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Christian Zionism

While many Christian bodies of various denominations have urged prayers for Ukraine and Russia during tensions, protests and violence over the past several months, a Christian Zionist group instead seeks to use the crisis to further its theologically driven political goals. In doing so, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) uses rhetoric that adds to […] Read More

More than 600 Christians from around the world gathered last week in the Bethlehem to consider how to live out biblical teachings in today’s Israeli-Palestinian context. On the eve of the conference’s start, Israel Today published an attack on the evangelical Christian gathering by the spokesperson of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Although some […] Read More

During the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East. The presentations came during a joint session on Monday of two BWA Freedom & Justice Commissions – the commissions on Baptist-Muslim Relations and […] Read More

“You are anti-Semitic,” the gentleman said when I told him that the reason for Christian emigration from Bethlehem was not only due to Islamic pressure but also to the occupation and the economic situation.  In 1948, my grandparents lived in Jaffa. One day, my grandpa came home and told my grandma to get all the […] Read More

Porter Speakman Jr., producer and director of a documentary film on Christian Zionism, talked with via Skype in an interview now live on Vimeo. Speakman, whose feature documentary, “With God on Our Side,” explores the under-examined phenomenon of Christian Zionism, spoke recently with from his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. “I grew up, […] Read More

More than 600 people attended “ChristattheCheckpoint,” a conference on Christian Zionism, at Bethlehem Bible College in early March. Conference organizer and Baptist minister Alex Awad said the participants came from more than 20 different countries. Awad is pastor of East Jerusalem Baptist Church and is also dean of students at Bethlehem Bible College. He said […] Read More

The latest edition of BMS World Mission’s engage magazine upset a number of folks who fervently support the nation of Israel.   In pursuing our occasional “guest editor” policy, specifically designed to enable voices from the world church to shape and inform our views, some protested Alex Awad’s article about Palestine.    Alex is an […] Read More

A few weeks ago televangelist John Hagee took a group to the nation’s capitol where he pushed his Christian Zionism agenda for Israel. His phrase “Christian Zionism” could not be more contradictory. It is more cult than Christianity. Hagee topped off his lobbying blitz with the astounding demand that <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = […] Read More

The strongest opposition in the United States to President Bush’s “roadmap for peace” in Israel comes, ironically, from some of his strongest supporters–the religious right. Charles Kimball, author of When Religion Becomes Evil, said he first heard it when Bush unveiled the plan, and he heard it again last week, channel surfing to a TV […] Read More

Jewish settlers resisting government orders to leave their homes this week in the Gaza Strip have an ally in Christian Zionists in America who say Israel’s “disengagement” plan doesn’t square with Bible prophecy. Jim Vineyard, an Independent Baptist pastor, said he first read Genesis 12:3 as a new Christian more than 40 years ago and […] Read More