Prayer Need: 33 Christian Missionaries Under Death Sentence in North Korea

Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong-un, North Korea's tyrant leader, has imposed a death sentence on 33 Christian missionaries who are believed to be working alongside South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook, who has established as many as 500 underground churches in the communist country.The Washington Times reports that the pudgy dictator claims the 33 are attempting to overthrow the government.  That same accusation led to the machine gun execution of Kim's uncle, Jang Song-thaek, and the assassination of all … [Read more...]

Another Ecumenical Breakthrough: Swedish Megachurch Pastor Converts to Catholicism

Ulf Ekman

The pastor of Sweden's largest non-denominational megachurch shocked Christians in his own community and around the world this weekend, by announcing that he is entering the Roman Catholic Church. *     *     *     *     * Several times in the last month, I wrote about bold initiatives in ecumenism, most notably the exchange of greetings and blessings between Pope Francis and evangelical pastor Kenneth Copeland, brokered by Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer.Perhaps I spoke too soon, though—for t … [Read more...]

Orthodox Nuns from Maaloula Finally Freed


Last September, I told you about the Syrian attack on the scenic Catholic village of Maaloula, near Damascus.According to a report from Breitbart, Islamic rebels associated with al Qaeda burst into the town, shooting or beheading Christians who refused to convert to Islam.More than a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns were kidnapped from their monastery of Mar Thecla by militants from the Nusra Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria.  The nuns, who were mostly Syrian and Lebanese and who worked in t … [Read more...]