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United Methodist bishops in Africa, meeting at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, have issued a Sept. 11 letter outlining new actions to combat poverty on the continent. The bishops that make up the church's African College of Bishops expressed "righteous indignation at the current plight of our continent" and resolved to work with professional, community and nongovernmental organizations and agencies to alleviate poverty in Africa. They view the United Methodist-related university as a vital resource toward that goal. A UMNS photo by Andra Stevens. Photo #080869. Accompanies UMNS story #382. 9/15/08.

Their Silence is Deafening

December 8, 2015

It has been over a month since African UMC bishops issued their public statement addressing terrorism, marriage and family. Not a single U.S. bishop has gone on record publicly in support of it.

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Church World Service Criticizes Governors over Syrian Refugees

November 16, 2015

Officials from a Mainline Protestant church agency are criticizing U.S. governors for declining to resettle Syrian refugees in their states.

Presbyterian Pastor and IRD Board Member Mateen Elass.

Islam and Presidential Politics

September 24, 2015

IRD Board Member Mateen Elass blogs about the President siding with a “Muslim student of color” over against school and law enforcement authorities. Did he further drive a wedge of division into elements of our society with regard to race and Islam?

Vigil for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, Monday, September 21, 6:30 PM,

Standing for the Suffering Church: Vigil for Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

September 21, 2015

Please let us show Christians and other religious minorities who are targeted by ISIS that brothers and sisters in the West, and in this case, right in the American nation’s capital, are standing with them and the honoring their faith.

The Pevensies on the beach at Narnia (Photo credit: Walden Media)

Everything You Know is About to Change: Why I Will Never Forget 9/11

September 11, 2015

You may think this is a stretch, but that scene reminds me of the bright, sunny Tuesday morning of September 11, 2001. Although most of us didn’t realize it, we, America, the West, were already engaged in a life-and-death struggle against evil forces that had taken control.

Photo Credit: Peter Morgan

Darkness and Light at the Crossroads

September 11, 2015

If nothing else, 9/11 taught us that no one can prevent or escape the storms. But Jesus taught us that those who anchor on the rock of His word rather than the sands of this world will not be lost.

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Filipino Group Accuses US of “Gross Human Rights Violations”

July 21, 2015

On July 16-18, 2015 a collection of Filipino organizations representing civil rights advocacy, poverty, indigenous rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, and migrants’ rights put the president and government of the Philippines and President Obama,…

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Catholic Panel Goes Nuclear on Deterrence

June 8, 2015

Disarmament Catholics try to make the case that nuclear weapons are an intrinsic evil that must be eliminated. But are the weapons themselves evil or is man’s sinful heart to blame?

Pakistani Christians protest their lack of protection after churches are bombed by Taliban in Lahore (Photo Credit: Xinhuanet/Asad)

Follow Up on Pakistan Church Attacks

March 31, 2015

The bombing of two churches in Lahore by the Taliban “underscores growing intolerance towards minority groups” says Pakistan’s Ecumenical Commission on Human Development.

A number of us who protested went into the Washington Hilton when the breakfast was over to try to educate people   about the man with whom they had breakfast. (Photo credit: E. Sprague)

The National Prayer Breakfast: The Protest

February 10, 2015

As President Obama condemned slavery in America, and the head of slave raids in South Sudan sat listening as an honored guest, we protesters stood outside as a witness to that outrage.

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Preparing for Spiritual Battle: A Disclaimer

January 30, 2015

Much spiritual warfare seems focused on personal and “culture war” issues, and evangelism, not issues beyond our borders. We need spiritual warfare waged on behalf of the persecuted church.

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Christendom’s Crucible

September 23, 2014

This is perhaps the second time in modern history when Christians are being targeted not only as second-class citizens for dhimmitude, but for their complete subjugation and annihilation…