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Christian Zionism

While many Christian bodies of various denominations have urged prayers for Ukraine and Russia during tensions, protests and violence over the past several months, a Christian Zionist group instead seeks to use the crisis to further its theologically driven political goals. In doing so, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) uses rhetoric that adds to […] Read More

More than 600 Christians from around the world gathered last week in the Bethlehem to consider how to live out biblical teachings in today’s Israeli-Palestinian context. On the eve of the conference’s start, Israel Today published an attack on the evangelical Christian gathering by the spokesperson of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Although some […] Read More

During the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East. The presentations came during a joint session on Monday of two BWA Freedom & Justice Commissions – the commissions on Baptist-Muslim Relations and […] Read More

“You are anti-Semitic,” the gentleman said when I told him that the reason for Christian emigration from Bethlehem was not only due to Islamic pressure but also to the occupation and the economic situation.  In 1948, my grandparents lived in Jaffa. One day, my grandpa came home and told my grandma to get all the […] Read More

Porter Speakman Jr., producer and director of a documentary film on Christian Zionism, talked with via Skype in an interview now live on Vimeo. Speakman, whose feature documentary, “With God on Our Side,” explores the under-examined phenomenon of Christian Zionism, spoke recently with from his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. “I grew up, […] Read More

More than 600 people attended “ChristattheCheckpoint,” a conference on Christian Zionism, at Bethlehem Bible College in early March. Conference organizer and Baptist minister Alex Awad said the participants came from more than 20 different countries. Awad is pastor of East Jerusalem Baptist Church and is also dean of students at Bethlehem Bible College. He said […] Read More

The latest edition of BMS World Mission’s engage magazine upset a number of folks who fervently support the nation of Israel.   In pursuing our occasional “guest editor” policy, specifically designed to enable voices from the world church to shape and inform our views, some protested Alex Awad’s article about Palestine.    Alex is an […] Read More

A few weeks ago televangelist John Hagee took a group to the nation’s capitol where he pushed his Christian Zionism agenda for Israel. His phrase “Christian Zionism” could not be more contradictory. It is more cult than Christianity. Hagee topped off his lobbying blitz with the astounding demand that America should invade Iran. He, like […] Read More

Thousands of Christian Zionists are meeting this week in Washington in a second annual gathering to bolster evangelical support for Israel and fan opposition to radical Islam. San Antonio mega-church pastor and author John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel’s first gathering last year drew about 3,500 Christians to the nation’s capital to meet and lobby […] Read More

Errant Bible interpretation causes many American Christians to side with Israel against Lebanon, an Arab Baptist scholar said amid reports this weekend that Israeli air strikes killed dozens of children in the southern Lebanese village of Qana. Martin Accad, academic dean at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, charged “unquestioning identification of the modern state […] Read More