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.

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?

Persecution of Christians Rising as Islamic Extremism Spreads (COLUMN)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

maxresdefaultMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Aid and advocacy group Open Doors has just released its annual report – known as the World Watch List - of the 50 countries where it claims Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith, but it raises a depressing quiz question: Of the 22 countries that comprise the Arab League, only three are not on the 2016 List; name those three countries....

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.

Christian Twitterstorm: Why Every Christian Should Be Grieving (Column)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

twitterMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- I found myself in a mild Twitterstorm the other day, if Christians politely disagreeing with one another can be called a Twitterstorm on social networking service Twitter...