A Champion For Christ. As a University of Georgia alumnus, we felt the pain of last night’s detriment to Alabama in the college football inhabitant championship game. However, we was consoled extremely by the intense testimony for Christ done during the post-game interviews by Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. If you’re a unchanging reader of BreakPoint, this testimony is no surprise. We first wrote about Tagovailoa back in 2015, when he was the top high school partisan in the nation. But we also remarkable that in further to his now obvious football skills, he is a immature man of plain Christian faith. That faith is the product, in part, of his family – who he also concurred during the post-game interview. His family, as we mentioned in the BreakPoint explanation about him, comes from the island republic of Samoa. It’s a country that has an engaging story both with Christianity and with football. A jagged series of the tiny country’s immature men finish up in big time college football programs and in the NFL. Tua Tagovailoa seems to be the next up in that prolonged line. We urge all this media courtesy doesn’t confuse him from the God and the family that have steadily and gracefully gotten him this far.
Christianity In China. Within 30 years, China could have the largest Christian race in the world. The World Council of Churches (WCC) remarkable the expansion of the Christian church in China in an proclamation this week. The WCC also pronounced it would send a commission to China this year to applaud the 70th anniversary of the ecumenical body. Journalist Ian Johnson has created an glorious book on sacrament in China, The Souls of China. He says Christian missionaries from the West evangelized China in the late 19th century, but during the Communist era, these Christians were persecuted and went underground. Despite that persecution, or maybe since of it, the church put down low roots and continued to grow. In new years, the church has been means to work some-more openly, yet it is not totally free. Still Johnson estimates that the series of Christians have grown from about 1-million under Mao to some-more than 60 million today.
FEMA and Churches. When weather and other emergencies occur, churches are mostly the first responders. That’s because it was peculiar that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) pronounced churches could not accept sovereign assist in the issue of healthy disasters. According to a matter from the National Religious Broadcasters, “Previously, even yet other nonprofit organizations could accept FEMA grants for repair, reconstruction, or deputy of their facilities, houses of ceremony were announced ineligible. FEMA motionless to retreat march formed on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer statute last summer to stop identical supervision taste against a church.”
Milestones. Gospel music fable Andrae Crouch died this week (Jan. 8) in 2015…. Peter Taylor, an superb author who chronicled the “Christ-haunted South” in such books as the National Book Award Winner A Summons to Memphis, was innate on Jan. 8, 1917…. On this day in 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense, a tiny book making the case for American independence. It sole 100,000 copies in 1776 alone. (The race of America was just 2.5-million.) It is still in imitation currently and – solely for the Bible — is the best-selling announcement in American history.