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Publisher's Memo

Publisher's Memo

Persecution of the Church: Hot, Warm, Temperate
By Lon Allison
Three types of Christian persecution...one call to follow Christ.

Lausanne Reports

Lausanne Reports

Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Tomasov, Poland
By Rike Huettmann and Andy Goodacre
Nearly twenty younger leaders and mentors gathered in Poland earlier this year for the second younger leaders gathering for Europeans.

Themed Articles

Themed Articles

The Persecuted Church

Persecution: Normal and Expected
By Nik Ripken
What kind of person sees persecution as biblical, expected, and hardly worth mentioning? A person steeped in the story of scripture and well-acquainted with God.

Persecution and Mission
By Thomas Schirrmacher
Persecution has often been related to the growth and mission of the Church.

Persecution (Modern Ages)
By Thomas Schirrmacher
Most of the persecution of Christians can be attributed to one of three groups: Islamic states, totalitarian secular states, and countries fighting Christian missionary work.

Evangelism and Church Growth in a Culture of Persecution
By Antonia Leonora van der Meer
An overview of Christianity and persecution in Angola from 1984 to 1995.

Somalia: An On-going, Overlooked Crisis
By Carl Moeller
The conditions for Christians in war-torn Somalia have continued to deteriorate. Yet despite all the difficulties, Christian workers continue to faithfully labor among the Somali people.

Looking Ahead and Up as Christians Are Persecuted in Iraq
By Rev. Canon Andrew White
Christians and persecution: from Baghdad to Nineveh and Mosul.

Perspectives

Perspectives

To Touch the King: Why We Minister to Those who Suffer
By R. C. Stevens
The “least of these”—the poor, the oppressed, the destitute and deranged, the orphans and the widows—are all the God of the universe in disguise. The authors shares a compelling story of how he found this to be true.

The Wimp with the Pen: Witnessing God’s Work inside a South African Prison
By Martin Johnson
The author shares how worshipping with and witnessing the lives of Christians inside a prison in South Africa was life-changing.

Internet—The Transition of Everything from Atoms to Bits
By Walt Wilson
Because of technology such as the Internet, Christians are close enough to see the day when we will tell every man, woman, and child on earth the story of Jesus.

Urban Communities

Urban Communities

Articulating the Mission of God in the Global Urban Context
By Glenn Smith
City/regions, worldviews, and an introduction to a new series in which we will look at practitioners working in a variety of urban contexts ministering on the ground.

Getting to “Yes”
By Glenn Smith
Today’s cities have abandoned the story that Jesus offers life for all. But God has sent you and me into our cities to offer God’s “Yes.”