In The News
Home Missions After College – October 29, 2010 (The Baylor Lariat)
Baylor 2010 graduate Juliet Brown decided to dedicate a year to serving an inner-city neighborhood in Chicago through a program called Mission Year. Ashely Nienaber, a Mission Year recruiter, described the program as a year-long urban volunteer program that sends young people to live and serve in inner cities of the US. “I believe that Jesus made it pretty clear in the Gospels that we are called to love the poor, and I don’t think we were given that calling because that’s what were supposed to do as good Christians. I really believe that command was given to us for our own good. I believe that God’s heart is closest to the poor and the disadvantaged.” Nienaber said.
Praying For Haiti – November 02, 2010 (Jamaica Observer)
Let us not forget Haiti. If as is being predicted, the storm veers north in mid-week it will be headed directly for that unfortunate country. Ravaged by that disastrous earthquake in January this year which left over 250,000 people dead, Haiti is now battling a cholera outbreak. News agency reports say that more than nine months since the earthquake about 1.3 million people are still housed in tents and other temporary shelters without proper sanitation and clean water. The reality is that yet another disaster seems to be heading for Haiti.
Jihadists Slaughter 58 People In Baghdad Church – November 01, 2010 (The Washington Post)
“We realized these explosions were close,” said Bassam Sami, 21, one of the survivors of the attack on a Baghdad church carried out by heavily armed suicide bombers that left at least 58 people dead. “Father Wassem started pushing people inside the room.” Once they penetrated the church building, the silent assailants began executing people. “They were well trained,” Sami said. “They didn’t say anything. It was like someone had cut out their tongues.” In a statement posted on the Internet early Monday, the Islamic State of Iraq, a front group for al-Qaeda in Iraq, asserted responsibility for the attack.
Josh Hamilton, Addiction, and Redemption – October 31, 2010 (The Richmond Register)
Pro baseball player Josh Hamilton was just named Most Valuable Player in this year’s American League Championship Series. Josh is now playing in the World Series. Many are familiar with Josh’s story. After being drafted first overall in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft, he developed a horrible drug addiction that drove him out of baseball and into several unsuccessful trips to rehab. Hamilton finally turned things around after he became a born-again Christian and embraced Jesus in a big way.
Russian specialists are involved in upgrading old Syrian weapons systems, according to Israel’s chief of military intelligence. “Syria is engaged in a very intense campaign to procure highly advanced weapons; so advanced in fact that anything that comes off the Russian assembly lines ends up in Syria,” Maj.-Gen.Amos Yadlin said on Tuesday at his last meeting with lawmakers before retirement. The official also warned that Hezbollah could easily get all the most advanced weapons systems possessed by Syria simply by asking for them.
The sky erupts. Cities darken, food spoils and homes fall silent. Civilization collapses. End-of-the-world novel? A video game? Or could such a scenario loom in America’s future? Electromagnetic pulses (EMP) are oversized outbursts of atmospheric electricity. Whether powered by geomagnetic storms or by nuclear blasts, their resultant intense magnetic fields can induce ground currents strong enough to burn out power lines and electrical equipment across state lines.
Extreme Surfers For Christ – October 05, 2010 (Inspire Magazine)
For the 18th year running the extreme sports missions organisation Christian Surfers UK have held their big outreach surf contest, the Jesus Surf Classic. The organisation was able to attract more than 100 of the UK’s top surfers to the North Devon’s Croyde Bay, providing a great opportunity for Christian Surfers ‘to be a Christian presence and witness’ in the inspirational world of the surfing community.
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in Fort Worth, Texas has just added three Dead Sea Scroll fragments to its existing collection of three, making it the most sizeable group of scroll fragments to be held by an institution of higher education in the US. SWBTS acquired the new fragments from a European private collector through a gift from a friend of the seminary. The new fragments contain parts of Deuteronomy 9:25–10:1, Deuteronomy 12:11-14, and Psalm 22:4-13.
In a study published in the online scientific journal PLoS Biology, the team gathered evidence to support their hypothesis that nuclear receptors evolved through “molecular tinkering.” They wrote, “Our findings indicate that NR LBDs evolved their functional diversity by tinkering with a ligand-dependent transcriptional activator.” However, the authors overlooked a few important considerations, each of which would make their conclusion premature.
China Denying The West Its Rare Earth Metals – October 19, 2010 (The New York Times)
China, which has been blocking shipments of crucial minerals to Japan for the last month, has now quietly halted some shipments of those materials to the United States and Europe, three industry officials said this week. The Chinese action, involving rare earth minerals that are crucial to manufacturing many advanced products, seems certain to further intensify already rising trade and currency tensions with the West.
The Pentagon has advised recruiting commands that they can accept openly gay and lesbian recruit candidates, given the recent federal court decision that bars the military from expelling openly gay service members, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman.