The Story of Iran’s Church in Two Sentences

More Iranians have become Christians in the last 20 years than in the previous 13 centuries put together.

CHR Comment: Here is another encouraging story about the growing number of Christians in Iran, fueled by bold witness and growing disillusionment with Islam. The article describes hundreds of thousand of Christians, a figure in keeping with an earlier story shared from the New York Times.

Source: The Story of Iran’s Church in Two Sentences

The History and Witness of the Church

The Book of Acts opens with two events of great salvation-historical importance: the going up of Jesus from earth into heaven (the Ascension), and the coming down of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples (Pentecost). Both events are commemorated by Christians in this season of the year. Jesus’s resurrection from the dead inaugurated God’s new beginning, which the New Testament calls “the last days.” . . . .

CHR Comment: Timothy George offers an Easter/Pentecost reflection on the Church’s witness to what is history and what is myth, citing the testimony of Barth, Eusebius, Calvin, and Bonhoeffer. His somber reflection on the state of the Church of England gives way to hope in the power of the Gospel.

Source: The One Really Interesting Story | Timothy George | First Things