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The Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Be a Christian in 2019 – Christian Article

One in every nine Christians in the world lives in an area, or in a culture, in which Christianity is illegal, forbidden, or punished, according to the latest report on global persecution by Open Doors USA. That’s a 14 percent increase over the previous year. For the past 27 years, the organization has published the Open Doors World Watch List, a global indicator of countries where human and religious rights are being violated, and those countries most vulnerable to societal unrest and…

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9 Things You Should Know About Prohibition – Christian Article

One hundred years ago today, the Eighteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was ratified, prohibiting “intoxicating liquors” in the United States and launching the era known as Prohibition. Here are nine things you should about Prohibition and how the religiously inspired temperance movement transformed America. 1. The roots of Prohibition were planted in the pre-Civil War era. From the 1790s to the 1830s, the religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening strengthened the role of Protestant influence in the…

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Are Young People Really Leaving Christianity? – Christian Article

(Updated on January 12th, 2019) Much has been written about both the Biblical illiteracy of teenage believers and the flight of young people from the Church. Many have observed this trend, and I too have witnessed it anecdotally as a youth pastor (and shamefully, I contributed to the trend for some time before I changed course). Some writers and Christian observers deny the flight of young people altogether, but the growing statistics should alarm us enough as Church leaders to do…

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Homeschooling Parents in Germany Lose Right to Educate Their Children – Christian Article

The Story: A European court ruled that German authorities are allowed to forcibly remove children from their home if the parents homeschool. Could that happen in the United States? The Background: On Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Germany’s ban on homeschooling did not violate a family’s fundamental rights. Germany is one of the few European countries that penalizes families who want to homeschool. According to Alliance Defending Freedom International, more than 30 police officers and social…

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Remembering Eugene Peterson, and also his wife Jan – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); by Karen Stiller Years ago, my husband Brent and I moved to Vancouver so he could do a Master of Divinity at Regent College. I think I can say, although others might disagree, that it was a heyday for Regent. No other Canadian school fully lived out the idea yet of graduate theological education for the lay person in quite the same way. The student body was exciting and diverse, from all over the…

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Report from the Parliament of the World’s Religions – Christian Article

Faith Today columnist James Beverley was in Toronto for a week-long gathering of well over 6,000 religious leaders called The Parliament of the World’s Religions. In his initial report, he considers how a tone of harmony prevailed even as participants considered contentious problems such as religious bigotry and genocide. By James A. Beverley Toronto, arguably the most diverse city in the world, was recently host to the seventh Parliament of the World’s Religions. The first such parliament dates to Chicago…

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A story of faithfulness with Canada Summer Jobs – Christian Article

by Dave Addison Toronto City Mission (TCM) is the oldest and longest-running mission in the City of Toronto. While our ministry has evolved from inner city relief work to preventive and proactive programs for children and families impacted by poverty, summer camp has always been a core part of our ministry. “This donation brought the total to $40,000, but I questioned if we could actually raise the remaining $60,000. I decided only God was going to make this possible. Less…

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Singing at urbana 18 | Faith Today Blog

It’s day two of #Urbana18 and there have been many fine moments already, but singing in a huge space with approximately 9,999 other people? That has to be one of the best parts of this student missions conference. I remember that feeling from Urbana ’93, the first and last time I was at this tri-annual gathering that brings students and leaders together from across North America and around the world. Back then, the music was a revelation. I had never…

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