Media Watch Around The World

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First arrest and prosecution for praying in public case collapses after bungling police investigation

November 4, 2019 UK Telegraph: The country’s first arrest and prosecution for praying in public has collapsed following a bungling police investigation. Christian Hacking, 29, was arrested…

‘Kairos moment’: Inside the institute preparing Christians for when society ‘unravels’

November 4, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: The world is heading for a "Kairos moment" when secular society will "unravel" - and Christians need to be prepared. That's what the Australian Christian Lobby…

Answer to four year old’s prayer - rain in Western NSW

November 4, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: Parched parts of western NSW enjoyed a welcome downpour over the weekend as a band of thunderstorms that hit Sydney on Sunday afternoon brought more than 90…

More churches join abuse redress scheme

November 1, 2019 7 News: A number of Catholic, Anglican and Baptist bodies have joined the national redress scheme, paving the way for payments and services to be provided to more abuse…

Morrison promises more money for aged care

November 1, 2019 AAP: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has promised more money will be spent on aged care before Christmas after a damning royal commission report called for urgent…

The Overstated Collapse of American Christianity

October 31, 2019 New York Times: Three reasons the narrative of rapid secularization is incomplete.

Churches in nightclubs and Anglican gyms: can the C of E win back city dwellers?

October 31, 2019 The Guardian: “I got out of prison about two-and-a-half years ago,” says James…

Joe Biden was denied communion at Catholic church in South Carolina

October 31, 2019 Associated Press: A Roman Catholic priest’s denial of communion to Joe Biden in South Carolina on Sunday illustrates the fine line presidential candidates must…

Private school headmaster dies in car crash

October 30, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: The headmaster of one of the state's most prestigious schools has died in a fiery car crash in the state's north. The Armidale School head Murray Guest was…

Hillsong founder Brian Houston refused to answer questions over father’s child abuse, police told MPs

October 30, 2019 The Guardian: Hillsong church founder Pastor Brian Houston has defended not reporting his father’s confession to police. He also declined to be interviewed in 2016 by NSW…

1,500-year-old Byzantine Church with mosaics discovered in Israel

October 29, 2019 Jerusalem Post: About 1,500 years ago, Christian worshipers flocked to a majestic…

Kanye West, Heretic by Nature, Finds God

October 29, 2019 New York Times: On “Jesus Is King,” his ninth album, the rapper turns to gospel music, suggesting a shift in his public image…

China fines church for owning ‘wrong’ version of the Bible

October 29, 2019 Fox News: China's state-sanctioned organ harvesting victims speak out Survivors and victims’ tell their stories of state-sanctioned organ harvesting by the Chinese…

What has the Sydney Morning Herald got against Anglican women

October 28, 2019 The Spectator: I love the word bonkers. My mum used to say it all the time, and I just don’t seem to hear it often enough anymore. That was until Julia Baird used it in a piece for The Sydney Morning Herald, to describe the position many Sydney Anglicans hold regarding the role of women in the church. Yet I want to suggest the reason people hold this view isn’t quite as muddled headed as Baird might presume.

Kanye West Pledges His Life to a Higher Power on ‘Jesus is King’ Album

October 28, 2019 Billboard: A Kanye West release has evolved into a sport. Scrolling through timelines while hitting refresh on streaming services and social media — waiting for a drop…

Newcastle Anglicans support gay marriage

October 28, 2019 Yahoo 7 News: Newcastle's Anglican diocese has voted to change church rules to allow ministers to bless same-sex marriages and prevent clergy in same-sex marriages from being…

She Was Looking for a Drink. She Found Faith.

October 25, 2019 New York Times: For 42 years, Gloria Espada struggled with substance abuse. Now, she has found strength through church and helping others.

Beware religious freedom fallout: churches keen for further talks on Bill

October 25, 2019 The Australian: Key ethnic religious groups repre­senting Orthodox, Methodist and Christian communities have warned that Attorney-General Christian Porter’s religious freedom reforms are “premature” and could trigger “unintended consequences”.

Hong Kong murder suspects leaves jail with pastor amid wrangling

October 24, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald: The young murder suspect who sparked the Hong Kong extradition bill crisis has left jail accompanied by his Anglican pastor and asked for the Hong Kong…

Northern Ireland’s Evangelicals Lose on Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage

October 24, 2019 Christianity Today: Abortion and gay marriage have become legal in Northern Ireland for the first time, rallying Christians against dramatic policy changes put in place without…