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On Court Prophets and Wilderness Prophets

Recently our president made the latest in a long line of comments demeaning immigrants and minorities. The furor brings to mind two biblical prophets, both for their differences and for what they hold in common. Nathan was an advisor to the royal court and a messenger of God. He pronounced …

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Died: Jesse Miranda, Hispanic Evangelicals’ Bridge-Builder

Jesse Miranda, a Pentecostal leader and the “granddaddy of US Latino Protestantism,” died last Friday at the age of 82. Several weeks ago, Miranda learned that he had inoperable B-cell lymphoma and entered hospice care. As founder of the National Alliance of Evangelical Ministries (AMEN, Alianza de Ministerios Evangélicos Nacionales) …

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And Now, the Star of the Show….

Here is the “most effective” and terrible sermon illustration I’ve ever used: One day my wife and I were arguing about something—the exact subject has long been forgotten. In the course of the argument—probably when she was getting the best of me—I became so frustrated that I hit our dining …

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Korean Church Court Dodges Decision on Pastoral Succession

The two-year saga embroiling the world’s largest Presbyterian church remained unresolved Tuesday, despite a scheduled ruling from the denomination’s court. The court of the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK-Tonghap) failed to determine the legitimacy of the 2017 accession of Kim Ha-na as senior pastor of Myungsung Presbyterian Church, a 100,000-member …

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No Matter Where You Are, Religious Freedom Is Getting Worse

Current Issue Ahead of a US State Department gathering being touted as “the biggest religious freedom event ever,” a new report showcases how persecution is getting worse—especially for Christians, the most-harassed religious group in the world—and becoming more widespread. Hostility against religious minorities spans longstanding hotspots in the Middle East …

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Who Needs Those TPS Reports? Venezuelan Christians

A blank foster parent application sits on Andrea’s kitchen table, waiting to be filled out. When she and her husband—both youth pastors at a small-town evangelical church—printed the form, she looked forward to fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a foster family: a safe, stable place for children whose lives …

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