UK set to tackle Internet pornography
In a speech to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, British Prime Minister David Cameron said access to pornography was “corroding childhood” and announced the government was taking steps to making it less prevalent.
He also called on search engines and other Internet companies to live up to their “moral duty” by helping block the proliferation of graphic images easily accessible on the web.Source: BBC
Archeologists find King David’s palace?
Israeli archaeologists discovered the ruins of a fortified complex they believe belonged to King David in a site called Khirbet Qeiyafa, 20 miles west of Jerusalem. If confirmed, it would be the first of his palaces discovered by archeologists.
“Khirbet Qeiyafa is the best example exposed to date of a fortified city from the time of King David,” said Yossi Garfinkel, a Hebrew University archaeologist and a leader of the dig.Source: World Magazine
Churches in Japan experience Christ after tragedy and in service
In March 2011, Japan suffered from the “triple disaster” – a tsunami, an earthquake and the subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, which became the most severe nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986. Losses topped $235 billion, nearly 20,000 people were killed, and hundreds of thousands more became homeless within a day.
But while many government officials and secular leaders left nearby towns, several churches felt called to remain and minister through the tragedy. Their experiences are leading to new developments in disaster relief.Source: Christianity Today
Doctors use poliovirus to fight cancer
As a 20-year-old nursing student, Stephanie Lipscomb discovered she was stricken with one of the most aggressive forms of brain tumors. Even though doctors removed 98 percent of it, they still only gave her five years to live.
Lipscomb had undergone all of the chemotherapy she could and was running out of options, when Duke neurosurgeon Dr. Matthias Gromeier suggested attacking the tumor with an engineered version of the poliovirus. Her brain responded and the tumor shrank. While it is not a cure, doctors are optimistic the tumor will not return.Source: WNCN
The first sign-language Bible could come from Japan
Most deaf people in Japan have never heard Japanese and the written form is learned as a second language, causing difficulties in reading the Bible. While no full-text sign language Bible exists currently, the Japan Deaf Evangel Mission is aiming to change that. The idea is to translate the Bible into Japanese Sign Language (JSL) using video-recorded Scriptures.
Pastor Kumiko Matsumoto of Yamagata Deaf Christ Church has been using the JSL books of the Bible completed so far and said it has been a huge boon to his ministry. “Deaf people find Scripture more interesting. It’s especially powerful when we work with this in a group, because we can look at the verses together and grow together.” Project organizers hope to have the entire Bible completed by 2023.Sources: Wycliffe, Christianity Today