Persecution updates from around the globe, especially India

World Digital has revamped its international content and my persecution stories are now part of a roundup called “World Tour.” Here are the past few which include my reporting on false charges against Indian Christians for kidnapping and forced conversion, a trend in attacks on pastors in India, and the Russian Supreme Court‘s decision to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses (and why that will hurt Christians), and how persecution is a part of the refugee crisis.

 

Weighing in on the refugee matter

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Screenshot from a video about a UNHCR refugee camp.

I try very hard to stay away from politics here at Steak and a Bible. That isn’t because I don’t have strong political opinions, I do. I avoid it because I do not want my political opinions to get in the way of God’s truth. The Bible and the truth it contains is essential. It is non-negotiable. That is my focus and it will remain so.

But occasionally a political issue (or current event) bleed so much into my faith that I feel compelled to say something.

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Don’t Miss List: Floods, God’s Gender and ‘Setting the Record Straight …’

Washed Away – Obbie Todd

The flooding in Louisiana is a real tragedy and has robbed at least 13 people of their lives and damaged at least 40,000 houses. Here’s Pastor Obbie Todd’s first-person account of the 20 minute scramble to abandon his new home in order to protect himself, his wife and twin babies.

No, God Isn’t Transgender

Robert A.J. Gagnon criticizes a recent New York Times op-ed in which someone argued God is transgender. You can find it at First Things.

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Don’t Miss List: Olympics, Sudan, Russia and Incredible Iceland video

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HRW Talks about the Olympics Refugee Team

The Rio Olympics are just days away and I just found out there is a team of refugees competing together. Their presence will highlight the massive and ongoing world refugee crisis. Human Rights Watch has a dispatch.

Michelle Lesley Tackles the Question: What is Contemplative Prayer?

She also tackles the follow up: is it biblical? The short answer is no, but check out her response here.

Infographic to help explain the Sudan/South Sudan history and conflict

Faith & Forced Migration has an explainer on Sudan and South Sudan, their history and some information on the recurring conflicts. Continue reading

Don’t Miss List: On Unity, Gracious Disagreement, Racial Justice and Archaeology

Concerns about Together 2016 from the Reformed Nazarene blog

Together2016In less than a week, Together 2016 will happen in Washington, D.C. (where I live). Bringing together a wide range of speakers and musicians. Reformed Nazarene delves into who is speaking and performing and brings up some reasons to be wary. Which begs the question, when is unity right and when is it wrong?

Russell Moore on the shootings and racial justice

The news of the past week has been heartbreaking, both the news of black men being killed by cops and the news that police officers were targeted and murdered in Dallas. Evil continues to ravage our world. Since I do not know what to say in the wake of all this, I will share a piece by Russell Moore that definitely made me think.

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Don’t Miss List: Stanley Bashes Small Churches, Break up with Osteen and More

Andy Stanley Claims People are ‘Selfish’ for Choosing Small Churches

There’s an uproar going on after North Point pastor Andy Stanley bashed small churches and insulted people who choose them by calling them “selfish” and claiming they don’t love their kids.

There’s a ton of reaction online, including this one.

Here’s mine … the Bible tells pastors to be shepherds, not CEOs. Stanley and other mega-church pastors are CEOs due to the sheer size of their churches. I’ll take my tiny little church and its verse-by-verse Bible teaching and pastor who knows my heart for truth and actually listens if I’m concerned by a song we’ve used or if I don’t agree with something he says. I’ll take that anytime over a megachurch and a false teacher like Stanley who openly rejects the biblical calling for a pastor.

10 Reasons to Break Up with Joel Osteen

The Messed Up Church blog has 10 compelling reasons to “break up” with Joel Ostend’s teaching.

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