Saturday Series
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Chronicling a genocide

Books | New details about the persecution of Armenian Christians at the turn of the century
by Benny Morris & Dror Ze’evi
Posted 10/05/20, 02:19 pm

Benny Morris and Dror Ze’evi are distinguished Israeli historians who draw on recently uncovered archives—including government caches and missionary correspondence—to document three episodes of mass killing that make up what’s known as the Armenian Genocide. In their 2019 book The Thirty-Year Genocide: Turkey’s Destruction of Its Christian Minorities, 1894-1924, they pan out from the 1915-16 bloodbath to include three decades of tightly systematized extermination targeting not only Armenians but also Assyrians, and Greeks.

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Thinking about close elections

Politics | What history can tell us about approaching pivotal presidential contests
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/29/20, 11:37 am

As pundits write about whether this is a Flight 93 election—win or die—and an election that won’t be decided until well after Nov. 3, I’ve delved into previous WORLD coverage to see what’s new and what’s just blue. So here’s a three-parter. First, reflections on what seemed like pivotal elections. Second, what it was like right after Election Day 2000, when we had an indecisive election. Third, what it was like five weeks later when the Supreme Court finally ended the suspense—and, then, no one rioted.

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Serving small places

Books | Rural areas need gospel ministry just as much as cities do
by Stephen Witmer
Posted 9/24/20, 10:15 am

Like many young pastors, Stephen Witmer dreamed of pastoring a big, center-city church, believing that’s where God does His most significant work. Instead, he became a pastor in Pepperell, Mass. (population 11,497 in 2010), a place only slightly larger than his hometown in Maine. In A Big Gospel in Small Places: Why Ministry in Forgotten Communities Matters, Witmer explains his personal about-face and makes a theological case for small-place ministry.

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