News From Around The World

Chibok girls ‘forced to join Nigeria’s Boko Haram’

June 30, 2015 BBC News: Some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria have been forced to join Islamist militant group Boko Haram, the BBC has been told.

Same sex marriage vote ‘well down the track’

June 30, 2015 Herald Sun: Social Services Minister says conscience vote on gay marriage 'well down the track' for the Liberal Party.

Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country

June 30, 2015 Time Magazine: No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically.

Texas AG: State workers can deny licenses to gay couples

June 30, 2015 Associated Press: Texas' conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton called the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling" and said state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.

Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage

June 29, 2015 Christianity Today: A coalition of evangelical leaders assembled by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has released the following: As evangelical Christians, we dissent from the court’s ruling that redefines marriage.

$262m Anglican Church fund to drop resource and gambling stocks

June 29, 2015 The Australian: The Sydney Anglican Church’s influential $262 million investment fund is planning to dump ­resource stocks because of the church’s increasing concern about global warming.

Episcopal church elects first African American presiding bishop

June 29, 2015 The Guardian: The Episcopal church on Saturday elected its first African American presiding bishop, choosing Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina during the denomination’s national assembly.

ISIS purportedly threatens to ‘slaughter’ Christian Arabs living in Jerusalem

June 29, 2015 Jerusalem Post: Menacing Arabic flyers, purportedly issued by an Islamic State branch in Jerusalem, threatened Christian Arabs over the weekend with slaughter unless they flee the capital by the end of Ramadan.

Why the church should neither cave nor panic about the decision on gay marriage

June 29, 2015 Washington Post: As I write this, the Supreme Court has handed down what will be the “Roe v. Wade” of marriage, redefining marriage in all 50 states. This is a sober moment, and I am a conscientious dissenter from this ruling. The Court now has disregarded thousands of years of definition of the most foundational unit of society, and the cultural changes here will be broad and deep. So how should the church respond?

Faith schools must be forced to teach about homosexuality – Andy Burnham

June 26, 2015 UK Telegraph: Religion must not be used to allow schools to avoid teaching about gay and lesbian relationships on the basis of ‘absolute equality’, says Labour leadership front-runner.

Building passion for the gospel and Church renewal

June 26, 2015 The Irish News: Rumours of God's demise have been greatly exaggerated, even if parts of the Churches seem to act as if he was. William Scholes speaks to Dr Peter Jensen, a former Archbishop of Sydney, about a movement which seeks to renew the Anglican Communion, including the Church of Ireland, by restoring its confidence in the Bible.

As slain pastor rests in honor, South re-examines Confederate roots

June 26, 2015 Associated Press: State Sen. Clementa Pinckney was carried Wednesday into the Capitol, where he served the people for nearly 20 years, becoming the first African-American since Reconstruction to rest in honor in the South Carolina Rotunda. Hours later, his congregation returned to the scene of a massacre, keeping up his work of saving souls.

Islamic State Forces Launch Attacks in Northern Syria

June 26, 2015 Voice of America: Islamic State fighters launched two major attacks in northern Syria on Thursday, a fresh offensive on the Kurdish-held border city of Kobani and a push into government-held areas in the mostly Kurdish town of Hasaka.

Christians forgive the unspeakable

June 25, 2015 USA Today: When Christians are in the news, it's usually because they have done something wrong — they've gotten on the wrong side of a culture war or cheated on their wife, or worse. What the world rarely gets to see is the powerful grace that flows from a deep faith predicated on the belief that we are all sinners in need of forgiveness.

Vicar of Baghdad Says Christians Are ‘Desperate’ and ‘Petrified’ by ISIS

June 25, 2015 Christian Post: The Rev. Canon Andrew White, known as the "Vicar of Baghdad," has said that persecution of Christians at the hands of ISIS in Iraq has passed all expectations of extreme brutality. White said that while Christians have lost everything, it's their faith in Jesus that's keeping them going.

Victorian Anglican Church to modernise governance to help any future victims of abuse

June 25, 2015 ABC News: The Anglican Church in Victoria will soon become a company to allow any future child sexual abuse victims to sue for damages.

Catholics open new front in same-sex fight

June 24, 2015 The Australian: The Catholic Church in Sydney has launched an extraordinary attack on corporations that publicly support marriage equality, calling an advertising drive a “cashed-up, activist-driven media campaign” and using veiled threats about the church’s purchasing power.

Pastors, faithful pick up gun training: ‘We need it in church’

June 24, 2015 USA Today: For seven years, Geof Peabody — owner and instructor at Peabody’s Shooting Range — has been teaching his fellow church members how to use guns.

Egyptian convert still in jail having served his time

June 23, 2015 World Watch Monitor: Having spent most of his adult life either harassed, in hiding, or in jail, former Muslim now Christian Mohamed Hegazy can expect more of the same.

InterVarsity Regains Access to Cal State Campuses

June 23, 2015 Christianity Today: Requiring Christian leaders will no longer bar student ministry from recognition.