Iranians Are Converting To Evangelical Christianity In Turkey

In Turkey and across the Middle East and Europe, evangelical Christians are converting Muslim refugees eager to emigrate to the West.

“It feels good. Our relationship to God becomes closer,” Farzana says. She doesn’t want to give her last name because she says her family in Iran might face persecution for her conversion. Her family knows she is a convert and they’re scared for their own safety inside Iran.   In a hotel conference room in... Continue Reading

Yemen: Warfare by Starvation

The war in Yemen is causing the worst present humanitarian crisis on the planet.

The war related famine in Yemen is “much bigger than anything any professional in this field has seen during their working lives.” Indeed, 14 million people could perish if they don’t receive aid soon. That is half the population of Yemen. To paraphrase foreign policy analyst Michael Horton, since the Saudis couldn’t defeat the Houthis... Continue Reading

Who Decides What Words Mean?

Bound by rules, yet constantly changing, language might be the ultimate self-regulating system, with nobody in charge.

I have two roles at my workplace: I am an editor and a language columnist. These two jobs more or less require me to be both a prescriptivist and a descriptivist. When people file me copy that has mistakes of grammar or mechanics, I fix them (as well as applying TheEconomist’s house style). But when it... Continue Reading

ProLife Speaker Ryan Bomberger Discredited for Making Some Wheaton College Students Feel “Unsafe”

"Are students at Wheaton taught to fear or taught to think?"

Last month, Ryan was invited by the College Republicans at Wheaton College to share his presentation “Black Lives Matter In and Out of the Womb.” His talk was followed by a lengthy Q&A session, and Ryan also stayed afterwards to talk to students. However, in the following days, Ryan became the center of controversy when the student... Continue Reading

Apple Pulls Christian Ministry’s ‘Ex-Gay’ App

Apple pulled a Christian ministry's app after LGBT advocates said it portrayed being gay as a "sickness," a charge the ministry says is false.

NBC News reported that the tech giant removed the app that was developed by Living Hope Ministries, a Texas-based organization, following a Change.org petition from gay rights group Truth Wins Out. The petition called the “ex-gay” app “dangerous,” “bigoted” and “hateful.” “The app falsely portrays being gay as an ‘addiction’, ‘sickness’, and ‘sin,'” the petition argued.  ... Continue Reading

Joy For The World: The True Source Of Our Economic Witness

A missing key ingredient to social and economic restoration is joy: The joy of God can do what cultural lever-pulling can’t do.

Before and beyond the Christmas season, let us surrender any primary allegiances to contrived cultural action. Instead, we have a far greater task: to draw from and rest in the joy of God in Christ in all that we do. Let it flow and overflow in and throughout our daily lives, all while remembering that the distinct difference of the... Continue Reading

Sixth Church In The USA On Its Way To Becoming A Hindu Temple

The Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan has already established temples after acquiring churches in California, Louisville, Pennsylvania, and Ohio in the USA.

The Portsmouth church will be the sixth church in the US to be converted into a Hindu temple by Swaminarayan Sansthan. It is reported that the Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan has also acquired a 125-year-old property in Toronto, Canada to build another temple.   The Ahmedabad-based Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan has bought a 30-year-old church in Portsmouth of Virginia,... Continue Reading

The Child Who Won the War Against Children

How Christmas Kills Infanticide

Our hearts revolt against infanticide. It strikes us as the most callous of crimes. But while the wholesale slaughter of baby boys would certainly have distressed first-century hearers, infanticide itself was broadly accepted.   It’s easy to sentimentalize the Christmas story. A newborn babe, angelic songs, a guiding star — the scene lights up our... Continue Reading

Stop Saying 81 Percent of White Evangelicals Vote for Trump (It Was Probably Less Than Half)

Researchers have discovered serious limitations in how to identify and measure evangelicals

Unless we are willing to say that “an evangelical is anyone who says he or she is an evangelical or says he or she has been ‘born again,’” then we have to admit that we are talking more about a label of self-designation than an actual movement or network, much less a reflection of theological... Continue Reading

Checking It Twice

World Vision’s link to a terror-sponsoring Islamic charity shows the need for transparency in giving

World Vision —with more than $1 billion in revenue last year— is among the largest international nongovernmental organizations and widely known as a Christian humanitarian group. It got some bad press this year over reports it subcontracted relief work to an Islamic charity—a decade after the Treasury Department designated the group a sponsor of terror.... Continue Reading