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Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy charges after 7 years in prison – Mission Network News

Pakistan (MNN) — Sawan Masih, a Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy back in 2013, has been released from captivity after seven years. MNN reported on his casein 2013 and the extreme violence that followed his accusation. A mob of Muslims descended on the primarily Christian neighborhood of Joseph Colony after Masihs accusation was broadcasted over... Read more

The Chronicles of Narnia Still Grips Our Imagination, 70 Years Later

As this month marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of C. S. Lewiss The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Christians would do well to ask whether The Chronicles of Narnia might show us the way to address the generations to come. Narnia persists in our imaginations because Lewis knew something about us that... Read more

Returning to the Darkness: Following David Lindsay on A Voyage to Arcturus, 100 Years Later – Christ and Pop Culture

David Lindsays novel A Voyage to Arcturus was published in September 1920, and if you are a fan of speculative literature, it may be one of the most influential books youve never read. If you havent heard of it, or only recall its title in some vague, dj-vu-like way, youre in good company. The book... Read more

American Sign Language Bible Translation Completed after 39 Years

American Sign Language Bible Translation Completed after 39 Years After 39 years, a translation of the Bible in American Sign Language has been completed.The final books needed, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, were completed this fall.According to Christianity Today, work on translating the Bible into ASL started in 1981 with Duane King, a minister in the... Read more

50 lessons from 50 years in ministry

(Photo: Unsplash/JJ Jordan)Paul Beasley-Murray was ordained in 1970, later becoming Principal of Spurgeon's College and Chairman of the College of Baptist Ministers. After five decades of fruitful ministry, he has accumulated a wealth of experience and has more than a thing or two he can share with other ministers. With that in mind, his latest... Read more

Christian author Jen Hatmaker files for divorce from husband of nearly 30 years

Jen Hatmaker.Facebook / Jen HatmakerChristian author Jen Hatmaker has filed for divorce from her husband Brandon after nearly 30 years of marriage. The divorce news comes just weeks after Hatmaker had posted a message on her social media page asking followers for prayers, and reporting that her family were going through "an unexpected crisis". The... Read more

L.A. County Boots Grace Community Church Off Parking Lot Its Leased for 45 Years

L.A. County Boots Grace Community Church Off Parking Lot Its Leased for 45 Years Los Angeles County is terminating a 45-year-old parking lot lease with Grace Community Church and has given the congregation 30 days to vacate the space in an action the churchs supporters say is retaliation for recent defiance of COVID-19 health restrictions.Grace... Read more

Assisted dying law may change within four years, says MP

(Photo: Unsplash/Aron Van de Pol)Assisted suicide may be legal in Britain in as little as four years, a Tory MP has predicted. Andrew Mitchell told Sky News there was growing support among MPs for a change to the law on assisted suicide. He said his views on the issue had "changed completely" after being moved by... Read more

Why on Earth Was Bill Clinton Invited to This Year’s DNC? | RELEVANT Magazine

On Tuesday, Democratic Party members lined up for night two of their socially distanced spin on the DNC as they prepare to nominate Joe Biden for President. There was a lot of compelling stuff, including a surprisingly moving role call that hopped all over the United States and its various territories to collect the tally... Read more

Our Top 10 Mistakes in 50 Years of Marriage

When we moved to the next church (from the 12-year-pastorate where we had had the near meltdown and gone through the year of counseling), we were glad to close the door on that difficult and painful period and go forward. The problem is, Satan wanted to use this against us. In the next assignment--a well-known... Read more

The New York Attorney General Is Suing to Dissolve the NRA, Citing Years of Illegal Fraud | RELEVANT Magazine

The New York Attorney General’s office made the extraordinary move to dissolve the National Rifle Association, citing an 18-month investigation that found evidence that the gun rights group is seething with “fraud and abuse.” In a lawsuit, Attorney General Letitia James said the NRA illegally squandered $64 million over a three-year period, misusing charitable... Read more

August marks six years since ISIS rose to power – Mission Network News

Iraq (MNN) — August marks a dark anniversary. Six years ago, ISIS captured the Nineveh plains in Iraq, including the city of Mosul. They captured and killed Yazidi and Christian men and women with savage zealotry. Thousands lost their lives. Hundreds of thousands were displaced. Many still havent returned home. The official position of most... Read more

Nearly 2 Billion Bible Passages Spread Worldwide in 4 Years – Bible Gateway Blog

Content manager for Bible Gateway Almost two billion portions of the Bible were distributed worldwide between 20152019, according to the latest figures by United Bible Societies. The world population is 7.8 billion. [Read the Bible in multiple languages on Bible Gateway] One in eight of 1.8 billion Scriptures distributed last year was a Bible. Annual... Read more

‘Watchmen’ Leads the Way in This Year’s Emmy Nominees | RELEVANT Magazine

There’s more than one reason it’ll be an unusual year at the Emmys. In addition to well, everything Emmy favorites likeGame of ThronesandVeephave moved onto greener pastures, clearing the way for newer shows to make some award show waves. The Mandalorian, Insecure and Schitt’s Creekall got a lot of attention this year.OzarkandSuccessiongot 18 nominations... Read more

For a Few Years, Everyone in France Was Wearing Squid Hats, and the Guy Who Wrote Les Misrables Was to Blame – Christ and Pop Culture

Every other Wednesday in Fads!Crazes!Panics!,Luke T. Harringtonlooks at one of the random obsessions to have gripped the public mind in the recent past, and tries, in vain, to make sense of it all. Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook or press down his tongue with a cord?Job 41:1 Supposedly when his now-iconic novel... Read more

Churches in the Graveyard: 10 Plants in 10 Years in Tokyo

If the parable of the sower were set in East Asia, South Koreas soil would be rich and lush. Chinas would be weedy but productive. And Japans would be blood-red and rock-hard. Christianity arrived with Roman Catholic missionaries in the mid-1500s, but as soon as it began to spread the Japanese military dictatorscalled shogunsshut it... Read more

10 Things We Got Right in 50 Years of Marriage

In our fairly miserable North Carolina years (the late 1980s), when a few sick church members were harassing us and some nicer ones were pressuring us to leave, we developed a practice which I've recommended to pastors ever since. We had a time on the back porch every afternoon to discuss, fuss, and/or cuss. We... Read more

Planning a Preaching Schedule for Months (and Years) Ahead

As many churches shifted their regular services at the outset of COVID-19 into online meetings, so too many preachers changed their scheduled sermons to ensure they speak the words needed in this most challenging season. God’s sovereignty is being explained. The need for Christlike sacrificial love of others is being underscored. The hope of resurrection... Read more

What Happens After 10 Years of No Porn?

From a predator to a protectorA few years ago, one of my pastors told me, Men tend to become one of two things: a predator of women or a protector of women. Again and again, Ive seen this statement proved right not just in others lives but also in my own life. Catalyzed by porn... Read more

Two Years Later, Families Are Still Being Separated

Two years ago, my 5-year-old foster daughter, Julia, and her biological mother, Lupe, were reunited in their home country of Honduras after they were separated by the border. It had been a long, hard fight to get them back together: we collaborated with social workers, translated between them and the Consulate workers, and kept Lupe... Read more

Pakistani Christian couple hopes to get out of prison after 7 years – Mission Network News

Pakistan (MNN) Christians often get accused of blasphemy in Pakistan, and the story of Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife follows familiar trends. Bruce Allen of FMI says the couple was accused of, Sending a text message by phone that insulted the Prophet Muhammad and insulted the Quran. These crimes, if convicted, do demand the death... Read more

London Bridge and Borough terror attacks remembered at cathedral service three years on

Flowers placed at a vigil held after the London Bridge attack.www.alexbakerphotography.comThe third anniversary of the 2017 terror attack on London Bridge and Borough was today marked by a virtual service hosted by Southwark Cathedral. Eight people were killed three years ago when a van was driven into pedestrians on the bridge before the driver and two... Read more

Tracing Truth in This Years Oscar Films

The 92nd Academy Awards will air this Sunday night, celebrating the best films released in 2019. This year nine films were nominated for the top award, best picture, and over the last few months TGC has featured reviews of all nine. Below you’ll find excerpts and links from these reviews, which explore the various ways... Read more

Man sentenced to 26 years after abducting Christian girl and forcing her into Muslim marriage

PixabayA federal court in Nigeria sentenced a man to 26 years in prison after he abducted a Christian teenager from her home and forced her into an Islamic marriage in 2015.A federal high court in Bayelsa State on Thursday sentenced Yunusa Dahiru for the abduction of Ese Oruru, according to Nigerian media outlets.Oruru was abducted... Read more

Ravi Zacharias dies aged 74 – From a teenage sceptic to 48 glorious years of Christian ministry

Ravi Zacharias and his wife Margie(Photo: RZIM)Apologist Ravi Zacharias passed away this morning at his home in Atlanta, following a brief battle with bone cancer. He was 74.The Christian apologist was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in March 2020 after going in for back surgery on February 20. Since then, he had... Read more

3 Things I Learned from a Pastor Who Endured for 70 Years

Pastor Vernon Lyons is my wifes grandfather. In 1951, he planted a church in Ashburn, a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. And until this year, for nearly seven decades, he faithfully pastored that church. I suspect most in my generation dont know him. He wont headline any conferences this year. His Twitter following... Read more

For Judah and Chelsea Smith, On-line Church Has Been the New Regular for Years | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] In 2018, Judah and Chelsea Smith had a imaginative and prescient for Metropolis Church in Seattle, Washington: a brand new sort of church expertise. This church would characteristic worship, educating, neighborhood, alternatives to serve principally the whole lot widespread to the church as we all know it, with one caveat: it’d be... Read more

Soul Legend Invoice Withers Has Handed Away at 81 Years Outdated | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] Invoice Withers, the soul icon whose string of timeless hits embrace Aint No Sunshine, Lean on Me, and Beautiful Day, has handed away of coronary heart problems, based on the Related Press. He was 81 years previous. When Withers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2015, he... Read more

Praying the Names of God: Our Hope for Years to Come – Bible Gateway Weblog

[ad_1] By Ann Spangler Folks’s names within the historical world did greater than merely distinguish one particular person from one other. They usually conveyed the important nature and character of an individual. That is very true in the case of the names of God recorded within the Bible. The e book Praying the Names of... Read more

After 25 Years, Jimmy Eat World Is not Simply Surviving – Christ and Pop Tradition

[ad_1] Burrow down the proper YouTube rabbit gap and you discover video from the 2015 wedding ceremony reception of two people who find themselves doubtless unknown to most of its viewers. Groomsmen proceed to the entrance of the room, as onepresumably the most effective maninstructs the bride and groom to take their seats. Sealing the... Read more