The Iraqi army has declared a victory against the Islamic State, having reportedly retaken a city once held by the terrorist organization.
After a battle that lasted several days, Iraqi forces claimed victory after raising a national flag at a government complex in Ramadi, a major city occupied by IS for several months.
Many Christians are wondering whether Muslims and Christians worship the same God, after Wheaton College suspended a professor recently for making that claim and sparking a national debate. The professor, Dr. Larycia Hawkins of the political science department, is refusing to back down from her claim and some students and alumni are calling for her reinstatement. Meanwhile, others are thanking Wheaton for remaining a "Christian liberal arts college that is dedicated to sound theology."
In part one of my interview with former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi, he explains the theological problems with asserting that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. In part two, the itinerant speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries discusses Islam's link to violence. He also discusses why Muslims today are especially open to the Gospel.
Julie Roys: Let's talk a little bit about terrorism and its link to Islam. On one hand, we hear President Obama saying that Islam is a religion of peace and that Islamic extremism represents only a tiny fraction of Muslims. On the other hand, I read a Pew poll that found that 63 million Muslims in 11 countries support ISIS. And, if you take into account all of those who are undecided about ISIS, the number grows to about 224 million. So, is Islam a religion of peace — or does it in fact promote violence? more >>
As many as 200 Islamic rebels killed at least nine people from Christian villages in the southern Philippines in attacks on Christmas Day, officials have said.
The Associated Press reported that clashes between government forces and Islamic rebels took place in three different provinces across the country on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Regional military spokeswoman Capt. Joan Petinglay revealed that the dead include nine Christian villagers shot down by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter insurgents, while military forces killed at least five of the rebels. more >>
Islamic State has released a new audio message, claiming it's in the voice of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, threatening Israel that the terror group hasn't forgotten about Jews and that "Palestine will be your graveyard."
"We are getting closer to you day by day," says the message, posted on social media used by Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, according to Jerusalem Post. "Do not think that we have forgotten about you."
The message adds: "God caused the Jews of the world to gather in Israel, and the war against them has become easy. It is the obligation of every Muslim to carry out Jihad." more >>
A British court has ruled that a mother, who was arrested at an airport while making an unsuccessful attempt to fly her family to Turkey to eventually reach Syria to allegedly help her children join the Islamic State terror group, can have the custody of the kids.
"I am left suspicious of what the mother was really up to but I am unable to conclude that the local authority has proved any part of its case." Liverpool High Court judge Sir James Munby said, according to Liverpool Echo.
The mother, her four children, their grandmother and an uncle were detained at a U.K. airport in March as they were getting on a plane to Istanbul with 13 torches, three power packs, five mobile phones, emergency blankets and tools in their luggage. Council social workers took the kids into care, suspecting their mother's intention. more >>
Florida senator Marco Rubio and Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention have jointly written an article in The Washington Post, urging Christians and U.S. officials to observe this Christmas season with a sense of burden for the persecuted Christians "in the land of Jesus's birth."
Due to the scourge of radical Islam in the Middle East, "some churches that have existed since the Book of Acts are on the brink of ruin," Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, and Moore, who heads the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of SBC, write, referring to violence by the Islamic State and other jihadist groups, which seek religious cleansing of the Christian minority.
"Their tactics are to bomb churches or convert them to mosques, to violently drive Christians and other minorities from their homes, force conversions to Islam, or require compliance with Islamic apostasy and blasphemy codes," explain Rubio and Moore, adding that some repressive governments are also persecuting Christians in the Middle East and around the world. more >>