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News Snippets from Around the World

News Snippets from Around the World
News Snippets

Keeping you up to date on what’s happening around the world. Topics include items connected to Christianity and that impact on practising our faith, news on ethical issues, also news on countries who persecute Christians, and topics that affect our culture, additionally ones that impact upon Israel and Jewish people, and those which may possibly be a reflection of end times and associated prophecies.

Note: we endeavour to keep the news snippets updated weekly, but due to time restraints, it may not always be possible to do so.

JANUARY 2021

13th: Donald Trump impeached a 2nd time, charged with ‘incitement of insurrection:’: US House votes 232 to 197, with 10 Republicans in favor; Senate trial unlikely before Jan. 19, so Trump – 1st president in US history to be impeached twice – set to serve out term. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Parler forced offline after losing access to host servers: Head of social media platform popular with the far-right accuses tech giants of trying to stifle free speech: ‘They will NOT win!’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Following Twitter Ban, President Trump Says He May Create His Own Social Networking Platform: President Trump announced that he may potentially create his own social media platform after Twitter permanently banned his personal account in the wake of Wednesday’s attack at the U.S. Capitol. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: ‘There was no violence,’ claims Israeli Trump supporter who raided US Capitol: Brushing off suggestion of wrongdoing, Pinchas Gerby says the FBI could find him in ‘seconds’ if it pleased; 5 people, including a Capitol police officer, died as a result of siege. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Dems set to start impeachment Monday; Senate trial unlikely before Trump departs: Mitch McConnell has informed senators that without unanimous consent, January 20 is likely the earliest a trial could begin, overshadowing start of Biden administration. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Trump finally condemns riot, promises transition, as calls mount for his removal: US president calls chaos in Washington a ‘heinous attack’ as top Democrats press for his ouster, 2 of his cabinet members and other staffers resign. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: ‘Begin the Healing’: Franklin Graham Urges Trump to Invite Biden to the White House: Evangelist Franklin Graham is encouraging President Trump to invite President-elect Joe Biden to the White House as a way to help heal the nation and assist the transition of power. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: Republican congresswoman apologizes for saying ‘Hitler was right on one thing:’ Mary Miller, newly elected Illinois representative, says she regrets citing Nazi dictator, claims to be an ally of the Jewish community and staunchly pro-Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Police, FBI carry out widespread arrests after storming of US Capitol: Those facing federal charges include West Virginia lawmaker, suspect who constructed bombs made to act like ‘homemade napalm’ and man who broke into Pelosi’s office. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Religious Rights Still Blocked in Sudan, Christian Leaders Say: Officials in Sudan have shown signs of increasing religious freedom, but Christians say roadblocks remain to constructing churches and regaining confiscated properties since the new transitional government took power in September 2019. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: Initial Pfizer study suggests vaccine works against UK virus variant: Research, which hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed, indicates vaccine could also work against South African strain, but more testing needed; Israeli health official welcomes news. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Daily coronavirus deaths in US reach new record of nearly 4,000: Surging transmission claims the lives of 3,865 Americans; president continues to downplay virus. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Sedition charges possible for pro-Trump rioters; 90+ arrested; dozens charged: Other possible charges for assault on Capitol include civil disorder, destruction of property and rioting. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Congress Certifies Biden as Next President, Trump Vows ‘Orderly Transition:’ Hours after recessing due to a mob that stormed the capitol building, a joint session of Congress early Thursday turned back objections and certified Joe Biden as the next president. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: Franklin Graham Urges Christians to Pray for Joe Biden: America Must ‘Work Together for the Good:’ Franklin Graham is urging Christians to unite and pray for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the midst of what he is calling a turbulent time in U.S. history. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: Biden blames Trump for ‘domestic terrorists’ who stormed US Capitol: Lamenting ‘one of the darkest days in the history’ of America, president-elect says incumbent ‘unleashed an all-out assault on our institutions of our democracy’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Number of Abortion Clinics in the U.S. Has Declined by 35 Percent Since 2009, Pro-Life Group Finds: Operation Rescue, a leading pro-life group, recently published its annual report highlighting a decline in surgical abortion clinics in the U.S. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: Trump commits to orderly transition of power, but still disputes election result: US president’s first acknowledgment he’ll leave office January 20 not posted on Twitter or Facebook due to suspension; aides say he issued it reluctantly, is livid at Pence. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: White House officials resign, others consider quitting after assault on Capitol: Deputy US national security adviser, social secretary, deputy press secretary, 1st lady’s chief of staff step down; others said worried about what Trump may do without ‘guardrails.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: ‘Fragile, vulnerable’: Iran, China, Russia mock US democracy after Capitol chaos: America’s adversaries unleash scorn at ‘limping’ democratic system, gloat over images of violence in Washington, while allies urge a return to normalcy. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: 4 die in Capitol pro-Trump riots: 1 shot by police, 3 in ‘medical emergencies:’ Woman shot by police as she invaded US legislature with crowd; police say other deaths were in area around Congress but not linked to violence. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Amid violence, Twitter suspends Trump account, threatens permanent ban: Move comes after social media sites take down Trump video and statements that justified mob attack on US Capitol and continue to deny election results. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Guns drawn, lawmakers under desks as pro-Trump mob roams and loots Congress: On the president’s urging, a horde surges into US Capitol, tearing down American flag and unfurling a Trump banner amid clouds of teargas and a deadly gunshot. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Christian Leaders Respond to the Storming of the U.S. Capitol Building: Trump supporters attending a “Stop the Steal” rally-turned-violent-riot, stormed the U.S. Capitol building stalling the certification of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Trump backers storm US Capitol, halting Senate meeting to certify Biden win: Egged on by the president, demonstrators breach seat of American government in unprecedented scenes; staffers barricade themselves in offices. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: US Congress validates Biden victory, hours after pro-Trump mob storms Capitol: Pence says count ‘shall be deemed a sufficient declaration’ of Democrat’s win, capping a day of deadly violence and extraordinary scenes in Washington. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: US orders aircraft carrier to remain in Gulf after ‘recent threats’ by Iran: Acting defense secretary orders USS Nimitz to halt redeployment, cites threats from Tehran against Trump on anniversary of Soleimani killing. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: US administers 4 million vaccines as death toll passes 350,000 amid new surge: Fauci says there is ‘glimmer of hope’ and possibility of hitting target of 100 million shots in first 100 days of Biden administration, notes current ‘glitches’ in distribution. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Republicans enlist in Trump’s effort to undo Biden win in Congress: 11 GOP senators, senators-elect to vote against certifying election results, even as they acknowledge they won’t succeed in reversing outcome. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: ‘An act of desperation’: UK’s delay of second vaccine dose comes under fire: Experts criticize British policy, which also reportedly includes directive allowing healthcare workers to mix Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca inoculations. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Israeli task force warns British virus strain spreading, calls for full lockdown: Panel says infection increasing among kids; Health Ministry chief warns virus ‘running amok’; health official says no immediate plan to follow UK lead in delaying 2nd vaccine dose. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: New Year arrives with US hitting a staggering 20 million COVID cases: As raging pandemic deadens holiday celebrations, US death toll passes 347,000; France imposes new curfews; UK reopens field hospitals to cope with surge in cases. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: ‘Eye of the storm’: UK in crisis as cases surge, likely due to new virus variant: British health authorities scramble amid wave of cases that is expected to spike even higher following Christmas, New Year’s gatherings. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: As 2021 dawns, Israel becomes first country to vaccinate 10% of population: Health Ministry announces 950,000 out of 9.3 million have been given first dose of inoculation, including 41% of those aged over 60; daily cases top 5,500 for 4th day in a row. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: World hits grim daily record of 15,000 reported COVID deaths on last day of 2020: As global vaccination efforts ramp up, pandemic reaches new peaks, with over 1.8 million people dead and nearly 84 million cases reported. (The Times of Israel) [link]

DECEMBER 2020

31st: Thousands Celebrate in Streets as Argentina Legalizes Abortion: Argentina became the largest Latin American country to legalize abortion, defying public opposition from Pope Francis as well as from the nation’s Catholic leaders. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: Syria’s state media says attack on bus in its south kills 28 civilians: Report calls incident a terrorist attack, without providing details; area where it occurred may have active Islamic State presence. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: Bible Purchases Increase Significantly amid COVID-19 Pandemic, LifeWay Christian Resources Reports: Despite the coronavirus outbreak, according to Lifeway Christian Resources, Bible sales increased across the globe this year. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: President Trump Is America’s Most Admired Man for 2020, Gallup Poll Says: President Trump is the most admired man in the United States for 2020, according to a new Gallup survey. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: Third Christmas tree outside church set alight in northern Arab city of Sakhnin: Graffiti objecting to cartoon depictions of Mohammed spray-painted on wall outside Catholic church. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

30th: US State Legalizes Infanticide, Removes Requirement to Save Babies Who Survive an Abortion: Massachusetts approved a controversial abortion rights bill Tuesday that pro-lifers call one of the most extreme in the nation due to its language on late-term abortions and on protecting babies who survive an abortion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: World Vision Failed to Properly Vet, Provided Funds to Group Affiliated with Terrorists: Senate Committee Report: The U.S. Senate Finance Committee said in a new report that World Vision, a humanitarian aid non-profit organization, should have known that a group it funded took part in terrorism activities. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: BLESS Foundation Raises $1 Million to End Human Trafficking, Feed Hungry: A virtual concert held by The BLESS Foundation raised $1 million for five different Christian organizations whose goals range from housing orphans to ending human trafficking and feeding the hungry, The Christian Post reports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: Georgia Revival Sees More Than 200 People Surrender Their Lives to Christ: A powerful move of God is sweeping Hillcrest Baptist Church in Swainsboro, Georgia as part of its ongoing Swainsboro Revival services. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: Survey: UK Teens Are More Likely Than Millennials to Believe in God: A new poll of Britain’s Generation Z finds older adolescents and younger adults are more likely to believe in God than are millennials, the demographic ahead of them. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

30th: Christian Chinese Journalist Jailed for Reporting on COVID-19 in Wuhan: Zhang Zhan, a devout Christian citizen-journalist was sentenced to four years in jail for reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak in the central city of Wuhan earlier this year. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

29th: China Cracks Down on Christmas by Closing Churches, Banning Singing: Christians in one part of China were greeted with government-backed anti-Christmas protests in December as part of a nationwide crackdown on Christmas, according to a new report. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

29th: New York Times Promotes a Pro-LGBT Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ with Jesus as a Muslim Woman, US: A gender-inclusive, polytheistic, multi-cultural rendition of Handel’s Messiah is gaining praise from those on the Left for its LGBT imagery and its reimagining of Jesus as a Muslim woman. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

29th: Seven Christians killed near Chibok, Nigeria in Christmas eve attacks: Sources say the Islamic extremist militants previously killed the sevem in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, with another 2 killed in nearby Adamawa State (Eternity News) [link 1]

28th: 1 in 1,000 Americans has died of COVID-19, as country surpasses 19 million cases: Johns Hopkins data show US has been recording at least a million infections per week since early November. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Nashville Police Officer Says God Told Him to Walk Away from RV Moments before it Exploded, US: the police officer is praising God for saving his life after a massive explosion took place from a recreational vehicle on Christmas Day (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

28th: Release International: Christian Persecution Will Increase in China, India in 2021: the international Christian watchdog organization for persecuted Christians worldwide, has predicted in a report that Christians in China and India will face more persecution in 2021. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: Late Apologist Ravi Zacharias Did Engage in ‘Sexual Misconduct’, RZIM Board Confirms: the Board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries confirmed that sexual misconduct allegations made against its late founder and apologist Ravi Zacharias were found to be true. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: Abortion Clinic Sues Indiana, Says Aborted Babies Should Be Placed in Landfills – Not Buried, US: An Indianapolis abortion clinic is asking a federal court to strike down an Indiana law that requires the remains of unborn babies to be buried or cremated. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Why it matters the coronavirus is mutating, and what it means for vaccines: An infectious disease expert says the new UK virus variant is likely more transmissible, increasing the need for speedy vaccination campaigns. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: UK scientists test drug to stop COVID-19 developing in those exposed to virus: Antibody treatment could be used to reduce deaths in nursing homes if immediately deployed upon discovery of infection; 10 people injected so far upon exposure to pathogen. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: China touts its ‘extraordinary’ success containing virus ahead of WHO probe: Communist Party leaders praise themselves for largely curbing spread of COVID-19, whose origins they have sought to cast doubt on since it emerged last December in Wuhan. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: In Christmas address, Pope calls for needy, vulnerable to get vaccine first: Roman pontiff urges leaders of nations, businesses and international organizations to ‘promote cooperation and not competition, and to search for solution for all.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: Hungary Adds New Amendment to Constitution Defining Marriage as Union of One Man and One Woman: The Hungarian Parliament authorized a Constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The amendment also has implications for Hungary’s adoption laws, as gay couples will now be prohibited from adopting children, The Christian Post reports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: Poland announces measures to fine social media companies that censor free speech: Poland’s justice minister has announced the creation of a new bill that would protect freedom of speech from social media censorship. (LifeSite) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: Missouri Church Packs over 40,000 Meals for Those in Need, US: on Sunday 500 volunteers at Hope City Church of Joplin to pack meals for those in need. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: Iraq Declares Christmas an Annual Holiday and Brings Hope for Refugee Christians: despite the waning number of Christians in the country, Iraq’s parliament unanimously passed a law to make Christmas “a national holiday, with annual frequency,” according to Christianity Today. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

23rd: NC Couple Fights HOA’s Demand to Remove Cross from Christmas Decorations, US: A couple in North Carolina fought—and won—against their HOA’s demand to remove a cross as part of their Christmas decoration, according to CBN News. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: Joni Eareckson Tada Diagnosed with COVID-19, Says She’s ‘Deeply Humbled’ by Support, Prayers, US: Christian author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada is requesting prayer after experiencing flu-like symptoms and testing positive for COVID-19 in recent days. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: Amazon Pressured to Drop Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Focus on the Family, from Charity List: a prominent left-leaning group is urging Amazon to drop dozens of Christian organizations from its popular AmazonSmile charity because they hold to traditional, biblical beliefs about sexuality. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: UN condemned Israel 17 times in 2020, versus 6 times for rest of world combined: Watchdog decries ‘surreal torrent of one-sided resolutions’ as General Assembly adopts 2 resolutions singling out Jewish state for censure this week. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: COVID-19 Vaccines Are a ‘Gift from Above,’ Surgeon General Jerome Adams Say, US: The U.S. surgeon general says the speedy development of a Covid-19 vaccine is due to divine intervention. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

22nd: Bayer, Direct Relief to Give Planned Parenthood $80,000 to Increase ‘Access to Birth Control,’ US: Four health clinics that provide contraceptives, including two Planned Parenthood locations, are set to receive part of $80,000 in funding meant to increase access to contraceptives. (Christian Headlines) [link]

22nd: Satanic Temple billboards claim, ‘Abortions save lives!’ US despite another attempt to overturn abortion laws in Missouri, the group is now promoting abortion rituals in an attempt to circumvent the state’s law. (LiveAction) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

21st: Ancient ritual bath may mark first New Testament-era find at Jesus’ Gethsemane, Israel: Olive grove where Jesus spent a night of agony, accepted his betrayal, and was arrested ahead of his crucifixion has until now had no physical link to Second Temple era. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: School District to Pay $187,000 to Atheist Group over Praying, Singing Hymns during Graduation Ceremony, US: In South Carolina, a school district just settled a lawsuit with the American Humanist Association over allowing hymns and prayers during a graduation ceremony, The Christian Post reports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: Pastor Shot, Killed after Baptizing People, India: A pastor in India was shot and killed in the street in the state of Jharkhand as he was returning home from baptizing believers, The Christian Post reports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: Christmas service-goers threatened, India: The leader of a Hindu nationalist group in India has forbidden Hindus from participating in any Christian celebrations. (Open Doors) [link 1]

21st: Prime Minister Scott Morrison promotes two Christians to the Frontbench, Australia: Senator Amanda Stoker and Andrew Hastie MP have been promoted from the back bench to the outer ministry by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (Eternity News) [link 1]

20th: Britain warns new strain out of control as European nations start to ban flights: UK health minister says situation with new coronavirus variant is ‘deadly serious’; Netherlands, Belgium stop air travel from Britain, as Germany considers making same move. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: Facebook deletes antivax posts as prosecutors warn against spreading false info: Director of the cyber department in the State Attorney’s Office says dissemination of untruths about the coronavirus vaccine could amount to a criminal offense. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: Trump mulls Sidney Powell as special counsel as Flynn proposes martial law, US: US president entertains conspiracy theories, outlandish schemes to try to remain in office; lawyer Giuliani pushes him to seize voting machines in hunt for evidence of fraud. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: 2 more arrested in Austria over Vienna terror attack: Prosecutors to ask that suspects be held until trial for their alleged involvement in November shooting rampage by IS supporter that left 4 dead. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: NATO checking its computer systems after massive cyberattack against US, others: Official says ‘no evidence of compromise’ has been found; confirms NATO uses SolarWinds, whose software was hacked in attack that also affected networks in Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: COVID-19 nearly three times more deadly than the flu, study finds: French research shows coronavirus patients more often need hospitalization and stay in intensive care for roughly twice as long as people with flu. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Olympic Committee accused of ignoring human rights for 2022 Beijing Games, China: Groups speaking for Tibetans, Uighurs and others representing Hong Kong say international body has ‘turned a blind eye’ to systematic violations. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Severe COVID variant detected in South Africa, health minister says: a newly identified strain of coronavirus driving surge in younger patients with more serious symptoms. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Kirk Cameron Defies Lockdown Orders with Christmas Carol Peaceful Protest, US: Actor Kirk Cameron hosted a Christmas carol peaceful protest this week in defiance of Governor Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 lockdown orders. He partnered with “Sing It Louder USA,” a group of concerned citizens angry over the government’s restrictions. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

18th: Thousands of Pastors Go into Hiding in China: pastors across China have disconnected from their computers and phones, destroyed their ID cards which contain microchip trackers and are needed to do virtually anything in China, and have gone into hiding. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: Lauren Daigle Says She’s ‘Saddened’ by New Year’s Eve Performance Controversy but Would Be ‘Honored’ to Perform if Allowed, US: the Christian performer responded to criticism saying she hadn’t officially been offered the position but would be honoured if asked to perform. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

17th: President Trump Loosens Obama-Era Restrictions on Faith-Based Social Service Providers, US: the Trump administration moved to loosen restrictions on religious organizations which receive federal funding to provide social services. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

17th: ‘There Are Many Gender Identities’: Cartoon Network Teaches Children How to Use Different Gender Pronouns: a cartoon strip released by Cartoon Network teaches children how to use gender pronouns in accordance with their chosen identity. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

16th: 76% of People Worldwide Want to Focus on Those in Need This Christmas: Survey: the YouGove PLC survey found that 63 percent of people would prefer it if someone gave a meaningful gift to someone else this Christmas rather than give a gift to them. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

15th: Transformation Church Gives $3.5 Million to Charities, Those in Need, US: in a one day “blessing spree Sunday,” the congregation gave out $3.5 million in donations and gifts. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

14th: In a landmark case, 14 extremists have been charged for attacking a church in Sudan: in a quite rare event, the nine accused people appeared at the criminal court, with one appearing in a minor’s court and several others in hiding, despite so many other cases over many years, never reaching court in Sudan. (Open Doors) [link 1]

13th: US states to start getting COVID-19 vaccines Monday, after shot approved, US: 3 million doses will initially be shipped out for health care workers and nursing home residents as America’s massive inoculation campaign kicks off. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Anne Frank memorial in Idaho vandalized with swastika stickers, US: Memorial, until recently the United States’ only statue of Dutch teenager killed in Holocaust, was also toppled in 2007 and defaced in 2017. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: US approves emergency use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in bid to end pandemic: FDA gives final go-ahead for nation’s first inoculation in major turning point against virus; Israel expected to follow US lead on approval, has purchased millions of doses. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Churches join voices to deliver powerful ‘Bay Area Blessing’ for Christmas, US: Churches from over 25 Bay Area cities join together on project (The Mercury News) [link 1]

11th: Tasmanian Parliament voting to remove ‘choice’ for elderly, Australia: The Gaffney Bill which is going through parliament is heavily pushed by a pro-euthanasia campaign who seek to remove choices for the elderly and terminal patients. (Hope) [link 1]

10th: There Is Hope on the Way,’ Surgeon General Jerome Adams Says of COVID-19 Vaccines, US: as a new surge strikes the US, Surgeon General Jerome Adams urges Americans to continue practicing safety measures. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

10th: Baylor University Food Charity Delivers 38.7 Million Meals to Children in Need, US: the university’s Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty has sent the millions during the pandemic. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

10th: ‘I Have to Follow’ God, Pastor Says after Court Issues $55,000 Fine for Holding Services, US: a judge held a San Jose church and its pastor in contempt and fined them $55,000 for violating a restraining order. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

10th: Minnesota Nurse Receives Anonymous Letter Calling Her Christmas Lights ‘Harmful’ to Others, US: the anonymous letter stated that the lights were a “reminder of the systemic biases against our neighbors who don’t celebrate Christmas or who can’t afford to put up lights of their own.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

9th: Supreme Court Denies Request to Overturn Pennsylvania’s Election Results, US: the request to overturn Pennsylvania’s election results was denied by U.S. Supreme Court, after the results named President-elect Joe Biden as the winner in the state. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

9th: Michigan Attorney General Says Being Wished a Merry Christmas ‘Devastated’ Her Son, US: Attorney General Dana Nessel of Michigan expressed her concern on Twitter over President Trump’s use of “Merry Christmas.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

9th: Gethsemane Church in Jerusalem Is Set Ablaze by Arsonist, Israel: Israeli police arrested the 49 year old man as a result of the incident. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

9th: Extremists kill Christian villagers in Indonesia: On 27 November, extremist group, East Indonesia Majahidin, killed four Christians in the Lemban Tongoa Village. (Open Doors) [link 1]

9th: Thomas Jefferson’s Name Removed from Elementary School So Students Can ‘Feel Safe,’ US: the school’s board at the Virginian school voted unanimously Tuesday to rename it after a six-month study. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

9th: South Carolina Church to Construct Tiny House Village for Homeless Women, US: a village of tiny houses has been built to provide shelter for local homeless women. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

8th: COVID-19 World Seems ‘Perfectly Suited for the Antichrist to Come’: John MacArthur, US: Pastor and author John MacArthur told his congregation that with a virus spreading through every country and governments ordering citizens to stay home – seems “perfectly suited for the Antichrist to come.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

8th: Court Rejects ACLU, Lets Nativity Remain at Indiana Courthouse for Christmas Season, US: despite an attempt by the American Civil Liberties Union to have a nativity scene removed from an Indiana courthouse lawn, the federal district judge criticized the legal organization for filing a lawsuit during the holiday season and pushing for a “hasty resolution.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

8th: ‘V-Day’: UK rolls out trailblazing coronavirus vaccine program as world looks on: Initial 800,000 doses slated to begin to be given to people over 80 who are hospitalized or already have appointments scheduled, in West’s first major inoculation campaign. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: 12 year-old Christian girl kidnapped in Pakistan found chained: the girl was forcibly adbucted, converted to Islam and married to a 45 year old muslim, and was found chained at her abductor’s home. (Eternity) [link 1]

7th: US aims to deliver millions of vaccines within 24 hours of approval: But vaccination campaign in world’s hardest-hit country likely to take longer than initially expected, with 100 million set to get jab by mid or late March. (The Times of Israel) [link]

With world watching, Britain gets ready for mass coronavirus vaccinations, UK: title: Buckingham Palace declines to comment on media reports that Queen Elizabeth II will set example for the nation by being among first to get the jab. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: Biden officially secures enough electoral votes to become president, US: California certifies 55 electors for US president-elect, pushing him past 270 needed to enter White House, in new legal milestone for incoming administration. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: 127 Abortion Clinics Have Closed Since 2015: Life Is ‘Winning,’ Pro-Life Group Says, US: dozens of independent abortion clinics have closed in the past five years according to a report by the Abortion Care Network (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

4th: Progressive Reverend Says Christmas Is about a Woman Leading a ‘Revolution,’ US: a reverend of the United Church of Christ said that Christmas is ultimately about a message of feminist empowerment over the traditional Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

3rd: Families kept in the dark over euthanasia investigations, Brussels: according to a report, “Family members were only made aware of the investigation when they were interviewed by investigators.” (Hope) [link 1]

3rd: Stinging rebuke of pro-euthanasia arguments, Australia: Two oncologists responded to claims made by euthanasia advocates in support of their pro-death agenda as the debate continues in Tasmanian parliament. (Hope) [link 1]

 

 

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and lots more
Check out the three new segments which begin in this issue: The Springboard; Can You Imagine; and The Christian Poet.

The previous issue (Sep/Nov) of SPAG Magazine is still available, 
along with its bonus bird booklet

Link to issue no. 22:
1.link in pdf downloadable format: link;
2. link to online ‘flippable’ version below. (Note this is on a third party website, so there may be some advertising):
Articles in this issue include: 
– FEATURE: Loving a Christian Battling Same-Sex Attraction;
– From the red pill to the God pill;
– God is a fountain of sending love;
– They Want Me to Say, “Black Lives Matter;”
– They Are Out to Get Us – and We are Letting Them Do It;
– Buy Your Girlfriend Before You Try Her;
– The lucky and clever country;
and many more.
Link to bonus bird booklet:
1. link to pdf downloadable format: link;
2. link to online ‘flippable’ version. (Note this is on a third party website, so there may be some advertising):

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Help keep our website free of annoying advertisements, for as little as $2 per month. Contact us for banking details if you’d like to set up an automatic monthly payment. Your contribution may also help to cover our increasing costs which were around $1,600 in 2017/2018.

If you’re not on our subscription list (free subscription), then if you provide your email address to us, we’ll add you to our list, and you’ll be one of the first to receive it 🙂 Here is our email address:
 

NEWS SNIPPETS
Check out our News Snippets page to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening around the world on Christian and ethical topics, on what’s happening in Israel and with the Jewish people, as well as other relevant social and cultural issues. This will be updated at least once a month, but we’ll endeavour to update it weekly if possible.
Here’s the link

AND FOR YOU: a FREE devotional booklet for one month:
We hope this booklet will bring you into a closer relationship with God through praise, prayer and worship.
Here’s the link to the downloadable pdf (link here)
OR view the online ‘flippable version:
Praise To God Devotional Booklet No. 1

(Note: there may be some advertising on this third party website.)
You can help us by submitting the following for our consideration:
  • your own article;
  • your natural scenery photograph for our back page;
  • your comments in response to an article or other item; and/or
  • your suggestion for a topic for us to consider.
One of the items available in our store is the gorgeous “Reflections” e-book which contains over 120 pages of beautiful photos and includes inspiring quotes and Bible verses to lift your spirits as well as to challenge you in your walk. Here’s the link to buy this lovely e-book through our shop. (At present it’s only available in flippable format to view on a third party website.)
Your purchase will help to support this ministry. Thank you for your kind consideration.
Join our Prayer Network Team
One of the most important things you can do for SPAG Magazine is pray for us. We need prayer to not only increase our readership, but to enable God to reach out to Christians and Christian leaders across the world, with articles which will encourage, inspire and challenge, and to bring our brothers and sisters closer to God.
We also need your prayers for enough finances to keep SPAG Magazine going.
If you’re interested in joining our prayer network, you can become a member on Facebook on this link.

Keep our website ad-free
There are a variety of costs we need to cover to ensure we keep SPAG Magazine available and to provide it to you for free. This is one of the reasons we sell items through our online store
For as little as $2 a month, you can help cover our costs and keep our website free of annoying advertisements. May I encourage you to set up an automatic monthly payment to cover these costs.
All costs to publish SPAG Magazine are currently paid for through Vicki Nunn, our Editor, and average around $1,600 a year.* As Vicki is on a disability pension, she has limited financial means to cover these costs, which are increasing every year.
 Can you help? Email us for our bank details: 
* (NB: Wages for staff have not been included.)

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Warm regards
Vicki Nunn
Editor
SPAG Magazine

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Letters to our Counsellor Lou

Letters to our Counsellor Lou

Click here for the link to our Counsellor Lou’s response to letters and questions shared in previous issues of SPAG Magazine.

Please note that depending on the number of letters we receive,  we may not be able to respond to your letter. If you have an urgent or important issue, may we encourage you to seek help from a qualified counsellor or Pastor.

Submit your personal issue or question to Lou in the form below:

*Welcome to SPAG Magazine

*Welcome to SPAG Magazine

Welcome in wood Thanks for dropping by! 

Are you a Christian? Do you love God? Do you want to be encouraged, challenged or inspired in your Christian walk? Then you’ve come to the right place.

SPAG Magazine is a FREE quarterly, electronic magazine for Christian adults. While we have a focus on singles, our articles are suitable for all Christian adults. We’re an international, inter-denominational publication, and we aim to honour and exalt God. We believe that the Bible is God’s inerrant Word.

The updated issue 13 is now available!

The June/August 2018 issue of SPAG Magazine is finally here and what a great selection of articles there are in this issue.

Initially, we had a problem with our “Letters to Lou” pages, but they’re now all updated and uploaded to the online issues.

Our 13th issue of SPAG Magazine coincides with our 3rd birthday! We have a great bunch of fascinating articles which I’m sure will get your thinking, and hopefully bring you closer to God.

The articles in the issue include:
– Hate like Jesus;
– Domestic violence and the church (Part 2);
– God’s gift of life: NO to euthanasia;
– Road to Damascus;
– Open Doors: from muslim sheikh to secret believer;
– Josie and the gift of singleness;
– Creation Ministries: Cuttlefish colour changes inspire new TV screen design;
– Condemned to celibacy?
and lots more!

Following are the links to the current issue:

We’re celebrating our third birthday with a whopping 60% off all of our previous issues (until the end of August 2018) so you can catch up on all of our earlier great articles, and it’s an easy way you can also help support this important ministry. (Link to our store)

Time is running out for this offer: we’re offering 50% all promotions in our September/November 2018 issue. Find out more in our promotions/advertising page here. 

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Let us know if you would like to subscribe for your very own quarterly issue. Email us: 

Warm regards

From Vicki Nunn, Editor and the staff of SPAG Magazine

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Calling all singles!

 How Do You Respond to Those Dumb Comments?

How do you respond when other people make silly, annoying, rude or repetitive comments to you about being a single person? What kinds of things do they say? We had an article in the March/May issue of SPAG Magazine, sharing things that people have said to other Christian singles about their state of ‘unwedded bliss.’

If you’d like to share some of the comments said to you, please fill out the form on this page, or email us:

How do you like this humorous idea?

I’ll be doing a series of these images based around singleness, spinsterhood and bachelorhood to go into my personal shops, sometime in the near future.

I’ll put them on cups, shirts, cushions and other items.
If you like the idea, please let me know and I’ll redirect you to the shops where they’re located, once I upload them in my personal online stores.

Vicki Nunn
Editor

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Becci and Robbo from the Rise and Show program on Vision FM interviewed me on 24 March about my near death experience, which I shared in an earlier issue of SPAG Magazine. Here’s a link to a copy of that interview:

Bridget Brenton from Christian Today wrote a fantastic review about an earlier issue of SPAG Magazine. You can find the review here.

AND FOR YOU: a FREE devotional booklet for one month:

We hope this book will bring you into a closer relationship with God through praise, prayer and worship.

Here’s the link to the downloadable pdf  (link here)

OR view the online ‘flippable version:

Praise To God Devotional Booklet No. 1

(Note: there may be some advertising on this third party website.)

SPAG Magazine is FREE – covering our costs is essential if we want to continue making this terrific magazine available at no cost to you and to all of our readers. Please prayerfully consider how you may help:

Or send along your friends to our shop.

You can also help us by submitting the following for our consideration:

  • your own article;

  • your scenery photograph for our back page;

  • your comments in response to an article or other item; and/or

  • your suggestion for a topic for us to consider.

One of the items available in our store is the gorgeous “Reflections” e-book which contains over 120 pages of beautiful photos and includes inspiring quotes and Bible verses to lift your spirits as well as to challenge you in your walk. Here’s the link to buy this lovely e-book through our shop. (At present it’s only available in flippable format to view on a third party website.)

Your purchase will help to support this ministry. Thank you for your kind consideration.

Join our Prayer Network Team

One of the most important things you can do for SPAG Magazine is pray for us. We need prayer to not only increase our readership, but to enable God to reach out to Christians and Christian leaders across the world, with articles which will encourage, inspire and challenge them.

We also need your prayers for enough finances to keep SPAG Magazine going.

If you’re interested in joining our prayer network, you can become a member on Facebook on this link.

Can 73¢ a day really help SPAG Magazine?

While we’ve recently overhauled some expenses to reduce costs, there are still lots of costs we need to cover to ensure we keep SPAG Magazine available and to provide it to you for free. Presently all outstanding costs are met by our Editor, Vicki Nunn who has a limited income on a disability pension. Yep, it’s almost like she pays you to read it.

Our total operating costs per quarter are around AU$662. If ten people could contribute just 73¢ a day for a year, all of our operating costs would be met. Would you consider being one of those ten people? (Perhaps you could ask nine people from your church or singles group to make up the remainder.)

73¢/day x 10 people/year = all operating costs*

Other costs:

There are also a couple of other costs as well including the Glasbergen cartoon and costs for promoting SPAG Magazine, which total around AU$100 per quarter. If ten people could contribute just 11¢ a day for a year, our remaining costs would be met.

11¢/day x 10 people/year = remaining costs*

Your generous contribution can make a big difference! You can also help by purchasing items from our online store: www.spagmag. com/shop.

Here are those 2 costs again:

73¢/day x 10 people/year = all operating costs*

11¢/day x 10 people/year = remaining costs*

Consider also that in the past 18 months or so we’ve spent $2,000 on a new computer and monitor as our old computer had been making strange noises for two years.

Would you make a commitment to help SPAG Magazine in its mission?

Our mission is to inspire, challenge and encourage Christian adults in their walk, and to honour and exalt God.

Email: 

* (NB: Wages for staff have not been included.)

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Warm regards

Vicki Nunn
Editor
SPAG Magazine


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FAQs

FAQs

What is SPAG Magazine?

SPAG Magazine is a free quarterly, international, inter-denominational, electronic magazine for Christians, with a focus on singles.

Is SPAG Magazine ONLY for single Christians?

No, SPAG Magazine’s articles are suitable for ALL Christians adults, though we generally try to include at least one article with an emphasis on singleness. Most singleness articles are suitable for married Christians and Pastors as they present information on the struggles that many Christian singles face and may provide good insight into the real issues for singles in their own church.

Who do we mean by ‘single person?’

When we refer to a Christian single, we mean a Christian who:

  • has never married;

  • is a widow or widower;

  • is separated or divorced; or

  • may have a boyfriend or girlfriend or even be engaged to be married, but is not living with a partner

Why was SPAG Magazine started?

The concept was one which Australian-based Rev Lionel Rose had been considering for several years but hadn’t had the opportunity to develop.

Lionel is known for his wonderful counselling of singles and he recognised that there was a need for such a ministry as SPAG Magazine, both as a source of encouragement and guidance for singles and also as a way of challenging and growing them in their Christian walk.

While there is a focus on single people, the majority of articles in SPAG Magazine are suitable for ALL Christian adults, and we have both single and married people who subscribe to and read SPAG Magazine.

We encourage married people, especially church leaders to read the articles for singles so they can learn more about the very real issues with which Christian singles struggle. This is especially important as many singles feel isolated or sometimes invisible in their own church.

Who can receive a copy of SPAG Magazine?

Anyone and everyone over the age of 18 can obtain a free copy of the current issue. While some of the articles are specifically focused on Christian singles, there are myriad articles on different topics that would interest all Christian adults. Please note that there may be topics that are suitable only for adults, so please don’t leave a print-out somewhere young children may find them.

Although the magazine was originally only available by paid subscription, it is now free and can be obtained through our main page with links to a downloadable pdf version as well as a ‘flippable’ online version.

Where does any funding go?

First, please let me send out a thank you to the wonderful people who support us financially. The welcome funds we receive do not cover even half of our costs, so at present, ALL outstanding costs for the magazine are borne by our Editor, Vicki Nunn.

There are ongoing regular monthly costs such as internet access, phone, electricity, stationery, postage etc. There are also other costs for running a business including Government charges such as setting up and maintaining a business name, purchasing and maintaining a website domain name, purchase of software, and maintenance and replacement of equipment such as our computer, etc.

May I encourage you to consider how you can support us, either by:

Where is SPAG Magazine based?

Vicki puts the magazine together in her home office, which is currently based in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. As mentioned earlier, while it is based in Australia, SPAG Magazine is an international publication.

When did SPAG Magazine begin?

SPAG Magazine was officially launched on 1 June 2015.

What articles will we find in a typical issue of SPAG Magazine?

We have a number of regular articles such as:

  • Creation Ministries International;

  • Tantalising trivia;

  • Up close and personal with Aussie wildlife;

  • Kristie’s Kitchen (low-carb recipes);

  • A-Musings (humorous articles on Vicki’s life experiences);

  • Kooky Corner;

  • Inspirational People;

  • What is it?

  • Puzzle Page;

  • Words of Wisdom;

  • Real Life Drama;

  • Modern Missionaries;

  • Rest Ministries;

  • Up Close and Personal with Aussie Wildlife;

  • Open Doors;

  • Letters to Lou (Counselling); and

  • a beautiful scenery photo on our back page

Other articles may include:

  • current news topics;

  • personal articles focused on challenging and encouraging all Christian adults or specifically Christian singles;

  • Bible-based articles; or

  • topics that will open our eyes to what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Christ or to our fellow human beings;

and many more.

Can I obtain earlier copies of SPAG Magazine?

Yes you can. They are available for purchase through our online shop – this is a way that you can help support us.

Why isn’t SPAG Magazine available in printed form?

Unfortunately the costs to print and post it makes it too expensive which is why we decided to make it in electronic format. The packaging and postage alone would be more than $8 and then the printing costs would be on top of that – probably making it at least $11 an issue, which is far too expensive to make it competitive. (Even one famous Australian magazine had to cease production in 2016 because it cost too much to put out a hard copy of their magazine, and they sold hundreds of thousands of issues.)

Current issues are free to download directly from the front page of our website. You should be able to print it yourself or perhaps you could ask a friend to copy it to a memory stick for you to read on your computer. It is in pdf format which is a universal format that most computers can read. (If you don’t have a program that can read pdf, you can usually download a program for free from the internet – just be careful of the source as some have nasty little viruses attached.)

You can also read the current issue online in ‘flippable’ format with a link provided on our front page. This version is not downloadable. Note also that it’s on a third party website, so there may be some advertising.

How can I find out more about SPAG Magazine?

You can find out more information on this website or go to our Facebook page.

You can phone us on (+61) 07 4961 1202 OR (+61) 042 44 33 772.

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You can write to us:

SPAG Magazine
PO Box 9772
Frenchville, Qld 4701
Australia

Why is the magazine called SPAG Magazine?

SPAG certainly isn’t the loveliest of names is it? There were a number of reasons why the name SPAG was chosen:

  • SPAG is an acronym for ‘Single Person Approved by God,’ because as a single person our state of singleness is highly approved by God. For some of us, God may wish us to remain single for a short-time or even a life-time and He has a purpose for us in our singleness;

  • SPAG is also short for the word ‘spaghetti,’ and the magazine is a way that you can be ‘fed’ with Godly wisdom and guidance;

  • SPAG being short for spaghetti is also a reference to pasta which is a bit of a pun for ‘Pastor,’ because through the magazine we seek to give counsel, encouragement and advice;

  • It worked out well that SPAG rhymed with ‘Mag’ which is a shortened word for magazine, so ‘SPAG Mag’ makes it stick in your memory; and

  • SPAG is quite a quirky kind of name/word which hopefully will make it easier for people to recall.

So those are the origins of the name SPAG.

Do you have any questions? Please contact us on the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible: