Group gives Protestants competition for souls, but also an ally on religious freedom.
CHR Comment: Russian legal process typically distinguishes between traditional religions, such as Baptists and Lutherans, and non-traditional groups that are new to the country.
Source: Russia’s Plan to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses Puts Evangelicals in a Tight Spot | News & Reporting | Christianity Today
The profanity-prone president and his country’s Catholic Church are at loggerheads, mostly over Duterte’s war on drugs, which has killed more than 7,500 people in less than a year.
CHR Comment: The pastoral letter from the bishops’ conference opposes the war on drugs as a reign of terror and opposes use of the death penalty. The Philippines are 80% Roman Catholic.
Source: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Has A New Adversary — The Church : Parallels : NPR
Meeting between ERLC president and Southern Baptist leader Frank Page results in ‘mutual understanding,’ not a firing.
CHR Comment: Moore was involved in presidential politics, supporting Trump, which offended Graham and others in the Southern Baptist Convention.
Source: Russell Moore Still Has a Job, Though 100 Churches Have Threatened to Pull SBC Funds | News & Reporting | Christianity Today
CHR Comment: The article describes the social ethics of Rauschenbusch, Hauerwas, and refers to some conservative social ethics movements.
Source: The Christian social ethics project hits a wall | Religion News Service
(UPDATED) Eight staff members found safe and relocated.
CHR Comment: Tens of thousands are displaced. About 60% of south Sudanese are Christians. The famine is man-made due to fighting.
Source: Kidnapped Samaritan’s Purse Workers Freed Amid South Sudan Famine | News & Reporting | Christianity Today
The pontiff suggests easing the rules could address a shortage of priests in some areas.
CHR Comment: The article gives an example of a Brazilian diocese where there are 700,000 Catholics served by only 27 priests.
Source: Pope Francis open to allowing married priests in Catholic Church
Avoiding the subject of homosexuality will not prepare kids for the real world.
CHR Comment: The article expresses outrage that Franklin Graham and other conservative Protestants suggest the boycotting of a recent Disney film, which was announced to portray a homosexual character.
Source: Flaming hypocrisy in evangelical Disney boycott: Jonathan Merritt
Recent, ugly nonsense about those who supposedly cannot refrain from sinful sexual relations is pastoral cruelty disguised as kindness. The voice of Archbishop Chaput, by contrast, strikes a welcome and profound note of clarity and true compassion.
CHR Comment: A brief essay concerning the Archbishop’s recent book, Strangers in a Strange Land, reflecting also on the importance of this bishop.
Source: A Book for Me and All Protestants to Read | Carl R. Trueman | First Things
It’s illegal, or at least dangerous, for Muslims to convert in Muslim-majority countries.
CHR Comment: Jesus began appearing to the father in his dreams. Several months later the whole family was baptized. One bishop reports over 100 such Baptisms at his church alone.
Source: Why some Muslim Syrian refugees are converting to Christianity
New polls show that, while support for a travel ban has dropped among most religious faiths, it has grown among Evangelicals – a sign of their cultural evolution and growing bond with the Trump administration.
CHR Comment: The article argues that Evangelicals have a “Christian America” theology, which feels threatened by Islam.
Source: Why Evangelicals are Trump’s strongest travel-ban supporters – CSMonitor.com