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No, our work on anti-Semitism is not done — especially as Christians

Each year I teach a course called “Dialogue in a World of Difference.” Typically, one third of the class is Muslim, one-third Christian, with the rest being Jewish, non-religious, Buddhist and so on. Because of our seminary’s focus on Abrahamic religions, I structure the course as three successive encounters with the religious traditions that fall under that umbrella: first Judaism, then Christianity, then Islam. We read literature on each, travel to synagogues, churches, and mosques and speak with various clergy and religious experts to…

Iran tensions could fulfill prophecies about the end of the world, some religious teachers say

But as conflict in the Middle East intensified and natural disasters struck, some voices are taking the opportunity to offer biblical interpretations. Religious teachers and authors, especially some conservative Christians, often draw on these kinds of current events as examples of how various predictions and descriptions in the Old and New Testaments could be coming true. Many of these religious leaders view actions in Iran, a Muslim-majority country, as playing a special role in these predictions, which usually focus on the apocalypse, or the…

An open letter from black church leaders and allies to Christianity Today

We truly respect your organization’s stance on the stated principle “We want CT to be a place that welcomes Christians from across the political spectrum…” The late Billy Graham, CT’s founder, gave us a loud warning in an article he wrote for Parade Magazine in 1981, when he said: “I don’t want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion…

Rev. Clay Stauffer: Will Christianity remain relevant in the future?

Clay Stauffer, Special to Nashville Tennessean, USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms in Tennessee Published 5:00 a.m. CT Jan. 10, 2020 American scholar Sam Pascoe once said that, “Christianity was born in Israel, only to be taken to Greece and morphed into a philosophy.  From there it was taken to Rome and made into an institution of civil power.  Eventually it migrated into Europe where it was developed into a culture.  And later, it was brought to America and made into an entrepreneurial business enterprise.” One…

Why Do People Believe in Hell?

Once the faith of his youth had faded into the serene agnosticism of his mature years, Charles Darwin found himself amazed that anyone could even wish Christianity to be true. Not, that is, the kindlier bits — “Love thy neighbor” and whatnot — but rather the notion that unbelievers (including relatives and friends) might be tormented in hell forever. It’s a reasonable perplexity, really. And it raises a troubling question of social psychology. It’s comforting to imagine that Christians generally accept the notion of…

Iran War- Are We in the End Times?

Another decade is now history. Let’s look at the 20 most important events of the last 10 years, according to how they fulfilled biblical prophecy. From every region of the world, these events include wars, political events, new alliances, economic trends, changes in weather, social and moral developments, spiritual changes and more. They dramatically advanced end-time prophecies, and they reveal how close we are to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. 20. The Explosion in Demonic Influence Supposedly we live in an age of…

Pompeo Aligns U.S. Foreign Policy With Christian Zionists

According to the Washington Post, it was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who talked Trump into the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, with an assist from Vice President Mike Pence. They report that Pompeo first proposed the idea months ago, which is at odds with the administration’s claim that the strike was based on intelligence about an “imminent threat.” While the authors of that piece chronicle the fact that the secretary of state has been obsessed with Iran throughout his career in Congress, the CIA, and…

The Middle East and Bible Prophecy

Threats have been coming from Iran over the killing of Iranian terrorist, Qasem Soleimani by the U.S. in a drone strike.  Joining Jim for another broadcast on this subject, this time from a prophecy perspective, was Dr. Gary Frazier. Dr. Frazier is a respected speaker and writer on the subject of Bible prophecy.  He is the founder and President of Discovery Missions and the author of numerous books including one we’ve previously discussed, ‘Miracle of Israel’ subtitled, ‘The Shocking, Untold Story of God’s Love…

Asara B’Tevet, the siege of Jerusalem: Fast start and end times

The fast of the 10th of the Hebrew month of Tevet, commemorating multiple tragic events in Jewish history including the beginning of the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, will be observed on Tuesday by Jews around the world who will refrain from food and drink from daybreak until nightfall. The fast, also known as Asarah B’Tevet, was originally established to commemorate the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar in 425 BCE. The siege was “the beginning of the end” and…

Retired Christianity Today Editor Talks Backlash Over Editorial Advocating For Trump’s Removal

(Screenshot via Christianity Today) What does Mark Galli, the now retired editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, make of the response to his call for Trump’s removal from office? We ask him. Guests Mark Galli, former editor-in-chief of Christianity Today. (@markgalli) Richard Land, executive editor of The Christian Post. President of the Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College. (@ChristianPost) Interview Highlights On how the editorial came about Mark Galli: “We generally don’t comment on the larger political scene in the United States. So I’d been thinking about, ‘Should…

Can this preacher’s progressive version of evangelical Christianity catch on with a new generation?

On a gloomy Tuesday morning in April, the Christian activist Shane Claiborne was in the studio of WCPN, Cleveland’s NPR affiliate, waiting to go on air. The overhead lights glinted off his thick-rimmed glasses. The 43-year-old had spent the past five weeks on a national tour, living on a retrofitted school bus, speaking at community centers and churches every night, trying to accelerate regional movements against gun violence. His collaborator, Mike Martin, a Mennonite blacksmith from Colorado, was sitting to his left. “Mass shootings…

Ancient Ethiopian Church Discovered, Reveals More About Early Spread of Christianity

A team of archeologists have discovered a 1700-year-old church in Ethiopia which they believe sheds some light on the spread of the Christian faith. FAITHWIRE: Pope Apologizes for Slapping Pilgrim Who Pulled Him Towards Her During New Year’s Eve Greeting The stunning Roman-style basilica, which dates back to the fourth century A.D., was found in the ancient town of Beta Samati; an area once part of the Aksumite civilization. The oldest known church in Sub-Saharan Africa, the structure was likely adopted by local Christians during…

Christianity Today Editor Laments ‘Ethical Naïveté’ of Trump Backers

People have been upset with Mark Galli before. As the editor in chief of Christianity Today, a prominent evangelical magazine, he has printed some controversial editorials. But the people he irks usually do not include the IT department of his own publication. That is what happened when Mr. Galli published an explosive editorial on Dec. 19 arguing that President Trump should be removed from office. So many readers flocked to read the editorial online that the website crashed, overwhelming those whose job it was…

There is a right way to study Bible prophecy

Listen to Today’s Program JD: I’ve been discussing with our broadcast partners top stories prophetically speaking in 2019. I wanted to give some perspective about handling the prophetic scriptures especially when thinking about current events. DJ: You and I have both heard a lot of prophecy teachers some very good and some not so good and probably too many who try to be sensationalistic. You know when I was a kid I always loved to get connect the dot books for Christmas and you would just…

Baba Vanga 2020 prediction: END OF THE WORLD, Putin assassination, tsunami in the New Year

Baba Vanga’s followers often refer to the mysterious woman as the Balkan Nostradamus due to her supposed prophetic powers. Baba Vanga rose to prominence in the year 2000 when she supposedly predicted the sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk. Related articles End of the world claim: Jerusalem third temple fulfils Bible prophecy Asteroid warning: Deep impact predicted for 2069 claims Nostradamus Since then, Baba Vanga is said to have predicted the 9/11 terror attack, the cataclysmic 2004 tsunami and the 2008 election of President…

Did Trump Say ‘I Have Done More For Christianity Than Jesus’?

On Dec. 23, 2019, the Babylon Bee published an article positing that U.S. President Donald Trump had said that he had done more for Christianity than Jesus: Trump: ‘I Have Done More For Christianity Than Jesus’ In response to the Christianity Today editorial calling for his removal, Trump called the magazine a “left-wing rag” and said, “I have done more for Christianity than Jesus.” “I mean, the name of the magazine is Christianity Today, and who is doing more for Christians today? Not Jesus.…

The Watchmen and Consequentialist Christianity

Regina King in Watchmen(Mark Hill/HBO) I enjoyed the HBO series Watchmen and the earlier film based on the same comic book (which I have not read; my nerdery goes only so far.) But one of the elements of the film that was of the most interest to me was changed — or, rather, un-changed, restoring an element of the comic-book story that was changed for the film. In the comic book, the hero-villain Ozymandias executes a plan to save humanity from nuclear annihilation (the…

Fulfillment of Prophecy—Misunderstanding Old Testament Citations in “Matthew”

Fulfillment of biblical prophecies, such as Isaiah’s promised birth of Emmanuel by the “virgin,” isn’t what most Christians think. Fulfillment passages are littered about the first two chapters of “Matthew.” Fulfillment of what exactly? In this post we explore the “fulfillment passages” in the Matthean Infancy Narrative, oldest of all Christmas stories. Hopefully we can clear up some mistaken notions about Biblical prophecy, what fulfillment of prophecy actually means, and related issues. We have been exploring the Infancy Narratives of Matthew 1—2 and Luke…

Christianity Today’s split with Trump highlights deeper issue in white evangelical America

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After evangelical publication Christianity Today published a blistering editorial on what it called Donald Trump’s “grossly immoral character”, some church leaders and the U.S. president himself denounced the criticism as elitist and out-of-touch. The Dec. 19 editorial sparked a Christmas holiday debate over religion in U.S. politics, and posed new questions about the close alignment between white evangelical voters and Trump, who has given their beliefs strong political support. However, the coziness with the Republican president, who was impeached this month…

`Christianity Today’ Gains Thousands New Readers After Backing Trump Impeachment

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2019/12/20: Members of the activist groups Rise And Resist and … [+] Remove Trump unfurled a 600 sq ft banner with the impeachment clause from the U.S. Constitution in front of Fox News Headquarters, while reciting Article II Section IV of the U.S. Constitution: “High Crimes and Misdemeanors”. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) LightRocket via Getty Images Christianity Today gained thousands more readers than it lost in the wake of the controversy surrounding its editorial backing…

Ryan Davis Shaw’s newly released “LIVING AS ‘END-TIMES’ CHRISTIANS” is a spiritual read that inspires a comprehensive understanding and utility of God’s Word

“LIVING AS ‘END-TIMES’ CHRISTIANS: Standing with Israel in the Last Days”: a perspicacious tome bearing insights from the Holy Writ that unveils the nature and plan of God for all believers’ ultimate redemption in the incoming tribulation. “LIVING AS ‘END-TIMES’ CHRISTIANS: Standing with Israel in the Last Days” is the creation of published author Ryan Davis Shaw, a minister of God’s Word and a dedicated writer and family man from Alberta, Canada. Shaw shares, “Did you know that you will stand right beside Jesus…

‘She was 100% into the end of times’: Friend recalls friendship with mother of missing kids

‘She was 100% into the end of times’: Friend recalls friendship with mother of missing kids Disturbing new details are coming out about the mother of two missing children from Arizona who were last seen in Idaho. FOX 10’s Justin Lum reports. PHOENIX – Disturbing new details are coming out about the mother of two missing children from Arizona who were last seen in Idaho. Both the FBI and local authorities consider Lori Vallow and her new husband Chad Daybell persons of interest in the disappearance of Joshua…

Top Ten Prophecies of 2019

“After that, I will pour out My spirit on all flesh; Your sons and daughters shall prophesy; Your old men shall dream dreams, And your young men shall see visions.” Joel 3:1 (The Israel Bible™) (Photo: GraphicStock) The signs clearly say, as so many rabbis and experts have confirmed, that we are living in prophetic times preceding the messiah. Indeed, many extraordinary events signal the miraculous times in which we are living. Breaking Israel News looks back on these prophetic moments and suggests five further prophecies…

Christians Offer Surprisingly Christian Response On Impeachment

President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ASSOCIATED PRESS In an age of flaming anger and partisan rage, the president and CEO of the leading Evangelical journal, Christianity Today (CT), Timothy Dalrymple, has offered something extraordinary: a place for rational debate. In response to angry Evangelical denunciations of Mark Galli’s CT editorial of December 19 calling on evangelicals to support the impeachment of Donald Trump for offenses against public morality, on December 22 Dalrymple endorsed Galli’s editorial and…

Christianity is the greatest engine of moral reform and cultural riches the world has known

Often media outlets, it seems, are uninterested in religion — especially Christianity — except when it is connected to scandals or electoral controversies. Thus, we get a steady diet of news about sex abuse cover-ups, politicized preachers and more. Unfortunately, a great deal of this negative coverage is entirely deserved by Christians and their churches. But as Christians reflect on the incarnation and birth of Jesus Christ, it is a good time to remember that Christianity has massively contributed to good in world history…

Why Christianity has been struggling with sex ever since the Nativity

Why Christianity has been struggling with sex ever since the Nativity Was Mary a virgin? Did she stay a virgin? The confusion goes back to Christ’s early followers, who turned a biological necessity into a vice. At Christmastide you can’t escape from the fact that Christianity centres on the birth of a child, and glories in it. But Christians say that this Jewish baby from 2,000 years ago is also the supreme God, and then it gets complicated. Birth generally involves sexual encounter, all…

Diversity in Christianity panel tackles issues that bind, divide in fractured religion

CLOSE Buy Photo Rev. Bethany Peerbolte, of Birmingham’s First Presbyterian Church, is expecting a full house for their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  (Photo: JOHN HEIDER | hometownlife.com) Louise Ott is ready to broach tough subjects this Christmas at the dinner table, regardless of whether she is sitting across from a relative who doesn’t share her views. She got started on the often “off-limits” topic — religion — during a “Diversity in Christianity” panel discussion at Birmingham Covington School. “We have to agree that love and acceptance and agreeing to…

Thanks be to God for Christianity Today’s actually evangelical message

In that a significant majority of white evangelicals support Trump and about a third say there is virtually nothing he could do to diminish that support, the coming backlash against Christianity Today is inevitable. It might cost the magazine subscribers and advertisers. So, I register my gratitude and respect for Christianity Today. I write those words as the former editor/publisher of the Christian Century, the recognized voice of mainline Protestantism and progressive Christianity. The late Billy Graham founded Christianity Today, in part, to counter…

Are Christians facing persecution in the cradle of Christianity?

Despite being the world’s largest religion, with over 2.4 billion adherents, the Christian population of the Middle East, including the Palestinian territories, is facing more difficulties than ever before.Ten years ago, in 2009, the Christian population in Gaza was estimated to be around 3,000 people, according to Reuters. At the new turn of the decade, the number has shrunk by of two-thirds, to an estimated 1,000 worshipers, most of them Greek Orthodox. This year, at least three major incidents have affected Christians living in…

France Is Fulfilling Bible Prophecy

Germany’s submarine fleet is doing its job well—for the most part, it goes unnoticed by the world. But you should pay close attention to it. Germany has always excelled at military surprises, and its submarines make it well prepared to do this again. Germany announced in October that it will produce six more Type 212 diesel-electric attack submarines. Four will go to Norway, and two will be made for its own navy, bringing Germany’s total to eight. Italy has budgeted for two more, potentially…

End of the world: Why Pope’s 2020 resignation ‘will fulfill 900-year-old doomsday prophecy’

The 83-year-old became head of the Catholic Church in 2013, following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI – a controversial move and the first of its kind in more than 500 years. However, a source close to the Pope claimed in 2013 that he would only serve for seven more years, stating he would follow in the footsteps of his predecessor as resign in 2020, treading the path for an ancient prophecy to be fulfilled. Journalist Austen Ivereigh is the former Director for Public Affairs of the…

Bible warning: Why preacher fears end of world in 2020 after ‘prophecies fulfilled’

In the Book of Revelation, the Seven Seals represent the apocalyptic vision foreseen by John of Patmos. The opening of the seals of the document is told in Revelation Chapters five to eight, with several passages describing the events around Earth that occur before the Second Coming is possible. Biblical preacher Greg Sereda believes the Earth is now just one step away from opening the seventh of the seals, which will apparently mark the end of the world. Related articles Bible breakthrough: How ‘man who inspired Jesus’ was exposed World War 3: Top secret…

‘A Fulfillment of Prophecy’: Meet the Israelis Living in the Golan Heights

GOLAN HEIGHTS, Israel – When President Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Israel thanked him by naming a community after him. But who would want to live so close to a hostile Syrian border with Iran trying to attack?  CBN’s Scott Ross visited the Golan Heights recently and met some Israelis who say they wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Amitai Elon owns a farm or holiday village called Natur at the top of the Sea of Galilee on the Golan Heights.…

Church Unearthed in Ethiopia Rewrites the History of Christianity in Africa

In the dusty highlands of northern Ethiopia, a team of archaeologists recently uncovered the oldest known Christian church in sub-Saharan Africa, a find that sheds new light on one of the Old World’s most enigmatic kingdoms—and its surprisingly early conversion to Christianity. An international assemblage of scientists discovered the church 30 miles northeast of Aksum, the capital of the Aksumite kingdom, a trading empire that emerged in the first century A.D. and would go on to dominate much of eastern Africa and western Arabia.…

Christianity Today’s 2020 Book Awards

When the calendar flips from one decade to the next, we typically see a flurry of articles and blog posts taking stock of the decade just past. What were the defining events, trends, and personalities? Which films, albums, and books left the largest mark? Analyzing the religious landscape of the last 10 years at The Anxious Bench, historian Philip Jenkins concluded with this postscript: “What are the most influential Christian books of the past decade? I scarcely know where to begin!” On his blog,…

Religious Questions: The prophets and stories Islam and Christianity have in common

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series answering your biggest religious questions. Each week, we will answer one submitted faith question. To send a submission, visit timesfreepress.com/religionquestions or email wmassey@timesfreepress.com. Question: What scriptures does the Quran use? How are they different from Christianity and what tenets are the same? Answer: In the Bible, Abraham, Joseph and Moses are prophets and the arrival of Jesus, believed to be the son of God, confirmed their teachings. In Islam, Abraham, Joseph, Moses and Jesus are…

Book On Early Christianity Inclusiveness Wins Grawemeyer Award

Every Sunday morning during college, Stephen Patterson would drive to a church and deliver a sermon; then he’d go to another church and deliver another sermon; then, one more sermon at one more church. It was during this time in divinity school, while he was delivering these sermons to pay his tuition, that he figured out he didn’t want to be a minister. He wanted to study Christianity, going deeper into history. Which is what he did: he teaches religious and ethical studies at…

How I learned to love my Christianity

There was a joke I used to make back before I was Christian: I am the most liberal person in a room full of Oxford theologians—and the most conservative at the goth club.I spent half my year as a graduate student in theology at a university where parties often consisted of drunk-singing madrigals and half my year in New York, where I knew more self-identified witches and “nontheistic Satanists” than I did resurrection-affirming Christians. I was, invariably, a stranger in a strange land. I…

Why Holy Land Christians are leaving Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus

CELEBRATING ONE YEAR OF FOX NATION — FOR A LIMITED TIME, SIGN UP AND GET 35% OFF WITH PROMO CODE: CELEBRATE “At Christmas, there’s no more significant spot than this place,” said Fox News host Pete Hegseth, standing at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. “Today, this site… is controlled by the Palestinian Authority. The number of Christians here is dwindling.” In Fox Nation’s new documentary, “Battle for Bethlehem,” Hegseth traveled to the Holy Land to investigate why Christians are leaving the birthplace of Jesus Christ.  He spoke to…

The Crisis of American Christianity, Viewed From Great Britain

N. T. Wright is one of those thinkers who fall into a binary: Either people have never heard of him, or they believe him to be one of the most influential figures of our time. The magazine Christianity Today has called him “the most prolific biblical scholar in a generation” and “the most important apologist for the Christian faith since C. S. Lewis.” The British theologian is credited with writing more than six dozen books, many about the apostle Paul, and has reached the…

Christening An Antarctic-Bound Ship With ‘The End Of The World’

This story is part of Only A Game‘s 2019 Thanksgiving Leftovers Show. Find the full episode here. One of Only A Game’s most popular stories of 2019 was Jill Heinerth’s tale of cave diving inside an iceberg in Antarctica. But there was a part of that interview we left out of that original airing, and it has to do with how Heinerth and her colleagues got to Antarctica. Jill tells that story, in her own words: The ship’s name was the “Braveheart” — great, great little vessel.…

Across the Middle East, they are done with false prophets ​

When do demonstrations become a revolution? We romanticise the failures of the Arab Spring. But success has its costs, too. In the modern Middle East, only the Iranian Revolution has succeeded in bringing a new ruling class to power. But the 1979 revolution failed to bring about what the philosopher Michel Foucault predicted would be a new political dawn – instead, it marked the eclipse of both Persian constitutionalism and the republican nationalism of former prime minister Muhammed Mossadeq. In the Arab world, there…

What to Understand about Christianity’s Decline in America

Last month, Pew Research Center published survey data from 2018 and 2019 on religion and Americans. The big takeaway: the number of non-religiously affiliated Americans was growing; the number of Christians was declining. Here’s how they summed it up: The changes underway in the American religious landscape are broad-based. The Christian share of the population is down and religious “nones” have grown across multiple demographic groups: white people, black people and Hispanics; men and women; in all regions of the country; and among college…

Responding to Criticisms of Christianity

“Religion poisons everything!” claimed new atheist Christopher Hitchens.  Hardly any comment thread on this blog is without someone blaming Christians and Christianity for war, slavery, oppression, sexism, intolerance, or whatever else is evil.  Bring up the value of Lutheran theology and you can count on accusations that Luther is responsible for Hitler and the Holocaust. So how should Christians respond to such criticisms?  Christianity Today has published an article on this subject by Natasha Moore, a researcher at Australia’s Centre for Public Christianity and the…

Shannon: Christianity proves expendable for Chick-fil-A

The Chick-fil-A surrender sends a crushing message to small business and run-of-the-congregation Christians. “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” – John 12:42-43 Maybe the timid, cultural Christians in corporate Chick-fil-A know something regarding Mayor Pete’s presidential campaign that’s escaped the rest of us. The corporation recently jettisoned its last…

Placater in Chief? Pope Francis Cites Work of Fiction to Argue Christianity Is Just as Violent as Islam

NEWS ANALYSIS  Ever the apologist, critics say Pope Francis has now gone off the deep end after he cited a work of fiction to argue that Christianity is as violent as Islam. Jihad Watch reports that Francis quoted from The Song of Roland, an 11th-century fictitious poem, to prove Christians have tried to convert Muslims by the sword just like Muslims have done to Christians for centuries. “A scene from The Song of Roland comes to me as a symbol, when the Christians defeat the…

A Timeline of Christianity in Japan

Christianity first arrived in Japan in 1549, but was banned for some 250 years during the Edo period (1603–1868). A look at the history of the faith on the Japanese islands. Statistics from the Agency for Cultural Affairs report that there were 1.9 million Christians in Japan as of December 31, 2017, amounting to 1.5% of the Japanese population, which is 126 million. Christianity first came to Japan in 1549 during an era of turmoil known as the Warring States period (1467–1568). In Kyūshū…

Family Research Council again claims Pete Buttigieg does not practice “biblical Christianity”

DAVID CLOSSON (FRC DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN ETHICS AND BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW): But real quick, just the point of this is what’s really dangerous with what Pete is doing, he’s not just mistaken about what the Bible says. He’s actually twisting God’s word to advance a political agenda that is antithetical to biblical Christianity. … TONY PERKINS (HOST): They’re not the party of science when it’s inconvenient, when it comes to biology and gender and life. But that’s not where he stops. I mean, he goes…

Pope says tech, globalization endanger youth individuality

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Pope Francis paid tribute on Friday to Catholics in Thailand who suffered or were killed for their faith in the past and urged today’s Thais not to consider Christianity a “foreign” religion. Pope Francis attends a meeting with cardinals and bishops at the Blessed Nicholas Boonkerd Kitbamrung Shrine in Bankgok, Thailand November 22, 2019. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS The pope was on his last full day of a visit to Thailand, where the dominant culture is closely tied to Buddhism, although…

Church of England says Christians must repent for past antisemitism

Christians must repent for centuries of antisemitism which ultimately led to the Holocaust, the Church of England has said in a document that seeks to promote a new Christian-Jewish relationship. However, the church’s move to take responsibility for its part in Jewish persecution was impaired by stinging criticism by the chief rabbi of the continued “specific targeting” of Jews for conversion to Christianity. The document, God’s Unfailing Word, is the first authoritative statement by the C of E on the part played by Christians…

What if the Trump prophecies are true?

By Michael Brown, CP Op-Ed Contributor | Thursday, November 14, 2019 YouTube.com / The Trump Prophecy/Screenshot In a recent article, Christian journalist Stephen Strang cited prophecies delivered in 2007 by the late Kim Clement, which pointed to Donald Trump being a two-term president. Are these true prophecies? And if so, how should they influence our voting? Some, of course, do not believe there is such a thing as prophecy at all, especially in our day. Others will dispute the accuracy of Clement’s prophecies, thereby…

How Kanye West put Joel Osteen’s prosperity gospel back under the spotlight

“Both have baptized their commercial notoriety and their financial gains in Jesus’ name,” Walton said. “The communion table has become a merch table.” West’s recent album “Jesus Is King” has earned praise in unusual corners of conservative Christianity, but his comments have raised eyebrows over their association with Osteen’s prosperity gospel teachings, the idea that God grants health and wealth to his followers. Some Christians are also questioning whether black hip-hop artists are being used by white evangelical preachers to boost their own brand…

Tennessee school system promotes Christianity, lawsuit claims

A pair of atheist families are suing a Middle Tennessee school district in federal court, claiming officials there promote Christianity. The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Nashville by the American Civil Liberties Union, claims Smith County school officials engage in unconstitutional practices including school-sponsored prayer during assemblies and Bible distribution during classes. The ACLU filed suit on behalf of plaintiffs Kelly Butler, Jason Carr and Sharona Carr on behalf of their children and names the following defendants: the Smith County Board of Education, Smith…

Why I’m not leaving Christianity

By Robin Schumacher, Voices Contributor | Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Unsplash/Stefan Kunze Like many of you, I’ve been saddened by reading the various stories chronicled in The Christian Post of people walking away from Christianity. The reasons for their departure have been different, but the result has been the same – a person who now believes the truth claims of the Christian faith are false. I’ve seen myself in many of their stories and have gone through some of the exact same things they have, but…

Millions flocking to spirit-empowered Christianity for personal encounter with God

Dr. George O. Wood, chief executive officer of the Assemblies of God Church and global co-chair of the Empowered21 Spirit-empowered movement (l) and co-chair William Wilson, president of Oral Roberts University (r) lead a prayer session on the Empowered21 Global Congress in Jerusalem, Israel on Wednesday night. | (Photo: The Christian Post/Leonardo Blair) When the Empowered21 Global Congress convenes in Jerusalem, Israel, in spring 2020, one of the main items on the agenda will be how to get every person on the planet to…

Christianity is declining at a rapid pace, but Americans still hold positive views about religion’s role in society

But Pew’s survey, published Friday, finds that Americans hold more positive views of religion’s role overall and concerns about it declining. Fifty-five percent say churches and religious organizations do more good than harm in society (compared with 20 percent of people who think it does more harm than good). Similar majorities say religious organizations strengthen morality in society (53 percent), and 50 percent say they bring people together. Many younger Americans aren’t prioritizing church attendance the way their parents or grandparents did, he said,…

Why are Christians so angry these days?

His world was also rife with injustice, yet the Gospels record only one instance of what we have come to judge as “righteous anger” on the part of our Lord. So why does Christ have so many angry followers? It is easy to understand why Christians today are frightened and discouraged, but isn’t something off-kilter in an angry Christian? The question is not about what provokes anger. It is about allowing anger to possess us. Catholics are rightly and bitterly disappointed because some priests…

Japan’s ageing ‘Hidden Christians’ fear they may be their religion’s last generation

IKITSUKI ISLAND/NAGASAKI CITY, Japan (Reuters) – His face weathered from years at sea, kimono-clad Japanese fisherman Masaichi Kawasaki kneels before an altar adorned with images of the Virgin Mary, crossing himself as he softly intones chants handed down through centuries. A statue of Virgin Mary is seen on a gravestone of descendants of ‘Hidden Christians’ who preserved their faith in secret during centuries of persecution, at a cemetery on Ikitsuki Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato Kawasaki, 69, is one of…

The fight for Christianity in Pakistan

Two years after fleeing to the United States, Lakeland resident Junaid Saqib is lobbying American politicians to support the protection of religious minorities in his home country of Pakistan. LAKELAND — Junaid Saqib’s political activities put his life in danger in his native Pakistan. Two years after fleeing to the United States, Saqib is lobbying American politicians to support the protection of religious minorities in Pakistan. Saqib said he and other Christians in his home country faced discrimination, violence and restrictions on holding office.…

End Times Pastor Irvin Baxter: The Hatred of Trump Is ‘Deeply Inhuman’ and Satanic

On yesterday’s edition of “The Jim Bakker Show,” host Jim Bakker and guest, End Times pastor Irvin Baxter, agreed that opposition to President Donald Trump is driven by Satanic forces. “Those who hate the cross, they hate Trump,” Bakker said. “There is a spirit of anti-Christ in the world right now.” “I think it is so critical that people really understand why the hatred,” Baxter agreed. “Why is this?” “It’s not normal,” Bakker responded. Irvin said that hatred of Trump is rooted in the…

Christianity’s Uncertain Future in the U.S.

To the Editor: Re “Less and Less a Christian Nation,” by Nicholas Kristof (column, Oct. 27): The drop in those who identify as Christians in the United States is not a result of the non-politically correct views of some churches. The fact of the matter is that the mainline churches, which for the most part acquiesced to popular social trends, have had the greatest decrease in church attendance. A 2017 article in The Washington Post speculated that if present trends continue, mainline churches have…

The essence of Christianity? Love your neighbor as yourself

What is it about Christianity or the understanding of Christianity that people don’t like or find difficult to believe? Because when you truly understand who Jesus is, why he came to this earth, the teachings he gave to follow and the path that he made available for every person to experience eternal life, I think a better question is why wouldn’t everyone want Christianity to be true? Why wouldn’t everyone choose to follow Jesus? The reality is that many do not. In my short…

Christianity is not a brand or a demographic

In “Slander,” from her latest collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, Marilynne Robinson writes that when she applied for the faculty position at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa where she spent her teaching career until her retirement in 2016, the job description said that candidates should be able to teach the Bible as literature. And so she did—something that I also have the privilege of doing as a professor at Providence College. She notes, though, that this often made…

Nearly half of young adults with ties to Christianity say church can’t answer their questions: survey

By Samuel Smith, CP Reporter Young adults attend The Porch, a young adult community founded by Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas. | Watermark Community Church Extensive new research from The Barna Group shows that nearly half of young adults worldwide who have a connection to Christianity feel that the Church can’t answer their questions. Barna, a California-based evangelical research firm, partnered with the leading international evangelical humanitarian organization World Vision to compile “The Connected Generation” study. Published in a research report, the study…

Kanye West, “Christian Genius Billionaire,” wants to change his name and run for President of the United States, after “Jesus is King” release

Kanye West was recently named one of the world’s wealthiest hip hop artists by Forbes, with the publication estimating his net worth at $240 million. West, however, wants you to know he’s not a millionaire — he’s a billionaire. The rapper floated the idea of legally changing his name to “Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West,” just so everyone knows it. “Martin Luther King didn’t get killed because he had a dream; he had something else he was gong to talk about. He talked about…

‘Run for Zion’ gives Christians chance to ‘bless Israel with every step’

An Israeli group is giving Christians a chance to run where Jesus walked. Jonathan Feldstein started “Run for Zion” two years ago as part of his mission to connect Christians and Jews, giving them a chance to run or walk together in the Jerusalem Marathon – next set for March 20, 2020 – and make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to bless the nation where Christianity was birthed over 2,000 years ago. ‘I AM ISRAEL’ FILM HIGHLIGHTS LAND, PEOPLE OF THE BIBLE: ‘BEST PROOF GOD EXISTS’ Feldstein, who is an…

Lotz: Turkey’s Syria Invasion Could Fulfill Ezekiel 38 Prophecy About Apocalyptic War in Middle East

JERUSALEM, Israel – Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz believes that US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northeast Syria while Turkish forces invaded could trigger an event prophesied about in Ezekiel 38. While speaking on “The Jim Bakker Show” last week, Lotz said she was concerned by Trump’s decision to allow Turkey to attack America’s Kurdish allies, Christians, and others living in northeast Syria. “I’m like a lot of people—what in the world is going on?” Lotz said. But the best-selling author thinks…

Liberal Christian group attacks Barr speech as ‘toxic Christianity’

U.S. Attorney general William Barr has come under fire from a liberal Christian group for a speech he made at Notre Dame University Law School. The group claims he violated his oath to defend religious liberty for all Americans. The group, called Faithful America, said Barr’s speech was too focused on Christianity. They’ve filed a formal complaint with the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility. Christopher Hale, a former Obama faith adviser, said while he supports the group, he contends they might have gone a bit…

Pray for Christians in Iran

Every year, on the first Sunday of November, churches across America dedicate a time during their services to pray for their Christian brothers and sisters who live in countries where they cannot practice their faith freely. This year, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church falls on Nov. 3. Religious persecution — particularly against Christians — is at an all-time high. More than 245 million Christians live in countries where they experience high levels of persecution, according to Open Doors. But there…

Christianity as we know it is dying. Let’s welcome the new life ahead.

(RNS) — In a recent study, Pew reported that 26% of Americans now self-identify as religiously unaffiliated, up from 17% just 10 years ago. Millennials are defecting from organized religion at significantly higher rates than older generations and while the number of people who identify as atheists or agnostic has risen slightly, the largest category of leaver is the amorphous “nones.” Put another way, people aren’t leaving faith, but they are actively leaving Christianity. Seemingly every other week there is another story of churches…

Christian Speech a Hate Crime? Politician Faces Police Interrogation for Posting Bible Verse

HELSINKI, Finland – A Christian politician from Finland will be interrogated at police headquarters Friday in a hate speech investigation for sharing a Bible passage on social media. Päivi Räsänen is a member of the Finnish Parliament, and she’s under investigation for committing a so-called hate crime after she posted a Bible verse aimed at Finland’s state church for promoting the homosexual lifestyle. “In my tweet, I directly cited Romans first chapter and verses 24 to 27 and posted the picture of the passages…

Studying the End of the World: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Throughout the history of civilization, the concept of the apocalypse has been ever present, in one way or another. The envisioned revelation, the feared end of the world that will herald an age of purification through horrific and chaotic means, has been a part of every major religion and belief throughout the centuries. But one of the most interesting prophecies relates to the famous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, which are described in the Bible’s Book of Revelation. “…and behold, a black horse…” Today…

Why Trump not Jesus is at the heart of white Christian love for Kanye

Musician Kanye West headlined a “Sunday Service” performance on a specially made hilltop stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Indio, California. Video screenshot (RNS) — Rapper Kanye West is once again being likened to the Apostle Paul, and this time, it’s not just Kanye making the comparison. After Kanye released his highly anticipated gospel album, “Jesus Is King,” and a 31-minute IMAX film of the same name on Friday (Oct. 25), outspoken conservative pastor…

The Overstated Collapse of American Christianity

Fifty years ago, many observers of American religion assumed that secularization would gradually wash traditional Christianity away. Twenty years ago, Christianity looked surprisingly resilient, and so the smart thinking changed: Maybe there was an American exception to secularizing trends, or maybe a secularized Europe was the exception and the modernity-equals-secularization thesis was altogether wrong. Now the wheel has turned again, and the new consensus is that secularization was actually just delayed, and with the swift 21st-century collapse of Christian affiliation, a more European destination…

Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ Is Fake Christianity At Its Finest

After weeks of false release dates, teased snippets and ridiculous sound bites, Kanye West finally delivered his curiously-anticipated not-exactly-gospel album, Jesus Is King. The album notably comes on the heels of Kanye’s much-hyped Sunday Service shows: a series of gospel-themed performances that grew from private church sessions at his Calabasas home attended by various Hollywood A-listers to West and Co. literally crashing church services and college campuses around the country to perform tracks from the new album. So what to make of Jesus Is King, now that it’s…

Is Christianity really in numerical decline in America?

Do recent polls really tell the full story here in America? Is it true that Christianity is experiencing a serious, ongoing, numerical decline? Those polls could well be accurate, speaking of a major spiritual crisis in our nation. But there may be a different way to understand what is happening, one that points to separation and refining more than to backsliding and apostasy. First, let’s look at the results of the most recent Pew Research Center poll. As reported on October 19, “The religious…

Dewey’s Public Schools Replaced Christianity With Collectivist Humanism

This is part 4 in a series of articles examining the origins of public education in the United States. Widely recognized as the founding father of America’s “progressive” public education system, John Dewey was a man on an unprecedented religious mission. With more fervor and devotion than many Christian missionaries or Islamic jihadists, he set out to win America over to his religious worldview. Like the collectivists whose shoulders he stood upon, government-controlled education was Dewey’s weapon of choice. And now, more than a…

Classic First-Date Questions Updated for the End Times

Thinking of conversation starters for a first date can be nerve-racking, but, with Earth’s climate-change-induced apocalypse imminent, there are more options than ever before. What do you do for fun . . . when you’re not panicking about breaking-news notifications? What’s your go-to cocktail . . . to drink when it’s a hundred and forty-seven degrees out? Are you more introverted or extroverted . . . when you discuss the dying bee population? What do you do for work . . . in the few days remaining before robots take over your job? How many siblings…

End of the world: Why 900-year-old prophecy claims Pope Francis will mark doomsday

Saint Malachy was the Archbishop of Armagh, to whom several miracles were attributed to in the 12th century. In 1139, Malachy went to Rome from Ireland to give an account of his affairs, when he reportedly received a strange vision about the future, including the names of 112 future Popes. His predictions are taken seriously by many Christians and according to reports “In 1958, before the Conclave that would elect Pope John XXIII, Cardinal Spellman of New York hired a boat, filled it with sheep…

Attorney General Barr Preaches a Secular Law-and-Order Christianity

Photo: SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett One of my favorite speeches in recent history was delivered by Barack Obama at Notre Dame University ten years ago. In it he warned against the particular kind of self-righteousness for which the Christian Right – and some advocates of an equally non-reflective Christian Left – is famed, in its certainty that God’s Will dictates particular political positions that are largely a matter of secular concern. Here’s a sample: [T]he ultimate irony of faith is that it necessarily…

Trump’s D.C. hotel abruptly cancels Christian aid group’s Kurdish solidarity event

In recent weeks, Trump pulled U.S. soldiers out of northern Syria, paving the way for an invasion by Turkey that targeted Kurdish forces. The fighting has prompted a flood of Kurdish refugees out of Syria — and caused a political headache for the president, who has been accused by Republicans and Democrats alike of abandoning U.S. allies in the region. The aid group’s founder, Dalton Thomas, said the reasons behind the cancellation were “hazy.” “All we know is they canceled,” Thomas, who is in…

‘Real Christianity’: One pastor’s profound take on what it means to be a true Christian

Attendees worship at the SafeZone Freedom Rally at Grace Midtown Church in Atlanta, Georgia, on Jan. 28, 2019. | Zachary Zoeller In Real Christianity: How to Be Bold for Christ In a Culture of Darkness, author and pastor Dale Partridge offers a sober, concise and profound reminder of the biblical characteristics and requirements of a Christian and challenges modern-day believers to see how they measure up. “I did not write this to accuse the lukewarm, but to rouse the faithful,” Partridge, a Bible teacher who…

Algerian Gov Officials Close Down Country’s Largest Christian Churches

Algerian government officials continued their brutal crackdown on a number of Christian communities, shuttering the doors to the largest protestant church in the country. The 700-member-strong Church of the Full Gospel in Tizi-Ouzou was told by government officials that it would be shut down on Wednesday. But on Tuesday, as the congregants gathered for prayer and worship, national guard officers stormed the building. According to Morning Star News, many members fled the building in fear, while others were forcibly dragged out. Pastor Salah Chalah,…

The coming end of Christian America

America is still a “Christian nation,” if the term simply means a majority of the population will claim the label when a pollster calls. But, as a new Pew Research report unsparingly explains, the decline of Christianity in the United States “continues at a rapid pace.” A bare 65 percent of Americans now say they’re Christians, down from 78 percent as recently as 2007. The deconverted are mostly moving away from religion altogether, and the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated — the “nones” —…

5 films highlighting Christian faith topics coming fall 2019

Five films featuring faith topics coming fall 2019. The success of faith-based films in recent years has led to a resurgence of Christian movies being made in Hollywood and now some mainstream films are also including faith elements in their content. In 2018, the film “I Can Only Imagine” based on the life story of Christian singer Bart Millard brought in $17.1 million domestically during its opening weekend, and over $83 million overall, surpassing expectations. Several films being released this fall also feature the religious…

Bannon Teams Up With Chinese Group That Thinks Trump Will Bring on End-Times

After trying to launch his own cryptocurrency and failing to turn an Italian monastery into a training camp for Europe’s far right, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon has a new plan: teaming up with a Chinese spiritual movement that reportedly believes Trump will bring about Judgment Day. On Saturday night, viewers of the rabidly pro-Trump cable news channel One America News Network will witness the premiere of Bannon’s latest effort, a ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller modeled after the real-life legal battle that ensued following the…

‘It’s the Fulfillment of Prophecy’: Why 5000 Christians from 100 Nations Are in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – Israel is celebrating the biblical feast of Sukkot and thousands of Christians from around the world have come to Jerusalem to see prophecy fulfilled and attend the Feast of Tabernacles celebration.  It is a gala event with deep spiritual significance. “It’s the fulfillment of Zechariah chapter 14, yes, it was wonderful, wonderful. We have to come. Gentile Christians should come to Jerusalem at the feast of Sukkot,” John Lui of North Carolina told CBN News.  This is the 40th Feast of Tabernacles…

THE PURPOSE OF PROPHECY – unveiling the gift

        From the desk of Roy Roden: Every week I will be posting an overview of the teachings of the “basic Training for the Gift of Prophecy course we are doing in Belfast every Wednesday at 6:00pm.     2- The Purpose Of Prophecy – unveiling the gift    Prophecy is a ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit spoken of in 1 Corinthians 12:10. Lets read this verse together.   “To another the…

As Christianity’s Popularity Declines, More Americans Identify As Religiously Unaffiliated, Study Finds

Otto Rodriguez attends a service at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic church on April 30, 2019 in Doral, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Americans are rapidly self-identifying themselves as religiously unaffiliated, and especially less frequently as Christians, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center on Thursday. The Pew Research Center compiled the report about Americans’ religious practices using data collected through random-digit-dial (RDD) political polling conducted in 2018 and 2019. “The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a…

In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace

(Sungjin Ahn photography/Getty Images) The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009. Both Protestantism…

20 Best End of the World Movies – Disaster and Apocalypse Films

Netflix End-of-the-world movies have their own brand of power. They combine the adrenaline rush of disaster movies with the creeping dread of horror movies, so you’ll definitely feel a pulse-quickening suspense. Sometimes, the movies take place as the world is about to end, so you have to sit there and mentally create your own end-of-the-world to-do list along with the characters. Sometimes, there’s already an extinction event, and you wonder if you’d be able to hack it with the other survivors. And sometimes, the…

Andrew Brunson, pastor imprisoned in Turkey for Christian faith, tells ‘God’s side of the story’

Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was held as a political hostage in Turkey for 735 days, says he is sharing God’s side of the story, as well as the darkest moments of his life — when he was in jail– in his new book. The book stems from a promise to God while in prison, where he battled suicidal thoughts and doubted God’s existence, unsure if he would ever see freedom again. ANDREW BRUNSON, EX-IMPRISONED PASTOR IN TURKEY, SAYS 2016 PRISON DREAM ‘HAS HAPPENED’ “My story is…

Don’t blame incivility on religion. Christian principles are an antidote to nastiness.

Our belief system isn’t the problem, it’s that we have strayed from what we say we believe. Following Jesus means loving and caring for our neighbors. A common narrative today is that deeply held religious beliefs are a key driver of incivility. Yet new research on evangelical views on civility and democracy shows exactly the opposite effect. This massive survey was released as part of a joint project by The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Lifeway Research and the Fetzer Institute. The findings are often sobering and should…

Pentecostal faith a fast-growing segment of Christianity

PELHAM, N.H. — The root of what later became New England Pentecostal Ministries was planted by a home prayer group in Nashua during 1942. The church now occupies a large plot of land at 955 Bridge St. in Pelham nearly eight decades later. Pentecostalism represents one of the fastest-growing segments of global Christianity, according to the Pew Research Center website. At least a quarter of the world’s 2 billion Christians are thought to be members of Pentecostalism and related “charismatic movements,” which include “lively,…

‘The Dream Has Happened’: Pastor Brunson’s Prophetic Dream Reveals Chilling Truth of Turkish Invasion

JERUSALEM, Israel – As the Turkish military pushes deeper into northeast Syria forcing thousands to flee for their lives, US Pastor Andrew Brunson is revealing a chilling prophetic dream he had while he was falsely imprisoned in Turkey for two years.  “The dream has happened,” he told Fox News. “My goal is about declaring who Jesus is and not getting involved in politics, but this is the dream God gave me, and I think it’s relevant to what’s happening now.”  While sitting in a…

William Barr: Our Less Christian Society Is To Blame For Mental Illness And Drug Abuse

Attorney General William Barr on Friday faulted the “ascendancy” of secularism in America for mental illness, violence and drug abuse. “Virtually every moral pathology has gained ground,” he said in a speech at the University of Notre Dame’s law school. (See the video above beginning at 21:48.) The speech revealed how deeply the top lawman in the nation is tied to his Catholicism as he lashed a recent New Jersey law requiring LGBTQ curriculum in public schools to support civil rights. He complained that…

Students, Staff From Christian School Kidnapped by Islamist Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria

Six teenage girls and two staff members at a Christian school in Nigeria were reportedly abducted at gunpoint by Fulani Muslim “bandits” last week.  Faithwire: EVIL: After Brutal Killing of Kidnapped Pastor’s Wife, Fulani Herdsmen Collect Ransom Money From Her Family The armed men reportedly kidnapped the eight people at Engravers’ College in Chikun County shortly after midnight on Oct. 3, according to Morning Star News.  “I just pray that nothing happens to them and that they come out alive,” Julde Juli, whose 15-year-old daughter was…

Christian Leaders Say Turkish Invasion Of Syria Raises Risk Of ‘Genocide’

Enlarge this image On Thursday, a Kurd living in Cyprus shouts slogans and holds a banner showing President Donald Trump, in front of the U.S. embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus, to protest Turkey’s offensive into Syria. The protesters chanted slogans condemning Turkey’s military action and urged for the withdrawal of Turkish forces. Petros Karadjias/AP hide caption toggle caption Petros Karadjias/AP The airstrikes and artillery bombardments had barely begun in the Syrian city of Qamishli, just across the border from Turkey, when Bassam Ishak’s cell phone…

Evangelical Christian Leaders Push Back On Turkish Invasion Of Northern Syria

Evangelical Christian leaders are furious over President Trump’s green light to a Turkish invasion of Kurd-controlled territory in Syria. Thousands of Syrian and Kurdish Christians are in danger. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Today, Turkey launched its long-expected offensive on Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria. The attack comes just three days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops out of the border region. The Kurds are U.S. allies. They have been protecting religious minorities in Syria. NPR’s Tom Gjelten says the president’s order has angered U.S.…

This is what Christianity looks like in Zimbabwe

By Hannah Wheeler, Voices Contributor | Sunday, October 06, 2019 A small ladies ensemble worship in the Ndebele language; singing “Siyabonga, Jesu” at a church service in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. | Photo: Emma Lown I often find myself scrolling through pictures from last month. My heart is filled with joy as I look at the fellowshipping groups, the sporadic worship and the genuine moments, yet I feel a longing. There are some experiences in life you never forget. Although I only spent one week in…