For many Christians around the world, Good Friday is always present. But even those who live with oppression, hunger, imprisonment, torture, and death know in their hearts the reality that they are Easter People, and “Alleluia” is their song.
Putin’s Christian Marxism was originally promoted by the KGB. As a former KGB officer himself, this version of the faith would appeal to Putin as a way of reconciling Russian nationalism, service to the state and personal religious beliefs.
“Syria was a safe place for Christians until the imploding civil war,” notes Bishop Julian Dobbs, an official with the Christian aid agency Barnabas Fund in Washington D.C. “Many of the rebel forces who are trying to remove President Assad are afflicted with Islamic terrorist groups and are determined to dismantle the Christian presence in Syria.”
Don’t get too excited by the headlines of a new“revolution” in Syria against Al-Qaeda. The offensive is led by the Islamic Front, a Salafist coalition backed by Saudi Arabia with the explicit goal of instituting Sharia. These are not the saviors of Syria’s Christian minority and other opponents of Islamism.
Graduate school at the University of Maryland (recently named the 10th best party school in the United States) was quite a shock after the protected, Christian environment of my college. So in the hedonistic sea of fellow teaching assistants and much of the English Department faculty, I was overjoyed to meet another Christian who, like me, was teaching freshmen composition while working on a Master’s degree.
“No to the [proposed U.S.] strike [against Syria], yes for dialogue, and yes for a political solution that will save the lives of thousands and thousands.”
That was the message delivered by the Rev. Dr. Riad Jarjour in a Sept. 10 webinarhosted by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Jarjour, a pastor in the PCUSA’s partner church in Syria, was joined in the webinar by a fellow leader in the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, as well as a Syrian-American PCUSA pastor and top officials of the U.S. denomination.
(Following are remarks in a Syria discussion with Just War theorist Father John Langan of Georgetown University on September 18 at St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Silver Spring, MD. Part of these remarks were published yesterday in Patheos.) It’s a privilege speak here this evening, my first time to speak in a Catholic […]