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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 what ...

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Forgiveness Is Like Surgery

Posted by Margaret Foley on

Very few people give Peter credit. In Matthew 18:21-22, Peter asks Jesus how many times a person should forgive their enemy. He suggests seven times. Jesus says seven times seventy-times (or, in some translations, seventy-seven times.) Peter, if anything, is taken aback. Most people write ...

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What the North Korean government understands about Christian martyrdom that we Christians sometimes forget

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

English language media today are reporting what at first sounds like predictable comments from North Korea's state media: North Korea is displeased that its former captive Kenneth Bae is talking publicly and negatively about his time in a North Korean prison camp, and unless he stops talking in ...

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Pastor Han Chung-Ryeol (한충렬), Our Brother, Martyred April 30, 2016

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

I want to tell you about one of the great men of North Korea ministry upon the occasion of his martyrdom in Changbai, China this past Saturday, April 30, 2016. His name was Pastor Han Chung-Ryeol (한충렬). He was 49 years old. He was married, with one son and one daughter. He ...

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We Are Always In Greater Danger Of Becoming Lukewarm Than Of Being Martyred

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

One of the most common questions I receive from Christians in prosperous countries is, “How can we prepare for increasing persecution?” I actually hear this question more and more each year, perhaps due to reports which assert that persecution of Christians is increasing dramatically ...

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A Martyr Is Not A Victim But Also Not A Hero. Instead, The Martyr Is A _____________________

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

Marc at Bad Catholic wrote the kind of near-perfect blog post last week that I would have cut out and put on my refrigerator if we were still in the newspaper age and if our refrigerator here in Korea wasn't the size of a postage stamp. Entitled The Difference Between a Martyr and a Victim, ...

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God Of The Persecuted: What The Lives Of Persecuted Believers Teach Us About The Nature Of God, Part I: Why We Don’t Venerate The Persecuted

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

Some people have a stack of unread books on their nightstand. I have a post-it list of books I would like to write on mine. This is not because I have so much to say but rather, as any credible author will tell you, because I see so much that I want to learn corporately with you and other ...

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How It’s Possible To Have More Christian Persecution…And Fewer Martyrs

Posted by Rev. Eric Foley on

The words "persecution" and "martyrdom" are used almost interchangeably today, as if they were synonymous, or at least two sides of the coin of egregious violations of religious liberty. As the popular calculus goes, a rising tide of violence against Christians produces a growing number of ...

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