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Iran’s House Churches Are Not Illegal, Says Supreme Court Justice

Currently at least 20 Christians are jailed in Iran because their faith was deemed a threat to the Islamic republic’s national security. Of the more than 100 Iranian believers imprisoned since 2012, all have faced similar charges. But a recent decision by a Supreme Court justice gives hope to them all. “Merely preaching Christianity … […]

Lebanon Prayer: Questioning Guest

My apologies for failing to write prayers for Lebanon these past two weeks. I was traveling and steeped in the issues of another land of which I will soon report. Returning a few days ago, I am not yet sufficiently reengaged to offer a prayer this week either. So instead I will post a prayer […]

Lebanon Prayer: Legal Madness

God, The call to come is “madness,” The tourist board has said. I love you though you’re crazy. But is love recompensed? So many have grown weary. The love of nation, cold. But can love still continue When pain is the return? For madness is the answer To justice that is void. Unless sanity, dependent, […]

Reaching Youth for Christ During Sudan’s Coup

At 6:30 a.m. last Monday, John Sagherian and Elie Heneine went down to the lobby of their three-star hotel in eastern Sudan and found a crowd gathered around a TV. Filtering in, they heard the news. The military had staged a coup in the capital, Khartoum, 90 miles to the northwest. “Instantly, everything we planned […]

Lebanon Prayer: MBC and Vegetables

God, It isn’t fair. It may be just. But why must people suffer? Just words against a foreign war. Now farmers lose their exports. The game show host turned minister turned on his former patron. Now his employer up and leaves. Investment ends, employment. God, you put him in his place. Will resignation please you? […]

Lebanon’s Christians Resist Exodus from Worst Economic Collapse in 150 Years

In 2019, as Lebanon witnessed an unprecedented uprising against its entire political class, evangelical sermons grappled with applied theology: Whether to join in for justice or honor the king. Two years later, amid an economic collapse the World Bank says is the worst in 150 years, Lebanese Christians face an even greater pastoral challenge: Whether […]


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