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December, 2018

 

 On this Christmas season, Christian communities in the Middle East are suffering from persecution and displacement.

Opinion: Christmas in Iraq Will Never be the Same

 On this Christmas season, Christian communities in the Middle East are suffering from persecution and displacement. This should be a concern for Western Christians more than the wholesale embracing of the globalized and commercial version of Christmas. The Christian communities in Iraq, in particular some of the oldest in the world, have endured invasions and occupations by many imperial powers, but they may never recover from the US invasion and the spiral of events it set in motion. The majority of Iraqi Christians are Assyrians, who belong to the CatholicRead More


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Crosby: ‘Prayer is at work,’ says school founder as she faces cancer’s return – The Beacon-News

As longtime teacher and school founder Linda Dudley faces another life-threatening health challenge, she uses her love of learning — and faith — to remind us all of what is important in life Source: Crosby: ‘Prayer is at work,’ says school founder as she faces cancer’s return – The Beacon-News


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EDITORIAL: A migrant girl dies at the border. She was no terrorist, Mr. President – Chicago Sun-Times

Border Patrol agents should never forget how fragile life is on the border. And Donald Trump does us all a disservice when he mischaracterizes it. Source: EDITORIAL: A migrant girl dies at the border. She was no terrorist, Mr. President – Chicago Sun-Times


At least 30 faith leaders arrested in border protest

by: Jack Jenkins Dec 11, 2018 (RNS) – After a tense standoff with officials at the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday (Dec. 10), at least 30 American clergy were taken into custody over the objections of demonstrators, who had come to protest the treatment of Central American asylum-seekers and to decry the extension of a border wall and the militarization of the border. Priests, pastors, imams and rabbis knelt at the border south of San Diego in front of a row of U.S. Border Patrol agents clad in riot gear. OrganizersRead More


Prominent evangelical organizations have posted the formal public comments

National Evangelical Organizations Post Comments on Proposed ‘Public Charge’ Rule

By EIT Staff Posted December 11, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Prominent evangelical organizations have posted the formal public comments they submitted regarding the Trump administration’s proposed “public charge” rule. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and World Relief each submitted comments. Leaders of these and other evangelical organizations released the following joint statement Monday, explaining their opposition to the proposed rule, including concerns about its potential impact on marriages and families: On October 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a proposedRead More


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Beyond Disease Transmission: Evangelical Missions and the Consequences of Colonialism – Christianiy Today

It matters how the church enters a mission field. Source: Beyond Disease Transmission: Evangelical Missions and the Consequences of Colonialism – Christianity Today


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When Gospel Music Sparked a ‘Worship War’ – Christianity Today

How the Great Migration changed music in the black church forever. Source: When Gospel Music Sparked a ‘Worship War’- Christianity Today


"if the Left casts its lot with Islamists, the Left should expect a cloak and dagger play"

Opinion: Woe to the Left If It Allies with Islamists!

How could reactionary Palestinian American Islamists be in alliance with the progressive political Left? They make such strange bedfellows. The first time I was aware of that affinity was when Edward Said, the late famous progressive Palestinian American academic, visited Beirut, Lebanon, in summer 2000. That year, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) withdrew from Southern Lebanon after twenty-two years of occupation. During his visit, Said gave a speech at a standing-room only theater in the Lebanese capital, hosted by Leftist political parties in Beirut. He talked about the important roleRead More


A GC2 Summit on Responding to Sexual Harassment, Abuse and Violence, a one-day evangelical gathering around the topic on Thursday (Dec. 13)

Ending the year #MeToo went to church, Wheaton summit to discuss evangelical response

by: Emily McFarlan Miller Dec 10, 2018 CHICAGO (RNS) – For years, Nancy Beach had no idea there were women with stories similar to hers. Beach, the first woman to serve as a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, said her boss acted sexually inappropriately toward her in the late 1990s. Instead of speaking out, she said she went silent, like so many other women, wanting to protect the church and families involved and thinking her situation was an isolated case. When she learned other women said they had similarRead More


Ken Starr on his faith, the Mueller investigation, the Clintons and refugees

by: Maina Mwaura Dec 10, 2018 (RNS) – Growing up the son of a minister in Texas, Ken Starr learned two principles for how to live his life. Do the right thing. Always do it the right way. “You’ve got to turn square corners,” said Starr. “You can’t lie, cheat and steal.” Those principles, said Starr, guided his law career and later his work as independent counsel from 1994 to 1999, heading the controversial investigation that led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. Starr, who later would becomeRead More