New Dean for Australian College of Theology

Dr Martin SutherlandThe Board of the Australian College of Theology has announced (PDF) that Dr. Martin Sutherland, currently Academic Dean of Laidlaw College in Auckland, will be the new Dean and Chief Executive Officer of the ACT, from July 2016.

Colleges affiliated with the ACT include Youthworks College, Mary Andrews College, SMBC, and the Presbyterian and Baptist colleges. (Photo: Laidlaw College.)

NASA center “bans the word ‘Jesus’.”

jsc-entrance“The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a complaint filed on behalf of a group of Christians who work for NASA. …

And NASA’s behavior is quite frankly baffling. On Christmas Eve, 1968 – the crew of Apollo 8 read the Creation story as they orbited the moon. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Frank Borman and Bill Anders took turns reading from the Book of Genesis.”

– Opinion from Fox News. Related: The Apollo 8 crew read from Genesis 1.

I. Howard Marshall (1934-2015)

I Howard MarshallNew Testament scholar I. Howard Marshall died yesterday, at the age of 81, after a short illness.

Darrell Bock has a tribute at The Gospel Coalition.

Campus Crusade for Christ Australia to change name

Power to ChangeFrom an e-mail from Campus Crusade for Christ Australia:

“On the 1st of February 2016, the name of our organisation will become to Power to Change. …

Around the globe Campus Crusade for Christ national ministries have been going through their own name changes. Nowadays Campus Crusade for Christ is known as ‘Cru’ in the USA, ‘Agape’ in Europe and ‘Tandem’ in New Zealand. Campus Crusade for Christ is also known as ‘Power to Change’ in Canada…

While we are changing our name, we are not changing our purposes. …”

You can read about their decision to change their name

“While coming with a rich heritage, our old corporate name of ‘Campus Crusade for Christ Australia’ has long been recognised as unhelpful. It has varying problems with our audiences (through the words ‘crusade’ and ‘campus’)…”

‘Catholics should not try to convert Jews, Vatican says’

Vatican website“The Vatican has told Catholics that they should not seek to convert Jews and stressed that the two faiths have a ‘unique’ relationship. …

Turning to the vexed question of salvation, the document says: ‘that the Jews are participants in God’s salvation is theologically unquestionable, but how that can be possible without confessing Christ explicitly, is and remains an unfathomable divine mystery’. …”

BBC News report. Read the full text of the document, at Vatican News.

10 churches destroyed in Aceh

Ache churches destroyed - imagge from Open Doors Aust“A church was burnt to the ground in Aceh Singkil in the province of Aceh, Indonesia last month, and a further nine churches destroyed by police.…”

– Report from Bible Society Australia. (Photo: Open Doors Australia.)

Aasia Bibi placed in solitary confinement over fears for her life

Aasia Bibi“Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who has been languishing on death row since 2010 after she was unjustly convicted of blasphemy, has been transferred to solitary confinement amid fears she could be attacked by vigilantes…”

– from Barnabas Fund. (Photo: Barnabas Fund.)

Update, 27 Oct 2015: Asia Bibi ‘healthy and safe,’ says her lawyer – World Watch Monitor.

Police raid Sat-7’s Cairo offices

sat-7“Egyptian police raided Sat-7 channel’s Cairo offices on Oct. 10, confiscating equipment and briefly detaining the pioneer Arabic Christian broadcaster’s country office director.

Detained for hours before being released, director Farid Samir faces possible charges related to operating a satellite TV channel ‘without the necessary licenses,’ a press release by the Sat-7 Cyprus office said two days later…”

– Report from World Watch Monitor.

UK Christian leaders speak out on proposed Extremism Disruption Orders

United Kingdom“More than 50 Christian leaders from across England and Wales have written to The Daily Telegraph to warn that the Government’s proposed Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) would be a “disaster” for the church.

The initiative was backed by: Revd Tony Jones, Senior Minister of Christchurch Durham; Revd Dr Mike Ovey, Principal of Oak Hill College; and Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern [and Colin Hart Director of the Christian Institute]…”

– from Anglican Mainstream.

UK government backtracks on ‘sinister’ faith leaders watchlist

United Kingdom“A Home Office minister has signalled that the Government now has ‘no plans’ to introduce a ‘watchlist’ for faith leaders…”

– from The Christian Institute.

UK Govt extremism plans ‘would target Christian charities’

United Kingdom“The Government could remove trustees from Christian charities, including schools, across England and Wales if they are deemed ‘extremist’, according to leaked Government legislation…

It comes after a proposal to enact a ‘national register of faith leaders’ was criticised as an attack on religious freedom not seen since the 17th century.”

– news from The Christian Institute.

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