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The Caliphate 101
Since the horrific massacre last week in San Bernardino, it's been reported that Tashfeen Malik swore allegiance to the leader of ISIS, al-Baghdadi, and the caliphate. An analysis posted in The Long War Journal explained why that is so significant. Here's an excerpt:
San Bernardino and Holy War
As Americans recover from the shock of the San Bernardino terror attack, as the families mourn the tragic loss of loved ones, and as the Obama administration continues to obfuscate the enemy we face, I thought it important to cite two Islamic scholars who understand the war America now...
Egyptian Commentator's View of President Obama
For several years, many in the Middle East have disparaged U.S. President Barack Obama's policy in the region. As shown in this video clip posted on Facebook, the traditional allies of the U.S. often feel abandoned. Other traditional adversaries feel emboldened. Here is one example of how some...
Meet the Press
5 starting points for handling your church's media relations.
The 'House of Peace' Strikes Paris
I listened this morning to the tributes of those struck down in Paris. They wrench the heart. Earnest students, aspiring lawyers, young couples in love … dozens of lives full of promise and potential gunned down in the prime of their lives. The attacks – called the worst against France since...
Israel Stands with Paris
Darkness visited the "City of Light" on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Sadly, Israelis have lived with this darkness for many years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a message to French President Hollande and said Israel "stands shoulder to shoulder" with the people of France.
Kurds Take the Offensive against the Islamic State
Today more than 7,000 soldiers of the Kurdish military – known as the Peshmerga – launched an offensive against the Islamic State. Along with the help of U.S. airstrikes, they hope to retake the pivotal northern Iraqi city of Sinjar. The campaign is important both strategically and...
Leaders as Coaches
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THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN
In the past few weeks, Russian leader Vladimir Putin strode into the Middle East. Within days it was clear "there's a new sheriff in town." He announced to the townsfolk he came in to get rid of the town bully, ISIS. He asked others to join him, especially the former sheriff, U.S. President...
Dismantle Ministry Silos from the Inside Out
3 suggestions to help leaders see the bigger picture.