The Monthly reports…
“This conversation between two great Australian political commentators, La Trobe University’s Emeritus Professor Robert Manne and The Project’s Waleed Aly, is part of La Trobe’s Bold Thinking public lecture series.
Aly discusses the rise of ISIS and Islamist extremism in general, including his thoughts on how the movement ought to be combated in parts of the Middle East where it has taken a stronghold.”
Standard Media reports…
“A pastor was Thursday found guilty of the murder of his girlfriend who was four months pregnant.
Pastor Paul Ng’ang’a Wanjiru of Wells of Faith Church in Kawangware was convicted for the murder of Caroline Chinjira in 2012 in Dagoretti, Nairobi.
The family of Ms Chinjira has been seeking justice for the last four years.
High Court judge Jessie Lessit said police investigations, key witness accounts and a written declaration left behind by Chinjira proved that Mr Ng’anga killed the former employee of Panafric Hotel.
Ng’ang’a will be sentenced on Monday. “The court has established that all evidence is pointing to the fact that the televangelist killed Chinjira after his clothes were found to have blood all over, as well as the roof and the steering wheel of his car at the scene of accident,” Justice Lessit said.
He added: “The autopsy report by the Government pathologist corroborated the witnesses’ accounts together with a dying declaration by the deceased that indeed Pastor Ng’ang’a played a key role in ending the life of Chinjira along the southern by-pass in Lang’ata on a Friday night.”
The judge said Chinjira was hit by blunt objects and was also strangled by an electric cable. The “man of God” had an intention of either inflicting injuries or causing death to the deceased, according to Justice Lessit.
Ng’ang’a and his son, James Mutua, then drove to Muthangari Police Station where they claimed that they had been carjacked, a statement that the court dismissed as lies.
According to family members, Chinjira’s pregnancy was a source of conflict. She also had a son with the pastor.
She died at the Kenyatta National Hospital while undergoing treatment.
According to Chinjira’s own account, the drama started on the night of March 9, 2012, along the Southern by-pass in Langata area as Ng’ang’a and his son drove her home.
According to police statement, the pastor and his son had planned to commit the offence.
The pastor’s son started to strangle the woman, who was on the co-driver’s seat, using a wire as his father drove at a slow pace. The site of the incident is usually quiet at night and is taken to be a den of crime as many people have been attacked in the area in the past.
As the struggle continued, Chinjira overpowered the pastor’s son and got out of the moving car.
She told the police before she died that she ran on foot up to Ngong Road near Lenana School where she found a private security company car.
She was rushed to hospital where she died while undergoing treatment.”
“In our society, it’s now become fashionable to condemn any Christian as a bigot. Where did that come from?
The self-same people who are demanding that the Christian Church reach out compassionately and stop judging people who have different characteristics, whether they be sexuality, gender or whatever else, those same people who stand up for the right of others to have equality are the very ones who are condemning Christians, believers, as bigots and homophobes.
They stand condemned by their own language, They are being just as bigoted and Christophobic, to coin a phrase, as the Christians are being accused of being.”
- Stephen O’Doherty – CEO Christian Schools Australia
“A Fulton County pastor is in custody after police found him in another church.
Early Monday morning, Canton Police saw a suspicious vehicle parked behind the First Church of the Nazarene. They noticed the engine was still warm, doors were unlocked, and the keys were in the ignition.
They found a door to the church forced open, and found Pastor David Utt using tools in an attempt to break in to the church’s safe. Utt is the pastor at New Hope Community Church in Canton.
Utt was charged with burglary to a place of worship, criminal damage to property to a place of worship, and possession of burglary tools.”
Lance (Group Sects) writes…
Officers of the Ferguson Police Department in the US state of Missouri have hosted a visit by Benny Hinn.
The televangelist has posted a video online of the meeting with the officers.
“These are some wonderful Police officers here in Ferguson, Missouri who I just prayed with and I’m talking to them about the goodness of the Lord,” Mr. Hinn said in the video.
Ferguson Police came under scrutiny in 2014 when officer Darren Wilson shot dead teenage robbery suspect Michael Brown, sparking violent protests in the St. Louis suburb.
Mr. Hinn said he was in Ferguson for a church service and was invited to meet with the Police officers before the service that night.
“Thank God many of you are Christian men, so Jesus is the answer guys and we’re going to see miracles,” Mr. Hinn told the officers.
The Independent Mail reports…
“Former NewSpring Church senior pastor Perry Noble broke his silence Wednesday, in a live video message on Facebook.
Noble, the church’s founder, started the message by acknowledging his unusual social media silence. A prolific social media user, it was his first Facebook post in more than two weeks.
He wasted no time in the three-minute twenty-one second message, quickly telling people he bore no ill will after being dismissed from the church he founded.
“I. Still. Love. My. Church,” Noble said, pausing after each word for emphasis. “I wanted to say ‘Thank you’ for the unbelievable support that you guys have shown me on Twitter.”
The 45-year-old pastor was removed from his spot as the church’s senior pastor effective July 1, but the congregation first learned about the decision last Sunday in a church announcement that cited his alcohol dependency.
Noble said the church’s leaders made the right decision.
“God has gotten my attention. I’m focused on getting better. I’m not bitter,” he said. “My dependency on alcohol, I ran to it instead of Jesus and I was wrong and I am going to do whatever it takes to make it right.”
Noble said he will be entering a treatment facility, but did not elaborate further.
His online message was seen more than 350,000 times as of Wednesday evening and drew more than 5,000 comments, overwhelmingly in support of him.
NewSpring is the largest church in South Carolina, and one of the nation’s largest, with 17 campuses in the state and a weekly attendance of more than 30,000.
NewSpring’s roots go back to a 1998 Bible study group in Noble’s apartment and its first official service was in January 2000. The church had an income of $64 million in 2015, according to an annual report on the church’s website.
In his video on Wednesday, Noble encouraged anyone who had considered abandoning NewSpring because of his ouster to stay with the church.
“I fully endorse their decision to bring Clayton King on as pastor,” Noble said.
King, a member of NewSpring, will serve as interim senior pastor while the church searches for a permanent senior pastor, the congregations were told Sunday.
Noble said he will be encouraging his daughter to continue to attend and he plans to continue to give to the church.
“I still believe NewSpring is going to reach 100,000 (members) and beyond,” he said. “I’ll keep you posted on my journey and God bless. The best is yet to come.”
“A US Christian group in Maine called ‘Equal Rights, not Special Rights’ is campaigning to recriminalize homosexuality.
The group was created by Mike Heath and other heads of the Christian Civic League of Maine.
The group have said that they’re tired of “being forced” to accept homosexual lifestyles.
Heath said that “the war is on.”
“There is conduct that ought to be punished, and Christianity teaches, has always taught and still does teach, that sodomy is such a behaviour.”
According to WGME, the group want to start their campaign by removing “sexual orientation” from the Human Rights Act which was passed 11 years ago.
Speaking to the group, Heath said, “It it’s removed, what does it do? It very simply moves something, a behaviour that belongs in the closet back into the closet.”
“They think they can force people to accept their worldview. That’s just not what America is, not what the state of Maine is. And it’s not going to work.”
The group are currently collecting signatures for the campaign before the November election.”
The New York Daily News reports…
“Noah took two of every living creature with him on his ark. And, according to Ken Ham, that included dinosaurs.
Ark Encounter – a mammoth replica of the animal-filled Biblical boat – opened Thursday in Kentucky. It includes the requisite humans, beasts and, oddly, pre-historic theropods not mentioned in the original Genesis story.
The 510-foot, $100 million Creationism museum is the brainchild of Answers in Genesis, a ministry that believes the Earth is only 6,000 years old, and that Mankind once shared the planet with dinosaurs.
“The Bible tells us that God made the land animals on Day 6 of creation,” Ark operator Ken Ham explains on his group’s website. “And who else was created on Day 6? Well, Adam and Eve. And how long ago was that? Well, when you add up all the dates in the Bible, about 6,000 years.
“So, taking God at his word in Genesis, dinosaurs lived beside people about 6,000 years ago,” he continued.
Ham and his group have taken heat from scientists, including Bill Nye, who say human life emerged in Africa about two million years ago, roughly 63 million years after the last dinosaur.
“Humans and ancient dinosaurs did not live at the same time,” Nye, aka “The Science Guy,” said last month. “It’s completely unreasonable.”
Unreasonable, perhaps, but already popular.
“We’ve been encouraged by the attendance and response of people in this first week,” spokesman A. Larry Ross said. The group expects to generate $4 billion in economic activity — not an absurd claim given that single-day adult tickets are $40 and hundreds of thousands of visitors are anticipated every year.
“I believe it’s going to be one of the greatest Christian outreaches of this era in history,” Ham told the Los Angeles Times this week.
The ark — believed to be the largest freestanding timber structure in the world — is a 45-minute drive from the affiliated Creation Museum.
The ark is not only criticized by scientists. Two years ago, Tri-State Freethinkers argued that the project should not have received $18 million in public tax subsidies on the grounds that it violates the separation of church and state.
The ark was built “entirely with private funding,” from about 43,000 donor families, Ross told the Daily News on Thursday.
In response to the ark’s debut, the Freethinkers proposed the opening of a “genocide and incest park,” claiming that both are encouraged by the Biblical story.
For the first 40 days, and 40 nights, the ark is open from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.”
“A member of a small upstate New York church was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree manslaughter for her role in the 2015 fatal beating of her half brother, but not guilty on a murder charge.