|Pray For Middle
(28th Feb. 2011)|
No Death sentence
for Dara Singh (21st Jan. 2011)
The Supreme Court today rejected the CBI's plea
for death penalty to Dara Singh, convicted for burning alive Australian
missionary Graham Staines and his two minor sons -- Philip, 10, and
Timothy, 6, in January 1999. Supreme Court upheld the life term awarded to
him by the Orissa high court. Dara Singh
was linked with Hindu right-wing group Bajrang Dal. His accomplice,
Mahendra Hembram, has also been sentenced to life.
The trial court in Khurda had in September 2003 convicted all the 13 accused. While Dara Singh was awarded death sentence, which was commuted to life imprisonment by Orissa high court in May 19, 2005.
Pastor's Wife Died
in Road Accident ( Dec. 2010)
Ranni Pastor Babuji Kannadickal's (A.G. Ranni) wife died in road accident. she was forty years and mother of four children. Pastor Babuji is seriously injured. Pastor Jose Athulliya and his family was travelling on the other vehicle involved in the accident, they got minor injuries.
Dr. M Thomas, AG Maharashtra Superintendent (June 14,2010)
Mumbai: Dr. M. Thomas, Senior Pastor First A.G. Church, Chembur got elected as the superintendent of South India Assemblies of God Western Dist. Council of Maharashtra. Pastor V.I Yohannan and Pastor B.Mathew also got elected as Assistant Superintendent and Secretary respectively.
Pastor K. M Joseph IPC State President (August 27,2009)
Pastor K.M Joseph is reelected as the State President of India Pentecostal Church (IPC). The election was held on 25th August 2009. Other office bearers are Pr. K. C. Thomas - Vice President, Pr. Philip P. Thomas - Secretary, Pr. Shibu Neduvelil and Kurian Joseph - Joint Secretary, Br. P. M. Philip - Treasurer. Pr. Raju Poovakla got the highest votes, 2059, among the pastors list for IPC general Council
Now it is the
turn of faith messages on London buses (Feb 07,2009)
atheist campaign against God is over in last week the
Christians are lining up on in the battle over God's existence by putting
The ads will start appearing buses
from Monday, just as a month-long campaign by atheists ends (see
B2B earlier reports). More than 300 people complained to
Another Christian group has also joined the campaign, with a more confrontational message from Psalm 53:1, which reads: "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God." That ad will run for two weeks.
Christian Nurse Suspended for Offering Prayer reinstated after wide criticisms (Feb 07,2009)
A Christian Nurse --
Caroline Petrie, from Weston-super-Mare, a born again Christian and mother
of two, was suspended after her employers discovered that she had asked a
patient whether she would like to be prayed for. Although the patient in
question was not offended, the incident was reported and Mrs. Petrie was
told that she could face disciplinary action. Last week Mrs. Petrie attended
a disciplinary hearing on the basis that she had failed to demonstrate a
'personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity' by offering
to pray for the patient. However, afterwards she has been reinstated by
North Somerset Primary Care Trust.
Leading religious liberties
barrister Paul Diamond advised Mrs. Petrie and The Christian Legal Centre
supported her throughout the ordeal. Andrea Williams, director of the
Christian Legal Centre, said: "This is a great victory for Mrs. Petrie, and
for common sense. Today's decision highlights the importance of being able
to take personal faith into the workplace rather than being forced to leave
it at the door for fear of being silenced by equality and diversity
Sri Lankan Parliament to Vote on Anti-Conversion Law (Feb. 02, 2009)
The Sri Lankan Parliament is
drafting bill for the Prohibition of Forcible Conversions, to restrict
religious conversions. According to the reports in Compass Direct News
a standing a committee assigned to consider a draft "Bill for the
Prohibition of Forcible Conversions" presented its report to Parliament on
Jan. 6, suggesting minor amendments that clear the way for a final vote in
Debates Over, Rick
Warren prayed in Jesus name (Jan. 20, 2009)
Will he or won't he? There's has been some debate about whether Orange County Pastor Rick Warren will invoke Jesus' name during his inauguration prayer. Medias were busy with speculations, with some fellow preachers urging him to use the name while others favoring a strict church/state separation have urged him to offer a more non-sectarian prayer
However, Mr. Warren, one of the country's most prominent evangelical ministers, referred to Jesus in Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish and English in his inauguration prayer, and added: "Help us, O God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all.' It was a departure from previous more-ecumenical inaugural prayers delivered by the Rev. Billy Graham, who has done quite a few of invocations, would usually close "in the name" of the Prince of Peace or some other allusion to Jesus, in an ecumenical way. Mr. Warren made his blessing distinctly Christian by mentioning his savior, Jesus, That way he was able to be true to his faith.
Warren's congregation expected to hear him invoke the name of Jesus during the invocation. In previous discussions Warren did not confirm or deny his plans. Instead he told Associated Press, "I'm a Christian pastor, so I will pray the only kind of prayer I know how to pray."
refused to drive a bus bearing an atheists' advertisement (Jan. 17, 2009)
Ron Heather, 62, an evangelical Christian from
Southampton, refused to drive a bus bearing an advert from a national
campaign of atheists. About 800 buses across the country are to carry
the adverts. Heather said he was "aghast" when he realized last
Saturday that he would have to drive a double decker emblazoned with a
atheists the slogan. He walked out of his shift in protest.
Rick Warren Pastor
of Saddleback Church to offer the opening prayer at Obama's swearing-in
ceremony (Jan. 14, 2009)
Evangelical mega-pastor and renowned author Rick
Warren will deliver the opening prayer at next month's swearing-in of Barack
Obama, Though there is strong criticisms, Obama defended it saying that
although he differs with the conservative pastor on social issues, he wants
to have diverse voices at the ceremony.
Provide security to
Christians -Supreme Court ordered to Orissa Government Jan. 06, 2009)
The Supreme Court ordered authorities in Orissa
on Monday to provide security to thousands of Christians who fled their
homes after the worst religious violence in last year. The ruling
appeared to back criticism from Christian leaders that the state government
had failed to provide enough security for scared Christians still living in
camps and forests. The top court also barred the state government from
withdrawing troops from riot-infested zones without permission of the
Church of God in India Church attacked by Siva sena in Mumbai (Nov. 15, 2008)
Suspected Siva Sena activists attacked Church of God (Full Gospel) Church in Bhayander a satellite city of Mumbai today around 11.00 a.m. As per the available reports New life fellowship was conducting a prayer meeting at the church premises. A strong anti Christian mob suspected as siva sena workers attacked them and a damage of around 3,00,000 rupees is estimated.
Gideons International will commemorate the 100th anniversary (Sept. 28, 01.10 IST)
On Oct. 4, 2008, The Gideons International will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its first placement of Bibles in hotel rooms. Gideons are in more than 180 countries, printed in over 80 languages, they have given away 1.3 billion Bibles (enough to reach about one in five people on earth), and are currently placing one million copies every five days. They also place Scripture in hospitals, prisons, military bases, schools and colleges.
According to a Christian Post report, at the 1908 Gideon Convention in Louisville, Ky., Gideons members were discussing how they could more effectively witness in the hotels, where they spent so much of their time, when one trustee proposed that they furnish a Bible for each bedroom of the hotels in the United States. The plan was adopted by the convention and dubbed, "The Bible Project."
Jabalpur Christian Church burnt (Sept.
19, 12.35, IST)
Communal violence between Hindus and Christians has been on rise in various parts of the country. The latest in the row of the attacks on churches is in Madhya Pradesh, again a Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled state. Two men broke into a A 150-year-old church in Jabalpur late on Thursday night. There were no casualties as the church was closed. However, fire fighters were alerted and the blaze was soon doused. Immediately after the incident, there were protests by Christians but the situation is now under control
This is the third case of assault on Christian missionaries in the state in the past few weeks. On Aug 31, an 86-year-old church in Ratlam was set on fire. In another incident, Unidentfied gunmen opened fire at a guard at the Carmel Convent in Ujjain, the temple town of Madhya Pradesh, police said Tuesday. He recieved three gun shots were Monday night and sustained minor injuries in the legs, the police said, adding he was out of danger. The five unidentified attackers according to the police, had asked him to call the Sisters of the convent. 'When Singh refused, he was beaten up badly and asked to cry loudly so that the Sisters would come out,' said the police.
In Jabalpur Christian Church burnt (Sept. 18, 23.40, IST)
B2B got the news that in Jabalpur, in Madhya Pradesh state of India, fresh violence had started and some anonymous group burnt a Christian Church. We are waiting for more news to come.
'Somebody's Daughter: A Journey to Freedom from
16, 23.00, IST)
According to recent surveys, nearly 60 percent of Christian men and 37 percent of pastors admit to struggling with pornography. No longer just a problem for men, 35 percent of women also admit to the addiction. Read Full News
Please do not spread 'lies' to stir
Christian sentiment (Sept. 16, 10.30 IST)
B2B is getting enquires about the present situations in riot affected areas of India as some sources with wrong intentions are spreading false News. We got one like this-which is circulating all over the world- "Please pray for Paul Thangaia in Bangalore. RSS has planned to kill hem. They burnt 20 Churches yesterday night and plan to destroy 200 Churches. In Orissa BJP has planned to kill 200 pastors in the next 24 hours. Please pray for atleast 2 minutes and forward this message to all Christians." As B2B, a responsible news agency want to inform all of you that most of the mails and SMS' are pure lies than fact. We agree, still there is tension in some areas of Karnadaka and Orissa. However, Christians do not needed any exaggerated or false news. We suspect some may have personal gains through all these 'publicity stunts'
The All India Christian Council condemned the Delhi bomb blasts (Sept. 15, 22.30, IST))
The All India Christian Council condemned the bomb blasts in the national capital . Dr Abraham Mathai, vice-chairman of the Maharashtra Minorities Commission said, "This leaves all of us vulnerable to communal attacks, irrespective of whether they are carried out by terrorists, identified with the minority community or as in the case of Karnataka or Orissa where fundamentalists from the majority community attacked Christians.'' At least two persons were killed in Orissa in renewed anti-Christian violence and nine churches were targeted in Karnataka, leaving a large number grievously injured. There was no justification for the Orissa government not calling for a CBI probe into the communal violence and demanding President's rule in the state, said sources.
Saudi Governmental Official Kills Own
Daughter for Conversion to Christianity (Sept. 15, 20.15, IST)
A government official in Saudi Arabia cut out his daughter's tongue and burned her to death after learning she had become a follower of Jesus Christ. The man, who was not named in the news report, works for the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, a government agency that enforces religious purity. The girl came to know about Jesus Christ through the Internet and when her father learned about her decision, "a heated debate on religion" ensued, according to International Christian Concern (www.persecution.org), a Washington, D.C.-based human rights group. The man is in custody but news reports gave no indication as to his identity or when the crime occurred. "Saudi Arabia is intolerant of Christianity and non-Muslim faiths," a press statement from International Christian Concern said. "Its education curriculum openly inculcates hatred against Christians and other non-Muslims through their textbooks and teachers. Saudi Arabian officials are using their huge oil wealth to export Wahabbism (the most intolerant version of Islam) to other countries including in the United States."
Source: Baptist Press
After Orissa Now it is the turn of Karnataka-more than 9 Churches attacked in South Indian State (Sept 14, 21.30, IST)
Suspected Bajrang Dal activists on Sunday attacked ten churches in parts of coastal and Malnad districts of Karnataka, protesting alleged conversion of Hindus into Christianity by missionaries. The attacks, believed to have been planned and executed in the morning, left at least eight persons, including two pastors, injured, police said. The pastors were injured in Sirur and Jayapura. Churches in Singtagere, Magodu, Jayapura in Chikmagalur district of Malnad region, prayers halls in Udupi, Sirur and Mudur in Udupi district, Kodikkal, Falnir and Afla Centre in Mangalore were the target of the attacks, they said. Motorcycle-borne miscreants barged into prayer halls and ransacked them, they said, adding additional reinforcements have been sent in view of the violence. Central minister Oscar Fernandes, who hails from the region, visited some of the damaged prayers halls Sunday evening. In Mangalore, the authorities have clamped prohibitory orders for three days from Sunday, police said.
Malayalam-August Issue Editorial Orissa riot - editorial august.pdf
controversial 'Pastor'- Back in Mumbai ( Sept. 12, 10.30 , IST)
The American National who left India when a look-out notice by ATS (Anti terrorism Squad) was issued against him came back in city without any pressure from Indian authorities. Reportedly he appeared before ATS mumbai office for an interrogation on Thursday, he spend more than three hours in ATS office. Explaining his reason for fleeing, Haywood told the police that he was mentally disturbed after the incident and wanted to spend time with himself.
Orissa Please do not heed to roomers
(Sept. 6, 22.00, IST)
After two weeks passed, communal violence is still going on in Orissa. However, b2b found some sources are spreading roomers like 16 pastors were burned alive. b2b want to inform all fellow Christians, do not heed to such kind of false news. We found such kind of SMS are circulating with a prayer request-surprisingly it came from Gulf. At the same time again b2b request all of your prayer for the Gospel works in India.
Namrada - victim of Orissa riot. More News about Orissa riot
Dead Sea Scrolls are coming to Web (August 28, 10.30, IST)
More than 2,000 years after they were written, the Dead Sea Scrolls are going digital as part of an effort to better preserve the ancient texts and let more people see them than ever before. Scientists in Israel are taking digital photographs of the Scrolls with the aim of making the documents available to the public and researchers on the internet. Israel Antiquities Authority, the custodian of the scrolls that shed light on the life of Jews and early Christians at the time of Jesus, said on Wednesday it would take more than two years to complete the project. For many years after Bedouin shepherds first came upon the scrolls in caves near the Dead Sea in 1947, only a small number of scholars were allowed to view the fragments. But access has since been widened and they were published in their entirety seven years ago. Using powerful cameras and lights that emit no damaging heat or ultraviolet beams, scientists in Israel have been able to decipher sections and letters in the scrolls invisible to the naked eye. The scrolls, most of them on parchment, are the oldest copies of the Hebrew Bible and include secular text dating from the third century BC to the first century AD. A team of specialists has taken 4000 pictures of some 9000 fragments that make up the scrolls, which number 900 in total.
A few large pieces of Dead Sea Scroll are on permanent display at the Israel Museum. An exhibition opens at The Jewish Museum on September 21, 2008 and remains on view through January 4, 2009. This new exhibition features fragments of six scrolls, which have never been seen in New York City before. Another exhibition on the most remarkable archaeological discovery of the 20th century, the oldest surviving manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible, known to Christians as the Old Testament-is going on at NC Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina. from June 28 to December 28, 2008.