DC, Maryland and Virginia locals. Do you want to learn more about persecution? There’s a fantastic opportunity this coming weekend. Voice of the Martyrs is holding a free conference Saturday April 7, in Vienna, Virginia.
Speakers will include Gracia Burnham, Brother Bennie of India, Petr Jasek who spent 445 days in a Sudanese prison, and Gilbert Hovsepian. The event is free, although they prefer you RSVP through the VOM site.
I highly recommend taking this opportunity if you live in the area. I traveled to Pennsylvania for a conference like it a year or two ago and was so blessed by the testimonies and overall event.
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.
I read Luke chapter 9 this morning where Jesus reacts to three people who claim they would “follow him” anywhere. A modern mindset would probably expect a reaction along the lines of “Great you have you, buddy!” Jesus instead lays each one of them bare and exposes where their true hearts lie — whether it is in comfort or loyalty to family or something else.
As I continued my morning routine I thought on this. It struck me that the first one in particular chafes against an American mind. Continue reading
Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).
Hebrews 13:1-3 states, “Let love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.”
A Pakistani Catholic woman accused of blasphemy was supposed to have her final appeal before the nation’s Supreme Court today. The hearing was postponed indefinitely. Here’s the story I wrote for World online this morning:
This past weekend I wrote about the arrest of a Christian teen in Pakistan. Last week I wrote about the persecution of evangelical Christians in rural, Southern Mexico. Continue reading
Q&A: How Do I Change as a Christian?
This is an awesome new video from Apologia Studios.
Pray for South Sudan
Associated Press reported today that more than 1 million refugees have fled the conflict in South Sudan. Stay informed and keep these suffering people in prayer.
Uzbekistan’s authoritarian president died recently and it has Christians concerned that religious persecution will only increase.
Christians in Uzbekistan already face severe restrictions on their religion—the worst of any nation in Central Asia. Now they fear an increase in persecution following President Islam Karimov’s death.
Karimov died Sept. 2, days after being hospitalized for a stroke. The government did not acknowledge his illness until hours before his death.
Continue reading at World online.
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.
It turns out, that in spite of persecution, Christianity has grown in Burma (also known as Myanmar). My latest article:
New census shows Christianity spreading in Burma
The spread of the gospel has faced huge obstacles in Burma, including bloody civil war, violence against ethnic minorities, and radical Buddhist opposition. In spite of all that, Christianity has grown in Burma (also called Myanmar), according to new figures.
The United Nations Population Fund released new census data in July showing Christians made up about 6.3 percent of the population, up from 4.9 percent in 2004, World Watch Monitor reported. The country is 89.9 percent Buddhist; Chin state was the only majority-Christian region.
Continue reading at World…