How Early Christians Handled Their ‘COVID-19’

Today most of us sit confined in our homes, unsure of how widespread the COVID-19 virus is in our community, our country, or the world. I frequently open the app counting the global statistics and try to understand what life is like in places where the virus is creating unimaginable havoc. Some have sarcastically dismissed … Continue reading

Padlocking Church Doors

In China, churches are closed, some razed to the ground, pastors charged and imprisoned. Iranian Christians facing religious and political restrictions meet covertly, anchoring their faith in underground fellowships. Nigerians feeling the brutal assault of the Boko Haram strive to protect their churches and families. Indians pressured by new political regulations face a rising tide … Continue reading

Evangelical Churches and the Palestinian Authority

I find it ironic that where Jesus was raised—in the backyard of his earthly life—Evangelical churches were disallowed status to marry, own buildings, and even have a bank account. The good story is that which once was, no longer is. The good news came in November by way of Pastor Munir Kakish at the WEA’s … Continue reading

Does it matter where Jesus was born?

Sorry, Jesus wasn’t born in an Inn or a hotel. Memories embedded with romantic pictures of Jesus’ birth are quite impossible to rewrite. Retold by Christmas pageants, reminded by carols and pictures replenish what we think happened at Jesus’ birth. I know it so well I hardly need a sermon, picture, movie or song to … Continue reading

Beyond remnants

Regardless of one’s politics, it is impossible not to be overwhelmed by the stories, artifacts and pictures of the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. The horror of conflict they depict is tangible. The veteran missionary couple who took me there could not complete the tour and said they would not come again. … Continue reading