The Middle East in Crisis

This Month's Articles

Remaining Faithful in the Midst of the Growing Darkness Editorial

Remaining Faithful in the Midst of the Growing Darkness

From the Editor

Can you feel it? Can you see it spreading across the globe like a deadly plague? The hatred for and intolerance of Jesus followers and their biblical beliefs and values is growing. The barbarians...

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Tags: isis, islam, middle east, muslim

How is ISIS Spreading the Gospel? Feature

How is ISIS Spreading the Gospel?

A few weeks ago I received an email from one of my students. She’s working among Muslim women and had just gotten off the phone with one of her friends who was weeping uncontrollably. My student...

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Ekballo Feature

Ekballo

The Harvest in the Middle East

All eyes are on the desert-lands. Pressure, pressure, pressure. It’s mounting, it’s rising. A quagmire of conflict has developed with nations rising against nations, and enemies rising against...

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Tags: ekballo, film, isis, islam, middle east

Kairos Timing Feature

Kairos Timing

Forged Out of Hardship

On August 3, 2014 at 2:30 a.m., Ibrahim awoke to a nightmare. ISIS was attacking Sinjar and slaughtering his Yazidi people. Being responsible for his six siblings after his father’s death, this...

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Tags: iraq, isis, islam, kairos, middle east, yazidi

The Presence of God Amidst the Brokenhearted Feature

The Presence of God Amidst the Brokenhearted

The Yazidis are an ethic Kurdish minority and many are calling what ISIS committed against them last year genocide. In Northern Iraq there are hundreds of thousands of Yazidi people who have over...

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Tags: iraq, isis, kurdish, mount sinjar, yazidi

Iraq Feature

Iraq

A COUNTRY FALLING APART, OR A TESTIMONY TO THE NATIONS?

Looking back at 2012 when God called my family and a small team to move to Iraq we knew that Iraq was a significant country in regards to what God wanted to do in the Middle East. He sent our team...

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Tags: iraq, isis, middle east, mosul, muslims

Would St. Francis Willingly Be Captured by ISIS? Feature

Would St. Francis Willingly Be Captured by ISIS?

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED at Zwemercenter.com and is used by permission. 

During the 5th Crusade St. Francis undertook what most considered a senseless and foolhardy mission: convert...

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Tags: crusade, isis, muslim, st. francis

The Syrian Refugee Crisis Feature

The Syrian Refugee Crisis

In Their Own Words

“Do not let your thoughts for this region be hopeless. I have been estranged, but no one has cared to asked me, ‘What’s wrong?’ Is this the end of my dream? I wish we had all died in Syria. We came...

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Tags: crisis, isis, islam, refugee, syria

What Are the Challenges & Opportunities of a Post-Skyes-Picot Middle East Feature

What Are the Challenges & Opportunities of a Post-Skyes-Picot Middle East

The carnage of the Syrian civil war rarely makes the news anymore. It seems like an intractable conflict where brutality by one faction is only outmatched with greater brutality by another faction....

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Tags: iraq, kurdistan, middle east, skyes-picot, syria

Th ISIS Crisis Feature

Th ISIS Crisis

The Plan to Defeat Radicalism

At an interfaith conference in Geneva, the Saudi head of the Muslim World League privately acknowledged that he perceived Christians as infidels because they believe that Jesus is the son of God,...

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Tags: awakening, crisis, isis, islam, radical

How to Pray Feature

How to Pray

For the Chaos & Suffering in the Middle East

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your...

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Tags: isis, middle east, pray, prayer

The Lens of Kingdom Movements in Scripture: A Biblical Exegesis of Church-Planting Movements Kingdom Kernels

The Lens of Kingdom Movements in Scripture: A Biblical Exegesis of Church-Planting Movements

Kingdom Kernels

Are Church-Planting Movements (CPMs) or Disciple-Making Movements (DMM) a concept based in Scripture? Doubters feel CPM practitioners read the Bible with CPM-colored lenses. But, could it be the...

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Tags: church-planting movements, exegesis, kingdom kernels

Rapid Mobilization Other

Rapid Mobilization

How the West Was Won

“It is hard to imagine any sum of money that would have caused an Anglican Bishop to travel nearly 300,000 miles on horseback as Francis Asbury did, disregarding weather and chronic ill health, “to...

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Tags: baptist, circuit riders, methodist

The Evangelical Recession and the Mission Task Raising Local Resources

The Evangelical Recession and the Mission Task

Raising Local Resources

I just returned from 14 days of ministry in the United Kingdom—York, Redcliffe College in Gloucester, Coventry, and Oxford—as a speaker, facilitator, and consultant. World Mission Associates teamed...

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Hope in the Midst of Despair Further Reflections

Hope in the Midst of Despair

Further Reflections

When I think about what Jesus commanded us to do, I tend to alternate between hope and despair. Despair is defined as the loss of hope, so these are polar opposites. I never totally lose hope, but...

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Tags: despair, hope