All posts tagged: Greece

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The US accelerates its decision to move embassy to Jerusalem

On Saturday, Feb 24, 2018, US President Donald Trump announced that the plan to set up the American embassy in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, made late last year has been moved up. With expectations that the move would not be made until 2019, Trump stated the embassy will begin its transfer to Jerusalem in May this year. The first step will see American Ambassador David Friedman and a small support staff set up an office in the Jerusalem neighborhood Arnona giving it official American status. Over the next several months, the rest of the staff will be moved over as facilities are prepared for their arrival. A new building will also be constructed at a different location. In his February announcement, Trump said it was an anniversary gift for the Israelis. May 14th is Israel’s Independence Day and this years marks the 70th anniversary of Israel’s restoration as a nation. Shortly after Trump made his May announcement, Guatemala stated it would be moving its embassy in mid-May as well. For security reasons, the government …

The Greek Argument

Most of us know the news about Greece; the nation is running out of money. Creditors want payments on national loans, the Greeks can’t pay, and they need to borrow more. Borrowing more is the issue. They live on borrowed money, and the supply has ended. Many experts are sympathetic and believe the Greeks are being pressured to surrender their national sovereignty. I disagree. Independence was lost when they borrowed hundreds of billions. Now they are dodging the bill collectors. “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7) That truth hasn’t changed in 3000 years. Greeks have demonstrated their outrage for months, and they voted to say “No” to the creditors, as advised by their government. Now the same government is saying yes, offering up items the voters refused to give. Any agreement will be a failure for someone. It’s a mess. And I can explain, I know how this happened. From my comfortable chair in Canada, with my experience leading churches; I can explain Greece. The …

Greek Orthodox Church opposes Bible distribution in Greece

This summer people from around the world are gathering in Halkidiki, near Thessaloniki, in Northern Greece to distribute Greek New Testaments in that country. The 300 member group includes participants from New Zealand, Canada, UK, USA, Iceland, Australia and Romania. Led by Johnathan Macris, President of Hellenic Ministries based in Athens, Greece, the group hopes to hand out 150,000 Greek New Testaments through door-to-door distribution. Though the early church had a significant impact in Greece and many of the Apostle Paul’s letters to Greek churches are now part of the Bible — such as 1 and 2 Corinthians, Philippians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians — very few Greeks have a copy of a Bible in their homes and if they do it is often written in older Greek that is very difficult to understand. There is also a deeply rooted view that only Priests can properly interpret Scripture. Not all Greek churches are delighted with the prospect of Bibles being handed out. In a statement published on its website on June 27, 2014, the Greek …