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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 …

The Five Zones of Persecution

The Five Zones of Persecution The Bible does not portray persecution as a product of particular political systems the way we are prone to today. Such a portrayal leads us to think of persecuted Christians as beleaguered minorities peacefully minding their own business and beliefs, whispering worship songs and Bible verses under blankets while candlelight …

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 …