Islamists Attack French Church, Slit Priest’s Throat

CHR Comment: The dramatic murder of Father Jacques Hamel at Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in France while he was finishing mass illustrates the senseless brutality of ISIS inspired “soldiers.” Remarkably, the terrorists chose as their target an 84-year old man. The terrorism experienced by so many Near Eastern Christians continues to crop up in Europe and North America in 2016, illustrating desperate measures by devotees of the declining Islamic State. Father Hamel is rightly remembered as a martyr of the Christian Faith. Lord, have mercy.

I’ve added a more recent article below, which includes further information about the attack. And now a third article about ISIS.

Source: Islamists attack French church, slit priest’s throat | Reuters

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/07/28/france-church-attacker-islamic-state-priest-nuns/87651244/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/07/27/islamic-state-losing-territory/87645316/

 

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Christianity in Iraq Could Be Eradicated in Five Years

CHR Comment: An Aid to the Church in Need representative predicts that the c. 260,000 Christians in the region could be martyred or forced to emigrate if the ISIS Caliphate continues to grow. The article questions what Christians in other parts of the world should or could do to help Iraqi believers.

Source: ‘Convert or Die’: In a caliphate-ridden Iraq, Christians face ultimate choice | Fox News

Jan Hus: 600 Years a Martyr

July 6, 2015, marks 600 years since Jan Hus, theologian and reformer from Prague, was put to death at the decree of the Council of Constance. Hus espoused teachings that in many ways anticipated aspects of the Protestant Reformation more than . . .

CHR Comment: Great overview about the most important martyr of the 1400s, a forerunner to the Reformation.

Source: Concordia Theology » Jan Hus: 600 Years a Martyr

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: 70th Anniversary of the Execution

Bonhoeffer’s personal commitment to his beliefs, which brought on his martyrdom, have made him one of the most noteworthy theologians of recent years. However, he is claimed by a variety of theological groups such as liberals, neo-orthodox, Evangelicals, and traditional Lutherans.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: 70th Anniversary Of The Execution Of German Pastor Brings His Legacy To A New Generation.