The extraction of a nucleus from an egg is one of the steps involved in cloning (Photo Baptist Press)
by Tom Strode
The “brave new world” of human cloning apparently has arrived, and critics are waving the warning flags. Oregon-based scientists reported Wednesday, May 15, they had cloned human embryos, reportedly the first successful attempt at such cloning, as a means of producing embryonic stem cells. The researchers extracted stem cells from the clones, destroying the days-old human embryos in the process.
The scientists used basically the same cloning method utilized in 1996 by Scottish researchers to create the first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep.
by Melissa Nordell
Organizations such as Open Doors International, Voice of the Martyrs and International Christian Concern work to defend the human rights of persecuted Christians around the world, to send financial assistance, to advocate for their rights and release from imprisonment, to create awareness of their plight, and to send Bibles and food to the oppressed and refugees.
By Mark Ellis
Willem Dafoe in the film, “Antichrist”
Do you believe he is a real person? Could he be alive today? Some may doubt his existence, but the prophet Daniel, the Apostles Paul and John — and Jesus Himself — all taught about the coming of this dynamic, powerful, evil personality who will rule the world at the time of the end.
The Book of Daniel covers a giant sweep of history, from Daniel’s era, about 500 years before Jesus, all the way up to and beyond our present time, prophesying about things that will be coming to planet earth in the future, perhaps sooner than we expect.
By Mark Ellis
The brothers who detonated bombs at the Boston Marathon were connected to a larger terrorist group in South Asia and Iran, a former intelligence agent asserts.
“It was an Islamist attack,” says Reza Khalili, once a member of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard, who later became a CIA spy and escaped to the West. He became a Christian in the U.S. after a friend gave him a copy of the JESUS Film and a New Testament.
By Mark Ellis
Yom Kippur observance
I stood up at church last Sunday morning to make an announcement about an upcoming event I am excited about, a talk by Dr. Peter Williams titled “Evidence for the Resurrection.”
During the announcement, I had some sort of curious brain fog overtake my mouth, because instead of saying he will be speaking April 13th, I said he will be speaking September 13th.
Christians are being persecuted all over the world every day
In an effort to increase awareness and to end the plight of the persecuted church, Blaine Scogin of Persecution Watch is using conference calls as a means of praying for tortured and imprisoned believers.
Few are aware there is a lack of religious freedom for 73% of the world’s population, with 200 million Christians living in restricted countries.
Scogin would like to change that. Two years ago, when he did a “Google” search for a conference call prayer group for the persecuted church, he found nothing. Then the Lord impressed on his heart, What are you going to do about it?
by Erin Roach
Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen of Iranian descent imprisoned in Tehran, tells of the torture he has endured for his faith as well as the joy that comes with forgiving his perpetrators in a letter to his family released by the American Center for Law and Justice, dated March 22. The letter comes one day after a U.S. State Department official finally mentioned Abedini’s case before a global audience, and called for his release.
Abedini’s ordeal is happening during a period of numerous arrests of Iranian Christians, according to Morning Star News. The increase in arrests, the news service said, is likely related to the upcoming presidential elections. Christians in Iran, according to World Watch Monitor, are routinely arrested and interrogated because Iranian authorities view Christianity as a deviant anti-government movement, and Christians as pawns of the West. Continue reading
By Melissa Nordell
Experts are warning of possible targeting of Christians in many Middle East countries. The danger is especially apparent in Syria after the so-called “Arab Spring.” In Syria, the conflict still continues between government forces and rebels, and the government itself is quite unstable, according to a report by CNN.
“In the past, they [Syrian Christians] have had (a) great outpouring of piety in the public squares on Easter,” said Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute. “This time, I suspect it is going to be vastly different. They are fearful,” she told CNN.
By Mark Ellis
Missile from Iron Dome defense system launches to intercept missile fired from Gaza
More than 1400 rockets blasted from the Gaza Strip last November targeted Jerusalem and Tel Aviv for the first time since the Gulf War. Despite Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, a few rockets penetrated the shield, wreaking death, destruction and many wounded near impact.
In response, the Israeli government has quietly asked several large hospitals to expand their underground facilities to fortify themselves against future missile attacks.
By Dan Wooding
Three men threw Molotov cocktails at two churches in Makassar, the provincial capital, in the early hours of Sunday, February 10, 2013. The front door and sign of the Toraja Mamassa Church of Jordan Congregation were damaged in the attack, but the Tiatira Malengkeri Church was unscathed.
A street scene in Makassar,
the capital of South Sulawesi
According to Barnabas Aid, two other churches, the South Sulawesi Indonesian Christian Church and the Toraja Klassis Makassar Church Panakkukang Congregation, were targeted in coordinated attacks at 4am on Thursday, February 14, 2013. Both buildings suffered fire damage.