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A complete circle?

Religion | The Muslim world may be a mess, but we don’t know what God may be doing there
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 10/04/13, 01:00 am

I’m more consistent about praying for the persecuted church than I used to be, thanks to better news coverage (and WORLD). But even as I pray, thoughts are prowling in the back of my mind that would slink away in shame were they to be confronted head-on:

Coptic Christians? Don’t they have some weird beliefs? I hope those native pastors have a chance to get doctrinally grounded at a Western seminary.

Oh that poor family, whose home just got destroyed. If only I could bring them all over here and put them up in my guest house … 

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An effective extinction?

Terrorism | A month of deadly violence by Islamic terrorists aims to wipe out Christian communities
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/04/13, 01:00 am

When journalist Jeffrey Goldberg calls September “a banner month for Islamic militants,” he knows what he’s talking about. Goldberg has covered jihadists from Afghanistan to Gaza, and before he was a war correspondent served as a guard over Palestinian terrorists at an Israeli prison camp. 

September saw repeated high-profile attacks by Islamic terrorists—with high percentage rates of casualties—from central Asia across the Middle East and down into Africa, including attacks in West Africa (Nigeria), North Africa (Libya), and East Africa (Kenya).

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A long way from Tehran

Iran | Naghmeh Abedini and her two children face daily life in Idaho without her unjustly imprisoned husband Saeed
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/04/13, 01:00 am

NEW YORK—On Sept. 23 Naghmeh Abedini of Boise, Idaho, was in New York. She was there to press the United Nations General Assembly to seek the release of her husband, Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has languished as a prisoner of conscience in Iran’s Evin Prison for the last year. Right before checking into her hotel in New York she learned that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in town for the General Assembly, would also be staying there.

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