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

Closing of churches in Algeria

Just days ago, Christians joined in a public protest against the Algerian government for shutting down churches. This is unusual. Algeria is an Islamic state. Christians here fear for their very existence. Usually they work out these matters behind closed doors. But this time it was different. Christians (specifically Protestants/ Evangelicals) sufficiently frustrated by the … Continue reading

The art of holding your nose

Negotiating with countries on issues such as persecution and violation of human and religious rights is complicated. We are constrained or motivated by bias, which often means we end up supporting one political regime, but on the same basis, reject what another is doing, when they both may appear similar.  Inadvertently, we choose one side … Continue reading

The World Evangelical Alliance: Nurturing Unity in a Diverse World

In 1960, there were 90 million evangelicals. Today, there are over 600 million. During a span of a few decades, this sector of the Christian world has exploded. In its growing community, a fellowship and organization has been at work, linking and building a remarkable network of indigenous evangelical alliances and fellowships in 130 countries. … Continue reading