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Law enforcement officers in Alberta, Canada, reportedly arrested a teenager handing out Bibles after an altercation broke out between him, his supporters and a group of counter-protesters.
Josh Alexander, 16, tweeted Wednesday he “was handcuffed and put in a paddy wagon for offering students Bibles on a public sidewalk in Calgary.” He posted a video of the ordeal:
Today I was handcuffed and put in a paddy wagon for offering students bibles on a public sidewalk in Calgary.
I was released and told if I returned I would be arrested and charged.
I continued handing out bibles.
For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. pic.twitter.com/5y7US5DV6m
— Josh Alexander (@officialJosh_A) May 17, 2023
Christian author and pastor Dr. Tim Keller has died after a more than three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
His death was announced in an email by Redeemer Churches and Ministries—a network started by Keller.
“We are forever grateful for his leadership, heart, and dedication to sharing the love of Christ with others. While we will miss his presence here, we know he is rejoicing with his Savior in heaven,” wrote church leadership. “There will never be another Tim Keller and we will all miss him.”
The Bible teaches us about spiritual warfare and that we have an enemy, the devil. First Peter 5:9 says to resist the devil and stand firm in our faith in God. And Ephesians 6 tells us about the armor of God that helps us overcome our struggle “against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (v. 12, NIV).
Some people deny the existence of the devil and of hell. They don’t believe a loving God would really send anyone to a place of eternal torment. But the Bible teaches us that we do have an enemy and there is a place called hell, so we’re deceiving ourselves if we refuse to believe it.
The Bible also says that God is patient, “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). And John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”