• OPINION \ Oct 07, 2010
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    Botrus Mansour,general Director of Nazareth Baptist School writes an article in the nationwide daily Haaretz about the discrimination of the ministry of education against Christian schools in Israel.

    "Restricting these schools, which are firmly rooted in this land and are a success story is a blessing and an element of improvement for the clumsy and tired mechanism of the Ministry of Education, is like shooting ourselves in the foot"

    Botrus Mansour, Haaretz, October 6, 2010
    Leave the Christian Schools Alone
  • OPINION \ Sep 17, 2010
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    This question that keeps arising among the Evangelicals, and time after time, the phrase is brought up, not just targeting one individually, but targeting ones family as a whole. So “Are you a Believer?” “Are your parents Believers?” and “When did you become a Believer?” these questions are really asking “Are you a born-again (Evangelical) Christian?” “Are your parents still attending the Nominal Church?” and “When did you stop going to your original Church?”

    Simon K Azazian, Special For Come and See, Sep 17, 2010
  • OPINION \ Aug 24, 2010
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    An Evangelical Christian and staff of the Palestinian Bible Society writes an interesting article about the treatment Bibles receive from Evangelistic campaigns conducted in Jerusalem these days.

    “These days I think a lot about how much Christians respect their Bibles. In Jerusalem, where the Bible has found a home for centuries, I believe there is not much value for it anymore”.

    Simon Azazian, Special for “Come and See”, August 24, 2010
    Can we give the Bible to anybody?
  • OPINION \ Apr 22, 2010
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    Recently, Messianic Believers and Palestinian Christians were hesitant to be in fellowship with each other. It seems that some were putting a taboo on fellowship between the aforementioned two groups. Two people from Musalaha ministries: Salim Munayer, a Palestinian Evangelical, and Evan Thomas, a Messianic Jew, respond to this challenge in the following letter.

    Special For Come and See, April 21, 2010
    Fellowship: Breaking the Taboo
  • OPINION \ Jan 14, 2010
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    This past weekend, an estimated 1,000 Coptic Christians gathered in Los Angeles to protest the killings of fellow Copts in Egypt a few days earlier.

    According to one protester, “there is no protection for Christians in Egypt.”

    Judging by the coverage, the media isn’t helping matters.

    BreakPoint with Chuck Colson, Jan 12, 2010
    Christians in Muslim Lands: Unprotected and Unnoticed
  • OPINION \ Aug 20, 2009
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    It’s one thing to be an Eric Cantor and make vague murmurings about Obama’s Israel policy being insufficiently supportive of Israel. That at least presents a vaguely legitimate political argument.

    But Huckabee is off in wingnut land. He’ll probably be holding hands with Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and John Hagee and praying for the End Times over the fields of Armageddon. Scary stuff folks. Republicans, if there are any of you out there, do something to avoid making your Party the laughingstock of the democratic world.

    Richard Silverman writes about Huckabee's visit to Israel
    Huckabee Hobnobs with Hilltop Youth at Moskowitz’ Shepherd Hotel
  • OPINION \ Jun 15, 2009
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    How should bible-believing Christians align themselves in the Jewish-Palestinian conflict? There are biblical reasons for treating both sides with compassionate public justice in the same way that disputes should be settled between nations generally. In other words, the Bible does not teach us to be partial today to Israel or to the Palestinians because either has a special divine status. Israel has a unique place in God's plans, but this status does not warrant a claim, at the present time, to divine prerogatives.

    Israel was chosen by God from all the peoples of the world to be the focus of special blessing in the history of redemption which climaxed in Jesus Christ, the Messiah. "The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth" (Deuteronomy 7:6).

    By John Piper, 2002, WorldMagazine

    Land Divine?
  • OPINION \ May 17, 2009
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    The joke, if that's what it is, goes like this: "You'll have to forgive us Jews for being a little nervous. Two thousand years of Christian love have worn down our nerves."

    That says it all, doesn't it? The scars of antisemitism and missionary activity, the pathos-drenched sense of humor, the contempt for Christianity - this is certainly how I regarded our local majority religion as I was growing up. When I was a child, Christianity was like the big, stupid bully: at once idiotic, and overwhelmingly powerful. Couldn't they see how ridiculous their religion was? A virgin birth? Santa Claus? An Easter Bunny? A messiah who got killed, but actually died for our sins? And yet, these were the people running our country, telling us which days we get off from school and which we don't, and playing their insidious music every winter.

    By Jay Michaelson, The Forward, May 13, 2009
  • OPINION \ May 11, 2009
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    David Coffey is president of the Baptist World Alliance. The following is his column as it appeared in the April-June 2009 issue of Baptist World, a quarterly publication of the Baptist World Alliance

    "Sixty years ago, Christians constituted more than 25 percent of the overall Palestinian population in the Holy Land and almost 80 percent of the southern triangle of Bethlehem, Beit Sahour and Beit Jala. Today, those numbers have dwindled alarmingly, due largely, though not exclusively, to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a nutshell, Christians have lost hope in a land that once witnessed the birth of Jesus – the Hope of the world".

    David Coffey, Baptist World, April 21, 2009
    The Disappearing Christians of the Middle East
  • OPINION \ Jan 15, 2009
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    The world isn't just watching the Israeli government commit a crime in Gaza; we are watching it self-harm. This morning, and tomorrow morning, and every morning until this punishment beating ends, the young people of the Gaza Strip are going to be more filled with hate, and more determined to fight back, with stones or suicide vests or rockets. Israeli leaders have convinced themselves that the harder you beat the Palestinians, the softer they will become. But when this is over, the rage against Israelis will have hardened, and the same old compromises will still be waiting by the roadside of history, untended and unmade.

    To understand how frightening it is to be a Gazan this morning, you need to have stood in that small slab of concrete by the Mediterranean and smelled the claustrophobia. The Gaza Strip is smaller than the Isle of Wight but it is crammed with 1.5 million people who can never leave. They live out their lives on top of each other, jobless and hungry, in vast, sagging tower blocks. From the top floor, you can often see the borders of their world: the Mediterranean, and Israeli barbed wire. When bombs begin to fall – as they are doing now with more deadly force than at any time since 1967 – there is nowhere to hide.

    Johann Hari, The Independent, Dec 29, 2008