Amid Evangelical decline, growing split between young Christians and church elders (By Christian Science Monitor)

1. For years, it was more or less conventional thinking, especially among Evangelicals, that “churches that stay with a clear-cut theological orientation will not go the way of the mainlines,” notes Bill Leonard, professor of Baptist studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N. C. , citing the influential 1972 study, “Why Conservative Churches are Growing” by the sociologist Dean Kelley.

2. “As conservative denominations like the Southern Baptist Convention attempt to address sex and marriage and gender with public declarations like the Nashville Statement, these left-leaning young Evangelicals are pulling away more, so perhaps it’s created a catch 22,” says Ms. Vicari, who signed the statement.

3. Don’t get Maynard wrong: “At the root of evangelicalism there’s the call to evangelism, spreading the gospel, and I firmly believe that Christ is the way, the truth, and the life and that he put his church on Earth as a means to bringing other people into the family,” she says.

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Meeting Middle East Christians is where Western stereotypes go to die (By Crux: Covering all things Catholic)

1. The U. S. government officially classifies the Shi’ite Muslim movement based in Lebanon as a terrorist organization, and in the popular mind across much of the West, Hezbollah is part of Jihadism Inc. , basically on a par with ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and other radical groups which are inveterate enemies of Christianity and the West.

2. It’s become a staple of Western media rhetoric that Europe today is in the grip of a massive refugee crisis, its largest since World War II, with that narrative fueled in part by dramatic images of children washing up on Mediterranean beaches and crowds of angry protestors demanding better living conditions in European detention centers.

3. When Nasrallah went on Lebanese television in 2014 to explain why Hezbollah fighters were crossing the border into Syria to take on ISIS, he first addressed himself to Christians across the Middle East.

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Amid Evangelical decline, growing split between young Christians and church elders (By Christian Science Monitor)

1. For years, it was more or less conventional thinking, especially among Evangelicals, that “churches that stay with a clear-cut theological orientation will not go the way of the mainlines,” notes Bill Leonard, professor of Baptist studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N. C. , citing the influential 1972 study, “Why Conservative Churches are Growing” by the sociologist Dean Kelley.

2. “As conservative denominations like the Southern Baptist Convention attempt to address sex and marriage and gender with public declarations like the Nashville Statement, these left-leaning young Evangelicals are pulling away more, so perhaps it’s created a catch 22,” says Ms. Vicari, who signed the statement.

3. Don’t get Maynard wrong: “At the root of evangelicalism there’s the call to evangelism, spreading the gospel, and I firmly believe that Christ is the way, the truth, and the life and that he put his church on Earth as a means to bringing other people into the family,” she says.

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Indonesian Christians take sanctuary at Reformed Church of Highland Park (By NorthJersey.com)

1. Arthur Jemmy was offered sanctuary at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, as was his wife, Silfia Tobing, with the church believing that special circumstances call for Arthur and Silfia to get ongoing prosecutorial discretion extended to them.

2. In a decision they described as agonizing, Jemmy and his wife, Silfia Tobing, natives of Indonesia, chose instead to take sanctuary at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, in Middlesex County.

3. Skip in Skip x Embed x Share CLOSE Supporters rally outside Elizabeth Detention Center of May 18, 2017 in support of four Indonesian men who were detained there.

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Syria War: Christians Join Muslims to Fight Both ISIS and Baathism (By National Review)

1. The Syriac officers point out that those who’ve joined their ranks — including Muslims, both Arabs and Kurds, foreigners, and other Christians — are a symbol of the Syria for which they are fighting: a federated Syria, an alternative to Baathism and Islamism.

2. Raqqa, Syria — The soldiers of the Syriac Military Council sit on a rug in an abandoned home in the urban wreckage of the caliphate’s capital, perhaps 200 yards from ISIS, drinking tea and chain-smoking.

3. The ethno-cultural diversity that once made Aleppo, Alexandria, and Baghdad, for example, popular tourist destinations has all but disappeared.

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Operation Bible Smuggling: How Christian texts infiltrate North Korea (By Fox News)

1. “The reason why is that the work of missionaries on the North Korea/China border is easily infiltrated and neutralized by North Korean state security agents, but the work of underground North Korean Christians has continued faithfully for more than three generations,” he explained.

2. These days, flash drives, SD cards, leaflets and photos featuring the strictly outlawed religious texts are also disseminated not only from balloons but also through the use of large drones — and more and more, bibles are being disseminated in electronic rather than print form.

3. “The bibles are printed in another country, and then secretly taken and distributed in North Korea, usually a few at a time,” Vernon Brewer, founder and president of Christian humanitarian organization World Help, told Fox News.

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As some Middle East Christians struggle to stay, others make hard choice to go (By Crux: Covering all things Catholic)

1. EL-KAA, Lebanon – Two years ago, when Magida Yaacoub and her husband Ibrahim Zarzour left their village of Hamar in Syria, not far from war-torn Aleppo, their neighborhood was being bombed an average of ten times a day, with ISIS dug in some 500 yards from their home.

2. Aid to the Church in Need is currently trying to find a group of people in El-Kaa capable of coordinating, with the help of the Greek Melkite Archdiocese of Zahlé, the arrival of foreign aid.

3. Nadine Debiani, a resident of Kaa, is also a volunteer on a local team hoping to work with the global Catholic foundation Aid to the Church in Need, which supports persecuted Christians, on supplying heating oil for village residents to make it through the winter.

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Gay coffee shop owner kicks Christians out of his cafe over ‘offensive’ anti-abortion leaflet (By Mirror.co.uk)

1. A cafe owner kicked a group of Christians out of his coffee shop because he was ‘offended’ by their leaflets calling for the abolition of abortion.

2. Members of the Abolish Human Abortion group decided to take a break from leafleting at Seattle’s Bedlam Cafe, but when the owner realised who was drinking in his shop, he reacted furiously.

3. Seattle Bouncers Support Bedlam Coffee claims the group went into the shop with bad intent to disrupt business.

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The Christians returning to South Coast on 30th anniversary tour (By Daily Echo)

1. There’s a 30-date tour with Midge Ure and Altered Images which includes a visit to Bournemouth Pavilion on Friday, October 13 (“it looks like a mismatch but I think it’ll work well”), as well as plans for a dedicated Sings & Strings tour in the New Year and a brand new Christians album with a totally fresh body of work penned by Garry to follow.

2. “There’s my vocals, the Echo String Quartet from Liverpool – who added some youthful enthusiasm – plus four great singers from the AMC Gospel Choir in Birmingham, Andy Steele on piano, and backing vocals from my band members Joey Ankrah and Neil Griffiths.

3. If you miss the Bournemouth show on Friday you can still catch The Christians at Portsmouth Guildhall on November 9 and Salisbury City Hall on November 10.

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Christians and Yazidis see a bleak future in a proposed independent Kurdish state (By Washington Post)

1. Christians and Yazidis have left the country in droves in recent years, especially since the Islamic State swept through parts of Iraq in 2014.

2. The hilltop town of mostly Yazidis and Christians — two of Iraq’s most vulnerable minorities — has become the focus of a tug of war between the Iraqi government and the Kurdish region since a Kurdish vote for independence last week.

3. Bashiqa was one of the few places in Iraq where Yazidis didn’t live in cloistered communities.

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