World

Britain forces faith-based adoption agencies to sacrifice principles

Two years ago, the United Kingdom passed a law that forced adoption agencies to consider placing children with homosexual couples. An exemption that protected religious groups has just expired, forcing several faith-based adoption agencies to close rather than violate their convictions. “This is something that’s radically opposed to Christian morality,” said C.J. Doyle, executive director […]

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Iranian couple risk everything to follow Christ

Davoud* felt so disillusioned with life that he sank into a deep depression. He wasn’t destitute – far from it. Davoud was successful in Iran’s Culture industry. He brokered motion picture deals and created artwork that hung above fireplaces in the capital city of Tehran. He had a good home life. He loved his wife. […]

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Iranian leaders try to divert attention by pointing at the United States and Israel

Amidst deadly violence in Tehran, Iran’s leaders launched a concerted drive to deflect blame for the unprecedented post-election turmoil away from the state and towards its customary enemies – the West and Israel. Iran’s president, foreign minister and influential parliamentary speaker all lashed out at key European countries and the United States, taking their cue […]

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Chinese pastor’s son survives attack by government agents

BEIJING– The oldest son of a prominent Chinese house church leader has regained consciousness and has spoken about his severe beating at the hands of government officials, saying he wanted to die if his story would cause people to grasp how shameless the persecution of Christians in China has become. Zhang Jian, the son of […]

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U.S.-Muslim engagement seen as key to security, prosperity

Deep misunderstandings between the United States and Muslim communities around the world are causing serious problems and solving them will require constructing “bridges of understanding,” says Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “Polls show there is a huge lack of understanding of Americans in the Muslim world. We need to broaden […]

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The miseducation of the Aymara

HUANCANÉ, Peru– On a mountaintop overlooking the adobe homes of Huancane, Peru, there was a time when Juan Mamani poured beer at the base of a six-foot cross bearing the image of Jesus’ crucified body. The act wasn’t an offering to Christ but to the wooden cross itself, a prelude to an all-night, booze-fueled party […]

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From cross to crescent

It’s a sight that would change most Americans’ romanticized image of Paris. Just a 15-minute metro ride from the trendy shops and quaint cafes of the Champs-Elysees, a virtual sea of North and West African Muslims spills out the gates of a neighborhood mosque. Like waves breaking on a beach, their bodies bend in unison […]

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The Other Holy Land

I recently traveled to the Middle East at the invitation of the Jordanian Tourist Board. In return, I promised to write a story detailing all Jordan has to offer and encouraging our readers to consider Jordan when planning their upcoming vacations. It was not a hard assignment. This land is full of biblical history, sacred […]

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An urgency for Brazil’s poor

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil– Missionary Eric Reese taps on the interior ceiling light, illuminating the cab of his Chevy pickup. Reese doesn’t need to see inside his vehicle. But after six years of working with the urban poor in the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he knows those outside the cab need to […]

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700-year-old challenge in Mongolia is answered

The Mongol empire – led by Genghis Khan’s grandson, Kublai Khan – once stretched from the Black Sea to the Pacific Ocean. In 1266, Kublai Khan sent a request by Marco Polo to the Christian church in Rome for 100 men to teach Christianity in his court. But it was 28 years later before one, […]

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