Lessons from the Life of a Queen

I was outside relaxing with friends on September 8, when we heard the news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing. The four of us—including a British church denomination leader, a Royal fine artist, and a previous chief operating officer of the Royal Albert Hall—spent some time reflecting on her extraordinary life.  It was particularlyContinue reading “Lessons from the Life of a Queen”

Russian Priests Call for End to Ukraine Tragedy

More than 280 priests and deacons of the Russian Orthodox Church are calling for reconciliation and an immediate end to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, stressing that “the Last Judgement awaits all.” “We mourn the ordeal to which our brothers and sisters in Ukraine were undeservedly subjected,” the Russian Orthodox clerics wrote in an openContinue reading “Russian Priests Call for End to Ukraine Tragedy”

The Atrocities Continue in Myanmar

A Christian charity is calling on the international community to take urgent action after reports of at least 35 civilians being burnt alive in Myanmar on Christmas Eve. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) said the atrocity was carried out by the Tatmadaw – the Myanmar army – in Kayah State.  The victims include elderly people andContinue reading “The Atrocities Continue in Myanmar”

Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries for 2021

10. Herod the Great’s green thumb King Herod—best known in the Bible for ordering the deaths of any infants who might be Jesus’ age—turns out to have had a gardening hobby. Soil samples from excavations at his Jericho palace, taken almost a half century ago, were recently analyzed, and the pollen particles revealed sophisticated horticulture.Continue reading “Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries for 2021”

Understanding What Is Happening In Myanmar

According to my contacts in Yangon, COVID-19 is rife. The confirmed death toll has risen sharply to hundreds per day. Few are vaccinated. Almost a third of public hospitals are or have been closed. Relatives, friends, and aid providers risk being shot or detained as they queue to try to get oxygen cylinders to theContinue reading “Understanding What Is Happening In Myanmar”

Pastor Tackles Gunman During Worship Service

This pastor Sunday (Nov 7), Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church’s pastor Ezekiel Ndikumana tackled a man who took the stage, pulled out a gun, and started pointing it at congregants during the pastor’s altar call. The gunman, who has been identified as 26-year-old Dezire Baganda, currently faces up to 15 charges of felony assault and will likely be givenContinue reading “Pastor Tackles Gunman During Worship Service”