Found 8 resource(s) in 'Looking at your Church', for February 2020.
Looking at your Church (all articles) for February 2020Eight months since Asia Bibi fled Pakistan, blasphemy laws cause for concern Church ordered to replace name sign with political slogan Nigeria named as key Christian persecution hotspot in 2020 Church Action on Poverty Sunday – 23rd February Anxious and lonely? Come to church! How do you feel about sharing your faith? New research highlights... (1619 words)
Eight months since Asia Bibi fled Pakistan, blasphemy laws still cause for concernNew reports have highlighted continuing concern over Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, eight months after Asia Bibi was finally allowed to leave the country. The reports came from sources as diverse as the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCRIF) and Humanists International. The USCIRF reports there are still 80 people in Pakistan imprisoned on blasphemy charges.... (244 words)
Church ordered to replace name sign with political sloganChinese authorities have forced a church in Jiangxi province to paint over its name and replace it with a communist slogan, “Follow the Party, Obey the Party, and Be Grateful to the Party,” amid increasing attempts by officials to ‘sinicise’ (make Chinese) Christianity. Late last year The True and Original Source of the Universe church... (180 words)
Nigeria named as key Christian persecution hotspot in 2020As late last year Islamic State released a video claiming to show the killing of 11 Christians in Nigeria, persecution watchdog Release International named Nigeria as a country of special concern for 2020. Other persecution hotspots are likely to include Iran, Iraq, China and India. A splinter group of Boko Haram produced the video claiming... (342 words)
Church Action on Poverty Sunday – 23rd FebruaryChurch Action on Poverty Sunday takes place later this month. Many of us want to help the poor, but the challenges are huge. ‘Good News for the poor’ – that was what Jesus promised – and the crowd flocked to hear it. But He didn’t promise to abolish poverty. ‘The poor you always have with... (250 words)
Anxious and lonely? Come to church!Young people who go to church are less likely to struggle with anxiety than those who do not go to church (22% compared to 33%.) Fewer church goers are also lonely and isolated (16% compared to 31 %) In a survey almost one third of all young people reported feeling sad or depressed; this was... (85 words)
How do you feel about sharing your faith?Perhaps you have been ‘gossiping the gospel’ for years? Maybe you even lead a small group, or are passionate about community outreach? Or – perhaps you feel a quiver of panic at the very thought of talking about your faith. Society seems to be hostile, and so you struggle to know how to engage with... (153 words)
New research highlights how mission entrepreneurs are being trainedNew research carried out by Church Mission Society has explored the relationship between mission, theology and business. And it has found that mission entrepreneurship is having a significant impact, in both churches and across local communities. ‘Make Good’, part of CMS’s training programme, explores the relationship between mission and enterprise, and helps students to set... (174 words)
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