By Jonathan Clark
More Muslim violence in Africa than the Middle East
The report stated, “For the first time in the history of the jihadi group, Iraq is no longer the country where the Islamic State claims the highest number of operations: the group Islamic State West Africa Province is now more active in Nigeria.”
Islamic State militants have killed thousands of people and displaced millions in the West African nation. The extremist group is seeking to impose Islamic law throughout Nigeria and has killed many Christians in the process.
Largest commodity price shocks in 50 years
The World Bank said economies are seeing the largest commodity price shocks in 50 years.
A new report expects the war between Russia and Ukraine to “keep prices at historically high levels through the end of 2024.” This comes on top of the supply-chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 shutdowns.
And get this! The World Bank expects energy prices to increase by 50% this year and other commodity prices to increase by 20%.
Univ. of Idaho to Christians: Stop talking about the Bible
Three Christian law students sued University of Idaho officials this week for punishing them because of their religious beliefs.
Peter Perlot, Mark Miller, and Ryan Alexander discussed the biblical definition of marriage with another student recently. In response, the university actually ordered the Christians to have no further contact with the student.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the Christians. They said, “The University of Idaho is shutting down Peter, Mark, and Ryan because of their religious beliefs. This is illegal behavior from any government official, and we urge the university officials to right their discriminatory actions immediately.”
Oklahoma codified binary birth certificates
Republican State Senator Michael Bergstrom sponsored the bill in the state’s Senate. Bergstrom said, “We must stand up and put a stop to this nonsense regarding biological sex. It’s not a complicated issue – biologically, you’re either a male or female. There should be no other option to choose from on a birth certificate.”
Currently, 15 states allow sex options on birth certificates other than the two God created.
Romans 1:28 says, “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”
Gov. DeSantis created office to prosecute voter fraud
DESANTIS: “So, we are creating, for the first time ever in state government, an Office of Election Crimes and Security to be able to prosecute voter fraud (applause).”
The bill requires annual review of voter rolls, strengthens I.D. requirements, establishes an office to investigate election law violations, and increases penalties for violations.
Bryant, Arkansas has become a pro-life city
The resolution states, “It is the policy of the City of Bryant to promote and protect the dignity and humanity of all persons at all stages of life from conception until natural death. The City of Bryant declares itself to be a Pro-Life City.”
Twenty counties and 13 cities across Arkansas have adopted such resolutions.
CNN shuts down failed CNN+
CNN announced it is shutting down CNN+ after less than a month since launching it.
The news network had put at least $100 million into the streaming service and attracted less than 10,000 viewers per day.
Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers this year
Meanwhile, Netflix reported it lost subscribers for the first time in a decade. Between January and March, the streaming service lost 200,000 subscribers. Netflix also projected a loss of two million subscribers between April and June of this year. The news prompted the company’s stock to drop nearly 40%.
Only 42% of practicing Christians believe missions is mandated
And finally, a new report by Barna found 85% of pastors believe missions is a mandate for all Christians, while 42% of practicing Christians say the same.
Most pastors said missions should equip indigenous leaders, be globally focused, spread the gospel, and impact the communities they serve. Christians, in general, were more likely to emphasize meeting physical needs, promoting justice, and being U.S.-focused in missions.
Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, April 28th, in the year of our Lord 2022. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I’m Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.