News From Around The World

Durham Free School: ‘Creationism taught at’ free school facing closure

March 6, 2015 The Independent: Pupils at Durham Free School were taught creationism during science lessons, according to newspaper Schools Week.

First century house unearthed in Nazareth could be Jesus’ childhood home

March 6, 2015 Jerusalem Post: A leading archaeologist is hinting that a house dating back to the 1st century CE unearthed in Nazareth may have been the childhood home of Jesus.

U2 stars’ final farewell to ‘travelling pastor’ Jack

March 5, 2015 U2 joined around 100 mourners at the funeral of their 'travelling pastor' Jack Heaslip, who passed away at the weekend.

Mike Baird’s emotional public moment during election policy forum

March 4, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald: NSW Premier Mike Baird was overcome with emotion and appeared to wipe away tears as he discussed the plight of homeless and disadvantaged youth during an election policy forum on Tuesday night.

God in schools: Truly comprehensive public education

March 4, 2015 ABC Online: All three of my kids went to public schools and now attend a local state high. I’ve served several years as its P&C secretary.

For Christians who missed the memo: the Bible abhors all domestic abuse

March 4, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald: I'm thankful for the many in our community from Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, to the Sydney Morning Herald's 'shine a light' campaign who are speaking out on domestic violence. Even if it makes me and my own tribe – more theologically conservative Christians – uncomfortable.

Evangelical Christians in Cambridge may be ‘saved’ but they’re flogging their historic organ

March 2, 2015 Cambridge News: A historic organ in a Cambridge church has been sold to Germany - because it does not suit the modern evangelical style of worship.

Iranian pastor released from prison but others arrested same day remain

March 2, 2015 World Watch Monitor: After spending more than one year in prison, for ‘collusion against the [Iranian] government’ and ‘evangelism,’ Iranian pastor Rasoul Abdollahi has been released from prison.

Discrimination against Christians ‘ignored’ across Europe – MPs

March 2, 2015 USA Today: Nursery worker challenges sacking over views on sexuality as Council of Europe warns of ‘intolerance’ towards Christian beliefs

ISIS to Release 29 Assyrian Christian Hostages; May Have Killed 15 Others

March 2, 2015 Christian Post: Islamic State is likely to release 29 Assyrian Christian hostages, especially those who did not fight when the terror group attacked their villages and captured hundreds this week, but the Sunni militants may have already killed 15 Christian hostages, according to reports.

Perfect harmony: how singing in a choir can make us more ‘moral’

March 2, 2015 UK Telegraph: Children who sing in a choir, play in an orchestra or take to the stage are more likely to make good moral choices than their fellow classmates, a study has concluded.

Thousands of Australian students lack hope for future

March 2, 2015 ABC News: Thousands of Australia's school students lack hope for the future and are not confident of getting a good job, according to a new poll measuring their levels of hope, wellbeing and engagement.

Christian unions not immune to abuse

March 2, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald: Ten years ago I was in the middle of a situation that an anti-domestic expert called "intimate partner terrorism" on Q&A this week. My then husband was supposedly a Christian, a very pious, rather obsessive one.

Westminster Abbey wins permission to add first new tower in 300 years

February 27, 2015 The Guardian: Renovations, including a lift to provide access to an attic museum, have been approved by the local council and are slated for completion by 2018

ISIS Fighters Claim All 150 Syrian Christian Hostages Are ‘Safe,’ Will Be ‘Released Within a Few Day

February 26, 2015 Christian Post: Members of the Islamic State terrorist organization who were involved in the kidnapping of as many as 150 Christians in Syria this week, are claiming that the hostages are "safe" and will be released in a few days, according to the Assyrian International News Agency.

UK approves three-person babies

February 26, 2015 BBC News: The UK has now become the first country to approve laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

Security tightened at New Delhi churches after attacks

February 26, 2015 Reuters: The Indian government said on Wednesday it had boosted security around hundreds of churches in New Delhi after a spate of attacks on religious institutions unnerved minority.

Supreme Court to hear religious freedom case

February 26, 2015 CNN: Samantha Elauf was apprehensive to interview for a sales job at retailer Abercrombie & Fitch in 2008 because the 17 year old wore a headscarf in accordance with her Muslim faith. But a friend of hers, who worked at the store, said he didn't think it would be a problem as long as the headscarf wasn't black because the store doesn't sell black clothes.

Who’s watching all that Christian media? Christians, but not many others

February 26, 2015 Religion News Service: All the preaching, teaching, music and entertainment beamed by Christian TV and radio is primarily consumed by evangelicals and weekly churchgoers — the folks most often found in the pews. Meanwhile, 2 in 3 Americans are tuned out, a new survey finds.

Jesus says Obama isn’t a Christian

February 25, 2015 Washington Times: Since our Leftist media seem anxious to have a conversation about theology, I say we oblige. This week in their trolling of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker presents a panel discussion on whether or not President Barack Hussein Obama really is a Christian.