By Kit Eglinton, Saltshakers

As a younger Christian I served with Open Doors in the Middle East which was an amazing privilege both to serve and engage with believers from cultures vastly different to my own. However my greatest surprise was to find how many evangelical Christians in countries like Syria, Egypt and Turkey had adopted a western church culture. For example at my first visit to a small evangelical fellowship I was astounded to see all the men had discarded their very practical daily clothing in favour of western suits and ties - in 40' C. No wonder local Muslims viewed Christianity as a western religion. Where did they get the idea that to do church properly you have wear a suit and tie?  It is not my place to challenge anyone else's 'norms' but it did and does make me think about my own. What do I consider to be necessary, what can be changed; why do I do what I do, and, by implication, expect others to do?

by Steve Maltz (many, many years ago!)

This should take about 20-30 minutes and is suitable for a mixed audience (Jew/Gentile, adults/kids). There's drama, comedy and action.

CAST
Narrator
Herald
King Antiochus - complete madman
Herald's assistant (non speaking)
General Al
Soldier (non speaking)
Mattatias (adult) - sensible person
Judas (child) - main speaking part
Simon (child)
Jonathan (child)
Eleazar (child)
John (child)
Jew (with greasy hair)
Appolonius (non speaking)
Greek soldier (non speaking)

Either side of birth, Britain’s children are paying the price of Britain’s godlessness. Watchman reports

A bill to end abortions on the grounds of disability had its second reading in the House of Lords, the Christian Institute reported on 28 October 2016.

The Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill, sponsored by disabled Peer, Lord Kevin Shinkwin, aims to amend the Abortion Act 1967. Lord Shinkwin, who suffers from brittle bone disease, first introduced the Bill in May. The Bill would remove a provision that allows women to have an abortion if there is “substantial risk that if the child was born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped” .

“At several steps on their path to death by beheading and crucifixion last month, 11 indigenous Christian workers near Aleppo, Syria had the option to leave the area and live. The 12-year-old son of a ministry team leader also could have spared his life by denying Christ…”

The Christian Aid Mission account of the fate of Aleppo’s indigenous Christian missionaries is harrowing and humbling. While Western politicians debate whether or not to risk World War III by creating a safe haven in northern Syria and imposing a no-fly zone over Aleppo – with the expectation (/certainty) of US/European forces, sooner or later, having to shoot down a Russian bomber or Syrian fighter jet – we’re hearing a lot about Assad’s (lesser) evil, ISIS barbarism and the pervasive demonic contempt for the human spirit. Women are stoned, men burned alive, girls raped and gays hurled from tall buildings. It is an image of hell.

We’re not hearing much about Aleppo’s Christians: the mainstream media don’t care very much what happens to them:

by Derek White

Christian support for the restoration of the Jewish people to the land of Israel has a sound Biblical basis. Despite this it suffers from two levels of attack. The first is that of extremism in which Christian support becomes politically aligned, every action of Israel is seen to carry a Divine sanction, and there is an associated disregard for the wellbeing of the Palestinian Arab and other inhabitants of the land.

Last September, during the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel -- an initiative of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches, St. Thomas' Church in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, hosted an event titled "Wall Will Fall". For anyone unfamiliar with the history, legal issues, and distortions of the Israeli-Arab and Jewish-Muslim conflicts, the deeply one-sided presentations and literature of the event may seem reasonable in the lack of such a context, and this report will, therefore, attempt to rebalance the narrative.

Full Title : "Convincement for the Jews, and confirmation for the Christians. Or that, Jesus Christ is the true Messiah, and is already come. Proved from, and by the sacred Scriptures, the unerring rule of truth, and by other undeniable arguments. Together with the principles and most weighty Objections of the Jews answered All being a loving exhortation to the Jews, by him that earnestly desireth the salvation of all weary and thirsty souls, both Jews and Gentiles written by John Blacklach London 1656"

Almost 50 years on from the 1967 Abortion Act, Dr Adele Pilkington reviews the grim realities of what has become a consumer industry…

On 27th October 1967, in a half-empty House of Commons, Parliament voted to decriminalise abortion. Since 1967 more than 8.4 million unborn babies have been ‘legally’ killed in the UK, equivalent to the combined population of Scotland and Wales. Since abortion was first legalised in the former Soviet Union in 1920, there have been over one billion babies killed worldwide1.

The Abortion Act does not currently apply in Northern Ireland, although the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) and British Humanist Association are determined to change this, and could be assisted by the recent change in power sharing within the devolved legislature of Northern Ireland.2

The LGBTI agenda has been gathering pace of late. Watchman unravels this process and highlights some very real dangers for Christians in the Third World.

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