14 Aug 2017
BAPTIST PASTORS FACE PRISON
The Baptist Standard reports that two Baptist pastors in Myanmar who have been imprisoned since Christmas Eve face up to eight years in prison for helping a journalist who photographed evidence of the Myanmar military’s bombing of a Roman Catholic church.
IRAQUI TOWN ELECTS CHRISTIAN WOMAN AS MAYOR
A Catholic woman has made history by being elected as the new mayor of an Iraqi town according to Premier.org. Lara Yussif Zara has become the first Christian woman to be mayor of Alqosh, a small town on the Nineveh Plain in Iraq, after the Municipal Council of Qaraqosh voted unanimously for her election.
ACTOR OVERCOMES ADDICTION
Christianheadlines.com tells how actor Kelsey Grammer overcame his alcohol addiction with God’s help. Grammer said that, without God, he turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the pain of a series of tragic events. Grammer’s drug and alcohol addiction became so bad that he was caught drunk driving and spent time in prison. The consequences of his actions made him come to grips with what was happening in his life. He ended up giving his life to Christ, and through Jesus’ power, turned his life around. "As a Christian, we always fail because we can't become Christ," the now 62-year-old said. "But I can try to at least emulate the best qualities, even if I may fall short."
6 Aug 2017
PROGRAMS FOR THE PERSECUTED
Assist News Service reports that the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is attempting to raise $100,000 to aid targeted minorities, including Egypt’s Coptic Christians. According to a media release, the “Bless the Persecuted” campaign will provide financial and medical aid, psychological counselling, and programs for families and children who have been victims of terror and other forms of religious persecution.
SCOTTISH CHAPLAIN FOR THE QUEEN
A Church of Scotland minister from Aberdeen has been appointed as one of Queen Elisabeth’s chaplains. Reverend George Cowie has been officially appointed as one of the Queen’s personal chaplains and has joined her Majesty’s Household as a Chaplain-in-Ordinary.
ANIMATED STORY OF FIRST CHRISTMAS
The trailer for the highly anticipated animated film The Star, which tells the Nativity story from a different perspective, has been released and includes endorsements from its all-star cast, including Tyler Perry and Mariah Carey. According to The Christian Post, the Affirm Films picture, to be released in November, tells the story of the first Christmas through the perspective of the animals that travelled with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and witnessed Jesus' birth. The film includes voiceovers from A-list celebrities such as Kelly Clarkson, Tracy Morgan and Oprah Winfrey.
30 Jul 2017
BENEFITS OF GOD
Breaking Christian News reports that as people grow older, those who are securely attached to God are more likely to have a sense of wellbeing – and the more frequently they pray, the greater that feeling, according to a Baylor University study. The study, published in the Journal Of Aging And Health, focuses on three measures of wellbeing –optimism, self‐esteem and contentment with life – and shows that for all of them, there is a relationship between attachment to God and prayer.
CHAPLAINS IN GYMS
According to Premier News, gym members across the UK will have the opportunity to have more help not only with their fitness, but with life in general. Sports Chaplaincy UK, which provides and supports chaplains in professional and amateur sports, has recently partnered with an organisation that will put chaplains in gyms across the nation.
‘I CAN ONLY IMAGINE’
Actor Dennis Quaid will star in the upcoming film I Can Only Imagine, which is based on the popular Christian song of the same name. Quaid says the movie highlights the power of a changed heart. Along with Quaid, the faith-based movie will also feature country star Trace Adkins and Cloris Leachman, among other familiar Hollywood names.