Evangelicalism in France is on the rise, a study by the National Council of Evangelicals in France (CNEF) has found.
CHR Comment: A new church started every ten days. Other church bodies in the nation are declining. These Evangelical congregations may be picking up members from other churches.
Source: French Evangelicals Defy Decline – Open A New Church Every 10 Days | Christian News on Christian Today
An Egyptian Christian couple were found dead on Coptic Christmas Day with their throats cut, according to World Watch Monitor.
CHR Comment: Other Coptic Christians were killed in Egypt on January 6. Police attributed the killings to a robbery but a brother of the victim found nothing missing from the home.
Source: Coptic Christian Couple Stabbed To Death In Their Beds | Christian News on Christian Today
Islamic extremism now has a rival, according to 2017 World Watch List.
CHR Comment: Islamic extremism and ethnic nationalism pose the greatest threats to Christians according to this report.
Source: ‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian | News & Reporting | Christianity Today
The Church Society\’s Lee Gatiss reflects on the life and sudden death of his long-term friend and mentor, Oak Hill principal Mike Ovey.
Source: The Remarkable Impact Of Oak Hill\’s Mike Ovey On A Generation Of Evangelicals | Christian News on Christian Today
Allen Guelzo observes in his history of the Reformed Episcopal Church that historians of American Episcopalianism are misled by Anglo-Catholicism’s success in establishing “their own vision […]
CHR Comment: The review contrasts the views of Evangelicalism and Anglo-Catholicism within the Episcopal Church.
Source: Irony of Episcopal History
President Zuma leads tributes to the young South African star who made gospel music popular.
CHR Comment: Gospel music has gained a broad audience in South Africa so that even the nation’s president paid tribute to this performer after his death.
Source: Lundi Tyamara: South African gospel star dies aged 38 – BBC News
One of the skeletons buried in the leprosy cemetery in Winchester appears to have been a pilgrim.
CHR Comment: The spread of leprosy preceded the crusades. Europeans may have contracted the disease while on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and brought it back to western Europe.
Source: Leprosy: Medieval pilgrim burial sheds light on how disease spread
For two years, Ismail and his mother, Jandar Nasi, were captives of the Islamic State
CHR Comment: These Christians are Chaldean, from the ancient Syriac speaking church. They showed remarkable bravery during persecution.
Source: How an Iraqi Christian teen survived two years in ISIL ‘caliphate’
A large Viking manor has been found near the ancient town of Birka in Lake Mälaren.
CHR Comment: Birka was the location of the earliest church (AD 831), a site from which further mission work spread. The community also traded with Byzantine Christians.
Source: Spectacular Viking manor discovered near Birka – The Local
The remains of at least 123 people have been excavated at a series of four cemeteries near the ruins of a medieval Christian monastery in Sudan.
CHR Comment: Burials dated as early as the fourth century and were for monks as well as for common people. Christian inscriptions were in both Greek and Coptic languages.
Source: Massive Burial Ground Unearthed at Medieval Monastery in Sudan