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Category: World News


A pregnant Sudanese woman who married a Christian man was sentenced to death Thursday after she refused to recant her Christian faith, her lawyer said. Meriam Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was convicted of “apostasy” on Sunday and given four days to repent and escape death, said…

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The Story:  The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America, reports The Telegraph. The Background: The People’s Republic of China remains, at least officially, an atheist country. But the number of Protestant Christians in China has grown from one million in 1949 to more than 49…

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This week, as Jews celebrate the Passover holiday, they are commemorating the Bible’s Exodus story describing a series of plagues inflicted on ancient Egypt that freed the Israelites, allowing them to make their way to the Holy Land. But over the past century, another exodus, driven by a plague of persecution, has swept across the…

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Results of an online survey suggest that Jesus and Christianity are more popular than Chairman Mao and Communism, on China’s version of Twitter. Researchers at Tea Leaf Nation—an online magazine that studies media trends in the country— recently scanned the social media platform Weibo for Christian terms and found they are quite popular, despite the…

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My name is Alphonsine Imaniraguha.  I was born and grew up in Rwanda, a country flowing with honey and milk in the heart of Africa.“Alphonsine” is a French name meaning “a noble warrior,” and “Imaniraguha” is a Kinyarwanda name meaning “God gives you.” I was the second-born of five siblings. My family was very happy…

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[Updated with stats and evacuation plan from Ukraine Without Orphans.] Last year, Ukraine replaced Russia as the third-largest source of international adoptions by American families. Russia had ranked No. 3 or higher since 1999 (see charts below), but recently banned U.S. adoptions, leaving many orphans in limbo. But now, Russia’s controversial annexation of Crimea from Ukraine has…

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LAST week, my colleagues in America were kept very busy by a Supreme Court hearing which touched some sensitive nerves: it concerned two firms run by devout Christians who object to implementing parts of the Obamacare health-care mandate which require them to offer contraceptive services to their employees. To understand the red-hot sensitivity of the…

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Today has witnessed the first legal same-sex marriages within England and Wales. This development heralds the movement into a new stage of public discourse surrounding marriage, within which a different set of issues will become more prominent and pressing. The following are some thoughts at the current juncture in the cultural conversation. 1. Irrespective of its legality,…

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After making a very controversial decision to change their policy in hiring people in same-sex marriages, World Vision has reversed their decision. Their decision to hire people in same-sex marriages created a mega-uproar in evangelicalism. Liberal christians applauded their decision while conservative evangelicals were quite shocked and even hurt by the decision. World Vision has always had a great…

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World Vision USA has altered their employee handbook to allow them to hire members of committed same-sex unions.  As I noted on Twitter, I find their rationale incoherent, but not terribly surprising. Of the various threads I could take up, though, I want to focus on the decision which many conscientious Christians who deeply disagree with World…

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World Vision’s American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman. Abstinence outside of marriage remains a rule. But a policy change announced Monday [March 24] will now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed at one…

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NASHVILLE (BP) — My first visits to Eastern Europe in the 1990s were eye-opening events. The process for visiting Ukraine for the first time was quite involved. Securing a visa to visit the country was complicated and expensive. When the plane touched down on that first visit, the first of three passport controls took place…

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