Terrorists in Pakistan attacked a park where Christians were celebrating Easter, killing 70 and wounding 300. Though most of the victims of the suicide bombers were Muslims, Islamic radicals said they were specifically targeting Christians on their holiest day. Details about Pakistani Christians and what they have been going through after the jump. [Read more…]
ISIS observed Good Friday by crucifying a priest. After attacking a nursing home in Yemen, shooting four nuns and killing seven others, ISIS kidnapped an Indian Catholic priest, Father Tom Uzhunnalil. ISIS promised to crucify him on the day that his Savior was crucified. After torturing him for several weeks, ISIS reportedly carried out their promise.
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slainfor the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. (Revelation 6:9-11)
Terrorists attacked Brussels, Belgium, bombing a metro station and the check-in area at the airport. Over 30 people are dead, with more than 200 injured. ISIS claims responsibility.
Brussels is the headquarters of the European Union, which has been supporting Muslim immigration and peace and tolerance for all. Such kindness, though, means nothing to the terrorist mind.
Secretary of State John Kerry concurred with a unanimous House of Representatives resolution in formally charging ISIS with committing genocide against the Yazidis, Shi’ites, and Christians. [Read more…]
As we’ve blogged about, large numbers of Muslim refugees are converting to Christianity. (Read Uwe Siemon-Netto’s compelling article on the phenomenon.) I knew this was happening in Germany and in France, though it is not happening everywhere. But it is also happening in Denmark, as I learned last week while I was there.
The organization Inner Mission, whose conference I spoke at, does much of the evangelism work in that supposedly secularist country. Staffers told me about how they are being overwhelmed by Muslim immigrants and refugees who come to them wanting to learn about Jesus and asking to be baptized.
I was told about a Muslim couple who showed up at a Mission House for the weekly Bible study. The next week, 14 Muslims attended. The next week, 50 crowded into the facility. This is happening in Mission Houses across the country.
The inquirers are told up front that their becoming Christians would in no way make a difference to the Danish government considering their applications. “We don’t care. Tell us about Jesus.” And if you get sent back, you would be in severe danger as apostates to Islam. “We know. Baptize us!”
Inner Mission staff encourage them to continue with the Bible studies. In the meantime, they are taken to a conservative Lutheran pastor for catechesis and eventual baptism. [Read more…]
Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? Catholics, liberals, and some evangelicals are saying, yes. When Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins made that claim, it blew up into a controversy that ended with her leaving the institution. But the favored position, to show our sensitivity to Muslims, is to say that both religions, for all of their differences, worship the same God.
But what do Muslims say? A council of Islamic authorities agrees with Wheaton College at least in this: Muslims do not worship the same God as Christians.
Some Muslims believe otherwise, just as Christians disagree on the issue. But doesn’t it show more sensitivity to Muslims to allow them their own religion, rather than to say that we are fundamentally the same? Isn’t the “we all worship the same God” talk actually patronizing and disrespectful?