Kenya churches are speaking out against western criticism of anti-gay laws and attitudes in African countries, with some comparing homosexuality to colonialism and slavery.
A news conference last week led by Bishop Arthur Gitonga of the Redeemed Church in Kenya apparently included comments such as "homosexuality is equivalent to colonialism and slavery," "we feel it's like a weapon of mass destruction" and "it is not biblical and cannot bring blessing to Christians," Religion News Service reported on Thursday.
Over 400 Mayans have reportedly decided to become Christians after screenings of the "Jesus" film. The outreach was held in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula in three villages on three nights.
Erick Schenkel, executive director of The Jesus Film Project, which alongside their partners, The Message for Mayans, also played the films "The Story of Jesus for Children" and "Magdalena," shared in a blog post that the showings, presented in the Mayan language, attracted between 250 and 500 residents each night during a recent trip.
"We were especially touched on the third night by two tiny, wrinkled, old Mayan ladies sitting on chairs in the very front row just behind the children. They both leaned forward, captivated from the first moment by this film, shown on the big screen and featuring actors speaking their own language. When Jesus was arrested, the two ladies leaned forward, their eyes glued to the screen, hands covering their mouths," Schenkel wrote. more >>
National Pancake Day, also known as Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday, arrives just ahead of Lent this week, and people across the world are celebrating with their favorite breakfast dish.
Shrove Tuesday, which is the last day before the beginning of Lent, is also related to the celebration of Mardi Grad, meaning "Fat Tuesday" in French. However, in modern times, Shrove Tuesday celebrations are commonly known as Pancake Day, and it marks a day of feasting.
In the U.S., National Pancake Day sees people preparing for the Lent season of self-denial by making pancakes. The doughy breakfast favorite are perfect for the celebration because of their rich ingredients: flour, milk, sugar and eggs, which one should abstain from during the ritual of Lent. more >>
The Anglican Church of Uganda warned that it may consider leaving the Anglican Communion if it faces pressure from western bodies to resist the government's new anti-gay laws, which have been condemned around the world.
"The issue here is respect for our views on homosexuality, same-sex marriage as a country and church. If they are not willing to listen to us, we shall consider being on our own," top Uganda Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali told AFP on Monday.
"Homosexual practice is incompatible with Scripture, and no one in the leadership of the church can say legitimize same-sex unions or homosexuality," he continued, and called on the "governing bodies of the Church of England to not take the path advocated by the West." more >>
NASHVILLE – The King's University's Jack Hayford urged Christians to answer Jesus' call to love one another, upon receiving the Hall of Fame award at the National Religious Broadcasters' 2014 Convention.
"I think the challenge that we face is remembering that we are called to love one another, but also to serve the world with the Gospel," Hayford, chancellor and founder of The King's University in California, reflected during his acceptance speech on Tuesday.
Hayford went into TV ministry in 1977, and achieved notable success in 1991 when his one-hour program, "Living Way," began airing on more than 500 stations for 11 years. He also founded The Church On The Way in Van Nuys, Calif., where he served for more than three decades. more >>
NASHVILLE – The head of a global ministry said he found it frustrating that many people, particularly in the West, show indifference when it comes to pointing people to Jesus Christ.
"Hundreds of thousands of people are entering eternity without Christ – that should sober us," said Wayne Pederson, president of Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB Global), at the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention on Tuesday. "There are huge stakes for eternity. In our culture, this western society, people are just indifferent to that, which is very frustrating."
Pederson said his organization, which seeks to bring the Gospel to those around the world who have not heard the message of Jesus, is trying to heighten the urgency of global ministry. He shared a two-minute video of Reach Beyond members declaring that they will no longer stand by while people are entering eternity without having heard the message of Jesus Christ. more >>