The Cozy Church (Column)

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.

After Saturday Comes Hope

By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist
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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.

Lost As We Once Were And In Need Of A Saviour (COLUMN)

By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist
MuslimsMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- The annual Ramadan observance has begun, and Muslims around the globe are fasting during daylight hours. At the same time, our church is participating in the “30 Days of Prayer” worldwide movement that prays “with faith, hope and love for the Muslim world” during this period.

How Can I Help The Persecuted? (COLUMN)

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Many Christians share my sense of frustration at feeling so helpless in the face of waves of Christian persecution around the world.But what can I, a lone individual living in faraway Australia do - practically speaking - to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Christians being persecuted around the world?

Yes, The News Is Good (COLUMN)


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.

Bangladesh – Making Cricket News for Wrong Reasons (Column)


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 Hope of a True Arab Spring (Column)


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.