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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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Compassion

  • Canadian court denies religious freedom to Christian law school
    The Supreme Court of Canada dealt a major blow to religious freedom Friday (June 15), ruling that law societies in Canada may deny accreditation to a Christian law school. The judgment comes after a long legal battle in several provinces. Trinity Western University’s law school asks students and faculty to follow its “Community Covenant” based […]
  • Iowa, Michigan Christian colleges win freedom from HHS mandate
    A federal district court issued an order Tuesday (June 12) that permanently halts enforcement of the 2011 HHS mandate against two Christian colleges: Dordt College of Iowa and Cornerstone University of Michigan. “Everyone in America, and especially Christian college communities, should be free to live, study, and work consistently with their deeply held beliefs without the […]
  • Justices deny bid from dissident Episcopal churches to keep buildings
    The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is preparing to reclaim control of more than two dozen properties worth an estimated $500 million after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal brought by a breakaway group of conservative Anglican congregations. “We are grateful for the clarity that this decision offers, and hopeful that […]
  • Anthony Bourdain, suicide, and us | A wake-up call for the church
    An epidemic of staggering and tragic proportions is sweeping the country. And Christians are not immune. This man seemed to have it all. Celebrity chef, TV travel dude, and author Anthony Bourdain circled the globe, going to exotic places, eating the world’s best foods—whether at a West African fish hut or the finest restaurants in […]
  • Justice Department announces new initiative to protect churches
    The U.S. Department of Justice announced a new initiative that focuses on protection of churches to build, expand, buy, or rent facilities — as provided by the land use provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).” The “Place to Worship Initiative” is designed to increase federal intervention in behalf of religious […]
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