The Global State of Christian Persecution 2018

Last year I talked a lot about Christian persecution. This year I have not forgotten about it and so here is a piece from Christianity Today based on a more comprehensive report from the Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors on the state of Christian persecution in the last year. For the full report from Open Doors you can you can download it here.

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Ravi’s Betrayal

In the last few weeks some truly disappointing revelations have come out about arguably the foremost Christian apologist in the world, Mr. Ravi Zacharias. You can read what the scandals are here and here. If you follow my blog or know me well, you know of the great influence he has had on my life. Back in the day I was a total Ravi fan boy. I had listened to practically every video or audio message from him that was available on the internet. (I haven’t read all his books because a lot of that content is already found in his messages.) One of my most successful blog posts is about the philosophy of Mr. Zacharias. I could go on and on about his positive impact on me and undoubtedly many others but I want to talk about his numerous failings. Continue reading “Ravi’s Betrayal”

A Quick Note on Contextual Theology

“Contextual theology” is a term most people have not heard of but it is a very important idea in missions and missiology. Andrew Wilson offers here a quick guide through some of the debates surrounding the idea which yields concise explanation of what the term means.

Synergy through Suffering

This year I wrote a short post in tribute to the brothers and sisters in Egypt who were murdered by Muslim terrorists during church service on Palm Sunday. I remember reading the story and seeing the images of freshly bloodied palm fronds. I was moved in a way that I had not thought I would. Continue reading “Synergy through Suffering”

Our Sufferings

In His Sufferings I argued that the principle reason we should care about the persecuted is Jesus. In New Testament theology, the believer is in union with the crucified Messiah therefore his experience is our experience, including his sufferings. Persecuted believers have a share in Jesus’ own sufferings, the climax of which was on the cross. Therefore, to ignore their sufferings is to in the present disregard the cross. If we must care about persecution because of Jesus we must also be concerned with his body, that is, those found in union with the Messiah. Continue reading “Our Sufferings”