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President Donald Trump on Friday, Oct. 13, announced he would decertify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. I wonder if one of his evangelical advisers could show him a passage in the Bible about responding to the worst deal ever? Trump previously called the deal between Iran, the U.S. and five other nations “the worst deal […] Read More

A group of 30 Iranian refugees have been established in the first organized Iranian Christian Community (HAMGAM) in Zagreb, Croatia. The congregation was formed under the leadership of Croatian Baptist Aid in Zagreb and Malesnica Baptist Church and its minister, Mihal Kreko, and with help of the visiting pastor, Reza Ansari from Vienna, Austria. The […] Read More

More than 50 American Christian leaders have signed a letter to Congress expressing support for the diplomatic agreement with Iran that would limit that nation’s nuclear program. These signatories include United Methodist Church bishops and other mainline Protestant judicatory heads, Catholic organizational leaders, the general secretaries for the Church of the Brethren and the National […] Read More

Reaction to the nuclear agreement between Iran and the “P5+1” – the U.S., U.K., France, China and Russia, plus Germany, the permanent member nations on the U.N. Security Council – has been swift and diverse. Almost simultaneous with its announcement, several prominent Republican leaders, including a few 2016 presidential candidates, denounced it, reflecting a mostly […] Read More

In my 1992 “Just Peacemaking” book proposing just peacemaking theory, which led to the consensus “Just Peacemaking: The New Paradigm for the Ethics of Peace and War” (1998/2003/2008), I wrote: “Rational policy must offer adversaries ways to affirm their valid interest in guarding their own security… . We can increase our security only when we […] Read More

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 Three years ago in Iran, a pastor named Youcef Nardarkhani was jailed and sentenced to death for “apostasy,” which means “a total desertion […] Read More

The streets of Colombo in Sri Lanka have witnessed angry crowds protesting at the soaring fuel costs, which have further crippled an economy already weakened by years of corruption and political mismanagement. Small countries like Sri Lanka are affected disproportionately by the economic sanctions against Iran imposed by the U.S. and the European Union. Iran […] Read More

“Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain!” That was a war cry widely heard in the Unites States after the USS Maine sunk 114 years ago today in 1898. The cause of that sinking is unclear even today, but popular opinion in the United States in the weeks following that tragedy blamed Spain. That popular […] Read More

News reports for the last few months have been filled with dire accounts about Iran’s growing capacity for enriching uranium, the United States’ exertion of greater pressure on Iran by strengthening sanctions and tightening an embargo on Iranian oil, and Israel’s preparation to launch “a preventive war” against Iran. News reports say the United States […] Read More

I once had an argument with an American atheist Jew, who insisted that being a Jew was a matter of ethnicity and had nothing to do with “religion.” Later, I found that I had on my side Jonathan Sacks, perhaps the most articulate and winsome spokesperson for Judaism in today’s world. “Judaism is not an […] Read More