News Of The Day – January 27th

California Church Hit With Covid-19 Fine

A California church has been hit with a million dollar fine for holding in person worship services. Calvary Chapel San Jose held an indoor Christmas Eve service despite Santa Clara County’s public health order against such gatherings. The northern California church had already racked up fines for previous violations of state health orders. Mike McClure, the church’s pastor, said of the church’s violation of local health restrictions: “We have to obey God’s Word. And we need to gather together.” Read more about these outrageous fines here.


Chinese Officials Fear growing Rise of Christianity

No matter their efforts to persecute Christians for their faith, Chinese leaders find that the people are receiving Jesus Christ as their savior in growing numbers. Boyd-MacMillan, director of Strategic Research at Christian charity Open Doors is quoted as saying, “We think the evidence as to why the Chinese Church is so targeted, is that the leaders are scared of the size of the Church and the growth of the Church, and fear they’ll have to share power”. Read more about the growth of Christianity in China here. 


WW1 Hand Grenade Found In Jerusalem

Archaeologists working in Jerusalem to clear an area ahead of an upgrade of a park dug up a hand grenade, left behind by the British Army. The grenade was identified as a Mills 23 that was used by the British army in the First World War. The British Army conquered Jerusalem from the Ottoman Empire in 1917. Authorities believe that the grenade was found in the past and was thrown into a cistern to bury it and remove the danger from the area. Read more about this discovery here. 


Appalachia-Based Company Builds Indoor Farm In Coal Country

In a way to bring new jobs to a region that has struggled as the coal industry collapsed, start up company, AppHarvest, has built a 2.76-million-square-foot facility, designed to grow as many as 45 million pounds of tomatoes in a year. A method which uses far less land than traditional farms, and far less water, as it grows the food hydroponically, without soil. The Kentucky-based company known for its focus on restoring economically-suffering communities in former coal country. Read more about this new and exciting venture here.


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