The Story Behind Eight Years of Court Battles Over Holding to Your Faith

It’s been an eight-year court battle, but finally, Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman, from Washington State, has agreed to pay $5,000 as part of a settlement. The case, managed by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF Legal), means the 77 year-old owner of Arlene’s Flowers, will finally see her legal journey conclude. After roughly eight years of standing forContinue reading “The Story Behind Eight Years of Court Battles Over Holding to Your Faith”

Are We No More Than Well Meaning Humanists

Christians are the most persecuted people in the world and one organisation that monitors the suffering of the Church is Open Doors, whose recently published research shows that increased persecution in 77 countries threatens over 245 million Christians. A packed audience greeted historian Tom Holland in the British Library a few days ago when he wasContinue reading “Are We No More Than Well Meaning Humanists”

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”

Myanmar’s Civil War Spreads

The outgoing U.N. envoy to Myanmar says civil war has spread throughout the country. Brian Dennett describes the brutal fighting via AMG international partners in the country. “One community effectively held off the military using handmade guns and weapons. They were celebrating that fact, only to be bombed by an aircraft sent by the militaryContinue reading “Myanmar’s Civil War Spreads”

Government Persecution Trumps Religious Terrorism

Dictators are the worst persecutors of believers. This perhaps uncontroversial finding was verified for the first time in the Pew Research Center’s 11th annual study surveying restrictions on freedom of religion in 198 nations. The median level of government violations reached an all-time high in 2018, as 56 nations (28%) suffer “high” or “very high”Continue reading “Government Persecution Trumps Religious Terrorism”

Why Is No One Reporting This?

A Baptist pastor was shot dead in Chin state in Myanmar/Burma on 18 September amid continued attacks by the Myanmar military on civilians in the state. According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), Pastor Cung Biak Hum, 31, was shot by soldiers as he tried to help extinguish a blaze caused by artillery fire, which destroyed 19Continue reading “Why Is No One Reporting This?”

A Non-Woke Take on Racism

A lot is being written and stated these days regarding the church’s responsibility where the issue of racism is concerned. The torrent of views coming from within and without conservative evangelical circles is mind-boggling and at a minimum, disjointed and confusing. Somehow, the church has been saddled with the responsibility to end racism, and worse,Continue reading “A Non-Woke Take on Racism”

Afghan Christians Go Silent

FMI has lost contact with several partners in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover. Nehemiah talks about one man named Abdar, who became a Christian with his whole family while in Pakistan. “He was with us for the last few months. He is from Afghanistan, studying in Pakistan, and he said last month that he wasContinue reading “Afghan Christians Go Silent”

Defending Life Was Once Nobel

Time was when the defense of life was regarded as something natural and noble. Whether defending the vulnerable from oppression and attack, standing out against totalitarian regimes, building a bulwark against terrorism, or fighting to preserve the life of the unborn, society celebrated those who sought to protect and rescue those less able to protectContinue reading “Defending Life Was Once Nobel”