The Road from Damascus: How an Evangelical Syrian Spoke at Harvard’s Commencement

The Road from Damascus: How an Evangelical Syrian Spoke at Harvard’s Commencement

This article was first published at Christianity Today on November 7. Following Turkey’s recent incursion into Syria and establishment of a “safe zone” in coordination with Russia, the beleaguered nation faces another refugee crisis. According to the United Nations, 6.7 million Syrians have registered with their High Commission for Refugees. Turkey hosts the largest share, … Continue reading

There’s No One Christian View on Kurds and Turks

There’s No One Christian View on Kurds and Turks

This article was first published at Christianity Today on October 24. As reports circulated that Turkey had violated its five-day pause in operations against the Kurds on the Syrian border, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rhetoric intensified. If Kurdish fighters did not withdraw from their positions, as agreed between Erdogan and President Donald Trump, Turkey would … Continue reading

Will US Genocide Resolution Satisfy Armenian Christians?

Will US Genocide Resolution Satisfy Armenian Christians?

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on November 1. Armenian Americans breathed a sigh of relief this week when the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved Resolution 296 to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Around 1.5 million Armenians were killed between 1915 and 1923, as the defeated Ottoman Empire transitioned into the modern Republic … Continue reading

Jordan Evangelicals Push for Official Recognition

Jordan Evangelicals Push for Official Recognition

This article was first published at Christianity Today on October 10. Evangelicals in Jordan have a new leader. They just don’t have anything official for him to lead yet. Five denominations, including Baptists, Assemblies of God, Evangelical Free, Nazarene, and Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) churches, met a month ago to elect Habes Nimat as … Continue reading

Christians Killed on Syria’s Front Lines

Christians Killed on Syria’s Front Lines

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on October 11. Three Christians have been killed in Turkey’s assault on Kurdish-held areas in northeast Syria, reported In Defense of Christians (IDC), citing their sources on the ground. In Qamishli, a Syriac Christian and his wife died, while in Ras al-Ain an additional Syriac Christian civilian … Continue reading

Syrian Christians to US: ‘Don’t Abandon Us Now’

Syrian Christians to US: ‘Don’t Abandon Us Now’

This article was first published by Christianity Today on October 8. Not long after the defeat of the Islamic State in the area, Syrian Christians warn that US military withdrawal from the Kurdish-controlled region, announced yesterday by President Donald Trump, will expose them to danger. “The expected military invasion [by Turkey] and the possible confrontation … Continue reading

When Islam is Not a Religion in America

When Islam is Not a Religion in America

This article was first published at Christianity Today on September 9. Is Islam a religion? This question is regularly posed by populists seeking to restrict Muslims in America. If Islam is not a religion—if it is a militant ideological system, for example—then some argue it is not subject to First Amendment protection. At stake is … Continue reading

A Tale of Three Churches

A Tale of Three Churches

This article was first published in the Summer 2019 print edition of Light magazine, produced by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. In January, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt stood side-by-side with Pope Tawadros II, patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Inaugurating the Cathedral of Nativity, the largest church in the Middle East, he … Continue reading

Why Muslims Love Mary

Why Muslims Love Mary

This article was published in the July/August print edition of Christianity Today. Mohammed, a pious PhD student from Egypt, sat guardedly in the “Community of Reconciliation.” Invited by David Vidmar, director of coaching for Peace Catalysts International, the middle-aged Muslim seemed soured on the idea of interfaith exchange at his northern California university. Vidmar suspected … Continue reading

Should Christians Praise Partial Religious Freedom?

Should Christians Praise Partial Religious Freedom?

This article was first published in the June print edition of Christianity Today. …The tension over praising limited gains is also a factor in Uzbekistan, a Muslim-majority secular nation whose citizens have the right to convert but which the United States has designated a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) since 2006 over religious freedom violations. … Continue reading

How Palestine Divides Messianic Jews

How Palestine Divides Messianic Jews

This article was first published in the May print edition of Christianity Today. Among Christians in America, Israel can be viewed as a fulfillment of prophecy, a democratic ally in a region of chaos, or an occupier oppressing stateless Palestinians. How to choose? Given that 2 out of 3 US evangelicals have a positive perception … Continue reading

Cinema of God: Muslims Memorialize Augustine

Cinema of God: Muslims Memorialize Augustine

This article was first published in the April print edition of Christianity Today. The students at Wheaton College were surprised: Wait, Saint Augustine was African? Shown the international award-winning Augustine: Son of Her Tears for a freshman seminar that reads his Confessions, they witnessed history brought to life beyond the text, said Sarah Miglio, dean … Continue reading