- Jordan’s Churches Approve Law on Equal Inheritance for Christian WomenDraft law agreed to by 11 major denominations now needs approval by parliament.
- The Surge in Arab Seminary StudiesUnlike many American counterparts, evangelical institutions in Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine enjoy an influx of students as they serve beyond their ivory towers.
- No Singing Christian Carols on December 25, Orders Patriarch of JerusalemOrthodox edict puts holiday unity in the Holy Land—where Christians in Jordan and Israel have long agreed to observe Western Christmas and Eastern Easter dates—in doubt.
- Died: Labib Madanat, Who Showed the Bible to Palestinians and Israelis in Word and DeedSon of Jordanian missionaries organized the Holy Land’s Bible societies and demonstrated the gospel’s love and forgiveness amid war and terror.
- Died: Evelyn Mangham, Who Convinced Evangelicals to Welcome RefugeesAfter 20 years in Vietnam with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, she saw caring for those displaced by war as simple obedience to Jesus.
- Sodom Destroyed by Meteor, Scientists Say. Biblical Archaeologists Not Convinced.Naturalistic explanation for biblical miracle doesn’t resolve questions of chronology at Tall el-Hammam excavation in Jordan.
- Safeguard Gaps Leave Refugees Vulnerable to Sexual Abuse, ExploitationJordan church got hundreds of thousands of dollars in international Christian aid, but little to no oversight.
- Do Flags Belong in Churches? Pastors Around the World Weigh In.Christian cases for yes, no, and flying other nations’ flags as congregations balance love of God, neighbor, and country.
- Jordan’s Orthodox Archbishop Moves to Deny Evangelicals Full Legal RecognitionArchbishop Christophoros Atallah told Judicial Council last month that evangelical churches are “a danger” to society.
- Middle East Christians Grapple with Apocalyptic PandemicCOVID-19 offers eschatology experts opportunity to refine public understanding of what Revelation teaches.