Have you watched the news lately? Most of the recent stories cause me to feel frustrated, anxious, fearful, sometimes angry, and frankly, disturbed. Lately, our daily dose of bad news has included the IRS scandal, a poor economy, mandated insurance, horrific local crime and chaos, and reports of terror threats targeting the Olympics. As icing on the cake, the news from our own families and close friends can also be disturbing – illness, job loss, foreclosure, divorce, and crumbling friendships all feel overwhelming.
With all the bad news I sometimes wonder what the world is coming to!
Naturally one question continually comes to mind as we contemplate the news of the day – why? It's normal to ask why, but it is not reasonable to expect the answer to an unanswerable question. When we ask why, we really are wanting an explanation. Somehow, I doubt that the explanation would make sense to most of us this side of heaven. I've found that asking why keeps me stuck in a cycle of frustration, anger, and anxiety. more >>
British-born ministry 3DM invited various Church leaders in the New England area to join them on a quest to re-imagine discipleship and church culture in America last week.
The group, whose headquarters are now based in Pawley's Island, South Carolina held a Discipleship and Mission Workshop at the Church of Emmanuel in Foxboro, Mass. from Feb. 4-6 that attracted church leaders from all over the northeast region of the U.S.
"We're not getting discipled, we're [learning how to use 3DM's tools]," said Vincent Gressi from Oasis Christian Center in New York City in regards to his experience with the material. "I've been discipled, now I should be discipling someone else. [3DM created tools], not a system [to make this possible]." more >>
Bob Jones University will meet in person next week with the sex abuse ombudsman group that it fired last month.
Both BJU and Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) confirmed the meeting and reaffirmed that they were both committed to figuring out how to move forward.
"Bob Jones University and GRACE remain hopeful this project can be completed with GRACE and in so doing raise sexual abuse awareness and minister to victims whose lives have been ravaged by abuse," BJU stated in a press release. more >>
While driving my children to school recently I received a critical question. My 8-year old daughter asked, "Daddy do we have any gay friends?"
A critical and important question for such a time as this. Nothing in our previous conversation that morning mentioned homosexuality. I was almost blindsided. Yes, even our young children are caught in the obvious crossfire of subliminal cultural messages. Honestly, a tremendous educational opportunity (father/parent to child) arose. Fatherly, I am "the man at the city gate."
As men at the city gates... "We ward off and defend against anything that threatens and seeks to destroy our society. The men at the city gate signify stability for our communities and society. The men at the city gate observe and know everyone that belongs within and those that don't. The men at the city gate are prepared to confront those elements that threaten to destroy us and do not belong within our walls. Because the men at the city gate rise to the occasion righteously, our society finds godly peace and rest." more >>
What's it like being a pastor's kid? Hint: It's not "all hugs and flowers and puppies and rainbows," says Barnabas Piper, son of popular theologian John Piper. He plans to reveal more this summer, in a warts-and-all response to the common question, when his new book simply titled The Pastor's Kid releases.
Barnabas recently explained why he decided to write the book about this niche group of people in a post on his blog at barnabaspiper.com.
In the spring of 2012, he was asked to write an 875-word response to the question for Table Talk Magazine, he said. He began drafting the response while stuck on a commercial flight. However, he realized what he had to say was too much for one article. more >>
A school district in Kansas has refused to remove a cross from a public school building after a Washington, D.C.-based church-and-state watchdog group asked them to do so.
Spearville Schools USD 381 has decided to not take action regarding a complaint sent to them last year by Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AUSCS).
Daryl Stegman, superintendent of Spearville Schools, told The Christian Post that the leadership for the small western Kansas town's school district will not take action. more >>