‘Bite size’ analysis of news from the past week, with a Christian Perspective
CHINA HOLDS MILITARY INVASION DRILL AMID TENSIONS WITH TAIWAN
Week ending 15 OCTOBER 2020 – TAIWAN – China held a simulated military attack on Saturday 10 October that included drones, special forces, and airborne troops, in the latest in a series of military exercises aimed at Taiwan.
From a Christian Perspective – the similarities between Hong Kong and Taiwan extend beyond their political and social goals, as the Church in both places has had similar responses to China’s increasing pressure.
PAKISTANI COURT ACQUITS CHRISTIAN MAN ON DEATH ROW
Week ending 15 OCTOBER 2020 – PAKISTAN – Sawan Masih, a Pakistani man sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2014, has been acquitted by the Lahore High Court.
From a Christian Perspective – believers (and other minority groups) in Pakistan have often been targeted under the blasphemy law. This law is often used to settle unrelated grievances and disagreements.
CHURCHES BURNED AND CHRISTIANS TARGETED IN INDIA?
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
“Brothers and sisters, urgent prayer request. Pray for the Church in India. Buddhist extremists in India burned down 20 churches last night. Tonight want to destroy more than 200 churches in Olisabang province. They want to kill 200 missionaries within the next 24 hours. All Christians are hiding in villages… Pray for them and send this message to all Christians you know.
CHURCH BUILDINGS – DO THEY MATTER?
28 JULY 2020 – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s unprecedented decree (10 July) converting Hagia Sophia once again into a mosque continues to reverberate across the region and beyond. The controversy raises some interesting questions regarding church buildings. Where do church buildings fit in? What is their purpose in the life of a Christian? Are they necessary? And if so, in what way? In the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, many church buildings have been closed for months and some wonder what the future holds for traditional church buildings?
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