The January 2011 PNEUMA INFORMER
In this issue
What's New at www.PneumaFoundation.orgNew Links and Content Worth Noticing
- The Pneuma Foundation is pleased to add content to our website as a resource to our members and friends around the world. We also add links to content that we are not able to republish ourselves, but may be of interest. Here are some examples of links added recently to "Links to Articles & Books" www.pneumafoundation.org/links_articles.jsp and from "Links to Study Resources" www.pneumafoundation.org/links_study.jsp
- The largest list of Pentecostal/charismatic Bible Schools available online anywhere. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/links_schools.jsp
Add your school: http://www.pneumafoundation.org/links.jsp#link
- Christianity Today summary of Lausanne 2010. Tim Stafford, "Teeming Diversity: The Third Lausanne Congress demonstrated that global evangelicalism has been transformed" (Christianity Today, Dec 2010). www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/december/6.34.html
Reports from Around the World
Persecution of Christians accelerated dramatically in 2010
North Korea tops the Open Doors World Watch List - a ranking of 50 countries that are the worst persecutors of Christians around the globe. Carl Moeller with Open Doors USA says there were no surprises on this year's list. However, "The biggest thing that we learned from putting the list together this year is that the entire level of persecution globally is accelerating at a really dramatic rate." Moeller says, "Eight out of the top ten countries on our World Watch List this year are Islamic countries where Islamic extremism has gained the upper hand." A case in point is the January 4 assassination of the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province. He was killed by his bodyguard because he spoke out against the country's controversial blasphemy law. The World Watch List's release is an important tool in a Christian response. "The first thing we can do is to pray. Secondly, though, we can use our voice. Again, the World Watch List is a great tool for us to speak to countries that are sensitive to religious liberty. And lastly, this World Watch List also tells us the areas that need our help the most. Many Christian refugees are fleeing their homes, and we've got to be there supporting them."
Source: Mission Network News, 5 January, 2011. http://www.mnnonline.org/article/15184
Eritrea: Christians arrested for praying
On 2 January 2011, Eritrean officials arrested 30 Christians, members of the Philadelphia Church, for praying at a private house in Asmara, the capital. The Philadelphia Church is an evangelical church outlawed in Eritrea. Several other churches in the country were forced to go underground in 2002 when officials required all religious groups to register.
Sources report that "currently, more than 3,000 Eritreans have been detained for their faith in Christ. Most are kept in underground dungeons, metal shipping containers and military barracks. Several Christians have died while imprisoned due to torture and lack of medical attention."
In another release from the World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission, "Wave of Protests in Arab World Endangers Christians in Eritrea" (Jan 31, 2011), the terrible treatment of prisoners has been confirmed by a US Embassy cable released by Wiki Leaks. http://www.wikileaks.ch/cable/2008/11/08ASMARA546.html
Source: Adapted from WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, 15 January, 2011. http://www.persecution.net/pnp.htm#1101134
Turkmenistan: Government lumps Evangelicals in with radical Islam
Despite severe restrictions of religious freedom, ministry continues in former Soviet bloc nation. "We're hoping and praying that we would just continue to see a change in heart in the government where they would realize that there are worse threats out there than evangelical Christian churches which typically proclaim the Gospel and peace and reconciliation in the name of Jesus."
Source: Mission Network News. Full story: http://www.mnnonline.org/article/15202
Tunisia: Upheaval unlikely to improve situation for believers
News and Headlines
Protests erupted in Tunisia's streets Monday, January 17 with the formation of a coalition government. The president fled on the previous Friday, January 14. Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs says it's hard to say what will result. However, "I don't think we can anticipate a positive change, at least in the short term. This is a country with less than half a percent of the population as Christian. It's pretty unlikely that suddenly those believers are going to be celebrated by their government." Oppression ramped up against believers in 2010. "Voice of the Martyrs is involved, but I can't say much more than that, because there are so few Christians in Tunisia, anything we say publicly about what we're doing there can end up in them being targeted." Pray for more open doors. "When there is upheaval, people are thinking about important things: 'What's worth living for? What's worth dying for?' That can be a time when revival strikes," says Nettleton. "It can be a time when the Spirit of God moves within a country."
Mission Network News, 18 January, 2011. http://www.mnnonline.org/article/15242
Source: Missions Insider Report, November 29, 2010. http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs012/1011289464089/archive/1103996419676.html
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Resources You Can Use
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Read the press release: "Money, Media, Marriage and Millennials... What is the Next Generation of Influencers Thinking" www.ecpa.org/rush/pr36.html
Source: Rush to Press (December 27, 2010)
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"[A] series of Bible Commentaries for pastors, elders and Bible Study leaders in the developing world or for people who speak English as a second language." An easy-to-read Bible text and commentaries (2800 vocabulary word level) available online and on a free CD.
Source: Brigada Today (2010/01/31)
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Cindy Jacobs' THE REFORMATION MANIFESTO, Reviewed by Tony Richie
From the Winter 2011 issue
Cindy Jacobs, The Reformation Manifesto: Your Part in God's Plan to Change the Nations Today (Bloomington, Minnesota: Bethany House, 2008), 238 pages, ISBN 9780764205026.
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Reviewed by Tony Richie
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Tony Richie, D.Min, Ph.D., is missionary teacher at SEMISUD (Quito, Ecuador), guest lecturer at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary and Lee University (Cleveland, TN) and adjunct theology professor for Regent University Divinity School (Virginia Beach, VA). Dr. Richie is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, and Senior Pastor at New Harvest in Knoxville, TN. He serves the Society for Pentecostal Studies as Ecumenical Studies Interest Group Leader and Liaison to the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches (USA), and represents Pentecostals with Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation of the World Council of Churches and the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs. He is the author of Speaking by the Spirit: A Pentecostal Model for Interreligious Dialogue (Emeth Press, 2011) and several journal articles and books chapters on Pentecostal theology and experience.
Read more reviews and other articles in the Winter 2011 issue of THE PNEUMA REVIEW www.pneumafoundation.org/intro_pr.jspMarvin Olasky's THE TRAGEDY OF AMERICAN COMPASSION, Reviewed by Woodrow Walton
From the Winter 2011 issue
Marvin Olasky, The Tragedy of American Compassion (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2008), 299 pages, ISBN 9781433501104.
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Reviewed by Woodrow E. Walton
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Woodrow E. Walton, D.Min. (Oral Roberts University School of Theology and Missions), B.A. (Texas Christian University), B.D. [M.Div.] (Duke Divinity School), M.A. (University of Oklahoma), is a retired Seminary Dean and Professor of biblical, theological and historical studies. An ordained Assemblies of God minister, he and his wife live in Shattuck, Oklahoma. Walton retains membership with the Evangelical Theological Society, American Association of Christian Counselors, American Society of Church History, American Academy of Political Science, and The International Society of Frontier Missiology.
Read more reviews and other articles in the Winter 2011 issue of THE PNEUMA REVIEW www.pneumafoundation.org/intro_pr.jspJim Wallis' REDISCOVERING VALUES, Reviewed by Stephen King
From the Winter 2011 issue
Jim Wallis, Rediscovering Values On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street: A Moral Compass for the New Economy (New York, NY: Howard Books, 2010), ix + 255 pages, ISBN 9781439183120.
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Reviewed by Stephen M. King
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Stephen M. King, Ph.D. (University of Missouri-Columbia), is Associate Professor of Public Policy and coordinator of the undergraduate public policy program at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He is the author of and contributor to numerous books and articles about Christian faith and politics, administrative ethics, public management, and public policy. In addition to his extensive background as an educator, he is ordained by the International Pentecostal Holiness Church and has experience in pastoral ministry and overseas mission work.
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- Persecution during the Holidays. While the holiday season was peaceful and a joyful time for most of us, during these holiday weeks many Christians around the world experienced intensified persecution by Muslim extremists.
The Jubilee Campaign reports that in Nigeria a Christmas Eve bomb killed at least 32 Christians and left another 70+ wounded. Local Muslims also attacked three other churches, burning one to the ground and leaving six Christians dead.
Another bomb set by Muslim separatists in a southern province of the Philippines wounded 11 but no one was killed.
In Indonesia, police terrorized a congregation instead of controlling a mob of Muslim protestors intent on preventing them from gathering for worship. www.compassdirect.org/english/country/indonesia/31183
Pakistan saw its first female suicide bomber kill 47 refugees and leave another 100 people in the hospital.
In Iraq attacks specifically targeted at Christians destroyed ten homes, leaving at least a dozen injured and two Christians dead.
The Muslim government of Iran arrested at least 25 Christian men and women for 'apostasy.' Open Doors USA says 70 have been arrested. See also: mnnonline.org/article/15236
The Taliban in Afghanistan mounted fierce attacks throughout the holidays.
Finally just past midnight on New Year's Eve, a bomb attack in Egypt killed 21 Christians and injured approximately 100 more as they left the Church of Two Saints in Alexandria.
Please pray: Pray against the growing persecution from Muslim extremists, especially in the Middle East and Africa. Pray for the persecuted Christians in Nigeria, Philippines, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Egypt. Pray for advancing the Kingdom of God in the dark and troubled places.
Source: Adapted from WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, 15 January, 2011
- Renewal in India. SK writes: "We are praying for revival and outpouring of the Holy Spirit in India. We are gathering more than 1,000 leaders and founders of various organisations to pray and to seek the Lord together from 23rd to 25th March, 2011. We request you to join us in prayer . . . The Holy Spirit was poured out in 1905-06 in different parts of India. We are re-digging the wells." The conference is scheduled to take place at Hosanna Mandir, Gorantla, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.