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The Russian Issue on Which We Should be Focusing: Putin’s War on Christianity

By Veronica Neffinger - Posted at Christian : Russia has been in the news nearly every day lately, mostly for the possibility of the current U.S. presidential administration’s connections to the country and its president Vladimir Putin. However, politics shouldn’t be the only--or even the most prominent--reason Russia is in the news. Christian persecution is increasing in Russia under a set of laws Putin signed last year known as the Yarovaya laws. These laws restrict the freedom of citizens in a number of ways, including specifically restricting Christians’ right to evangelize. Relevant Magazine notes that, although the laws are billed as anti-terrorism measures, in truth they target Christians who wish to evangelize outside of designated religious locations. The laws even prevent Christians from sharing the gospel in their own homes. Read more here.

200 killed in Christian areas of Nasarawa, Nigeria

Morning Star News report - Posted at Baptist Press : KEFFI, Nigeria (BP) -- Armed attacks by Muslim Fulani herdsmen on predominantly Christian communities in Nasarawa state this year have left more than 200 people dead and destroyed homes and farms, sources said. One such attack on a worship service on March 19 in the central Nigerian state's Oshugu village killed two Christians and displaced hundreds from the Loko Development Area of the Nasarawa Local Government Area (LGA), a survivor told Morning Star News. "The attack on our village occurred this morning while we were in the church," the survivor, identified only as Ittah, said on March 19. "Our village head and one other person died, and many were injured. The sad thing is that these Fulanis have been attacking our communities, and no one is doing anything about it." Both Christians killed were members of the local congregation of the Evangelical Church Winning All. A petition to Nigeria's Natio

Don’t Mock Mike Pence For Protecting His Marriage, Commend Him

By Mollie Hemingway - Posted at The Federalist : Liberals were horrified to learn that Mike Pence doesn't dine alone with women who aren't his wife and doesn't drink if she's not around. They shouldn't be. Among the many norms broken by the media in the last year is the relative lack of profiles of the wives of the president and vice president. So it was nice to see a basic profile of Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, in the Washington Post . Even though Mrs. Pence holds political and religious views different from those held by most in the media, the article is mostly respectful of her as a person. A problem arose when the story’s author marketed the piece on social media: This particular tweet was one of many that Parker sent out to promote her story. This one went viral. People of various political stripes all assumed she was mocking the Pences for their marital conduct. On the Left, people found the protective mechanism horrible. Here’

The Benedict Option Can’t Save Your Faith Or Family

By Luma Simms - Posted at The Federalist : “The Benedict Option” rightly tells the reader there is no salvation in politics, our culture has morally collapsed, and Christians have amalgamated their faith with American popular culture. Dreher believes American Christians’ only viable choice is what he has dubbed the “Benedict Option.” He uses the monastic Benedictine spirituality and way of life as a prescriptive template for all Christians. Ultimately, our faith in methods of ‘intentional Christian community,’ and our journey in and out of this pre-Dreher Benedict Option, exhausted our faith and estranged one of our children. I’d been grinding my own wheat flour for two years by the time I read Rod Dreher’s “Crunchy Cons” in 2006. A friend had given it to me because of my, shall we say, “Benedict Option” lifestyle. Winter red wheat berries are the best for bread baking, while the soft white ones produce a fine, velvety pastry flour—a tip for those interested in that route.

Peacemakers & Piecemakers

By John Andrew Reasnor - Posted at Kingdom & Abolition : “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Luke 12:51-53 There is often tension to be found in scripture. The heart of wisdom is simple and beautiful, but sometimes the details get messy and confused. This is exceptionally clear when considering Biblical peace and Biblical division. There’s something to be said about men who are natural peacemakers. That is a very admirable and Christ-like quality. They diligently seek understanding, repentance, forgiveness, and a Biblical true peace. This is not only an admirable quality, it is a necessary one for any Christian, but most n