her appeal, one for, two against  her request.  Chief Justices Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim and Federal Judges Alauddin Mohd Sheriff . The verdict comes after many years of increased pressure from Islamic fundamentalists to deny the woman the permission to marry a Christian.  Instead she will be forced to marry a Muslim man in a ritual ceremony that subjects her to highly discriminatory Islamic family and inheritance laws.

More from the press:  She was refused in both cases because as ethnic Malay she was legally Muslim and “could not change religion”. Religious issues involving Malays, including conversions to other religions, fall under the jurisdiction of Islamic courts and not the country’s general laws. De facto, two legal systems coexist in the country: one based on Islam; the other, on the constitution. And the two are often in conflict. Lina Joy’s case illustrates this clearly. The constitution guarantees freedom of religion; Islamic law prohibits conversion to any other religion. 

Pray for these, and others, around the world who suffer under the hand of their fellow citizens, lacking the ability to worship with their liberty protected by law.  Also, pray the gospel will continue to move with swiftness through the streets of this nation that outlaws religious liberty.

Read more here.

Malaysia’s Highest Court to Decide Landmark Religious Liberty Case May 30, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Church, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics, World News.
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This week in Malaysia, a young woman who left Islam for Christianity may change the course of history in the Muslim-controlled community of Kuala Lumpur.

Lina Joy has been rejected by her friends, disowned by her family, and has been forced into hiding as a result of her commitment to Christ.

After a 7 year legal battle, Malaysia’s high court decides this week whether she has a constitutional right to choose her own religion over Islamic Sharia law that prohibits Malay Muslims from leaving their religion.

Pray for Lina, and for the sovereign Lord to move this court to the right decision for His gospel in that corner of the world.

Read more here.

Iraqi Christians Martyred, Persecuted, Still Fleeing May 26, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Church, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics, Politics/Public Policy, World News.
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Iraq is controlled by Islam, right?  Did you know that experts estimate over 1 million Christians lived there through the late 80s?

Rarely do you hear of those persecuted for Christ in Iraq, some fleeing for their lives, others imprisoned or being martyred for following Jesus.  Since the late 80s, it is estimated that over half of the Christians from Iraq have been killed or fled for safety in neighboring regions.

Remember your brothers and sisters there who are persecuted and dying, and pray that Christ would be exalted in that nation as His gospel is spread (Heb 11:37-40; 13:3).

 Read the article here.

Herod’s tomb discovered May 8, 2007

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Report:

An Israeli archaeologist on Tuesday said he has found remnants of the tomb of King Herod, the legendary builder of ancient Jerusalem, on a flattened hilltop in the Judean Desert where the biblical monarch built a palace.  Hebrew University archaeologist Ehud Netzer said the tomb was found at Herodium, a site where he has been exploring since the 1970s. Netzer said a team of researchers found pieces of a limestone sarcophagus believed to belong to the ancient king. Although there were no bones in the container, he said the sarcophagus’ location and ornate appearance indicated it is Herod’s.

Source: Click here for report.

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Terrorism, Suspicious Activity, “Maranatha Map” May 3, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Politics/Public Policy, World News.
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Between broadcomm and Google maps, information and location are more accessible than ever.  I recently located this “Global Incident Map,” which includes terrorism and other suspicious activities around the world.  It tracks news service posts, including airport, arson, biological, bomb, chemical, radiation, maritime, rail, bridge, sniper attacks, and reported assassination attempts.

If you need more evidence of the world’s need for reconciliation and redemption through Christ (Rom 5:11 ff), then you should check out the map.

Click here to see.

Bush Applauds Supreme Court Abortion Decision April 19, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Family, Politics/Public Policy, World News.
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President Bush reacted positively to the Supreme Court decision to protect life and sustain the ban on partial birth abortion nationwide.   His decision protects life and the future of humanity.  Read the press:

“The Supreme Court’s decision is an affirmation of the progress we have made over the past six years in protecting human dignity and upholding the sanctity of life,” Bush said in a statement. “We will continue to work for the day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law.”

Additionally, Bush said the upholding “affirms that the Constitution does not stand in the way of the people’s representatives, enacting laws reflecting the compassion and humanity of America.”

Read the article.