Media Watch Around The World
June 14, 2017 Religion News Service: Faced with continuing declines in membership and baptisms, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines implored delegates to the denomination’s yearly meeting to turn to God and put their emphasis on evangelism.
June 13, 2017 Yahoo Seven: Church officials believe some of the poses done in yoga may lead to ‘spiritual confusion’ amid a push to remove the exercise from Sydney churches.
June 13, 2017 ABC Online: Yoga and meditation classes held in some Sydney Anglican churches could be banned after concerns have been raised that the spiritual aspects of the practices aren't compatible with church teachings. Facilities run by churches throughout Sydney are frequently used by community groups but the Anglican Bishop of South Sydney Michael Stead has told Robbie Buck that activities that include a "contrast spiritualty" are no longer welcome.
June 13, 2017 Inner West Courier: YOGA classes are being banned in inner west church halls because the exercise practice may lead Christians to “worshipping false gods”.
June 13, 2017 Daily Mail: The Archbishop of Canterbury has hit out at traditionalists who are planting a ‘missionary’ bishop in the UK after last week’s historic vote by Scottish Anglicans to approve gay marriage.
June 13, 2017 UK Telegraph: The Church of England is not sufficiently protected from terrorists and should better train staff to stop attacks, an expert in church security has said.
June 13, 2017 National Public Radio: A low-profile confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill this week raised eyebrows when the questioning turned to theology — specifically, damnation.
June 13, 2017 The Independent: A Muslim man has been hailed as a hero in the Philippines after he hid 64 Christians from Islamist militants hunting them on the Filipino island of Mindanao.
June 13, 2017 Time: The first time I heard the question was a year ago at my brother’s wedding, an occasion where such coaxing is commonplace. “When are you and Christian going to get married?” asked a well-meaning aunt whose daughter married another woman several years previously. “I know it’s legal in New York. Wouldn’t it make your mother happy?”
June 13, 2017 Hills Shire Times: Each month Beverley Dykes travels to Parramatta to offer a warming drink and a listening ear to people at the family and children’s court.
June 9, 2017 UK Telegraph: The Scottish Episcopal Church has become the first mainstream Christian denomination in the UK to allow same-sex couples to marry.
June 9, 2017 Christianity Today: Trump appointee hearing turns into a religious test for office.
June 9, 2017 The Guardian: Scottish Anglicans have voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry in church. The historic move sets the church on a potential collision course with the global Anglican communion and risks fracture within its own ranks.
June 9, 2017 Religion News Service: President Trump told his political base of evangelical Christians that he would continue to restore the religious liberty many of them feel they’ve lost.
June 8, 2017 BBC News: The Scottish Episcopal Church will hold a historic vote later on whether to allow gay couples to marry in church.
June 8, 2017 ABC News: The man accused of an arson attack on the Canberra headquarters of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) will plead not guilty on the grounds of mental impairment.
June 7, 2017 World Watch Monitor: Three years to the day since the Islamic State group took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul, a new report estimates that 50-80% of the Christian populations of Iraq and Syria have emigrated since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.
June 7, 2017 Religion News Service: Ancient frescoes have been rediscovered inside the 1,600-year-old Domitilla catacombs after Italian art experts used laser technology to remove centuries of grit and grime.
June 6, 2017 The Independent: There’s a mischievous, not to say malicious, Twitter photograph of Theresa May circulating this morning. It shows her sporting shoulder pads and severely slicked-backed boyish hair, campaigning in the 1987 general election. On top of it someone has added the words: ‘Curbing the promotion of lesbianism in Merton’s schools starts with girls having male role models in their lives’.
June 6, 2017 Christian Post: The United States Supreme Court has declined to review the case of former Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling, who claims that she was unfairly convicted at court-martial and discharged from the Marines after she refused to remove cutouts of a paraphrased Bible verse from her work station.