Overseas Pastors to Be Banned from Ministry in Russia

Russia’s new draft law on freedom of conscience and religious association will make it impossible for pastors trained outside of the Russian Federation to preach in a church or even conduct home Bible study groups, warn Barnabas Fund contacts. The bill amending Federal Law, which is being recommended for approval by the State Duma today (22 September),Continue reading “Overseas Pastors to Be Banned from Ministry in Russia”

Now They Attack Even Jesus

Shock, anger, sadness, and fear came over me as I watched a clip of a group of protesters curse “your Jesus” in unison with the F-word. Has it come to this? And what is this? Who is Jesus? Jesus of Nazareth does not belong to anyone, so there is no “my Jesus” or “your Jesus,”Continue reading “Now They Attack Even Jesus”

ISIS Could Not Stop Christians

When the Islamic State drove Christians from their homes in northern Iraq in 2014, Mathi Habib Khodor and his wife Nazik took their six children and fled. Now, six years later they have been able to seek refuge from Covid-19 back in their house, rebuilt after it was destroyed. “We decorated the house so thatContinue reading “ISIS Could Not Stop Christians”

Are We Facing a Totalitarian Threat

Reading Rod Dreher’s newest book, Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, brought to mind a song from Christian contemporary singer Carman in my early youth-group days: “America Again.” The song praises the founding fathers and the early American story before shifting to a litany of sins engulfing the nation in the mid-1990sContinue reading “Are We Facing a Totalitarian Threat”

Remember the Mayflower

The summer of 1620 saw months of frustrating delays to the sailing of the Mayflower, but as they finally set sail from Plymouth on 16th September, the pilgrims on board looked hopefully to their destination. 2020 marks 400 years since that famous journey. The Story Many of those who sailed on the Mayflower hailed fromContinue reading “Remember the Mayflower”

God Didn’t Leave Us Says Pastor in War-Torn Syria

When civil war started in Syria, Pastor George Moushi didn’t flee. He stayed when bombing meant neighbours had to run to his house in Qamishli for cover. And he stayed again when Covid-19 saw people hide in their homes from the silent killer while being threatened with financial ruin and starvation. He stayed because, alongContinue reading “God Didn’t Leave Us Says Pastor in War-Torn Syria”

Some Call It Tyranny

An injunction has been issued against John MacArthur and his California church preventing them from holding indoor worship services for now. It is the latest twist in a longrunning dispute between Grace Community Church and Los Angeles County over the former’s refusal to suspend in-person worship services inside its building. The continuation of in-person servicesContinue reading “Some Call It Tyranny”

Chinese Officials Paying to Spy on Churches

Chinese officials are offering citizens financial rewards to snoop on “illegal religious activity venues.” Bitter Winter reports that officials in Gushi county, Henan province, have offered citizens 500 RMB (around $70 or £57) to provide evidence like photos, videos and audio recordings. Rewards are reportedly being offered to residents in the cities of Mengzhou, Jiyuan and Shangqiu.Continue reading “Chinese Officials Paying to Spy on Churches”

Police Chaplains Struggle Alongside Officers During Pandemic, Protests

These are not easy days to be a police officer—or a police chaplain. The effects of COVID-19 and the racial tensions that have swept the country have made the jobs of those who try to keep the peace and those who minister to them difficult. BOB HEATH“It has affected us quite a bit,” said BobContinue reading “Police Chaplains Struggle Alongside Officers During Pandemic, Protests”

Another Bible Translator Murdered in Cameroon

Another Bible translator in Cameroon has been murdered following an attack in his village, according to Wycliffe Bible Translators. The charity reports Pastor Christopher Tanjoh, who was a Bible translator and literacy teacher with the Moghamo Bible translation and literacy project, was killed on 7 August. Last year, two other men who worked with BibleContinue reading “Another Bible Translator Murdered in Cameroon”