Zprávy HCJB 1.2.2008

 Křesťanští vyhnanci umírají v utečeneckých táborech v indickém státě Orissa
   Ve vládním utečeneckém táboře zemřel starý pastor z východoindického státu Orissa, který prchl před historicky nejvražednějšími hinduistickými násilnostmi proti indickým křesťanům. „Pastor Hari Digal zemřel pozdě odpoledne v pondělí 21. ledna v táboře Baliguda,“ oznámila Světová rada indických křesťanů (GCIC), která zastupuje sbory a misionáře. Digal je druhým křesťanem, který zemřel v jednom z přeplněných a nehygienických uprchlických táborů ve státě Orissa. Humanitární pracovníci uvedli, že místní úřady státu Orissa neumožnily přístup do utečeneckých táborů potřebnému počtu křesťanů. Předpokládá se, že krizí je zastiženo asi 5000 křesťanů. V sobotu 19. ledna zemřel „v důsledku nehygienických poměrů v táboře“ 60letý oddaný křesťan Kajuru Digal, jehož dům byl zničen během násilností. Řekl to prezident GCIC Sajan George. Osud obou zemřelých je podle vyšetřovatelů GCIC podobný. „Žili v naprosté bídě poté, co jejich dům zničili hinduističtí radikálové,“ uvádí GCIC. Zdroj: BosNewsLife
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Sources: Christian Post, Religion Today
John 3:16, considered the most popular and arguably the most recited verse in the Bible, compelled Max Lucado to write a book entirely on the short passage called John 3:16 --Numbers of Hope. Now the verse is the basis of a global initiative that launches this month. Lucado calls the well-known verse a “26-word parade of hope, beginning with God, ending with life, and urging us to do the same.” Early in January on a television interview with “The 700 Club,” he said, “John 3:16 has always been that one verse that I thought summarizes, encapsulates, [and] carries the heart of the gospel like no other verse.” The key doctrine is that the invitation to receive eternal life is for “whoever” and the belief has to be in “Him” -- Jesus Christ, Lucado explained. The best-selling author has planned a “3:16 Live” event for Friday, Feb. 8, in celebration of the verse, during Women of Faith’s 2008 national conference at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. There Lucado will launch an initiative to reach 316 million people across the globe with the John 3:16 message.


Source: Compass Direct News
An indigenous church community of the Temiar Orang Asli people from Gua Musang, Malaysia, is suing the nation’s Kelantan state government over the demolition of its church building on June 4, 2007. Kampung Jias village headman Pedik bin Busu and three other leaders of the community filed the suit on July 1. A hearing scheduled for Jan 15 has been postponed until May. Authorities claim that the building was constructed on state land without proper approval. The church group, however, disputes this, arguing that the building was built on land belonging to Pedik who had donated it to the Temiar Orang Asli community for erection of a worship building. High court judge Mohammad Azman Husin ordered both parties to submit written arguments of their case. According to local media reports, Pedik claimed that nearly everyone in the village had become Christian in February 2007. Pastor Moses Soo, who has been providing spiritual guidance to the community since it became mostly Christian last February, reportedly said that members merely wanted to build “a small church to mark their faith.”


Source: BosNewsLife
An elderly pastor in eastern India’s Orissa state who fled the deadliest Hindu-violence against Indian Christians there in recent memory, has died in a government-run refugee camp, a rights group confirmed. “Pastor Hari Digal from Baliguda refugee camp died” late Monday, Jan. 21, reported the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) which represents churches and missionaries. Digal was the second believer known to have died in as many days in one of the apparently overcrowded and unhygienic Orissa refugee camps. Relief workers have complained that local authorities have not given enough access to the Christian refugees in Orissa where at least 5,000 Christians are believed to have been impacted by the crisis. On Saturday, Jan. 19, a 60-year-old devoted Christian, Kajuru Digal, whose house was destroyed in the violence, died in the Barakhama refugee camp apparently “because of unhygienic conditions in there,” said GCIC President Sajan George. Digal had a similar experience, according to GCIC investigators. “He was living like a destitute after his house and church were destroyed by Hindu radicals,” GCIC reported.

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Source: Grand Rapids Press
Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich., has named Joe Stowell as its new president. The author of several books and former president of Moody Bible Institute, Joe Stowell is known nationwide for his work in promoting Christianity. Officials said they hope Stowell’s fame will catapult Cornerstone University to national attention as he becomes its president. Stowell, 63, replaces Rex Rogers, who has filled the post for 16 years. Rogers told the board of trustees he planned to leave to pursue other interests. “We have a great successor for Rex who’s going to build on his legacy,” said Board Chairman Dan Wielhouwer. “We believe Cornerstone is on the brink of great, great things, and to have a great leader like Joe will magnify that.” This is not the first time that Stowell has been asked to join Cornerstone. Stowell said that 20 years ago, then-president Wilbur Welch asked him to replace him, but he declined. Last year Cornerstone called again, asking him if he would be interested in being the president or interim president or would at least send good candidates their way. “I had thought that season of my life was over,” Stowell said.


Sources: Baptist Press, Religion Today
National Football League (NFL) officials, fearful that illegal and immoral behavior by some of the sport’s biggest stars was jeopardizing the league’s success, instituted a new Personal Conduct Policy this spring. The behavior policy, spearheaded by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, draws a clear line between right and wrong and says players may be punished for behavior that does not result in a legal conviction.

Among the incidents specifically mentioned in the new policy are gun violations, drinking and driving, domestic disputes and gang-related activities. The commissioner also cracked down on NFL clubs’ alcohol use by limiting or outlawing open beer and wine possession in locker rooms and other team facilities.

While the NFL has not specifically cited Christian principles, and league spokesman Brian McCarthy denied there was any method in place other than to see good behavior, some in the faith-based NFL community see it differently. “There are absolutely Christian principles involved in all of this,” said Don Davis, a former NFL linebacker and captain of the New England Patriots who take on the New York Giants in this Sunday’s Super Bowl game in Phoenix.

“The league would never say they’re putting Christ first, but it’s exactly the same thing if you look at their new rules. Those of us who are behind the scenes [have been] on our knees about this,” he added.

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