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Canada: Children of pastor sob as dad arrested

The children of Pastor Tim Stephens sobbed and cried ‘daddy’ as the police in the Canadian city of Calgary arrested their dad for holding services in violation of the dystopian lockdown of that province.

Canada’s Indian Residential School scandal

Using ground penetrating radar, authorities recently uncovered the graves of 215 students who died at a former Canadian residential school in Kamloops, BC. The Canadian Indian Residential School system was set up in 1876 to provide boarding school education for Indian children in Canada. Since one of the primary goals of the schools was to assimilate Indian children into the dominant Canadian culture, it required pulling children from their homes and boarding them at the schools in order to minimize contact with their family and friends.

From the Peaceniks of the 1960s to the Social Justice Warriors of the 2020s: Some Cultural and Spiritual Insights

By Dr. Michael L. Brown Are there parallels between the anti-war, hippies of the 1960s and today’s social justice warriors? Are there valuable lessons we can learn from the past, both cultural and spiritual, that will give us insight for today? Growing up in the 60s (I was born in 1955), I lived through the anti-war movement. But for me, being a few years younger than the activists, that era was all about rock music and drugs. Giving the “peace” sign was just something we hippies did. “Peace, man,” we would say while holding up two fingers. Our mantra was, “Make love not war.” As for being anti-war, that was hardly a philosophical issue for me. It was simply pragmatic: I was getting high and playing drums in a rock band. Why on earth would I want to go to Vietnam to be killed in battle? But for others, there really were serious philosophical issues, and deep questions were being asked. Why are we here? What’s the meaning of life? Is the American dream our …

What Jesus said about the Chinese Communist Party’s sanction of Rev. Johnnie Moore

I was reading an interesting story about Rev. Johnnie Moore’s response to the decision by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to sanction him. The move effectively bans Moore and his family from entering Communist China, Hong Kong and Macao, a former Portuguese controlled city on the coast of China. Rev. Moore is an evangelical Christian and president of The Congress of Christian Leaders. Up to a few weeks ago, Moore also served on U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). He was sanctioned after USCIRF released its 2021 annual report where it condemned the Communist regime’s treatment of religious groups and sanctioned a CCP official for his violation of religious rights in the communist regime. In the report, it particularly warned of the CCP’s aggressive use of advanced surveillance technologies to control and subjugate religious minorities and as well all Chinese citizens. The announcement of CCP’s reciprocal sanction of Moore was made by The Global Times, a propaganda news outlet for the CCP. So how did Moore respond? Here is what he tweeted: He called …

Survey: Everyone missed the city on the hill

We have family that lives several hours away and as we drove home after a visit, we often end up driving during the night. And towards the end of our journey, I would find myself looking for the lights of our city radiating into the night sky as it offered hope, that our hours spent in a car would soon be coming to an end, and we would be home. In Matthew 5, Jesus also spoke of light telling believers that we are a light to the world, and a city on a hill that can’t be hidden. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV) During dark times, light offers guidance and …

Christians lose one and win one in American courts

A judge has just ruled that the College of the Ozarks, a Christian liberal arts college in Point Lookout, Missouri, must allow biological males who identify as female to share showers and dorm rooms with biological females. The school was seeking a temporary injunction that would exempt it from the rule implemented by the Biden Administration until the college’s case was heard in a federal court. The college, that is being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, said it would appeal the ruling. The Blaze provides more details: After President Joe Biden issued an executive order titled, “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation” in January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development put forward a directive in line with the administration’s new interpretation of “sex.” The directive holds that entities covered by the Fair Housing Act cannot discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Meaning that a transgender person who is biologically male but identifies as a female must be permitted to share dormitory spaces …

Pastor murdered after debate between Christianity and Islam

According to Morning Star Ministries, a Pentecostal pastor in Eastern Uganda was allegedly killed by Muslim extremists shortly after engaging in a public debate between Christianity and Islam. Muslims in Pallisa Town, where Pastor Thomas Chikooma has his church, had been holding nightly discussions in a community park and decided as part of this to set up a public debate between Christianity and Islam. Though only 14% of Ugandans are Muslim, they are concentrated in the eastern region of the country where the debate took place. The Islamic group invited Pastor Chikooma, a popular minister who had established over 50 churches in the area, to speak on behalf of Christianity during the debate between to the two faiths. However, things did not go as anticipated for the Muslim organizers as Pastor Chikooma effectively used both the Bible and the Koran to present his case for Christianity. At the end, he invited those watching to receive Christ and according to reports, 14 people, including six Muslims, made a decision to become Christians. This turn of events …

The counterintuitive church

It is one of those good news, bad news scenarios. No Christian likes persecution, and increasingly believers are being targeted for their beliefs in Western Democracies and as counterintuitive as it sounds, this may actually be good news for the church. According to a study by Nilay Saiya and Stuti Manchanda, published in Society of Religion, an academic journal, there is a strange anomaly in Christianity where it does better in places where it’s not the favoured religion and even faces active persecution, than in countries where it is embraced. The authors came to this conclusion after studying the growth and acceptance of Christianity in 166 nations between 2010 and 2020. The authors noted that of the ten countries with the fastest growing Christian populations today, seven of them involve nations that have low acceptance or even resistance to the Christian faith: Malawi, Uganda,  Rwanda,  Madagascar,  Liberia, DR Congo, and  Angola. Only three nations, where Christianity was politically and culturally accepted, made it in to the top ten: Tanzania, Zambia, and Kenya. Saiya and Manchand added …

UK school reports its Chaplin to anti-terrorist authority

Trent College is a protestant and evangelical Church of England boarding school outside of Nottingham, England with over 1,000 students. n 2019, the school reported its Chaplin, Rev Dr Bernard Randall, to Prevent, an anti-terror watchdog set up by the British government, after he delivered a chapel sermon stating that though the students needed to respect members of the LGBT+ community, they could still hold to traditional views on marriage and sexuality.

Video: How Canadian police arrest a pastor

I have run a couple videos on Calgary Pastor, Artur Pawlowski, driving an Alberta health inspector and police from his church when they demanded entrance for an inspection. Well, apparently Alberta’s Health Department had Pawlowsi arrested for standing up to the department’s tyranny. The police were dutifully just following orders. Rebel News explains: They hunted him down like he’s a terrorist. Police cars swarmed him as he drove home from his church. They ordered him out of his car and made him kneel down on a busy highway. Heavily-armed SWAT police arrested him. But he’s not a terrorist. He’s Artur Pawlowski, a Christian pastor. And he’s now in jail. READ: POLICE STATE: Watch the moment a SWAT team arrests a Canadian pastor The recent arrest even caught the attention of international media. READ: Canadian pastor whose Easter confrontation with police went viral arrested after holding church service

Reformed pastor denounces contemporary worship

A reformed pastor with a Presbyterian church recently caused controversy when he publicly criticized the styles of worship being used in many churches today. In his presentation to the Gospel Reformation Network conference, David McWilliams, who pastors Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, Florida, criticized the modern worship that is moving away from the hymns sung in traditional churches. In his presentation, Pastor McWilliams not only focussed on such trends as using smoke, lighting and video displays in sync with the music, but as well on the type of music being incorporated in these worship services. In his presentation, McWilliams noted: “For example, who can think that a service peppered with salsa rhythms will lead the congregation to worship God in reverence and awe? Or rock music. Will sentimental tunes or music that remind one of night clubs lead us to reverence and awe?” “Therefore, certain forms of music, attitudes, and actions are immediately excluded from worship by the one principle that we are to worship our God in reverence and awe.” It is an interesting …

Chinese Communist Party launches snitch app for wrong think

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) just released an app allowing people to report those who are not thinking according to communist lines. The app produced by Cyberspace Administration of China is initially focussing on people who dare to insult China’s national heroes. According to The Independent, it was released in the lead up to CCP’s 100th anniversary to deal with people “denying the excellence of advanced socialist culture.” The CCP explained the app’s purpose writing: For a while now, some people with ulterior motives have spread historically nihilistic false statements online, maliciously distorting, slandering, and denying party, national, and military history in an attempt to confuse people’s thinking. We hope that most internet users will play an active role in supervising society and enthusiastically report harmful information.” This would include reporting anyone who refers to Mao Zedong, the founder of Chinese communism, as one of the world’s biggest mass murderers. It is estimated that Mao’s communist policies, directly or indirectly, resulted in the deaths of 45 million Chinese people (many now believe the number is …

Court allows Calgary police ‘to do anything necessary’ to enforce church inspection

I previously reported on how a Canadian Pastor, Artur Pawlowski, who grew up under communism in Poland, twice drove an Alberta health inspector from his Calgary church, The Fortress (Cave) of Adullam, when she demanded entrance for a COVID health inspection. According to the Daily Wire, Alberta’s health department has now received a court-ordered warrant allowing the police “to do anything necessary,” if Pastor Pawlowski obstructs the health department’s third attempt to enter the building.

‘WE’RE BACK’: Police revisit Calgary church

Earlier in April, five police officers and one health official showed up at a Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Good Friday for a COVID lockdown inspection but were driven out by its pastor, Artur Pawlowski, who was from Poland and has lived through communism. Well, the police returned again this past Sunday with more officers, you can’t have too many armed officers when dealing with an unarmed pastor, and a health inspector claiming she had a warrant.

Change your religion? I don’t think so.

Take a good look at yourself. Here is a question we should all answer about ourselves: How much of me was chosen by me? Or: How much of this person was designed by the owner? In public places, I see some interesting hair colors and styles, and tattoos. I’m not a big fan of tattoos because people change as they grow older, and a tattoo will endure long after the idea changes, or he breaks up with that girlfriend. Hair grows, and it turns grey. I am reminded when I look in the mirror. Our grandchildren can laugh at the crazy things we did with our hair, if they see the pictures. We like to think that we choose to be who we are and what we do, and most important, we choose what we believe. So, how much of you is you, and how much was imposed on you by family and other people in your life? I had a text message from a young man that I know well, and he was worried …

The Bad News in the Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling on Behalf of Religious Liberty

By Dr. Michael L. Brown It was good to see the Supreme Court rule yet again in favor of religious liberty in the latest California case to reach the nation’s highest court. Yet the fact that the ruling was only 5-4, not to mention some of the reasoning in the dissenting opinion, gives real cause for concern. This should not have been a close vote at all. Instead, it should have been a slam dunk for religious freedoms. As reported on Forbes, “The Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 margin late Friday that California’s coronavirus-related restrictions on gathering in private homes violated constitutional rights on the free exercise of religion, the latest ruling from the high court that prohibits authorities from enforcing limits on religious services.” Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the three liberal justices, and the dissenting opinion was written by Justice Elana Kagan. As for the majority opinion, the reasoning was as follows. “First, California treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise, permitting hair salons, retail stores, personal care services, …

Justin Bieber warns of ‘celebrity pastor worship’

In many ways, Pop Star Justin Bieber, 27, summed up what ails the North American Church when he warned against “celebrity pastor worship” in a recent interview with CQ Magazine. It happens when we look to powerful men and women anointed by God for the latest word or miracle because of their special access to God. Justin said part of this stems from leaders who put themselves on a pedestal: “I think so many pastors put themselves on this pedestal, And it’s basically, church can be surrounded around the man, the pastor, the guy, and it’s like, ‘This guy has this ultimate relationship with God that we all want but we can’t get because we’re not this guy.’ That’s not the reality, though. The reality is, every human being has the same access to God.” Unfortunately, this celebrity worship often leads to disappointment, because fame is a difficult thing to handle. It is so easy for a person to be manipulated by their celebrity status. And Justin witnessed its failings first hand as he used …

What we can learn from the Long Hollow Baptist Church revival

As the Apostle Paul was struggling with issues in his ministry, in his second letter to the Corinthians, he wrote how God told the Apostle, that the Lord’s grace was sufficient, and that God’s power was made perfect in Paul’s weakness. A couple sentences later, Paul added, “for when I am weak, I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:11). And a story by the Baptist Press on the revival currently taking place in Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN is testimony to this verse. The church pastored by Robby Gallatay has been experiencing a revival since the end of December and the church has recorded over 1,000 baptisms by April 11, 2021. The church estimates that upwards of 75% are new declarations of faith and 80% are adults. This included 201 baptisms during the Easter service, that exceeded the total number of baptisms the church recorded in 2018. It all started shortly after two of Gallatay’s ministerial friends, who had spoken at Long Hollow, committed suicide. In an interview with the Baptist Press, Gallatay said: …

“Did you ever think you’d be part of an underground church” in Canada?

It is unbelievable this is happening in a democracy, but a church in Canada has been forced to go underground in order to hold services. On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, RCMP showed up at GraceLife church outside of Spruce Grove, Alberta, and put up double barricades around the building to prevent people from attending services. The church had been holding services in defiance of the provincial lockdown that limits attendance to 15% of capacity. It’s pastor, James Coates, was also in jail for 35 days when he was arrested for breaking the lockdown rules. None of the charges against Coates warranted jail time, only fines, yet Coates ended up in jail because the RCMP demanded Coates voluntarily sign an undertaking that he would not attend services. Coates refused so, the RCMP refused to release the pastor. He was eventually released once that undertaking was removed. His court case is scheduled for May 3, 2021 where he is facing a fine of $1,500 for violating lockdown orders. With its building barricaded, this past Sunday (April 11, …

Stopping COVID … in Israel?

I remember this time last year, when we were told that COVID 19 would be gone by now. We had a spike in the number of infections in March of 2020, and then the numbers declined. I was one of many people who were told to stay home from work, in March of 2020. My employer was good to us, and kept us on the payroll for weeks; and then, when everyone thought that COVID-19 was disappearing, we were sent back to work, with safety precautions. And now here we are. Where I live, the virus is active and now we have mutations of the virus, that may or may not respond to vaccines. The medical authorities are warning us that the mutations, variants, are spreading rapidly. Also, there is growing concern about vaccines that are not fully tested, and are only permitted for emergency use, and are not widely available. Where I live, people are arguing in public places. A man tried to correct some strangers who were not wearing masks in a shop, …