Iraq’s Imperiled Christians

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A Guest Post by Lela Gilbert: A rather startling headline appeared recently in Lebanon’s Daily Star:  Iraqi Christians fear fate of departed Jews. The story, by Salam Faraj, went on to report: After 10 years of attacks on Iraqi Christians, Monsignor Pios Cacha wonders if the ancient community’s days are numbered. ‘Maybe we will follow [Read More...]

Is God Insane? Is War a Failure of the Church? An Interview with Nik Ripken

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Nik Ripken’s new book, The Insanity of God, due out New Year’s Day (today), follows him through Somalia, China, former Eastern bloc countries, and other parts of the world as he works with secular relief organizations to deliver food and medical supplies, helps de-mining operations, or plants churches and meets with Christians who suffer for [Read More...]

When Children Are Killed at Christmastime

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One of my intentions for Philosophical Fragments — and for the Evangelical Channel at Patheos in general — is to bring together some of the finest examples of evangelical thought leaders engaging the issues in the public square.  So I’ve been honored to host excellent guest posts recently from Peter Wehner of the Ethics and [Read More...]

Sandy Hook and the Revolt Against Death

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An odd thing happened to me the night before the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My wife and I had watched a recorded episode of Parenthood in which Kristina, a wife and mother, very nearly passes away in a hospital.  The recording she had made for her children, in the event of her death, was [Read More...]

Breakfast Links for 12/17/12 – Children, Shootings and God’s Plan; Living on the Cliff-Edge; Lessons of “Zero Dark Thirty”

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BREAKFAST LINKS 12/17/12: Amy Julia Becker, Patheos/Thin Places: “Advent is a time of longing, of crying out for God to continue to break into this broken world and make it right. And so, with anger and fear and sorrow and the thinnest wisp of hope, we cry out. Come, Lord Jesus. Come into the horror. [Read More...]


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