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
CHR Comment: Chick’s work was creative but also offensive and given to a “fire insurance” approach to outreach: commit to Christ now or face hellfire and brimstone. In his day printed tracts were the rage but digital has made that medium a less compelling outreach tool.
Source: Died: Jack Chick, Cartoonist Whose Controversial Tracts Became Cult Hits | Gleanings | ChristianityToday.com
The law will prohibit evangelism anywhere outside a church or religious site – including private homes and online – and those in breach of it will be fined.
CHR Comment: Russian Protestants are opposing the new restrictions of religious liberties that are part of an effort to curb terrorist activities. They believe the laws will prevent them from sharing their faith outside of specifically defined religious contexts. The bill has already passed through the Russian Duma and Federation Council (their congress) and could be signed into law. Church historian Lloyd Harsch notes that after the initial openness following the collapse of Communism, Russian policies have become more and more restrictive on Protestant church activities.
I’ve added a second story to this topic below.
Source: Russia: Evangelicals pray, fast and lobby Putin as severe restrictions placed on evangelism | Christian News on Christian Today
Seven Christians have been arrested in Nepal for spreading the Gospel by handing out Bible handbooks to as many as 885 students in the Dolakha district, International Christian Concern reports.
CHR Comment: A law passed in 2015 forbade Christians from converting others and from distributing biblical literature. The seven Christians violated with new law, resulting in their arrest. The majority of people in Nepal are Hindu. They do not favor freedom of religion.
Source: Christians Arrested in Nepal for Spreading the Gospel
He’s a plainspoken outsider and a former neurosurgeon. Ben Carson has lurched to the front of the pack in the race to be the GOP’s presidential nominee. But his foreign policy ideas are raising questions.
CHR Comment: Although the article is supposed to be about Carson’s worldview, it turns to focus on Maj. Gen. Dees whom Carson met at church. The writer describes Dees’s views on Christian outreach and comments about Islam.
Source: The world according to Dr. Carson | Public Radio International
Taking the flash mob approach to spreading the Gospel. Not sure what I think about trying this. Sort of like caroling. Cool, or no?
Why Having a Pop-Up Church for Good Friday Is Brilliant – Christian Piatt | God’s Politics Blog | Sojourners.