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St Francis Magazine, Volume 8/3

The new SFM has just recently been published and our intrepid editor, John Stringer, asked me to write the comment from the editor for the issue, as he was a) recovering from a hangover after drinking too much Arak, b) in prison, or c) busy handling snakes. Here is what I wrote, and I just inserted the links in there, read, click, and enjoy:

Dear Readers,

Over my years in the Arab world I have noted that it seems like from time to time someone comes up with the Next Big Idea. The Next Big Idea is accompanied by seminars, conferences, books, mp3’s, material on YouTube (maybe), and articles in any number of journals (and perhaps in this one). You already know some of them: CAMEL, BAM, Kingdom Circles, person of peace, friendship evangelism, IM, CPM’s, NRM, and so on.

In their own ways they may, sometimes, contribute to real breakthroughs in relation to the Church’s witness in the places where we live. But what about the context of the early Church? Sporadic government-sponsored persecution…

Population Collapse in Europe

Did you know there are 20 countries in the world with (naturally) shrinking populations? And that they are all in Europe (except for Japan)? And that they are all (minus Japan) majority-Christian countries? Note the 8% increase in the population for Austria. All that will come from immigration, a lot of it Muslim.

Here are the figures:

Ukraine: 0.8% natural decrease annually; 28% total population decrease by 2050
Russia: -0.6%; -22%
Belarus -0.6%; -12%
Bulgaria -0.5%; -34%
Latvia -0.5%; -23%
Lithuania -0.4%; -15%
Hungary -0.3%; -11%
Romania -0.2%; -29%
Estonia -0.2%; -23%
Moldova -0.2%; -21%
Croatia -0.2%; -14%
Germany -0.2%; -9%
Czech Republic -0.1%; -8%
Japan 0%; -21%
Poland 0%; -17%
Slovakia 0%; -12%
Austria 0%; 8% increase
Italy 0%; -5%
Slovenia 0%; -5%
Greece 0%; -4%


From HERE.

Catholic Bishop Paul Hinder: "...we would not dare accept a Muslim's conversion to Christianity."

From an interview with Bishop Mgr Paul Hinder, Auxiliary Bishop of Arabia. Here is a snippet from a journalist who wrote about ministry in Arabia:
Is he an optimist or a pessimist? Bishop Hinder at least does not sweep the problems under the carpet. For instance, what pushes a Christian to embrace Islam? "Not so much conviction," he says, "as a desire to get a job, a promotion, a higher salary, or even to marry a Muslim woman. When it does happen it becomes front page news. By contrast, we would not dare accept a Muslim's conversion to Christianity. It would just be too dangerous not only for the person involved but for the Church as such."Read it all HERE if you like. Sad to see this sort of thing. Thank God Jesus and Mary and Paul and Peter weren't worried about doing dangerous things.

Why Europe Won't Be Running the 21st Century

Update on Qatar

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Some time ago I posted a bit on the good news from Qatar, a small country which is actually allowing for churches to be built for all the Christian expats there. Here is a nice film showing what is going on at the Anglican church there: