Anyone who follows such things has been disturbed by the utter collapse of Christianity in the UK. The US is increasingly becoming post-Christian as well, though we are quite a bit behind Europe on this still.
Americans are often mocked for their geographic ignorance, and rightly so. But recently some Brits were asked to label a map of the United States, labeling the various states. Here is one of those attempts:
Added by James Nored on November 26, 2013 at 1:23pm — No Comments
Okay, so tomorrow at the Fairfax Church of Christ I am talking about how God's Spirit is inside of us, too, and that WE are called to authentically "preach" the good news too lovingly in word and deed (Luke 4).
And that if we pray and…Continue
I have been doing prison ministry in the Western Cape for 4 years through 2 organisations, 1 being Kairos International and The Andrew Murray Centre - I have written a book called 'Liberty in Captivity' for juvenile prisoners and if any teachers in prisons in SA would like some books to teach groups with, please feel free to ask. They are free of charge and will be posted to you.
I am hosting a national prison ministry conference Feb next year, in Blouberg,…Continue
Have you ever had God just drop someone in your lap? Have him put someone right in your path?
Last week I received a text from someone whom I will call "Sarah." She said, "I don't know if this is still ur # but I was just thinking…Continue
Within our Christian brotherhood we have both liberals and conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians. Many of them are active in the political sphere. In this essay, the dangers that can befall all groups are highlighted.
"Diversity" is a word charged with meaning in our world. It usually provokes strong emotions from both proponents and antagonists. In the secular world arguments for diversity rest upon two postulates: 1) Racial discrimination in the past necessitates positive inclusion of minority groups in decisions in order to "make up" for past discrimination in organizations 2) "Studies show how diversity improves academic performance, reduces prejudice, lowers stress and psychological…Continue
Added by Lynn S. Nored on September 25, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments
As I detailed in a recent post, our church has adopted a local elementary school. While the children in schools are often adopted, the teachers often are left out. So our church decided to help the teachers--who are underpaid and understaffed--in many ways, including providing them school…Continue
Added by James Nored on September 11, 2013 at 3:50pm — No Comments
One of the primary challenges that the church and Christians have in the US is bad PR. Amongst non-Christians and non-church going folk, churches and Christians are unfortunately often portrayed and viewed as intolerant, bigoted, and self-serving.
Some of the primary challenges of public…Continue
In our fellowship, there has been a lot of debate about how to read Scripture (our hermeneutic). But while the traditional hermeneutic of "command, approved example, and necessary inference" is never laid out like this in Scripture, Jesus does give us an approved hermeuetic--himself.
On resurrection day in Luke 24, two disciples are walking on the road to Emmaus, They are depressed because Jesus had been killed, and they had put their hope in him.…Continue
Wow. This Vanity Fair article reports that there are now laws in China requiring people to visit their parents. Laws are rarely effective in forcing people to practice these types of "moral issues." At best, it breeds legalistic, bare minimum compliance. Would it not be better to instill love and…Continue
Added by James Nored on June 27, 2013 at 2:21pm — No Comments
Here is the next generation--Gen X--in the Generations series.
Generation X (1965-1980)
- 46 million (added to with immigration) as opposed to 80 million Boomers, 78 million Millennials
- Parents: Silent and Boomer
- Children - Millennial and Digitals
1. Well-Known/Significant Gen Xers
I am sorry to say about the loss by the unprecedented flash floods in the state of Uttarkhand, one of Indian states. There are thousands of people were dead and many are missing.
The tragedy in Uttarakhand is…
Added by Joy Rousseau on June 19, 2013 at 9:10pm — No Comments
Today, there are numerous, endless really, debates about "worship" (not only in Churches of Christ, but in other fellowships as well, though our debates seem to be of a different nature, perhaps). Still, these debates seem to miss the most fundamental issue in the Scriptures about the nature of worship today, which is this. Worship in the New Testament is not limited to a time or place, but is a constant, continual…
Sadly, our society has devalued the importance of fathers for a long time. At one time, one of the most popular shows on television was “Father Knows Best.” Can you imagine such a show today? Any show titled in this way would have to be an ironic, smirking view meant to…Continue