Easter Suicide Bombings Kill 290 at Sri Lankan Churches and Hotels

(UPDATED) Christians end Holy Week shaken by coordinated attacks at Sunday morning services and brunches on opposite coasts of the island nation. The joy of Easter quickly turned into terror and grief for Christians in Sri Lanka this morning, where suicide bombers conducted coordinated attacks on three churches and three high-end hotels, killing more than 290 people and injuring almost 500. Officials urged citizens to resist speculating whether Muslim extremists were to blame for the... Read More

Easter Bombings Kill 290 at Sri Lankan Churches and Hotels

(UPDATED) Christians end Holy Week shaken by coordinated attacks at Sunday morning services and brunches across the island nation. The joy of Easter quickly turned into terror and grief for Christians in Sri Lanka this morning, where bombers conducted coordinated attacks on at least three churches and three high-end hotels, killing more than 290 people and injuring almost 500. The government has urged citizens to resist speculating whether radicalized Muslims are to blame for the violence,... Read More

Easter Bombings Kill 200 in Sri Lanka

Christians end Holy Week shaken after coordinated attacks at three churches and three hotels across the island nation. The joy of Easter quickly turned into terror and grief for Christians in Sri Lanka this morning, where bombers conducted coordinated attacks on at least three churches and three high-end hotels, killing more than 200 people. The government has urged citizens to resist speculating whether radicalized Muslims are to blame for the violence, which mostly took place in or around... Read More

O Death, Where Is Your Victory? Reflections of Death at Easter

The fact that Jesus climbed out of that tomb changes everything. There are so many ways we could talk about the significance of Easter morning—particularly, the meaning of Christ’s resurrection from the grave. With no hesitation, believers will tell you that the fact that Jesus walked out of that tomb changes everything. That very moment—the morning of the resurrection—is at the foundation of all those that follow it. The coming of the Holy Spirit, Paul’s road... Read More

Venezuela Today

The Evangelical Council of Venezuela is seeking a new way of societal accord, peace, and reconciliation. Venezuela, with the oil wealth of Saudi Aribia, today looks more like Syria, noted a journalist. With the country in free fall, it is hard to imagine how it can last much longer. In daily updates, we listen to multiplying horror stories of no food, empty medicine shelves, stunning numbers of kidnappings, and the hemorrhaging of ten percent of its population in a matter of months. This... Read More

True Tolerance Opens the Door for All to Share Their Beliefs, Including Christians

Sometimes culture makes it difficult, but there are aspects of culture that are quite conducive to evangelism. In part one, I talked about some of the headwinds hindering evangelism— things slowing or making sharing the faith more difficult. Now, we’re going to focus on the good news; specifically, we’re going to examine the tailwinds accelerating people’s openness towards sharing (and in some cases receiving) the gospel. Ironically, I think one of the great... Read More

Headwinds in Evangelism: New Challenges Secularism and Pluralism Add to Outreach

We’re still trying to figure out what the future should ultimately look like as we continue to share the gospel. I recently came back on a flight from Orange County. Before departing from California, the pilot announced that we would be arriving in Chicago about 40 minutes early due to some powerful tailwinds. That sounds like great news. However, amazing as those tailwinds are, all they mean in the Chicago airports is that you sit on the runway for an extra 40 minutes instead of being in... Read More

Arab Spring Again? Christians in Sudan and Algeria Cheer Regime Changes

Historic confessions escape an Islamist, while Muslim converts pray for reform. One of the early iconic martyrs of Sudan’s recent protests was inspired by Christian oppression. Shot dead by police while aiding protestors against the regime of 30-year dictator Omar al-Bashir, Babiker Salama—a 27-year-old doctor from an exclusive Khartoum suburb—was motivated in part by what he witnessed in the mountain region populated by one of Sudan’s few Christian... Read More

Sovereign Grace Calls Outside Investigation ‘Impossible’

The church network pushed back against renewed scrutiny around SGC and former president C. J. Mahaney’s response to abuse claims. Despite continued calls for an independent, third-party investigation into Sovereign Grace Churches (SGC) and its response to abuse allegations, the network has officially taken the option off the table, calling it “inappropriate, impractical, unjust” and “impossible.” Controversy has surrounded SGC—previously Sovereign Grace... Read More

Headwinds in Evangelism: How Secularism and Pluralism Add New Challenges to Outreach

We’re still trying to figure out what the future should ultimately look like as we continue to share the gospel. I recently came back on a flight from Orange County. Before departing from California, the pilot announced that we would be arriving in Chicago about 40 minutes early due to some powerful tailwinds. That sounds like great news. However, amazing as those tailwinds are, all they mean in the Chicago airports is that you sit on the runway for an extra 40 minutes instead of being in... Read More