The worldwide Foursquare denomination holds its annual conference in Jerusalem and bucks the trend of locally-based Christian ministries by openly embracing Messianic Jewish leaders.
Many Christian organizations in Israel tend to be overly cautious in their relationship with Messianic Jews to avoid offending their Israeli hosts, but Hayford said the Foursquare Church stands unashamed with Israel’s Jewish believers and featured several Messianic leaders as key speakers.
Sara Fischer, Israel Today, Aug 9, 2007
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August 02, 20073988 readsIn recent years, conservative evangelicals who claimed a biblical mandate to protect Israel have built a bulwark of support for the Jewish state - sending donations, denouncing its critics and urging it not to evacuate settlements or forfeit territory.
Now more than 30 evangelical leaders have stepped forward to say these efforts have given the wrong impression about the stance of many, if not most, U.S. Christians.
On Friday, these leaders sent a letter to President George W. Bush saying that both Israelis and Palestinians had "legitimate rights stretching back for millennia to the lands of Israel/Palestine," and that they supported the creation of a Palestinian state "that includes the vast majority of the West Bank."
By Laurie Goodstein, July 29, 2007, the International Herald Tribune
July 16, 20073754 readsMuslims and evangelical Christians are talking — at least behind closed doors at the Egyptian Embassy — according to several guests at a top-secret lunch on July 2.
The meeting was an initiative of Rev. Benny Hinn, who is a Palestinian and was born in Jaffa, Israel. It featured ambassadors from nine Arab states plus their umbrella group, and several American prominent evangelical leaders or their sons.
The Washington Times, July 11, 2007
May 23, 20074336 readsThe historic Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem has fallen into a crisis again.
The Jordanian announced last Sunday, May 13, that it has withdrawn its recognition Patriarch Theofilos III, alleging he has failed to act on a pledge to annul an unsanctioned church property sale to Israel.
By Theodore Kalmoukos, Special to The National Herald, May 18, 2007
April 18, 200711366 readsHistoric St George's Anglican Cathedral in Jerusalem was filled to overflowing on Low Sunday, April 15, as the Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani was installed and welcomed as the 14th Anglican bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.
Los Angeles, Massachusetts, New York bishops represent the US-based Episcopal Church
By Jim Rosenthal, April 16, 2007, Episcopal Life online
November 27, 20063441 readsSome of the greatest movies have helped bring Bible stories to life. Movies like The Passion of the Christ, The Ten Commandments, and Ben Hur have helped put sounds, images, and emotion to stories that are at the heart of Christianity.
The Nativity Story, a movie which will premiere Nov. 26, is eagerly anticipated by many Christians as the next great Bible story turned into a movie.
Catholic Register, Nov 26, 2006
June 26, 20063188 readsPope Benedict XVI has said violence is forcing Christians to flee Israel, the Palestinian territories and other countries of the Middle East.
The pontiff also called for respect between cultures and religions.
"The serious difficulties encountered by the Christian community" in Israel and the Palestinian territories "because of lack of security, work, restrictions on movements and poverty are a source of anxiety for us", he said on Thursday.
Al-Jazeera, June 22, 2006
April 18, 20063175 readsFranciscan monks, German tourists and Filipino foreign workers crowded the Old City of Jerusalem's cobblestone streets and its ancient churches yesterday to celebrate Easter.
Thousands of pilgrims packed the narrow alleyways of the Old City to mark Jesus' resurrection - more visitors than in recent years, reflecting a downturn in Palestinian-Israeli violence that kept tourists away.
AP, April 16, 2006
October 30, 20053111 readsThe Vatican is hoping to regain control of the Room of the Last Supper in Jerusalem, one of the most sacred sites in Christianity.
It will, in exchange, hand over to the Jewish community the historic synagogue at Toledo in Spain, at present a Catholic church.
Times Online, Oct 13, 2005