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Lebanon Prayer: Agricultural Jihad

God, In times of crisis, luxury gives way to need. Give the Lebanese their daily bread. But how? The nation has long eaten its imports – up to 85 percent of all consumption. Even considered staples come from abroad. May Lebanon thank you for years of plenty. And now? May Lebanon seek you in times […]

Hagia Sophia Converted Back to Mosque by Turkey’s President

As Christians feared and many expected, the Hagia Sophia is now—again—a mosque. The Turkish Council of State ruled today that the original 1934 decision to convert the sixth-century Byzantine basilica into a museum was illegal. When Ottoman sultan Mehmet II conquered then-Constantinople, he placed the iconic church in a waqf—an Islamic endowment administering personal property, […]

Lebanon Prayer: Where to Turn?

God, Lebanon has many ills; where should its help come from? International lenders hold promise of debt relief, if only Lebanon will help itself—and reform. Western nations hold promise of investment, if only Lebanon will help itself—and reform. A Sunni political power hints Lebanon could help itself—if he returns. A Shiite political power hints Lebanon […]

Will International Religious Freedom Survive the Trump Administration?

On June 2, as protests over the death of George Floyd raged across the United States, President Donald Trump elevated the stature of religious freedom within the State Department. “Religious freedom for all people worldwide is a foreign policy priority,” read the executive order (EO) he signed, “and the United States will respect and vigorously […]

Israel Orders Christian TV Channel to Stop Broadcasting

Israeli regulators on Sunday announced they ordered a US-based evangelical broadcaster taken off the air, saying the channel hid its missionary agenda when it applied for a license. In his decision, Asher Biton, chairman of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council, said he had informed GOD TV on Thursday last week that it had seven […]

Can Hagia Sophia Become a Mosque? Turkish Court Will Soon Decide

After 85 years as a museum, the Hagia Sophia is poised to once again become a mosque. Might it also again become a church? A Turkish court is scheduled to rule on July 2 if the iconic Byzantine basilica can be opened for Muslim worship. Built in 537 by Emperor Justinian, in 1453 the Ottoman […]

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