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What would you risk to help persecuted Christians? – Mission Network News

South Korea (MNN) — Time and again, headlines prove the need for believers in free nations to come alongside their oppressed brothers and sisters in Christ. Todays report examines what it takes to stop believers from partnering with persecuted Christians. North Korea is the worlds worst persecutor of Christians. More on that here. Based in... Read more

Hagia Sophia, foreign Christians targeted in Turkey – Mission Network News

Turkey (MNN) — Minority populations in Turkey increasingly find themselves on the outs with authorities and society-at-large. Concerning the future of religious freedom in Turkey, Its not looking positive, says Daniel Hoffman, Executive Director of Middle East Concern. Turkish authorities target foreign Christian leaders, and the world-renowned Hagia Sophia is in the cross-hairs, too. As... Read more

MPs call for action from NATO and Britain as Christians in Montenegro face persecution

(Photo: Unsplash/Alexandre Micheloud)MPs Tim Farron and Steve Baker have called on the UK Government and NATO to take action to defend the freedom of Christians in Montenegro.  In a bipartisan article in Newsweek, the MPs, who are both Christians, said that religious freedom "must be defended and protected everywhere" as they warned of increasing harassment... Read more

Pray that Hong Kong’s Christians can stand strong

(Photo: Unsplash/JJ Ying)This week, Beijing horrified millions of Hong Kongers with the enforcement of a new national security law that ushers in sweeping regulations criminalising secession, subversion, "terrorism" and collusion with foreign forces.  Anyone accused of breaking this law faces extradition to China for trial and life in prison.  The wording is so vague that... Read more

White Christians, Being ‘Woke’ Isn’t the Point | RELEVANT Magazine

White Christians need to confront the motivations that fuel the desire to be “woke.” I dont think that most of us who are white see how big of a problem this assumption of being woke is, which is why we dont spend the necessary time engaging in introspection and self-reflection. Why do we want... Read more

Christians at greater risk of arrest after Iran passes new law

Christians are heavily persecuted in Iran for their faith(Photo: Unsplash/OmidArmin)Legislation passed by parliament in Iran could make it easier to arrest and imprison Christians and other religious minorities, rights advocates said. Under amendments to articles 499 and 500 of the Islamic Penal Code, those found guilty of "deviant psychological manipulation" or "propaganda contrary to Islam,"... Read more

National Security law is a ‘threat to Christians’ in Hong Kong

People hold up signs and a mobile phone as they gather at West Kowloon Law Courts Building to show their support to 96 anti-government protesters who were arrested days ago in Hong Kong, China, October 2, 2019.(Photo: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)The imposition of a draconian national security law in Hong Kong this week has given rise to... Read more

87 Percent of Christians Believe America ‘Has Been Blessed by God,’ Barna Shows

87 Percent of Christians Believe America 'Has Been Blessed by God,' Barna Shows Christians in America are more likely than the general population to see the United States as a blessed nation and a world leader, although majorities in both categories affirm such a belief, according to a new Barna survey.Christians also are... Read more

Christians in India Experience Increased Persecution from Hindu Radicals as Coronavirus Restrictions Loosen

Christians in India Experience Increased Persecution from Hindu Radicals as Coronavirus Restrictions Loosen Hindu nationalists have unleashed a wave of torment and oppression to the Body of Christ in recent weeks as COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted in India.According to International Christian Concern (ICC), a Christian based human rights organization, in just two... Read more

White Christians and Racial Justice: Prioritizing Christian Ethics Over Political and Media Alliances | RELEVANT Magazine

Our alliances matter. In recent history, there might not be a more critical moment for considering our alliances. Wisdom is not needed to make sense out of a clear right or wrong but rather it is most precious when discerning thorny and layered matters. The inclination to seek out sources that are echoing our... Read more

New Law in Iran Threatens More Arrests of Christians, Rights Advocates Say

New Law in Iran Threatens More Arrests of Christians, Rights Advocates Say June 30, 2020 (Morning Star News) Legislation passed by parliament in Iran could make it easier to arrest and imprison Christians and other religious minorities, rights advocates said.Under amendments to articles 499 and 500 of the Islamic Penal Code, those found... Read more

All Christians Should Celebrate the SCOTUS Ruling on LGBTQ+ Discrimination

On June 15, the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also prohibits discrimination against gay and transgender workers. In other words, an employer cannot fire someone simply because they identify as LGBTQ+. Justice Neil Gorsuch, writer of the majority opinion, argues that firing someone for their sexual orientation is discriminating based... Read more

5 Novels Christians Should Read

What makes a work of literature worth recommending to Christian readers? Writing 20 years before the birth of Christ, the Roman author Horace bequeathed a twofold criterion for determining the worth of a work of literature that has stood the test of time. Posterity has most often used the words wisdom and delight to capture... Read more

‘Climate of hatred’ towards Christians in Turkey – SAT-7

Istanbul(Photo: Unsplash/Luke Michael)Christians in Turkey are experiencing a "climate of hatred" that has blamed them for the coronavirus pandemic, Christian broadcaster SAT-7 has warned. It said there had been an increase in attacks on churches in recent months.  In one incident in Istanbul, the suspect in an arson attempt at an Armenian church on 10... Read more

Dr. Derwin L. Gray: Peacemaking Is Our Birthright as Christians | RELEVANT Magazine

When Dr. Derwin Gray wroteThe Good Life, he had no way of knowing just what was ahead. Pandemics. Protests. A world on fire. In the middle of all this, a book about finding true happiness had the potential to seem a little out of step but, fortunately, Gray’s approach to happiness is a long... Read more

Palestinian Christians and the Great Commission – Mission Network News

Palestine (MNN) Palestinian Christians have suffered as their brothers and sisters have often forgotten their place in the story of the Great Commission. At Mission Network News we encourage listeners to find their place in the story. But which story is that? After Jesus rose from the dead, he gave the Great Commission to his... Read more

Disappointment after three Iranian Christians lose appeal against prison sentences

The interior of Iran's parliament building.Wikimedia CommonsThree Christians sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran have lost their appeals, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports. Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, deacon Saheb Fadaie and church member Mohammadreza Omidi were handed the sentences after being convicted in 2017 of 'acting against national security' by 'promoting Zionist Christianity'. They... Read more

PETER WROTE TO CHRISTIANS WHO WERE DESPISED LIKE TODAY: A Study in 1 Peter | Pastor Mark Driscoll

25 Jun PETER WROTE TO CHRISTIANS WHO WERE DESPISED LIKE TODAY: A Study in 1 Peter Posted at 03:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll Imagine you lived a few thousand years ago, hundreds of miles away from someone, and the only way to communicate with them was to sit down and write a letter,... Read more

Christians Attacked in Sudan after Incitement by Mosque Leaders in Khartoum

Christians Attacked in Sudan after Incitement by Mosque Leaders in Khartoum JUBA, South Sudan, June 24, 2020 (Morning Star News) Following calls from mosque leaders in east Khartoum, Sudan to rid their Muslim area of South Sudanese Christians, several Christians were attacked there and in neighboring Omdurman this month, sources said.At the end... Read more

5 Things I Wish Christians Would Admit About the Bible | RELEVANT Magazine

The Bible. Christians talk about it all the time, though what they mean by “The Bible” isn’t always clear. That is to say, other than the catch phrase Gods Word Im not sure whatthe Bible is to many who claim it as the sacred text that guides their life. Im positive were not all... Read more

Hard-line Hindu Relatives Threaten to Kill Christian’s Children in Uttar Pradesh, India

Hard-line Hindu Relatives Threaten to Kill Christian's Children in Uttar Pradesh, India HYDERABAD, India, June 19, 2020 (Morning Star News) His father away from home due in part to coronavirus travel restrictions, a 12-year-old boy in Uttar Pradesh, India heard relatives angry at his family for refusing to renounce Christ pounding on the... Read more

Living in times of turmoil, there is something Christians must remember

J John Sun 21 Jun 2020 8:43 BST (Photo: Unsplash/United Nations)Confined for three months within the United Kingdom I'm finding it hard to avoid a sense of national turmoil. There is the dreadful Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing issues of how the government should have responded. There is the way the appalling killing of George Floyd... Read more

Christians and Yazidis experiencing persecution in Syria after US troop withdrawal, commission hears

US forces were controversially withdrawn from Syria.ReutersA religious freedom scholar told the United States' top religious freedom panel that the U.S. troop pullback in northeastern Syria has created a "vacuum" that has allowed Turkish forces and affiliated opposition groups to carry out war crimes against Christians and other religious minorities.The U.S. Commission on International Religious... Read more

Chick-fil-A CEO calls on white Christians to repent & stand up for black Americans

Chick-fil-A CEO, Dan Cathy, speaks out about racism at Passion City Church in Atlanta on 14 June 2020.YouTube/Passion City ChurchChick-fil-A CEO, Dan Cathy, has called on white Christians to repent and fight for black Americans following a number of high profile black deaths at the hands of white police officers.Conservative Christian, Cathy, said Christians could... Read more

Affirm ‘Black Lives Matter’ but Reject the Organization, Mohler Urges Christians

Affirm 'Black Lives Matter' but Reject the Organization, Mohler Urges Christians Christians should affirm the phrase black lives matter but reject the organization that penned the slogan, seminary president Albert Mohler Jr. says in a new column.The president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says the three words that have been embraced by Americans... Read more

78 Percent of Black Christians but 38 Percent of White Christians Say ‘U.S. Has a Race Problem,’ Barna Finds

78 Percent of Black Christians but 38 Percent of White Christians Say 'U.S. Has a Race Problem,' Barna Finds Twice as many black Christians as white Christians believe the United States has a race problem, according to a Barna survey that also shows a big difference in opinion about whether the U.S. has... Read more

Should Christians Support Removal of Confederate Memorials?

The Story: Over the past two weeks, numerous efforts have been introduced across the United States to remove Confederate flags, statues, and memorabilia. The Background: Some examples of monuments and memorials being removed include: The U.S. Marine Corps ordered the removal of all public displays of the Confederate flagincluding from things like mugs, bumper stickers,... Read more

White Christians Must Repent, Fight against Racism, Says Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy

White Christians Must Repent, Fight against Racism, Says Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy is calling for white Christians to repent of their racism against their black brothers and sisters while fighting for their rights.The Christian Post reported that Cathy, alongside Megachurch Pastor Louie Giglio and rapper Lecrae discussed the issue... Read more