For Ayana


You can’t read this blog post right now, Ayana, nor can any of your 200+ schoolmates, but I write it for you.  For Ayana, “Beautiful Flower.” I was supposed to be on a blogging break, but the searing reality of your abduction and the fact that you remain missing, three weeks later, will not let me … Read More

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church


Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Asia Bibi has been a poster child for persecution against Christians since 2009 when she was beaten, arrested, and sentenced to death by hanging for the trumped-up charge of blasphemy against the prophet Muhammad. Hundreds of thousands of Christians continue to suffer various … Read More

Persecuted church: Following becomes costly


With the 2013 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) being observed this coming Sunday, November 10, I’ve been ruminating about when following becomes costly, as in, risking one’s very life for faith in Christ.   Imagine being confined, tortured, left destitute, or murdered simply because of your faith.  This is the daily … Read More

Diary of an un-wimpy Christian

Christian martyrs

A friend sent me an e-mail yesterday that moved me deeply and challenged  my faith.  In it, she shared how the 12 apostles died.  It was not information for the faint of heart.  To share just a few of their fates: Matthew was killed by the sword in Ethiopia. Mark was dragged by horses through the … Read More