1. World's Top Church-Destroying Countries

    World’s Top Church-Destroying Countries

    Posted on August 6th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    The following is from an August 5th  Christianity Today article . Inside the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin  plans to rebuild  two monasteries and a church torn down by Stalin about 85 years ago. But as Russia rebuilds churches with one hand, with the other it’s been knocking them down. While a campaign in China to  de-Christianize city skylines  has drawn the most  international   attention  this summer, Pew Research Center recently calculated the world’s 34 countries with the most  government destruction of religious property  (as of 2012). Three countries topped the list, with 100 or more incidents: China, Russia, and Tajikistan. . . . ( READ MORE (Continue reading…)

  2. Persecution in the News

    Persecution in the News

    Posted on August 1st, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    This post was originally published on the Radical blog . This past week has seen a flurry of blog posts, articles, videos, and teachings on persecution and Christian suffering that are all deserving of attention. So instead of our normal  Friday “Well Said” feature, we’re going to point you to a number of these pieces, all centered on the global plight of suffering and/or persecuted Christians . . . The Persecuted Church Led by Mindy Belz, this TGC Women’s Conference workshop is very informative. VIDEO: David Platt on global Christian persecution This 7 minute ERLC conversation covers the effects of persecution and (Continue reading…)

  3. 5 Facts About the Worldwide Persecution of Christians

    5 Facts About the Worldwide Persecution of Christians

    Posted on July 31st, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    The following article was posted on the ERLC website : This weekend many Southern Baptist churches will put special emphasis on praying for the persecuted Church. In preparation for the observance, here are five facts you should know about Christian persecution around the globe: 1. Christians are the most persecuted religious group worldwide. An average of  180 Christians around the world  are killed each month for their faith. 2. According to the U.S. Department of State, in  more than 60 countries  Christians face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors because of their faith in Christ. 3. One of the  worst countries in the world for the persecution  of Christians is North Korea. With (Continue reading…)

  4. VOM Persecution Blog: "You Won't Find Christians Here"

    VOM Persecution Blog: “You Won’t Find Christians Here”

    Posted on July 30th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    The following is from Voice of the Martyrs’ Persecution Blog : On a recent trip to Nepal, I joined a small team of staff members to do Bible distribution and take part in a pastor’s conference located in the central region of the country..  After several hours of driving, we came to a residential area of colorful but otherwise run-down houses. Most homes didn’t appear to have indoor plumbing as I saw people collecting water and washing their clothes at well-fed water taps residing on each block. From my western point-of-view, these were poor low-income families. Our (Continue reading…)

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    Does the Gift of Tongues Exist for Believers Today?

    Posted on July 16th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    In this clip, from Secret Church 5: Exploring the Holy Spirit, Pastor David Platt explores what the bible teaches about the gift of tongues. To view that study in its entirety, click HERE . Also, make sure you peruse the Radical resource library for all sorts of free teaching.

  6. ANNOUNCEMENT: Secret Church 15 Date and Topic


    ANNOUNCEMENT: Secret Church 15 Date and Topic

    Posted on July 8th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    It may seem like Spring is a long way off, but we want to give you plenty of time to make plans for the next Secret Church gathering / simulcast . Secret Church 15 will take place on April 24, 2015, two weeks after Easter. Tickets to the live gathering will go on sale this January, and simulcast registration opens on October 1, 2014. The topic will be “ Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action .” Here’s the synopsis: The culture around us is constantly changing, and successive changes are often accompanied by significant challenges. So how does the call of Christ compel us (Continue reading…)

  7. Persecution: The Basics


    Persecution: The Basics

    Posted on July 3rd, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    Every once in a while, it’s good to get a refresher on concepts we generally think we understand. When’s the last time you’ve heard a good explanation of persecution? Below, you can listen to a good overview of what persecution is, how it may look, and why it occurs. Jonathan is the (well-traveled) Pastor of Global Disciple-Making at The Church at Brook Hills. When it comes to the persecution of Christians, Open Doors is also a great resource. They have a good general overview of persecution as well as country-specific information . ~ The goal of persecution is to (Continue reading…)

  8. Another Way to Respond to Persecutors with Unwavering Faithfulness to God

    Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become (Continue reading…)

  9. The High Cost of Following Christ in One Muslim Family

    The High Cost of Following Christ in One Muslim Family

    Posted on June 25th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    “Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” Matt 10:21-23 Josef’s home is in Pakistan, but he is no longer welcome there. In fact, (Continue reading…)

  10. Believers in Iraq

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    Believers in Iraq

    Posted on June 17th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    If you’ve been keeping up with the news over the last few weeks, you know that the situation in Iraq is quickly worsening at the hands of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). The al-Qaeda offshoot is  one of the most extreme Islamist organizations in the world , and they are rapidly overtaking cities throughout the country; the most recent to fall under their control–Baqouba–is only 40 miles from the capitol city, Baghdad. Currently, ISIS also occupies Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. That siege induced 500,000 of Mosul’s 1.8 million residents to flee . Among those who fled were Iraqi troops and up to 1,000 Christians  (almost emptying Mosul (Continue reading…)