Perspectives

  • Chinese Christians need refuge | Will we welcome them?

    When the Communist Party took over mainland China in 1949, there were an estimated 5 million Chinese Christians. Three-plus decades of severe persecution under Mao nearly succeeded in eradicating Chinese Christianity. Nearly. By 1976, less than four decades after Mao’s…

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  • The (true) pursuit of happiness | Virtue, not pleasure

    Words matter. Definitions matter. Christians, of all people, should understand how much words and definitions, especially today, are being used to either affirm or deny reality, even shape our view of reality. George Orwell, of course, understood the power of…

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  • Antifa takes over Portland, again

    America’s founders believed that the freedom to express political and religious opinions, even unpopular ones, was central to self-government. Still, the freedom of speech, like all freedoms, has its limits. We can’t just shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater, for…

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  • Fourth of July

    Fourth of July: Chaplains, fog of war, flow of life

    Seventy-five years ago, in June 1944, after the largest amphibious landing in history, U.S. and Allied forces began their offensive push from the blood-soaked beaches of Normandy to the east of France and deep into Germany with the intent of…

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  • China and forced organ harvesting

    As the world focused attention on the Hong Kong protests, a report came out that gruesomely underscored why the protesters felt led to protest. The report, issued by a London-based panel of international and medical experts, was entitled “Forced Organ…

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  • Tragedy or tissue?

    If it weren’t so jarring and tragic, the contradictory laws and language tolerated in our country about abortion would be laughable. On the one hand, we prosecute anyone who harms a pregnant woman and causes her to lose her baby,…

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  • Indian Christians on edge | Big win for Hindu Nationalists

    Two weeks ago, Narendra Modi was sworn in for a second term as India’s Prime Minister. His party, the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party], won a resounding victory in parliamentary elections. As Indian pundits – a word that is, by the…

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  • The victims of words | Reality isn’t whatever we want

    In one of Marvel’s recent blockbuster superhero movies, a genocidal alien-arch-bad-guy named Thanos acquires an “Infinity Stone,” which allows him to change the world around him at will. With this stone, he says, “Reality can be whatever I want.” Well,…

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  • Where have all the women gone? Abortion and gendercide

    Nearly thirty years ago, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen wrote an essay in the New York Review of Books entitled “More than 100 Million Women are Missing.” Sen didn’t mean “missing” as in “missing person.” He meant that in places like…

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  • The martyrs of Burkina Faso | Know their names

    On Sunday May 12th, between 20 and 30 gunmen entered a Catholic church during Mass in Dablo, Burkina Faso, and started shooting the congregation. Six people, including Father Simeon Yampa, were killed. The attackers then set fire to the church…

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