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

Pew: US Christians Like the Israeli and Palestinian People More Than Their Governments

Pew: US Christians Like the Israeli and Palestinian People More Than Their Governments

This article was originally published at Christianity Today, on April 24, 2019. When it comes to the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict, do American evangelicals favor one side or the other? Research Center finds one-third actually feel favorable toward both—when it comes to their peoples. And one-third feel unfavorable toward both governments. Politico Magazine recently profiled Telos, … Continue reading

Arab Spring Again? Christians in Sudan and Algeria Cheer Regime Change

Arab Spring Again? Christians in Sudan and Algeria Cheer Regime Change

This article was originally published at Christianity Today, on April 18. …early signs are promising. On April 10, one day before Bashir’s arrest, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) leading protests put out a call for Christian participation, acknowledging “you have suffered sectarian and psychological restrictions for years … [which have left you] without the right … Continue reading

Judeo-Christian Politics… in Israel?

Judeo-Christian Politics… in Israel?

This article was first published at Christianity Today on April 11, 2019. In one of the most tightly contested Israeli elections in years, Benjamin Netanyahu appears poised to remain prime minister. His Likud party is projected to win 35 seats in the 120-member parliament, the Knesset, tied with challenger Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party; … Continue reading

Should Christians Quote Muhammad?

Should Christians Quote Muhammad?

This article was first published in the January print edition of Christianity Today. Christians breathed a sigh of relief last October when Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five on death row, of blasphemy charges against Islam. What many might not have noticed was the Islamic rationale. Whether or not she … Continue reading

From Russia, Without Love: Ukraine Marks Orthodox Christmas with Biggest Schism Since 1054

From Russia, Without Love: Ukraine Marks Orthodox Christmas with Biggest Schism Since 1054

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on January 6, 2019. The Orthodox Church of Ukraine has been born again. On January 6, it received the tomos of autocephaly—the documentation of its independence among Eastern church bodies—from one Orthodox heavyweight, the Patriarch of Constantinople, despite the vociferous opposition of another heavyweight, the Patriarch of … Continue reading

Covenantal Theology: Can Muhammad’s Ancient Promise Inspire Muslim-Christian Peace Today?

Covenantal Theology: Can Muhammad’s Ancient Promise Inspire Muslim-Christian Peace Today?

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on December 21. Christians esteem the biblical progression of covenants—Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic—finalized by Jesus as he ushered in the New. But for the sake of religious freedom in the Muslim world, should they embrace a further covenant: Muhammadian? Recent scholarship suggests the potential promise, newly fulfilled in … Continue reading

O Come, Ye Gazan Christians, to Bethlehem

O Come, Ye Gazan Christians, to Bethlehem

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on December 20. Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity has restored its sparkling mosaics and marble columns to their original glory for the first time in 600 years. “It has become such a beautiful church,” Ziad al-Bandak, head of the local project committee of Christian leaders, told the … Continue reading

Egypt Approves 168 More Churches

Egypt Approves 168 More Churches

This article was published at Christianity Today on December 17. Egyptian Christians now have an additional 168 legal church buildings. On November 30, a cabinet committee approved the requests of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic churches to formally register facilities long functioning as centers of worship. Prior to a new law passed in August … Continue reading