Should Christians join Violent Protests?

Iran welcomed the new year with violent protests leaving many dead. In many other nations such as Iraq, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Bangladesh, South Africa and Ukraine, frustrations with corrupt, abusive and unjust governments have sparked angry riots. Christian citizens of these nations often feel all the pain that others feel—and sometimes more. In these cases, isContinue reading “Should Christians join Violent Protests?”

“Baton Packs a Punch”

I was greatly encouraged to read this recent review of my writing on Amazon. The reviewer, Carolyn Klaus, kindly permitted me to post it here on my blog as well. Enjoy! I just finished A Way Out of Hell. Wow. It is a tightly woven thriller that has haunted me, day and night, since IContinue reading ““Baton Packs a Punch””

Are Christians Persecuted more than Muslims?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel thinks so, calling Christianity “the most persecuted religion in the world.” Other Western leaders have made similar statements. But I began to wonder, is it true? So the research began… The first thing I discovered is that in terms of how many nations persecute those of another religion, Christianity and IslamContinue reading “Are Christians Persecuted more than Muslims?”

Fighting God’s Enemies

  Religion can bring out the best or the worst in mankind. It brings out the best, for example, when we follow the Great Commandment to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves; or as similarly commanded in Islam, habluminallah, habluminannas. Religion brings out the worst in mankind whenContinue reading “Fighting God’s Enemies”

“Book of the Year” Nomination–Vote for Peace!

   I’m happy to share that my recent thriller on confronting ISIS with the non-violent way of Jesus, A WAY OUT OF HELL, has been nominated for “Book of the Year” award in general fiction! One of the criteria the judges will look at is votes from readers like you! Much like American Idol, IContinue reading ““Book of the Year” Nomination–Vote for Peace!”

Unifying America

Generally, those who have reviewed my novels on terrorism and peacemaking have been encouraging if not enthusiastic. However, I was recently blessed by a brutally honest reviewer who objected to some aspects of my newest book, A VIOLENT LIGHT. This reviewer drew conclusions that because some characters in the book acted the way they did,Continue reading “Unifying America”

My Voice, Your Voice, His Voice

It’s always a good feeling to be interviewed—whether on television or by a child doing homework for AWANA—it’s affirming to know that someone wants to hear what I have to say, that my voice is being heard. Honestly, I don’t have much to say about 99% of the issues in our world. I love toContinue reading “My Voice, Your Voice, His Voice”

The Battle for our Children

A lovely young woman (we’ll call her “Star”) wearing a head covering came into our office recently to apply for the position of Peace Generation Coordinator that we had advertised. She already had a master’s degree and seemed to be from a family of some wealth, so I was surprised to hear how she spentContinue reading “The Battle for our Children”

From North Carolina with (Fearless) Love

   I just got back to our work in Indonesia after an encouraging month’s tour in the USA, promoting my book A WAY OUT OF HELL and meeting people with a similar passion for peace. The most exciting stop on my tour was in North Carolina, where I reconnected with my dear friend and PeaceContinue reading “From North Carolina with (Fearless) Love”

The Jihad of Jesus

   I remember well the Q&A session in one of the many interfaith events we’ve organized over the years. An angry Christian stood up and declared, “As long as the word jihad exists, there will never be peace between our two religions!” The room was deathly silent, demanding the right response given in the rightContinue reading “The Jihad of Jesus”