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Are you sure you want a prophet’s reward?

In Matthew 10:41 Jesus says, “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet receives a prophet’s reward.” A prophet’s reward. Our eyes and mind go right past that phrase without thinking too much about it. We hear “prophet’s reward” and think, “big reward”—something really good. So in our mind the passage becomes ...

The New Wave of Christian Persecution in China is Producing a New Wave of North Korean Missionaries from the Most Unusual Backgrounds

2018 marked a new wave of Christian persecution in China--a coordinated, country-wide offensive against the church in both its registered and unregistered forms. One battle in that larger war has been the identification and expulsion of South Korean missionaries. As a result, North Koreans, who have typically learned about Christianity from two sources--Korean missionaries and ...

기독교 박해 5개 종교권

한국 VOM이 분류한 기독교 박해 지도는 5개 종교권으로 구분되며, 여러분이 전에 보셨던 지도들과 다릅니다. 그것은 ‘핍박 지역 밖에’ 사는 기독교인을 위한 기도 안내서가 아니라 “통치자들과 권세들과 이 어둠의 세상 주관자들과 하늘에 있는 악의 영들을 상대로”(엡 6:12) 오랜 싸움을 하고 있는 기독교인을 위한 전략 지침입니다. 우리는 종종 핍박받는 기독교인들을, 사악한 정치 제도와 사회를 피해서 숨으려 애쓰는 ...

Martyrdom precedes persecution, not the other way around

We must learn how the Bible tells stories of persecution and make sure our modern accounts reflect biblical theology. Unfortunately, these days many accounts of Christian persecution are told like news stories designed to advance the narrative that Christians are increasingly in danger and in need of the prayers of other Christians and the protection …

New Temptations for North Korean Christians

I recently did an interview with VOM Radio. The folks at Church in Chains  transcribed part of it. Much of this information I haven’t previously shared. Please receive it as guidance for your faithful year-end prayers on behalf of our North Korean brothers and sisters. As I note below, North Korean Christians are facing new, …