Why Do We Idealize the Persecuted Church?

FLIKR © 2019 Robert Osburn Worldwide, Christians are the single most persecuted religious group worldwide.  This fact was confirmed by a Pew Center report issued just last week that focused on government restrictions and social hostility against...

Finding Hope for Rural America in St Johns

© 2017 Robert OsburnFrom the outside, it all looks so peaceful.  There is a predictable cadence to rural life, even the obligatory pessimism of farmers who’ve seen too many downpours and droughts to dare hope that this year’s might be the bumper crop they always...

Healing Our Ugly Racial Wound: When the Church Should Do What the Government Cannot

By Rowland Scherman; restored by Adam Cuerden – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46527326 © 2016 Robert OsburnLast Wednesday, police fatally shot Philando Castile just over three...

Christian Hospitality at the Frontlines of Islamic Terrorism

© 2016 Robert Osburn“Our people open their homes to five, six, even 10 people at a time.”  Rev. Dr. Musa Filibus was describing the extraordinary nature of the refugee crisis in Adamawa state in northeast Nigeria, and the remarkable response of the Body of Christ...

One of History’s Hobgoblins: Revisiting the Crusades

By Unknown – Vavřinec z Březové – Husitská kronika; Píseň o vítězství u Domažlic (nakladatelství Svoboda, 1979), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17316646 © 2016 Robert OsburnHistory matters, said Os Guinness (and, before him,...