Syria’s Civil War is far from over: a Brookings unpacked video. Link
Peace talks have failed to make progress, and violence is more likely in 2018. Link
… the ends of wars are rarely as clean as the ends of movies.
Turkish forces are operating 10km inside Iraq, creating a buffer zone. Link
… Iraqi military ordered to take control, secure border with Turkey. Link
Kim Jong Un visits China, his first trip out of country. Link
… ‘visit to China fails to hide strain in relations.’ Link
India: Hindu-Muslim riots at Hindu festival in West Bengal. Reuters
… 3 killed, dozens injured, 2 days of violence
Pakistan: court ruling aims to publicly identify all religious minorities. Religion News
Iran: names current year “Support for Iranian Products.” Al-Monitor
… ‘continuing to focus on the economy, its Achille’s heel’
… But just about anything continues to spark protests. Like water. Reuters
… “Wide-mouthed vigilante vs. Women’s right activists”: Protest is dangerous. Iran Wire
… The alarming phenomenon of teenage suicide in Iran. Iran Wire
Myanmar: Interfaith elopements spark mob violence. Link
… a Buddhist woman ran away with a Muslim man …
Ethiopia: Unexplained Internet cut off in Oromia. Link
DR Congo: warnings of catastrophic aid crisis. Link
… 13.1 million in need of humanitarian aid.
Mali making efforts to free northern region from separatists, jihaidsts. Africa News
Cameroon’s Anglophone regions are ‘no-go’ areas, France warns citizens. Africa News
… warns against travel to northern areas, dominated by Boko Haram
Cameroon’s Pentecostal churches are under fire. DW
… due to allegations of improper behavior by some pastors …
Cuba has a new president. Foreign Affairs.
USA: warehouse storage of collected junk, $38 billion industry. Curbed
Cities are too big: radical plans to cap populations of Shanghai, Beijing. Guardian
… Shanghai, to 25m; Beijing, to 23m.
Below average rains forecast for Somalia: cattle losses, malnutrition. UN
National, religious identities converge in Central, Eastern Europe. Pew
… vast majority of populations say they believe in God, identify with Orthodox
At least a million sub-Saharan Africans moved to Europe since 2010. Pew
Rising birth rates not enough to replenish EU population. VOA
Barna: 51% of USA churchgoers haven’t heard of the Great Commission. Barna
As French Catholics hail a martyr, the faith is fading in Europe. Economist
Turkey’s ‘holy war’ in Syria puts a more religious nationalism on display. CSM
Will China’s “Belt & Road” initiative outdo the Marshall Plan? Economist
Jesus is Lord: the indigenization of Megachurch Christianity in the Philippines. Academia
Myanmar improving but still “super challenging” for business. Straits Times
Most connected cities, based on volume of first/business class passengers. Knight Frank
… how many of these are “unreached” cities? How many “unreached” cities not on the list?
Blogs & Opinions
Eddie Arthur: “I’m not going THERE!” Link
… “if you aren’t prepared to go where there is a gospel need…”
A brief bio: The life of Adoniram Judson. Link
Mustafa Akyol: How Islamism drives Muslims to convert. NYT
… cites research from Miller & Johnstone.
Kabul: This is what I do when I hear the bombs explode. NYT
… what life is like in some parts of the unreached world.
How to: use Google Forms, Sheets & Maps to survey your community (for free). Link
$40 billion more spent on Internet ads than on TV ads this year. Recode.
How autonomous cars will “seep” or “step” into reality. Benedict Evans
… actually, some interesting lessons here for movements, too …
Self-driving farm tractors do farm work in Xinijang. Global Times
The five things that kill your iPhone’s battery the fastest. ZDNet
… cold weather, screen brightness, poor cell coverage, rogue apps, notifications
More to read
Global Chinese Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. Book Review.
“Men fall in private long before they fall in public.” ~J. C. Ryle
“It would be a shame for God to want to do more and for you to settle for less.” ~@stevenfurtick
“I’m not suffering from anything that a good resurrection can’t fix.” ~D. A. Carson
“If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.” ~David Livingstone
“Idols are slave-traders disguised as abolitionists.” ~John Starke
“Don’t judge a man by where he is, because you don’t know how far he has come.” ~C. S. Lewis
“One of the most destructive forces to our faith is procrastination.” ~@thalbig
“The things that we love tell us what we are.” ~Thomas Aquinas
“Safety is an idol that neuters our witness and contradicts kingdom.” ~Jon Huckins
“Hope itself is like a star—not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.” ~Charles Spurgeon
“Mass crusades, in which I believe and to which I have committed my life, will never finish the Great Commission; but a one-by-one ministry will.” ~Billy Graham