Closing the Bible Gap in the Gulf

Closing the Bible Gap in the Gulf

This article first published at Christianity Today, on February 5, 2020. Joining 80 leaders from 24 countries in Washington, DC, last September, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) announced 2020 to be the Global Year of the Bible. “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ,” said WEA general secretary Ephraim Tendero. “In contrast to the sacred … Continue reading

Sudan Lets Christians March for Jesus Again

Sudan Lets Christians March for Jesus Again

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on December 28, 2019. “Hallelujah! Today, we are happy that the Sudanese government has opened up the streets for us so we can express our faith,” said Izdhar Ibrahim, one of the marchers. Some Christians had been frightened before “because we used to encounter difficulties.” The changes … Continue reading

11 Nigerian Christians Executed in ISIS Christmas Video

11 Nigerian Christians Executed in ISIS Christmas Video

This article was first published by Christianity Today on December 28, 2019. In another filmed massacre, 11 Nigerian Christians were executed by the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) over the Christmas holiday. Wearing the orange jumpsuits made familiar by similar executions of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians in Libya, the first Nigerian victim was shot … Continue reading

Palestinian Evangelicals Gain Official Recognition

Palestinian Evangelicals Gain Official Recognition

This article was first published at Christianity Today on November 27. After 12 years of waiting, evangelicals in Palestine now claim they have greater civil rights than their fellow believers in the Holy Land. Earlier this month, the president of the Council of Local Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land—which represents congregations and ministries located … Continue reading

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