St Benedict increased devotion to God

st-benedict.jpgListen again to the story of St Benedict, the Christian who encouraged meditation and monasticism and gave it structure and form. He increased devotion to God and gave Europe spiritual power. Broadcast on Songs of Hope on 14Jan18

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14Jan18 Christian News Bulletin

A movie review in Relevant Magazine contains a message for the Church of today. The reviewer states that ‘The Greatest Showman isn’t just a film about circus performers; it is a reflection of a contemporary society divided by pain and injustice, being pulled apart at the seams by those in power. It is an allegory about what the church should be, and what we stand to lose if we give up Christ’s commandment to love others in favour of our own political and personal gain.’

According to Greek Reporter, over 100 Christian residents, led by their priest in Athens, marched to the site of a controversial sculpture that many think depicts Lucifer and demanded its removal. The protestors held Greek flags, icons and sang hymns at the spot where the sculpture, Phylax, is located.

Eternity Magazine reports on a two-week series of daily Bible readings prepared by Greg Clarke. The Bible in the Charts series gives profound insights into the many ways the Bible has influenced rock music down through the decades – by focusing on two songs from each decade from the 1950s to the 2010s. The audio journey begins with Elvis whose song Hard-headed Woman is linked to the disobedience of Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:26-28. Artists whose songs are examined include Regina Spektor, Kasey Chambers and rock band U2.

7Jan17 Christian News Bulletin

In her Christmas Day message, Queen Elizabeth II referred to the birth of Jesus. Speaking openly about her Christian faith, she said, “We remember the birth of Jesus Christ whose only sanctuary was a stable in Bethlehem. He knew rejection, hardship and persecution and yet it is Jesus Christ’s generous love and example which has inspired me through good times and bad.”

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is planning a huge Easter outreach campaign. Jorge Rodrigues, Executive Director of BGEA Australia, says they hope to partner with 1000 Aussie churches for the My Hope campaign, based around a 30-minute film called The Cross, which features Billy Graham.

Marnus Labuschagne, who is playing for the Brisbane Heat in the Twenty20 tournament, told Eternity Magazine:  “Sport is a fickle game and injuries play a big part. In the big scheme of things, what you’re worth, what you put your value in, isn’t out there on the pitch; it’s internal and in Christ. That’s a massive thing for me because cricket is always going to be up and down and if you have a constant in your life, it makes life a lot easier.”