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Lebanon Prayer: All or Nothing

God, The cry of the uprising lumped all together. ‘All of them means all of them.’ Maybe, this time, there might be proof? In stunning reversal the parliament answered. Open the books, and count every dime. For week after week the central bank dithered. Offering files while holding back some. And now that the auditing […]

Muslims Join Evangelical Theology Conference

It is not often that a Muslim appears at an evangelical theological gathering. Al Mohler invited three. The trimmed-down 72nd annual conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), held virtually this week, usually welcomes up to 2,000 top scholars to present on the most salient issues facing evangelical scholarship. This year’s theme: Islam and Christianity. […]

Lebanon Prayer: Merchants and Criminals

God, “Can a merchant truly be free?” The Maronite patriarch issued the question. From antiquity-present the nation is known. But a middleman serves both sides of transaction. His value comes chiefly in those who he knows. And Lebanese politics has many clients. A balancing act between powers too large. Somehow the shuffling killed off the […]

No Pandemic Pause in Persecution, Says Poland Ministerial

The cause of international religious freedom has gone more international. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the third Ministerial to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief was hosted this week outside the United States for the first time—in Poland. Next year it will take place in Brazil. Launched in 2018 by the US State Department, the ministerial […]

Sudan’s Partially Answered Prayers

Sudan is rejoining the community of nations. After 30 years of pariah status under former dictator Omar al-Bashir, the nation has established relations with Israel, taken steps to improve religious freedom, and ensured removal of its US designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. Archbishop Ezekiel Kondo of Sudan has witnessed the entire history. Born […]

Like ‘Water on a Stone’: UN Expert on the Hard Work of Religious Freedom

Religious freedom requires global consensus. Despite the best efforts of the Trump administration to prioritize the issue in its foreign policy, the Pew Research Center highlights that government restrictions on religion have hit an all-time high worldwide. In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights included clear language on religious freedom, including the right to […]

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