Commentary'S ARCHIVE

  • “Anything you say right now is going to offend someone.” That’s basically what has been going through my mind this week. On the President’s actions on immigration policy and the media’s coverage of events, I have plenty of opinions. After all, I encouraged my husband to walk away from a career at a law firm […]

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  • I’m tired. For the past twenty-two days, I’ve been writing on Islamic practices and history, and researching current events in the Islamic world. For the past twenty-two days, as Muslims around the world observe the fast (and feast) of Ramadan, I’ve been reading about how women in Islamic communities are beaten, starved, forced into marriages, […]

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  • Praying for Christians persecuted by ISIS — Mother’s Day 2016   Everybody’s sharing their Mother’s Day pictures on Facebook today…but this is the image that I can’t get out of my head. It’s a young Iraqi mom gripping her two children. They’re inside a helicopter. They’re escaping from ISIS. Look at it. The terror on […]

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  • “The thief only comes to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) The words of Jesus Christ our Lord summarize well what has been happening in the recent weeks. I want to recommend this insightful and truthful response (only 3 minutes) […]

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  • Should Christians ever expect to experience persecution at the hand of Islam on U.S. soil? If you follow Smyrna Ministries you know that in many countries throughout the world where Islam is dominant, Christians suffer greatly. Whether it be economic and political discrimination, social marginalization, or outright physical antagonism and frequent death, Christians live under […]

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  • Nigerian military forces have been able to rescue approximately 677 of the 2,000 women and children kidnapped by Islamic terror group Boko Haram. Many of the girls who were rescued are pregnant which was the intention of their rapists. As we continue to pray for the remaining captives, let us also pray for those who […]

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  • Editor’s note:  this post is part of Smyrna’s Insight series — a collection of posts that reflect a view of prayer for the persecuted church that is often overcome by our emotions in the face of  horrors visited upon Christians by Muslims in many countries. This Insight isn’t in my normal style. It’s not stuffed […]

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  • There were twenty-one Christians (Egyptian Copts), kneeling on that Libyan beach wearing orange jumpsuits. By now, most of us have seen the video footage. Behind the Christians stand ISIS terrorists, covered in black – brandishing their knives. Savage. About to cut off the heads of The Twenty-One. The Twenty-One had most likely been given an opportunity […]

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  • Last week seventeen people died in Paris as Islamist terrorists killed twelve in an attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and five more in an attack on a Jewish market. The resulting outrage prompted a rally in the streets of Paris of over 1.3 million people including more than 40 heads of state in […]

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  • It’s after midnight, and my 5-month-old hates this daylight-savings thing so I should “sleep when the baby sleeps,” but I can’t. I can’t get Shama’s murder off my mind. I figure you’re going to see this story. Read about it from the BBC, or the NYTimes, or Breitbart. By tomorrow, I’d imagine a lot of networks will cover it, if briefly, because of […]

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