Archive for the ‘Foreign Affairs’ Category

US Policy on Syria: Courage or Cowardice

Press releases from the UN, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and even the front lines of Syria itself, universally signaling Syria’s present instability, make one thing clear:  Syria’s future is not clear.   Should the world do anything to improve this situation?  Or should...
October 10th, 2013 | Foreign Affairs, Politics | Read More

Vinoth Ramachandra and Theology from the Global Church

I was doing some research on short-term missions when I found a blog by Vinoth Ramachandra, a Christian writer in Sri Lanka. He has studied and traveled in Europe, done extensive ministry in South Asia, and he has written cogent criticism of Christianity as it is received in the non-Western world. He...
June 25th, 2013 | Blogging, Church, Foreign Affairs | Read More

America: Hope Of The Earth?

During election season you can count on candidates to vie for the “loves America most” moniker.  Being perceived as down on America, at home or abroad, is a path to a lost election.  We saw this in 2004, when the release of John Kerry’s testimony on the supposed atrocities committed by his fellow...
October 25th, 2012 | Culture, Foreign Affairs, Politics, Religion | Read More

Welcome Home, Gilad Shalit.

Gilad Shalit was welcomed home today after five long years in the Hamas prison system. (The Telegraph is live-blogging his homecoming for those interested.) The 477 Palestinian prisoners who were freed today in exchange for Shalit are also celebrating their own homecoming, albeit under different circumstances....
October 18th, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Global War on Terrorism, Human Rights, Other, Other Religions, Politics, Religion, Social Justice | Read More

What if Spock Was Right: Gilad Shalit, the Many, and the One

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas announced yesterday that Gilad Shalit, the young Israeli soldier held captive by Hamas since 2006, will be released. In exchange for Shalit’s freedom, more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, hundreds of them convicted terrorists, will also be released. The...
October 12th, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Global War on Terrorism, Human Rights, Judaism, Politics, Religion, Social Justice | Read More

US Support for Yousef Nadarkhani Grows as Iran Denies Its Own Apostasy Charges

In a move more reminiscent of a badly regulated nursery than of a foreign power, Iranian officials have now denied that Yousef Nadarkhani is to be executed on charges of apostasy. Instead, the young Iranian Christian will be executed on charges of rape, treason, and Zionism. Maybe. Or maybe not; a statement...
October 4th, 2011 | Culture, Evangelicals, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Other Religions, Politics, Religion, Religious Liberty, Social Justice, The Gospel | Read More

The Irvine 11: Pity They Settled For So Little

The verdict was just announced a few hours ago, but, predictably, the Irvine 11 have already been turned into hero-martyrs all over the web. Though there’s no knowing yet whether the  students involved planned this kind of treatment for themselves, their website and twitter stream make it appear that...
September 23rd, 2011 | Foreign Affairs, Global War on Terrorism, Other, Other Religions, Politics, Religion | Read More

America! Exceptional! For Goodness’ Sake!

As I went through public school, I heard all about America the melting pot, the New World refuge for victims of persecution or economic hardship, the “city on a hill” of democracy. In church I heard all about how our Christian founding fathers wanted a nation where they could freely worship God and...
September 8th, 2011 | Domestic Policy, Foreign Affairs, Other, Politics | Read More

Abdolreza Haghnejad and Yousef Nadarkhani: Christians in Iran

Yousef Nadarkhani still looks set to become the first Christian executed for apostasy in Iran since 1990. Unfortunately, he may be merely the first in a new wave of Iranian persecutions–yet the media has hardly noticed. Abdolreza ‘Matthias’ Haghnejad, a pastor in the Evangelical Church...
August 26th, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Global War on Terrorism, Human Rights, Other, Other Religions, Politics, Religion, Religious Liberty, Social Justice | Read More

Good News From Libya–For Now

As Libyan rebel forces occupy the capital at Tripoli, it’s natural to wonder whether the presumed ousting of Moamar Qaddafi will lead to something even more insidious than his tyrannical regime. It’s a distinct possibility, but perhaps not for the reasons you expect. Unlike in Egypt, where...
August 23rd, 2011 | Culture, Foreign Affairs, Global War on Terrorism, Human Rights, Other, Other Religions, Politics, Religion, Social Justice | Read More
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