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….

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…

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…

Would you miss Facebook?

What’s on your Facebook today? Maybe a birthday notification? New friend recommendation? Event notification? Photo of what your friends did yesterday (which you should tag!)? Even more important, what buttons will you hit in response? Does Facebook need you more than you need Facebook? Can you do without Facebook? Can Facebook do without you? With…

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…

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…

Feminine beauty

Political correctness can reduce public debate to very limp and shallow discussion. Whilst many journalists in the West are often afraid to call a spade a spade, some in Asia are not such nervous Nellies. Take for example Surya Deva (an associate professor at the school of law of City University of Hong Kong) who…

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….

Push Back Against China

In The Diplomat magazine (December 15, 2017 issue) R G Almond writes that on October 18, 2017, at the 19th Party Congress, China’s president Mr Xi proclaimed that he will lead China into a “new era.” Fuelled by its remarkable economic successes and rapid military growth China sees a strategic opportunity to expand national power…

US House Memo released: Crime or not?

On Friday, 2 February, the House of Congress in the USA released a controversial memo about practices of the FBI, concerning surveillance / wiretapping one of candidate and later President Trump’s team members. The release of this memo was preceded by heated discussions in the committee and between members of the House, as well as…

France in Crisis. Why?

In an article headed France: A Decomposing Civilization Italian journalist Giulio Meotti (1) describes what many consider is the gradual disintegration of France. Meotti’s summarises: “France’s authorities and elites are tearing up, piece by piece, the country’s historical, religious and cultural legacy so that nothing remains. A nation dispossessed of its identity will see its…

USA reverses Obama-policy on marijuana

While more and more countries and other jurisdictions (individual states or provinces) are working to legalise marijuana, the police in many countries is warning drivers that driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. There is quite some discussion about how dangerous and it is clear that the working of marijuana cannot be equaled with…

Education and ideology in China

It is almost trite to observe that any education system – its structure and curriculum – closely reflects the values of the society in which it is formed. Thus in a democratic nation such as Australia, educational institutions are valued as places of academic freedom, critical inquiry and the preservation of freedom enjoyed by the…

Hungary: PM Viktor Orban’s Christmas Message: Worth reading!

Among the many Christmas messages of numerous heads of state, government leaders and other leaders, it seems hard to find a few good ones which are worth listening to or reading. Last week I mentioned an editorial of the Canadian National Post. If you haven’t read it, I certainly recommend that you do. Towards the…

Protests in Iran

Iran is one of the most totalitarian states, this one a Muslim state. It gives the appearance of being a democracy, with elections for president and for parliament, but whatever parliament or the president do, it all has to be approved by the highest persons in the country: the religious leaders. There is a strict…

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….

California on Fire (2)

update: Two weeks ago I posted an article about the California wildfires. Today it was reported that the ‘Thomas Fire’ in California has become the largest wildfire in the state’s history. It has so far scorched more than one thousand square kilometers. This makes the comments I made about the situation in California, and broader…

Frozen embryo born after 24 years

The Daily Mail (UK) reports that Tina Gibson and her husband Benjamin, living in East Tennessee (USA), adopted an embryo which had been frozen for 24 years. The child, Emma, was born on the 25th of November this year. Tina was not able to conceive naturally with Benjamin, because Benjamin is suffering from cystic fibrosis….