Russia’s Proposed Law: No Evangelizing Outside of Church | Gleanings | ChristianityToday.com

 

Christians in Russia won’t be allowed to email their friends an invitation to church or to evangelize in their own homes if Russia’s newest set of surveillance and anti-terrorism laws are enacted.

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Church & Culture Blog | Church and Culture

Can you say bye-bye work ethic, and say hello entitlement ethic? FH

Yes, perfection is our goal, but instead of the dream being striving for perfection – and achieving it – the newest American Dream seems to be the demand for it to come our way as an inalienable right. Regardless of whether we’ve earned it, it should be provided.It is our due.It would be difficult to eavesdrop on our culture and not sense this shift – how the great American Dream has turned into the great American Right: “I am entitled to the perfect car, house, spouse, child and job.”So we do not expect a chance at a job but the guarantee of one.

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8 Reasons the Church Is the Greatest Force On Earth

2. The Church provides for the widest distribution.The Church is everywhere in the world. There are villages that have little else, but they do have a church. You could visit millions of villages around the world that don’t have a school, a clinic, a hospital, a fire department, or a post office. They don’t have any businesses. But they do have a church. The Church is more widely spread – more widely distributed – than any business franchise in the world.

Source: 8 Reasons the Church Is the Greatest Force On Earth

Faith-based colleges say anti-discrimination bill would infringe on their religious freedom – LA Times

Biola University officials say narrowing the religious exemption also could result in lawsuits alleging discrimination on religious grounds because many faith-based institutions in California require a profession of faith from their students.“It’s pretty far-reaching,” said Lee Wilhite, a vice president at Biola. “It could potentially eliminate our ability to even pray before class or at events on campus.”

Source: Faith-based colleges say anti-discrimination bill would infringe on their religious freedom – LA Times

Justice Alito Warns Of ‘Ominous Sign’ For Religious Freedom At The Supreme Court

“The dilemma this creates for the Stormans family and others like them is plain: Violate your sincerely held religious beliefs or get out of the pharmacy business,” Alito wrote, adding the pharmacy’s petition was supported by several dozen pharmacist organizations that urged the Supreme Court to take up the case.“

Ralph’s has raised more than slight suspicion that the rules challenged here reflect antipathy toward religious beliefs that do not accord with the views of those holding the levers of government power,” Alito concluded.

Source: Justice Alito Warns Of ‘Ominous Sign’ For Religious Freedom At The Supreme Court

Dave Odom: Reclaiming the distinctive gifts of a small church | Faith and Leadership

Between 1998 and 2012, the number of regular participants, both adults and children, in the average congregation decreased from 80 to 70. The study confirms the suspicion of many small-membership church leaders that since 1998, more and more people are gravitating to larger congregations. In the 2012 study, half of all church attenders go to a congregation of more than 400 in regular participation, with an annual budget of $450,000. But such large-membership congregations represent only 7 percent of all Ame

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