Selected News Stories from Around the World* — Friday, April 28

For the First Time, Russia Ranked Among Worst Violators of Religious Freedom (Christianity Today)

Austria Joins UK in Adopting Anti-Semitism Definition
(The Jerusalem Post)

Germany Bans Burka Face Cover for Public Servants (Times of Israel)

California Professor Argues Why Over-the-Counter Medical Abortion Should Be Available (The Guardian)

Book Review: The god of William Paul Young (The Gospel Coalition)

Does “13 Reasons Why” Glamorize Teen Suicide? (Russell Moore)

Catherine Booth’s Heart for the Hurting (Vance Christie)


Selected News Stories from Around the World* — Thursday, April 27

While Growing, India’s Churches Need Healthier Roots (The Gospel Coalition)

Atheist Sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia (RNS)

‘It’s a War on Christians’: Egypt’s Beleaguered Copts in Sombre Mood Before Papal Visit
(The Guardian)

Whatever Is Pure: Cedarville Requires Professors to Apply Philippians 4:8 (Christianity Today)

11 Reasons for a Weekly Service Review—and 4 Cautions Once You Start (9Marks)

53 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically (Biblical Archeology)

How Do We Remain Faithful in an Increasingly Hostile Culture? (The Gospel Coalition)

Selected News Stories from Around the World* — Wednesday, April 26

The Forgotten American Missionaries of Pyongyang (Atlas Obscura)

Elderly Couple Die Side by Side on Same Day after 77 Years of Marriage Together (The Telegraph)

Coptic Christians’ Endless Struggle for Survival in Egypt (NRO)

An Onslaught of Islamist Violence Is Europe’s New Normal (Islamist Watch)

Head of Germany’s Jewish Council Says Asylum Seekers from Muslim Countries Should Visit Holocaust Sites (The Local)

The Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs and Eerie Historical Visions of the Apocalypse (BBC)

The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church (Challies)

Workplace Evangelism Abroad Begins with Workplace Evangelism at Home (IMB)

Selected News Stories from Around the World* — Tuesday, April 25

5 States Have Officially Declared Porn a Public Health Crisis (Baptist Press)

Alibaba Founder Jack Ma: Artificial Intelligence Will Cause People ‘More Pain Than Happiness’
(The Guardian)

Exposing the Darkness Within: Domestic Violence and Islam (

Islam in the Heart of England and France (Gatestone Institute)

Saudi Arabia Donates 10.8 Billion Euros to 560 Mosques in Bangladesh: Muslims Split (Asia News)

China Bans Dozens of Muslims Names, As Beijing Cracks Down on Religious Extremism (Euro News)

Is the Enemy of My Enemy My Friend?

Creating a Culture of Hospitality
(For the Church)


Selected News Stories from Around the World* — Monday, April 24

Turkey, Anzac Day, and Disappearing Religious Freedom (The Gospel Coalition)

Evangelism Is Alive in Portland (Christianity Today)

On Grounds of “Extremist Activity,” Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witness, with 395 Centers in the Country (Post Courier)

FGM Victims Break Their Silence: ‘This Is Demonic’ (Detroit Free Press)

Sex Abuse Trial of Guam’s Archbishop Near Closure (Pacific Daily News)

Why Idle Moments Are Crucial for Creativity (BBC)

What Is the Balance Between Outreach and Discipleship? (Rooted)


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Selected News Stories from Around the World* — Saturday, April 22

Blasphemy Blocks Re-Election of Indonesia’s Only Christian Governor (Christianity Today)

Marijuana on Religious Grounds? A Cannabis “Church” Opens in Denver (The New York Times)

The Creeping Islamisation of Malaysia (Vision)

Reforming Islam Is a Nice Idea but the Doctrine Makes It Impossible (A.C.U. News)

Baylor’s First Woman President Guided by Faith Commitment (Baptist Press)

When It’s Hard to Believe: Help Along the Lonely Road of Doubt (Desiring God)