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How the Evangelical Council of Venezuela Is Seeking a New Way of Societal Accord, Peace, and Reconciliation

by Brian C. Stiller
Venezuela, with the oil wealth of Saudi Arabia, 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 incredibly beautiful and rich-in-resource Latin American country is the paradigm of ideological delusion, bureaucratic dissonance, governmental piracy, police intimidation, and outright robbing of the public pursue.
Keep in mind what we are talking about. With 30 million in population, about the size of Canada, it is harbored on the northeast coast of South America...

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Book Review: ‘Religious Freedom in Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today’ by Daniel Philpott

Review by Paul Marshall
In the West and elsewhere, views of Islam are sharply divided. To put the matter far too simply, one side describes Islam as a “religion of peace,” while the other contends that it is particularly disposed to violence. Similar strife occurs in debates about law, democracy, religious freedom, and other human rights in the Muslim-majority world. In Religious Freedom in Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today, Daniel Philpott avoids inflammatory labels like “Islamophobic,” instead framing the debate as a contest between “Islamopluralists” and “Islamoskeptics.”
Philpott, one of the world’s leading scholars of religion and politics (and especially of religious freedom), hopes that even if these arguments cannot be resolved, ...

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Jay Riley Case: Both Missionary Opponents and Evangelicals Misunderstand Jim Elliot’s Waorani Mission

Image: Photos Courtesy of the Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. / From the collection of Lars GrenElisabeth Elliot sits with Waorani women, one of whom is examining her Dictaphone.
When news broke in November 2018 that missionary John Allen Chau had been killed while trying to contact the isolated Sentinelese tribe off the coast of India, debates about his methods and motivations erupted across the media landscape. Some critics argued that Chau behaved unethically in trying to contact an isolated people who clearly resisted interaction with the outside world. Some Christians wondered whether Chau had gone about his goals in the best way...

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Happy Women’s History Month!: Celebrate These 8 Notable Women Who Left Their Mark in Christian History

March is Women’s History Month in the United States, a time in which Americans focus on the many contributions women have made in the past.
The observance has its federal roots in a February 1980 proclamation by President Jimmy Carter meant to celebrate “National Women’s History Week” during the week of March 8, which is International Women’s Day. It became an official annual month celebration by an act of Congress in 1987.
Through the centuries, women have made substantial and various contributions to church history, from evangelism to leadership. Indeed, there are too many to list in a single piece.
With that noted, here are eight notable women from Christian history...

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Brian C. Stiller Shares How the World Evangelical Alliance Champions Human Rights & Religious Freedom Within the United Nations

As I walked into the United Nations building in New York to meet Secretary General Antonio Guterres, I recalled a preacher who predicted that this world body was the coming world government, as he said had been prophesied in The Revelation.
Added to that ominous prediction of its coming role, many view the United Nations as deeply flawed: often biased in its analyses and lacking ability to muster sufficient authority to mediate armed conflicts, such as Rwanda. Particularly disturbing is its Human Rights Council, which is comprised of representatives from countries guilty of violating human-rights such as Sudan and Saudi Arabia.
Even so, this is what national governments turn to for help in times of humanitarian crises and military debacles flowing from its mandate to promote peace, justic...

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“After These Things”: New Book Examines Powerful Life Lessons from the Aftermath of Jesus’ Resurrection

Every Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated in churches around the globe. But how many believers really know what the resurrection means for their daily lives? In a new book, After These Things: Powerful Life Lessons from the Aftermath of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, national bestselling author Daniel Whyte III discusses eight specific ways the Resurrection impacted individuals, the Church, and the world.
Whyte said, “Nearly everyone would agree that a man being raised from the dead after three days in a cold grave deserves our attention. It deserves all of the books that have been written, all of the movies and television shows that have been made, and all of the songs written and sung about it...

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Why This African Baptist Pastor Led a Revolt Against Colonial Britain in Malawi

In a grass hut in 1892 in British Central Africa, a 10-year-old British girl named Emily Booth lay sick and without her family. Her mother had recently died and her father, a missionary named Joseph Booth, was undeterred by the death of his wife and was away preaching. So, Emily was left alone with their new house servant, John Chilembwe. Though the servant knew little English, he had already proven himself superior to previous employees simply by virtue of not stealing from the Booths. Yet his care for little Emily would demonstrate his tender-heartedness and compassion, far outstripping his language skills. As Emily later recounted:
When my malaria recurred, and it seemed impossible for Father to go about his business of finding suitable land for the Mission, John proved himself invaluab...

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Remembering Louise Celia Fleming, the First Black American Female Missionary to Serve in Africa

Louise Celia Fleming was born a slave on January 28, 1862, in Florida on the Hibernia Plantation which belonged to Colonel Lewis Michael Fleming. Her parents, who were slaves adopted their slave masters surname and gave it to their children.
Popularly called Lulu, she was raised by her mother who worked as a maid for Colonel Fleming following the death of her father, popularly called Fla.
The Flemings treated Lulu and her mother well and took them along to the Bethel Baptist Church, one of the very few churches that allowed black and white people to worship under one roof until 1865 when it was forced to segregate the members according to race.

Lulu was one of the few privileged African-American girls to attain an education, At the age of 15, she was baptized and became a Christian at the ...

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court Upholds Acquittal of Christian Woman Asia Bibi

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s highest court has upheld the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who was put on death row for eight years after being convicted of violating the nation’s blasphemy laws.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Bibi will not be retried after being found not guilty of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during an argument with a few Muslim colleagues.
“We are not hearing the case again, the lawyer was unable to point out a single error in the judgment,” stated Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, as reported by CNN.
“We have to look at the value of the statements by witnesses, how can we hang someone on a false witness statement.”
Rimmel Mohydin of Amnesty International said in a statement released Tuesday that with the ruling, ...

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Paul Chitwood to Be Formally Installed as IMB President Feb. 6

The International Mission Board will install Paul Chitwood formally as its 13th president on Feb. 6 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond. IMB photo
RICHMOND, Va.(BP) — The International Mission Board will install Paul Chitwood formally as its 13th president on Feb. 6 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va.
The public is invited to attend the installation service, which will include a Sending Celebration honoring the appointment of 19 new Southern Baptist international missionaries.
The IMB’s board of trustees unanimously elected Chitwood, 48, as president of the organization on Nov. 15 in Richmond...

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