Some Copts cheer Sisi’s stance and new five-year reform strategy, while others focus on absence of attention to problematic ID cards and reconciliation committees. Committing Egypt to a five-year program of human rights reform, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi did not mince words about religion. “If someone tells me they are neither Muslim nor Christian nor a Jew, or that he or she does not believe in religion, I will tell them, ‘You are free to choose,’” he said. “But will a society that has been conditioned to think in a certain way for the last 90 years accept this?” The…

By Tracy Packiam Alloway, PhD Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.— 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Despite research that tells us about brain wiring and happiness, you may have heard that happiness is a choice. I have said it to others and even to myself many times. But how do you choose happiness if your brain is working against you? Gratitude. It changes your brain when it comes to happiness. Neal Krause, a researcher from the University of Michigan, asked 1,000 people about finances, depressed feelings, and gratitude. It…

Malawi holds its presidential election Tuesday. Amid COVID-19, questions of whether to postpone votes have mounted – especially in Africa.

Guatemala has received some 800 Central American asylum-seekers under an Asylum Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. But can its asylum system keep up?

When peace eludes us and anxiety seems to rule our hearts and minds we have a resource to use and a choice to make. Listen to the great WISDOM God offers to us in Colossians 3: 15-17 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether…

“It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if you’re maximizing growth, you’re also maximizing success.” (Bo Burlingham, in Small Giants) Better churches become bigger churches. Right? Maybe not. That’s been the rule of thumb for businesses, too. And it’s no more true there than it is for us. As it turns out, constant growth doesn’t work for the majority of churches or businesses. Yet they can still be successful at what they do. Small Giants This week, I finally got around to reading Bo Burlingham’s Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead Of Big (how…