Churches that don’t baptize

Some churches that work hard to get people to “make a decision for Christ” never get around to baptizing them!   In fact, there are some ostensibly Christian bodies that don’t baptize at all.  And more that will baptize if someone asks for it, but most members don’t go to the trouble.  And according to Christian scholar Roger Olson, “one Texas megachurch pastor reported that nearly a third of the people who receive Christ in his church are never baptized. ”  [Read more...]

A bold convert from Islam

Bishoy Armia Boulous converted from Islam to Christianity seven years ago and compounded his offense in the minds of most Egyptians by suing the government to give him a new Christian ID card.  Now he has been arrested–again–as a journalist for reporting on anti-Coptic violence and has been sentenced to 5 years in prison.  Christianity Today tells the story of this bold convert. [Read more...]

Sudanese Christian taking refuge in U.S. Embassy

An update on Meeriam Ibrahim, the woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christianity in Sudan:  After being released on appeal, she had been re-arrested, along with her husband (an American citizen) and presumably their children, for trying to leave the country.  The family was charged with possessing illegal travel documents, the sticking point apparently having something to do with documents from South Sudan, the rival Christian nation where the husband is from.  The couple had an American visa, with the husband having an American passport.

Anyway, after being detained at the police station, the family is reportedly now taking refuge in the American embassy. [Read more...]

Sudanese Christian woman re-arrested

Meriam Ibrahim, whom a judge released after overruling her death sentence for being a Christian, was arrested again as she tried to leave Sudan. [Read more...]

Making Christianity strange again

Russell Moore thinks the persecution of Christians around the world might bring American Christianity back to life.   Tagline to his post:  “Christianity in this country is big, powerful, and familiar. We need it to become strange again.” [Read more...]

Preventing Christian groups from hiring only Christians

In what could be yet another attempt to secularize religious groups that work with the government, the Obama administration is getting lots of pressure to require that religious organizations that take federal funds not be allowed to discriminate according to religion when it comes to hiring.  That would mean Catholic or evangelical charities operating under a federal contract or grant would have to hire people who do not hold to the organization’s faith. [Read more...]


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