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2015 was ‘worst year’ for Christian persecution

persecution

With North Korea leading the way and Islamic extremism rapidly expanding, 2015 was the “worst year in modern history for Christian persecution,” according to a group tracking this issue. Iraq is in second place on Open Doors’ 2016 World Watch List, ...

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Bringing hope to Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees

MIDDLE EAST — Christian missions workers like Peter Matheson are working to bring hope to refugees. But the ongoing crisis has taken a toll on the many he serves — and on him personally — as he ministers in the ...

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Advent, sacred time, and worldview

It is time to prepare for Christmas. But I don’t mean at the shopping mall. I mean sacred preparation. Sunday [Nov. 27] marks the beginning of Advent, the time historically “set aside by the Church to help believers prepare to ...

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Big lesson in serving small

house of the dying destitutes

A stethoscope can put a swagger in anyone’s walk. I don’t know if all doctors feel important when they have one around their necks, but I know that some do. My friend Gary had his around his neck several years ...

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  • Pakistan added to worst religious liberty violators
    The United States added a single country to its list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom but designated for the first time nine non-state organizations for their violence against people of faith. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Dec. 11 he had added Pakistan to the list of “countries of particular concern” (CPCs), […]
  • Now they’re euthanizing Asperger’s patients | The deadly threat of assisted suicide
    Another week… another example of how physician-assisted suicide targets the vulnerable. This time: Asperger’s patients. In 2010, 38-year-old Tine Nys was one of approximately 1,000 people euthanized in Belgium. Nys was not suffering from a terminal illness. In fact, she wasn’t sick at all. As I’ve mentioned before, despite how it’s sold around the world, […]
  • World Vision among aid groups ousted from Pakistan
    Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country known for persecuting religious minorities, has expelled 18 aid organizations including World Vision and other Christian groups. The expulsions will affect more than 11 million aid recipients in the country that suffers in healthcare and education, entailing an estimated loss of more than $130 million in annual aid, the Associated […]
  • Chinese Christians pledge to ‘stand strong’ for their faith
    As China continues to hunt down and arrest members of a house church in Sichuan Province, many of the 100 or more Christians arrested reportedly pledged in advance to persevere even until death. Gina Goh, Southeast Asia regional manager for International Christian Concern, said many leaders of Autumn Rain Covenant Church — also translated by […]
  • High court’s order raises question on abortion
    The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to rule on cases involving government funding of Planned Parenthood has raised the question of whether pro-life advocates can count on a majority of justices in abortion-related cases. The high court announced Dec. 10 it would not review lower court opinions regarding decisions by Kansas and Louisiana to remove Planned […]
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