The Hope of a True Arab Spring (Column)

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By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist afghanMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Spring has arrived here in my home city of Melbourne, Australia, the fruit trees are in blossom and once again our garden is full of color. And not before time. We have just endured our coldest winter in twenty-six years. So much for global warming.

NEWS ALERT: North Korea Releases Detained Australian Missionary

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife missionaryBEIJING/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife)-- North Korea has released an elderly Christian missionary who was jailed for promoting Christianity in the isolated Communist-run nation after he allegedly "apologized" for his actions.

Fighting Back – Must We Always Turn the Other Cheek? (Column)

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By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist Martin Roth MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- When do Christians fight back? Many are asking that question after the horrific beheading of 21 Christians in Libya. Some continue to believe that Jesus enjoined us not to fight at all. That we must always turn the other cheek

Bangladesh – Making Cricket News for Wrong Reasons (Column)

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By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist bangladeshaustraliaMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Cricket is little known outside countries that were once part of the British Empire. Yet in some of those places, and particularly on the Indian sub-continent, it enjoys immense popularity. In India itself it is by far the most popular sport, and here in Australia our national team attracts a large and enthusiastic following. So it was big news in early October when Cricket Australia announced that it had abandoned plans for a short series of test matches in Bangladesh, because of security concerns.

The Cozy Church (Column)

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By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist FatherHamelMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- The recent murder of a Catholic priest at his church in northern France, by two young men claiming allegiance to Islamic State, brings starkly to Europe a morbid taste of the horrors that have terrorized the church in parts of the Middle East for the past several years.

Persecution, Prayer in Pakistan; Simple Calendar Showing God’s Hand Amid Suffering (Column)

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By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist Martin RothMELBOURNE/ISLAMABAD (BosNewsLife Columns)-- I have just received a surprising gift from some returning missionaries. It's a small 2015 calendar, with each month’s page depicting a color photograph of a church. An accompanying card tells me that these are all vibrant churches, full of joyful worshippers who love to sing the praises of Jesus.

Persecution Fatigue – Can We Mourn Every Murdered Christian? (Column)

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20071102_burma2-150x150 By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist MELBOURNE/NAYPYIDAW (BosNewsLife Columns)-- On my blog some weeks ago I reprinted portions of a speech given in the Australian Parliament by a politician who had secretly travelled into a rebel-held region of Myanmar, also known as Burma.

After Saturday Comes Hope

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By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist booknow MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- One of the modern-day saints of the Middle East is Father Douglas Bazi, a Chaldean priest who endured nine days of captivity and torture after being kidnapped by the al-Qaida terror group. During my Skype interview with him last year, I was startled at how surprisingly cheerful and relaxed he appeared when recalling his harrowing experiences.

Christian Twitterstorm: Why Every Christian Should Be Grieving (Column)

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By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist twitterMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- I found myself in a mild Twitterstorm the other day, if Christians politely disagreeing with one another can be called a Twitterstorm on social networking service Twitter...

Yes, The News Is Good (COLUMN)

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By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist China_Christians_AP_360_1 (1)MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- As Christians celebrate the risen Christ it is a period to remember that the news is good, not bad. The victory is won, the strongholds have been defeated. So at a time when the news media seem to be relaying little but relentless disaster, it is worth looking instead at some good news.