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The 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Follow Jesus in 2022
Latest report on Christian persecution finds Nigeria has 4 out of 5 martyrs worldwide, China has 3 out of 5 church attacks, and Afghanistan is now worse than North Korea.
On Ukraine-Russia Border, Evangelicals Endure as Invasion Looms
(UPDATED) Baptists and Pentecostals in both nations assess activism, unity, and reregistration in the Donbas region’s occupied Luhansk and Donetsk.
Trump or Netanyahu? American Evangelicals Support Israel, Yet Signs of Change
13 experts assess new survey conducted after Gaza conflict, which finds solidarity with the Jewish state but increasing preference for Palestinians among younger and non-white evangelicals.
Sunday Worship Comes to the Gulf
Economic reforms in the UAE tilt toward secularism and shift Christian services from Friday, the Muslim day of prayer.
Coup Reversal Divides Sudan’s Christians
Controversial deal to bring back deposed prime minister turns many protesters against him. Sudanese believers debate if he did the best he could.
Iran’s House Churches Are Not Illegal, Says Supreme Court Justice
(UPDATE) After unprecedented ruling asserts practicing Christianity at home is not a national security threat, a prosecutor drops charges against eight converts and says apostasy is not a crime under Iranian law.
The Secret to Deradicalizing Militants Might be Found in Middle Eastern Churches
A bold new thesis proposed in extremist studies is based in testimony of Arab Christian pastors.
Reaching Youth for Christ During Sudan’s Coup
When the military closed Khartoum’s airport and disrupted their discipleship training, a generational odd couple from YFC Lebanon improvised and preached to hundreds of students.
Lebanon’s Christians Resist Exodus from Worst Economic Collapse in 150 Years
Their middle-class salaries now worth peanuts, evangelicals struggle to maintain a faithful presence amid debate over serving God elsewhere.
Worried Christians ‘Wait and See’ After Sudan Coup
With believers unable to communicate, international advocates weigh in on how the Sudanese church—buoyed by recent religious freedom gains—considers the military seizure of power.
Suing for Peace: Can Clerics Reconcile Armenia and Azerbaijan Better Than Courts?
One year since the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, a Russian-led reconciliation summit is the first meeting between spiritual leaders since 2017.
Egypt’s President Promotes Religious Choice During Human Rights Rollout
Some Copts cheer Sisi’s stance and new five-year reform strategy, while others focus on absence of attention to problematic ID cards and reconciliation committees.
Pew: US, France, and Korea Are Most Divided—Especially over Religion
Survey of almost 19,000 adults in 17 nations examines societal conflict between different religions, political parties, races and ethnicities, and urban and rural communities.
Christians Welcome Coup in Guinea
After yet another military overthrow of a democratically elected leader in West Africa, minority evangelicals debate the role of faith in politics.
Good News for Iraq’s Christians: More Autonomy, Less Dhimmitude
As Erbil Christians finally get to govern themselves, Chaldean Catholic archbishop Bashar Warda explains to CT how ISIS freed Christians from the centuries-old understanding that they are second-class citizens.
How a Jewish Evangelical Won Trust with Arab Muslim Leaders
Apocalyptic fiction writer Joel Rosenberg’s new book describes his behind-the-scenes interactions with crown princes and presidents in search of peace and religious freedom.
Pew: Religious Terrorism at Record Low, Government Persecution at Record High
Countries with religion-related terrorist activity at a record low of 49 after five consecutive years of decline. Yet 28 nations still suffered more than 50 people injured or killed.
Moroccan Christians Welcome End of a Decade of Islamist Government
Liberal parties, led by billionaire, surge to power in constitutional monarchy, but debate hinges on economy not religious freedom.
Evangelicals Endorse Unprecedented Ecumenical Plea for the Environment
Ahead of a UN climate summit, Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican leaders jointly promote a “Season of Creation.”
Crusaders No More: What Arab Christians and Muslims Think of Mascot Changes
(UPDATED) Evangel and Valparaiso are the latest university sports teams to replace a contested symbol of Christian history.