Tuesday, 29 September 2009 04:29 PM EDT Adrienne S. Gaines
Evangelist Roberts Liardon has been named principal of the International Bible Institute of London (IBIOL), the training arm of the charismatic Kensington Temple London City Church.
The school, which began classes Monday, trains Christians to evangelize throughout Europe and around the world.
"Roberts brings an enormous amount of experience in ministry in general and in training in particular," said Colin Dye, founder and president of the school and apostolic overseer of Kensington Temple. "We know Roberts will be a blessing to us, and we hope to be a blessing to him."
The appointment comes nearly eight years after Liardon stepped down from his Embassy Christian Center in Irvine, Calif., after confessing to a short-term homosexual relationship with the church's youth pastor.
Dye said he believes Liardon, 43, has been fully restored to ministry since his December 2001 confession.
"He went far beyond the recommendations set for him by those involved in the initial six-month process of his restoration," Dye said. "After two years of counseling and recovery, he returned to ministry."
The scandal, however, triggered an exodus from Liardon's church and his accredited school, Spirit Life Bible College. Some leaders who left complained that Liardon did not accept initial pastoral counsel from a leader who advised him to step away from the pulpit for one year.
Both organizations closed in 2007, when Liardon relocated his itinerant preaching ministry to Florida.
Dye believes the two ministries will be of mutual benefit. Because Kensington Temple is part of the Elim Pentecostal Churches of Great Britain, Liardon will be subject to its accountability structure as part of the church's staff.
But Dye said Liardon is answering a Macedonian call by moving to London, where he said religious freedom is being stifled as a result of Islam's influence across Europe. In September, a Christian couple who run a hotel in England was arrested for talking to a Muslim about Jesus, he said. Other Christians have been fired for saying "God bless you" or wearing a cross.
"[Liardon's] burden for Europe as a major 21st-century spiritual battleground has been welcomed by European ministers who see his coming as part of the ongoing spiritual partnership between the U.S. and Europe," Dye said.
In a statement, Liardon said IBIOL will emphasize evangelism to prepare students to reach diverse communities with the gospel. "IBIOL is raising up men and women of faith who can stand against these challenges," Liardon said. "We are training them to re-evangelize European nations and to plant new churches. Much of Europe has no effective evangelical witness."
Liardon is the author of God's Generals, a history of Pentecostal pioneers. He has relocated to London, but will continue preaching, writing and leading his international missions ministry.
The order “Eat your broccoli!” was one most of us probably heard growing up. Mom’s explanation always boiled down to the fact that it was simply “good for you.” But now researchers at UCLA have discovered precisely why broccoli (and other cruciferous vegetables) and soy have been linked to preventing certain cancers.
The answer comes in the compound diindolylmethane, created through the digestion of broccoli, and the isoflavone genistein found in soy, both of which combat the replication of two proteins that help spread cancer cells in ovarian and breast tissue. Scientists are also studying the compounds’ effects on 23 other types of cancer.
These two compounds may make preventative and chemotherapy treatments for breast and ovarian cancers more effective, though additional testing is necessary. Encouraging news, for sure, but don’t expect ornery toddlers to start gobbling up broccoli any time soon.
1 Sep 09 : 9.24PM by Gan Pei Ling Source: http://www.thenutgraph.com/permit-approved-by-home-ministry-editor
PETALING JAYA, 1 Sept 2009: Gedung Kartun's publishing permit was approved by the Home Ministry, said the political satire magazine's editor Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, today.
Zunar was responding to the ministry's corporate communication unit chief Jamilah Taib's accusation that his company violated the Printing Presses and Publications Act by publishing the inaugural issue of Gedung Kartun without permit.
He said that on 3 Aug 2009, the ministry informed him that the permit had been approved and would be ready for collection on 14 Aug.
"On the said date we went to collect the publication permit at the Home Ministry but were informed that the permit was not ready. I then requested for the permit number so that we could begin production work," Zunar said in a statement. He added that that the permit number given was PP8541/08/2010(0282145) ISSN 1688-5398.
"I am bemused as to why the publication permit for Gedung Kartun is yet to be issued and [yet] a raid was conducted, and they now want to charge me in court. Isn't it better for them to issue the approved permit as [what] they [had] informed me and solve all matters?" said Zunar.
On 25 Aug, the Home Ministry's Publication Control and Al Quran Text division confiscated 408 copies of the magazine from the Brickfields office of the cartoon magazine's publisher, Sepakat Efektif Sdn Bhd.
The ministry also raided the printing plant and confiscated another 500 copies of Gedung Kartun in Malacca, and 100 copies in Perak the next day.
Zunar said he would request in writing to meet with Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein to seek clarification on the issue.
The Centre for Independent Journalism and Writers Alliance for Media Independence have condemned the confiscation, describing it as "a form of harassment against those who publish alternative interpretations of current events". Additionally, they have urged the ministry to return the confiscated copies to its publisher.
However, Publication Control and Al Quran Text division acting director Zainal Abidin Osman told Malaysiakini on 25 Aug 2009 that publishers are not allowed to publish their material until they have obtained a written permit.
"The written permit is like taking a driving test. Once you pass the exam, you still can't drive until you obtain a license," he was quoted as saying in Malaysiakini. Gedung Kartun's inaugural issue touched on many current affairs including, among others, the Internal Security Act, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the death of Teoh Beng Hock, and the Port Klang Free Zone scandal.
Ron 97 has gone up by 25c to RM2.05. It shows how incapable the economy was run. The introduction of Ron 95 which sells with RM1.80 was an excuse for Petrol hike. So car owners began to change to Ron 95.
Personally, my car though old, the factory manual has instructed its use of Ron 97, I will not change to Ron 95. Simple logic: it will produce more carbon and eventually it will give me less power. And subsequently I have to press my accelerator harder. And not forgetting I have to change motor oil more frequent too. So at the end of the day I have to fork out with more money.
The minister Ismail Sabri claimed that crude oil soared from US$40 to US$82. So they have to increase the price of Ron 97. What kind of excuse! Ron 97 is now 25c more.I just want to ask: What had the government done when crude oil was floating low around US$40 for some months? Did Malaysians benefit from that? Petronas is making tonnes of dollars. Where has the money gone?