World Population to reach 11.2 Billion in 2100

The website www.visualcapitalist.com publishes from time to time nicely done graphics to present statistics in an attractive way. Recently it published a graphic that makes the growth of the world population visible, and how it is divided over the continents. It is an animated graphic which leads you through the years from 1950 to 2100….

Eternal life without faith?

Over the last couple of decades there has been a move by Evangelical and Reformed churches to get closer to the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) with the aim of removing obstacles for unity. Some say we have a duty to seek unity because of Jesus Christ’s prayer in John 17:21 “that they all may be…

23 April: The End of the World?

Every so often you can read ‘prophecies’ about the end of the world. Often these ‘prophets’ claim to have a special kind of revelation through which they are able to understand the Bible better than anyone else, even better than our Lord Jesus Christ Himself (Matthew 24:36-44; Mark 13:32-37). The Rapture Now again, there is…

About Bill, Billy and R.C.

Three well known leaders within Christianity were in the news recently. Two because of their passing away from this earthly life, one because of his resignation as leader of a well known mega church: Billy Graham, R.C. Sproul, and Bill Hybels. Billy Graham Billy Graham is a world renown evangelist. In February, we published a…

Why Christianity doesn’t grow in Western countries

What makes the church grow? In the New Testament we read that in the first days and years after Pentecost the church grew rapidly. The first days it was about thousands who were added to the Christian congregation in Jerusalem. When through persecution the church was scattered over the surrounding areas, those who fled, took…

Chinese Government applies the blow torch

New controls Early this year the Chinese government implemented new laws and regulations to tighten its control over the nation. The government says it wants to stop religious extremism, unrest, disturbances and violence. However, the regime wants to control religion, curb challenges to its authority and muzzle criticism.   All churches, sects and faith groups…

Lies and Statistics

Sir Charles Dilke [1843-1911] commented once that false statements can be arranged according to their degree under three heads, fibs, lies, and statistics. Mark Twain used a stronger word, when he wrote his now famous quote, which I will not repeat here. What is clear in these statements is, that people can lie out of…

Religious Freedom Review to report in May

The reporting deadline for the Religious Freedom Review has been extended.  The Australian reports that the original reporting deadline of March 31 was extended to May 18 to give the committee more time to work through the 16,000 public submissions received.

Increasing restraints to Religious Activity in China

Ever since Xi Jinping became president of the Chinese Communist Party, there have been increasing restrictions on religious activity. Initially there were some indications that the new government was simply trying to confirm and prove it authority in every area of life. The silent hope was that with time, like in the past, these kinds…

Prophecy and the Pope’s Deal with China

The pope is doing a deal with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In March, the Roman Catholic Church will give the Communist Party the power to appoint bishops in China. Just what the pope’s hope is remains unclear but what is clear is that here we have the false church in league with communism, a…

Seal of the Prophet Isaiah found?

Archaeologists have discovered a seal impression dating from the 8th century BC which may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah. The prophet lived in the time of Ahaz and Hezekiah, which was indeed during the 8th century BC. Ophel excavation This seal was found at a scientific archaeological excavation in Jerusalem, at the Ophel, which…

Evangelist Billy Graham died – 21 February 2018

Who has not heard of Billy Graham? He played a huge role in American Christianity. What to think of Billy Graham? He was, undeniably, an Arminian. But there is more that should be said about him. Rev. Wes Bredenhof wrote an article about him in his blog yinkahdinay, with the title: Billy Graham: Last of…

Too many smiling, dancing, white Christians

Hungary has been in the news regularly in recent times because of defending Christian values, with Hungary’s Prime Minister as one of the vocal defenders of Hungary as a Christian country. He recently stated that Islam is advancing and Christianity is Europe’s last hope. This is not appreciated by the bureaucracy in the European Union….

Persecution In India

The persecution of Christians in India is getting more severe. Recently a pastor of a Christian congregation was found hanging from a rope in his home, adjacent to the church. Authorities were quick to rule his death a suicide, but there is so much that points in a different direction. This pastor had to endure…

Church attacked in Egypt

At least 11 people were killed in an attack on a Coptic Orthodox church and a shop owned by a Christian, in Cairo, Egypt. At least 11 people are killed. This is not the first attack on Christians in Egypt this year. On Palm Sunday n April two bombs exploded in which Christian were targeted….

Merry Christmas: What Jesus, descendant of David, promises mankind

Several newspapers will mention something about Christmas, even if it is only by writing about the nativity scene, or others by giving advice how to spend time with family and friends, or how to cook your Christmas dinner. Some heads of state, presidents, queens or kings, will have a special Christmas message. Most of the…

RC Sproul relieved from his task on earth

On 15 December, the task of Dr. R.C. Sproul on earth came to an end.  He was 78. Dr. Sproul was well known among many Reformed Christians in North America and beyond. He proclaimed the gospel to many. He is the founder of Ligonier Ministries. This organization writes in their announcement of the passing of…

Chinese churches likely to suffer more

The Chinese government recently signed off new regulations to tighten its iron grip over the country. Although the regulations are due to come into effect in February 2018, authorities in some provinces are already enforcing them. The government claims the new regulations are to stop religious extremism, unrest, disturbances and violence. However, it’s actually about…

Which news is important?

Daily we are swamped with news or what passes as news. It’s a like continuous tropical deluge. There’s something to suit every taste. A weekend newspaper or a single news website can keep you occupied for hours. It is very easy to be a passive follower of the news, by letting it wash over you…