Brownsville Revivalist Pastor Steve Hill Passes Away
Pastor Steve Hill, perhaps best known as the evangelist for the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Florida, USA, passed away on 9 March 2014. Hill passed on to glory after a long battle with Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer and the leading cause of death from skin disease.
Fueled by his own dramatic deliverance from drugs, alcohol and crime in 1975, Hill dedicated his life to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. Click here to read more about Steve Hill.
Syria Jihadist Group Forces Christians to Submit to Islam or Face Death
A powerful Syrian jihadist group with links to al-Qaeda has forced Christian leaders in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa to sign a contract of submission and enter into the medieval Islamic term as ‘dhimmis’ in exchange for their protection. The jihadist group—Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL), which is mostly composed of foreign terrorists – is widely considered to be the most radical group fighting in the Syrian Civil War.
According to the document, which was posted on a Twitter account of a member of the ISIL, Christians in Raqqa were given the choices to convert to Islam, remain Christian, but submit to Islam, or face death. Excerpts taken from this link.
Christians Beheaded by Extremists in Somalia
Islamic extremists from Al Shabaab militia publicly beheaded a mother of two girls and her cousin in southeastern Somalia after discovering they were Christians. In the port town of Barawa on 4 March 2014, the extremists called residents to the town center to witness the executions of the 41-year-old mother, Sadia Ali Omar, and her 35-year-old cousin, Osman Mohamoud Moge. Omar’s daughters, ages 8 and 15, witnessed the slaughter, sources said, with the younger girl screaming and shouting for someone to save her mother. Click here to read more.
Blasphemy Death Sentence for Christian Road Sweeper in Pakistan
A Christian road sweeper in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for blasphemy. Sawan Masih was also fined 200,000 rupees by judges at a private hearing. The father of three, from Joseph Colony in the Badami Bagh area of Lahore, was accused of blasphemy after a row with a Muslim friend over property in March last year.
The allegation was broadcast by the local mosque through its loudspeakers, triggering a violent reaction from a mob of around 3,000 people who went on the rampage, rioting in his neighbourhood and setting fire to more than 200 homes in the city. Excerpts from this link.
Actor Kevin Sorbo Speaks Out Against the Christian Stigma in Hollywood
In the film, Sorbo plays an Atheist college theology professor, but the actor is not shy about professing his faith in reality.
“There’s a negativity towards Christians in Hollywood,” Sorbo said. “And a negativity towards people who believe in God.” More on this here.
New Bible Museum to Open in 2017 in Washington DC
A yet-to-be-named Bible museum owned by Hobby Lobby’s Green family moved one step closer to its anticipated 2017 opening. The museum, which will focus on the story, history and impact of the Bible, will be located in a reconstructed 400,000-square-foot space that formerly was the Washington Design Center, just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Housed in the museum will be a collection of 40,000 ancient biblical texts and artifacts, including one of the world’s largest private collections of Dead Sea Scrolls and the earliest surviving New Testament texts in Jesus’ household language. More on this link.
Church in Russia Closed for Holding “Unregistered” Sunday School Classes
The Harvest Church of St. Petersburg, Russia was closed by the Russian government without warning. Government officials reported that the church was conducting unregistered educational activities, namely holding Sunday school classes during the week without explicit permission. Since the Harvest Church did not acquire the proper documentation necessary to hold the weekday Christian education classes, the church was liquidated without question. In Russia, no church without a registration has the right to practice the religion. Click here for more on this story.
Follow-up: Pastor Saeed Abedini Continues to be Tortured in Prison
Pastor Saeed Abedini’s case in Iran took a turn for the worse as a result of continual beatings in the country’s Rajai Shahr prison. The pastor was shackled and refused medical care earlier, as a private hospital’s doctors said that said he must leave and return to prison. Although Iran is calling the recent shackling of Pastor Saeed “a mistake,” there is no relief in sight for this American pastor who has been imprisoned in Iran for his faith since September 2012. For more, click here.
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