Admit to be a Christian and be killed

At last count, 147 Kenyan university students were killed by al-Qaeda-linked Islamic terrorists.  Most of them were killed because they were Christians.  I wondered how the terrorists could tell.  I heard that they asked if potential victims could recite a Muslim prayer and that they could tell by their dress.  Christian women would not be wearing veils or scarfs, so were fair game.  But I found a report that suggested that the terrorists basically just asked people.  “Are you a Christian or a Muslim?”  Those who said they were Muslims were spared.  But those who said they were Christians were shot.  Notice that they confessed their faith even though it meant their death! [Read more...]

Confessing the faith

Last Sunday was the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul, two different and yet unified confessors of the Christian faith.  Also on that day, one of my former students joined our church by adult confirmation, a rite that includes the vow to suffer all, even death, rather than renounce the teachings of the evangelical Lutheran church.  I loved how our pastor not only explored what it means to “confess” the faith, but also how he tied Teresa’s confession to that of Peter and Paul. [Read more...]


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