Bible broadcast ends

The radio program Back to the Bible ceased broadcasting in October after 80 years on the air. The program was started in 1939 by Theodore Epp, the son of Russian Mennonites who came to the US as missionaries to the Hopi people. “To be quite frank,” Epp said of the launch on radio station KFOR AM in Lincoln, Nebraska, “I was very afraid.” Back to the Bible grew to be syndicated on more than 800 stations, with a large international audience. Since Epp’s death, its teachers have included Warren Wiersbe, David Platt, and Nat Crawford. In recent years, radio has grown too expensive, a spokeswoman told CT. The ministry will continue as a podcast.

Evangelicals defend religious liberty for Muslims

The National Council of Evangelicals of France is raising concerns that a government plan to crack down on Muslim “separatism” would have a negative impact on religious liberty. The French government, officially committed to secularism, wants to require Muslim children to attend public school, participate in team sports, and integrate into French society. The evangelicals note that their communities are very integrated, but they are nevertheless concerned about the law’s restrictions on freedom of religion, thought, and expression. The proposed law would also crack down on foreign funding of religious groups, which could impact missionaries and church planters from the United States.

Mosul church manuscripts recovered

Police recovered dozens of stolen Syriac Christian manuscripts in the home of an alleged Islamic State (IS) leader. The 32 bound texts were some of the hundreds of artifacts looted from churches in Mosul over a period of three years, as IS turned the city into ...

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