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Turkey may be called the cradle of Christianity. Some missionary journeys of the apostle Paul took place in today’s Turkey, and the seven churches (Revelation 2-3) were located there too. Now, more than 80 percent of nearly 70 million Turkish citizens claim to be Muslims, while all the Christians counted together comprise less than 1 […] Read More

With the church of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on life support and fingers regularly pointing at Islam as the cause of its demise, there are three challenges to be faced: 1. Widespread negative views of Islam and Muslims. 2. The possibility of Christianity as we know it ceasing to exist. 3. An […] Read More

The church of the Middle East is on life support, and fingers regularly point at Islam as the cause of its demise. Some, like influential popular historian Philip Jenkins, have already begun to toll the funeral bells. How do you prepare future leaders for the Arab church in such circumstances? And are there lessons to […] Read More

One of the more celebrated churches in the book of Revelation is that of Philadelphia in modern-day Turkey. This community of believers was commended by Jesus as those who “kept my word and have not denied my name” and who will therefore be kept “from the hour of trial that is going to come on […] Read More

Baptists from 59 countries are converging in Turkey this week for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). As the leaders of various Baptist conventions, schools and ministries meet to consider future efforts, they will do so in a land ripe with biblical heritage. Among the key agenda items are the election of […] Read More

WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) The head of Turkey’s Roman Catholic bishops conference has rejected medical findings that the man who brutally murdered his predecessor, Bishop Luigi Padovese, was insane. “The Turkish Justice Minister seemed quite sincere when he promised the truth—but our church is being silenced by this manipulation of the court and public opinion,” said Ruggero […] Read More

Soner Cagaptay, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy – a prestigious neo-conservative think tank with ties to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee – has been publishing articles defaming Turkish Islamic philosopher and scholar Fethullah Gulen and the movement of moderate Sufi Muslims who are inspired by him.   The […] Read More

No one thought that electing Barack Obama president meant that our country had entirely kicked its intolerance habit. But at least now we have proof that bigotry is alive and well.   When President Obama claimed in Turkey on April 6 that we Americans “do not consider ourselves a Christian nation,” a right-wing brouhaha ensued. […] Read More

  When President Barack Obama addressed the Turkish Parliament last Monday, stating clearly that the United States was not at war against Islam, I was in Oklahoma preparing to interview for a documentary Baptists and Muslims who have found common ground for the common good. One platform was highly visible; the other was invisible. The […] Read More

Events in the Republic of Turkey have attracted recent media attention. Three events raise important questions for Turkey’s political future, for the small minority of Christians who live and work there, and for every community threatened by radical Islam. First, Turkey is in the midst of presidential elections. The nation has been a secular democratic […] Read More