The hope of Peter and Paul

The news out of Syria worsens by the day. I tweeted a string of stories yesterday morning that tax the soul: priests murdered, one horrifically beheaded on video; a suicide bombing near Maryamiyya Cathedral; Syrian Christians reasonably asking why the U.S. is at war with them. Reading these stories can lead a person down a dark path of human emotions -- hatred and despair being perhaps the most prominent. But today the church celebrates two men who might add a peculiar hope to that mix. … [Read more...]

Christians under attack in Syria, Iran, N. Korea

Icon of Mary and Christ

"O Lord . . . for thy sake I bear reproach." --Jeremiah 15.15 An Algerian Christian faces five years in prison for the crime of sharing his faith with a Muslim. Authorities claim that Karim Siaghi insulted Mohammad, something he denies. His appeal is being heard in Oran, a costal city just 600 miles away from where Augustine once presided as bishop. There has been a lot of history a between that moment and this, much of it going against Christians, but for me that geographic realization … [Read more...]

Prayers of the persecuted church

Syrian Christians in prayer, MaghrebChristians.com

“'For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.' Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” --Romans 8.36-37 On November 4 this year Christians gather to pray for their suffering brothers and sisters. The annual International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church provides a time to lift up believers who suffer deprivation, torture, and death for confessing Christ. Martyrdom has been a part of Christian … [Read more...]


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