Heavy clouds hang over many Muslim-majority countries around the world. The devastating war in Syria has seen over 60,000 lives lost at the time of writing, and by the time you are reading this there may well be 4 million people displaced internally and over a million externally. The Syrian economy has been devastated, and the beleaguered Christian community in Syria faces the certain prospect of oppression if not destruction. The process of eliminating the Church in Iraq continues. A dreadful tyranny hangs over the Christian community of Egypt. Pakistan’s Christians exist in a failed state. In Africa, particularly Nigeria, the frequent murder of Christians, especially when they are gathered for worship, seems unstoppable. Add to this the natural disasters and widespread economic decline of our day, and we have a situation very much as the Lord Jesus predicted to His disciples: wars, rumours of wars, nations in conflict, famines and earthquakes (Matthew 24:6-7). (more…)
Luke 2:21 tells us that Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day. In Jewish thought, the number eight signifies a new beginning, because it was on the eighth day that God returned to work after creation. The week began again.
It goes without saying that the birth of Jesus ushered in a new age. God would do a new thing in the world. A new creation would begin. A new day would dawn. In the darkness, light would come. In the despair, there would be hope. In a world devoid of meaning, reality would enter. Hatred would give way to a new kind of covenant love. (more…)
December 26 is celebrated in Britain and many other countries under the rather mysterious name of “Boxing Day”. There are various theories about the origin of the name, mainly linked to the tradition of giving gifts to servants on this day. But Boxing Day has now developed into a sport and spending spree with little connection to the events of the previous day. Instead of being a day of reflection on the enormity of the incarnation and its implications for spiritual life, growth and development, it has become one of pleasure and indulgence. (more…)
Originally published on http://www.lausanneworldpulse.com
Islam and Christianity: Why Muslims Dominate and Christians Suffer
By Patrick Sookhdeo
October / November 2012
Ever since Islam began in the seventh century, there have been Christian communities living as minorities in Muslim-majority contexts. Their circumstances have varied at different times and in different places, but almost always Christians experience some degree of discrimination or hostility. This repeated pattern is not a coincidence – it arises from some of the teachings of Islam. (more…)
Barnabas Fund’s International Director, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, was interviewed on Northsound 2 Radio for the programme Stained Glass Radio on 19 August 2012.
The question David asked concerning the righteous is as pertinent for our day as it was for his. When the foundations of our societies are crumbling and collapsing, what should the righteous do? In the United Kingdom, as in many other Western countries, the moral fabric of society is collapsing. The government is threatening to redefine marriage to include same-sex unions as well as unions of one man and one woman. The daily exposure of corruption among the leaders of our society, whether in the media, politics or the world of high finance, is, as one politician has put it “of Biblical proportions”. But this moral collapse has occurred because of a spiritual collapse, as vast swathes of our populations abandon the Christian faith either for the secular humanist “god”, for some occultic entity or for another religion. (more…)
Ben White article in “The Electronic Intifada” on “Why is critic of Islam advising Britain’s military?”: Patrick Sookhdeo responds
Ben White appears to believe that in his recent article on “The Electronic Intifada” website he has made a scoop by “revealing” for the first time that I not only have concerns about Islamism but also work as a cultural advisor for the British armed forces [Read Ben White’s article]. This is hardly news as I have never sought to hide either my views on Islamism or my involvement with the military. The former are easy to discover by anyone who can Google, and I mention the latter to almost every Christian audience I address. The fact that my work with the army is already in the public domain is evident from a number of the references in Ben White’s article.
In the interests of balance and accuracy, I would like to offer readers the opportunity to read in full my 2000-word letter of response to Ben White’s questions, parts of which he has appended to his article under the heading “Sookhdeo defends his work”. Read my letter to Ben White dated 15 July. Readers should be aware that I was not actually invited to “defend my work” but rather to answer four short questions, which I list below. Also, I was not responding to “The Electronic Intifada” but to Ben White personally, who had indicated only that he wanted to “clarify” some “points of information” for an article he was writing. I was not sent a copy of his completed article for comment, nor given any further indication of its content, before it was published on “The Electronic Intifada”. I consider that it is very misleading to present information derived in that way with the heading and explanation that White has used. (more…)
15th July 2012
Dear Mr White,
Further to your questions in your email of 10 July:
I am no longer an advisor to the Permanent Joint Headquarters, nor do I teach there any more. Currently I am a Visiting Professor at the Defence Academy of the UK and also teach there on the subject of culture and other related issues. I am thankful that in some of the courses I teach I now work closely with a number of Muslim sheikhs and we teach the courses together. Also I have been involved in introducing to the Defence Academy a number of key Muslim leaders, Muslim lecturers and Muslim academics who are now actively involved in teaching. The objective of this has been to get the military establishment to engage directly with the full spectrum of Muslim leadership. (more…)
The early Christians in Rome were renowned because they cared for all their own poor and needy and also for other people’s. While their care for outsiders brought them persecution, their care for their fellow Christians was admired. Dionysius, Bishop of Corinth in the late 2nd century, wrote to thank the Church in Rome for the aid they had sent to his church. “From the beginning it is your custom to bestow your alms in all places, and to furnish subsistence to many churches. You send relief to the needy, especially to those who work in the mines; in which you follow the example of your fathers.” (more…)