Worth a watch! FH
The Atheist Delusion is a mix of interviews on college campuses, television clips, beautiful sceneries and more. There is a great structure to the movie and it progresses nicely to a final goal. It is tremendously interesting and it really does a good job of keeping interest throughout. It would be a fantastic movie to watch with the family, the youth group, Bible study or even the entire church. There are several reasons why watching movies like these are great for believers, here are some that come to mind.
Source: Why you Should Watch The Atheist Delusion by Ray Comfort | The Cripplegate
See my previous post for the answer to this question. FH
My Reformation question, to you and to myself, is this: If we were to conclude that a teaching or practice of the church was not based on clear passages of Scripture or was mandated by the church but not commanded by Holy Scripture or was not allowed by the church but not forbidden by Scripture, would we have the courage to speak our conviction?
Source: Reformation Courage | Perspectives
Taking a stand is costly. But we have a precedent for this. Come Lord Jesus! FH
They didn’t try and prevent the marriage. They just wanted to continue to be the faith community they were. They didn’t change; the former member changed.This is precisely what those advocating for gay rights, early on in the debate, said would never happen. They said they simply wanted the right to marry. They wouldn’t force their views on anyone else. Of course religious freedom would be protected.Short-lived promise. And one we know, now, was disingenuous from the start. It is now clear the goal was never simply having “rights” but enforcing cultural affirmation. There is a difference. A deeply disturbing difference.
Source: Church & Culture Blog | Church and Culture
Grace and forgiveness. We all NEED more, and need to GIVE more. FH
The more you speak or write, the more mistakes you’ll make. It’s unavoidable. Those who put their opinions out for public consumption in blogs, books, sermons, etc., take on a huge risk, because their mistakes will be amplified by the amount of information they’re putting out and by the size of the audience.Unfortunately, there are many of us – and way too many in the Christian community – looking for people to trip up. Instead of giving people the benefit of the doubt, they’re very quick to pounce on any misstatement (real or perceived) as the judge, jury and executioner.
Source: The 10 Percent Grace Rule: Judging Without Being Judgmental | Pivot | A Blog by Karl Vaters
Yep, that’s us. FH
Ninety percent of the churches on earth are under 200 people. Eighty percent are under 100. There may be no segment of the church that is more normative. But they may also be the most misunderstood.Here are six truths about small churches that I wish every church leader knew and took into account:
Source: 6 Things Church Leaders Need to Know About Small Church… | Pivot | A Blog by Karl Vaters
Rather than throwing our hands up in hopeless frustration or declaring the end of the world, we seek out what is true and deserves lament and confession. Armed with the truth and emboldened by trust in a God who rules our world, Christians can bring hope to a nation that seems to be engulfed in flames.
Source: The Year of Living Hopelessly | Christianity Today
Interesting bits for church leaders. FH
Fully 83% of Americans who have looked for a new place of worship say the quality of preaching played an important role in their choice of congregation. Nearly as many say it was important to feel welcomed by clergy and lay leaders, and about three-quarters say the style of worship services influenced their decision about which congregation to join. Location also factored prominently in many people’s choice of congregation, with seven-in-ten saying it was an important factor. Smaller numbers cite the quality of children’s programs, having friends or family in the congregation or the availability of volunteering opportunities as key to their decision.
Source: Choosing a New Church or House of Worship | Pew Research Center
Finally, the West (22%) and Northeast (29%) regions of the United States are more skeptical of supernatural healing, while the Midwest (32%) and particularly the South (43%) are more likely to believe people can be physically healed supernaturally by God.
Source: Most Americans Believe in Supernatural Healing – Barna Group – Barna Group
Get bold churches, and teach sound theology! Yes, we have an ‘itching-ears’ culture! FH
But this statistic is not encouraging to me because only 25% of all Americans believe that God will always reward true faith with material blessings. This means that more “Americans with Evangelical Beliefs” believe in the prosperity gospel than all Americans. This is not surprising, in some sense, but it is sad nonetheless.Americans on the whole are more aware of the lie of the prosperity gospel than evangelicals are. Lord, help us when we are tricked into believing our actions pressure you to make us healthy or wealthy.
Source: 5 Insights From LifeWay Research’s 2016 State of American Theology Research – Millennial Evangelical
An interesting take…. FH
So many American Christians, evangelicals in particular, are paralyzed by fear.We talk about how political liberalism or Islam are “threats” to Christianity and make compelling cases for why our brothers and sisters in Christ should devote time, money, and other resources to protect Christianity against these threats.Christianity is not threatened by modern political liberalism, any strand of Islam (violent or non-violent) or any other worldview on the entire planet.I tweeted last week: “If you view other religions or worldviews as ‘threats’ to Christianity, I kind of wonder if you know how the story ends.”
When you claim that ISIS or the Democrats or whomever else is threatening Christianity, you spit in the face of the God who conquered sin and death because you’re afraid he can’t conquer competing worldviews.
Christianity doesn’t have to be the most popular worldview in America to be the right one.
Sometimes I think American evangelicals push for the widespread acceptance of Christianity because they want to be “right” more than they want the world to flourish in the grace of God.
Source: Neither Islam Nor Liberalism Nor Anything Else Is a “Threat” to Christianity – Millennial Evangelical