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What Makes the Christian Martyr Different From a Suicide Bomber, a Patriot, or a Prisoner of Conscience?

Posted by Margaret Foley on

Every day, someone is dying for a cause. Soldiers die in the name of freedom. Revolutionaries fight tooth and claw for the glorious revolution. Suicide bombers sacrifice their own bodies for salvation. What does the Christian Martyr die for? Well, we say, the Christian Martyr dies for...

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Indebted to God

Posted by Margaret Foley on

Suffering is not always followed by healing. Christians are perhaps more aware of this fact than anyone else. Missionaries give up everything to evangelize in Africa, only to find that their message is rejected. Christians in the Middle East lose their families when they accept...

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Trapped In the Maze

Posted by Margaret Foley on

Being an atheist in middle school, high school, and (most of) college meant that I was a mission field for my Christian colleagues. “I value your bravery,” Christians students would tell me. “It must be very terrifying to live in a world without God.” Looking back with...

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A Key Difference Between Communism and Democracy: Democracy Has Been Far More Successful in Destroying Christianity

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

Polish philosopher and politician Ryszard Legutko's latest (2016) book, The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies, is written from a perspective of someone who, after having lived for many years under communism and then for more than two decades under a liberal...

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Let There Be Light

Posted by Margaret Foley on

“Political language,” George Orwell once said, “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Many echo Orwell’s skepticism toward politics and its practitioners. When politicians slam their...

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Follow Me

Posted by Margaret Foley on

 It’s Sunday morning and the last thing you want to do is haul yourself out of the bed, wake up the family, and head off to church. Work this week was challenging. There were several family emergencies. Plus, you had a misunderstanding with the woman who always sits two chairs in...

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Sudan: Christ Is In Prison Again

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For nearly 300 days a Czech Christian, Petr Jasek, has been imprisoned in Sudan for serving and helping Sudanese believers. Now Mr. Jasek’s family has asked VOM Korea to raise prayer and letter support from Korea on behalf of Petr and the two Sudanese pastors with whom he is imprisoned and...

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Are You a Terrorist?

Posted by Margaret Foley on

Our children learn that there are two kinds of people in the world: good people and bad people. Bad people, they learn, must always be defeated. Knights must defeat the dragon, Harry Potter must defeat Voldemort, and Batman must defeat the Joker. Children also learn, however, that good people...

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I Will Make You Fishers of Men

Posted by Margaret Foley on

Today was a day just like any other. The men sighed. Their boat rocked over a series of small, blue, waves. Their weathered hands deftly tossed a fishing net into the water. The men had been fishing for so long that their old tunics had been starched with a layer of salt so thick that no water...

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[News] Church Elder Brutally Murdered in the Philippines

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Fifty-two-year-old Perfecto Padilla, a dedicated church elder from Sultan Kudarat, Philippines, was brutally murdered by two Muslim men on 11 September at 6pm local time. Brother Perfecto was resting outside his house in a hammock when two Muslim men came by on motorbikes and began to fire...

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