For us living in the Western world, it’s hard to imagine how difficult life is for Christians in countries that are heavily persecuted for their beliefs. This is not to say people in Western countries are not marginalised, but this is not comparable to countries like Afghanistan and North Korea. Imagine not being allowed to own a Bible let alone go to church! According to the 2022 Open Doors World Watch List, persecution of Christians has reached the highest levels since the list began nearly 30 years ago.
Christians all around the world face different levels of persecution with the extreme being the death penalty for believing in the… Continue reading
One of the greatest tragedies with the Christian calendar is that we only tend to explore the nativity accounts once a year. It is great that we are now approaching this important season and are presented with this scene surrounding Jesus’ birth.
And it is helpful to reflect on the response to the news of Jesus’ birth from the various characters in the nativity accounts. Some greeted these events with worship while others with opposition or indifference.
Maybe this was partly because the Old Testament portrayal of the coming Messiah was complex. For example, what to make of the virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14), or the seeming contradiction of the coming… Continue reading