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« Reply #1080 on: November 20, 2018, 11:13:37 AM »

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When Christian practises hurt people!

From what I could make out from the article. The author was refering to unchristian practices by christians, whether in positions of authority or not.

It was as usefull as the illistration of guns going off by themselves.

Guns do not 'just go off'.

There always has to be an action that causes the gun to fire.

Simarly if Christian practise is hurting people there are two possiblities.
1/ they are being conficted of sin.
2/ those practises are not been done in a loving and Christ like way.

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[Cfamily]Bulgaria Considers Controversial Restrictions on Church Activity
« Reply #1081 on: November 21, 2018, 12:00:12 AM »
Bulgaria Considers Controversial Restrictions on Church Activity

New amendments could halt training, foreign funding, and missionary outreach by evangelicals.

A controversial new law before the Bulgarian Parliament would keep Protestants and other minority faiths from freely worshiping, teaching, evangelizing, and tithing in the southeastern European nation.

Today’s vote marks the legislature’s second hearing for amendments to Bulgaria’s religious denominations act, which were initially approved October 4.

Over the past month, leaders from all faith groups in the former communist country have condemned the proposed additions, which prevent minority religions from offering clergy training, restrict worship services to designated sites, and place new regulations on international missionaries and giving.

“Should the law pass, existing theological seminaries are at risk of shutting down, evangelical church pastors may no longer be able to conduct worship services, and the acceptance and use of donations will be subject to government approval and limitations,” stated the World Evangelical Alliance, which has joined with the Bulgarian Evangelical Alliance to oppose the legislation.

About 2,000 Christians gathered at the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, on Sunday to pray and protest against the proposed amendments, The Baptist Standard reported, and they have continued smaller demonstrations in hopes that the law will be rejected.

Evangelical Protestants make up less than 1 percent of the population in Bulgaria, where about 85 percent of citizens consider themselves Eastern Orthodox and about 10 percent are Muslim. Because of their small size, Protestants—along with Catholics, Jews, and others—fail to meet the threshold for certain government recognition under the draft law, which legislators say is meant to protect against foreign threats but religious ...

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[Cfamily]David Jang’s Christian University Charged in $35 Million Fraud Scheme
« Reply #1083 on: November 22, 2018, 12:00:15 AM »
David Jang’s Christian University Charged in $35 Million Fraud Scheme

Manhattan DA’s case involving the former heads of Newsweek and the Christian Post expands to include Olivet University.

The case against the ex-publisher of the Christian Post and the affiliated Christian Media Corporation has expanded to an alleged $35 million money laundering scheme involving a California-based Bible college.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office on Thursday charged Olivet University with making up a fake accountant to make its financial standing look better than it actually was so it could obtain funding to support day-to-day operations. An indictment filed last month accused Christian Media Corporation and former Newsweek owner IBT Media of similar activity.

The case naming Olivet—founded by controversial Korean pastor David Jang (not to be confused with Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois or Olivet College in Michigan) —brings about a dozen more charges against William C. Anderson, who led the Christian Post from 2010 until last summer, IBT CEO Etienne Uzac, and their companies. They were indicted by the DA on an initial $10 million fraud in October, as CT reported.

Though all have denied the alleged wrongdoing and pled not guilty, the district attorney’s case legally brings together several entities suspected to be working together under the influence of Jang’s network, but have long denied any official or financial connection to one another.

The defendants see the case as, essentially, a victimless crime, since the loans they allegedly obtained through fraudulent means have all been repaid.

“Olivet University denies the charges announced [Thursday] by the District Attorney’s Office and will vigorously defend itself against these unsupported allegations — including the puzzling claim that lenders who have suffered no loss were somehow victimized,” Olivet spokesman ...

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[Cfamily]Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again
« Reply #1084 on: November 23, 2018, 12:00:14 AM »
Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again

An interview with Sam Owusu.

Ed: It’s hard to deny that we are living in challenging times culturally. The church’s influence is fading, and we are struggling to find answers to some hard questions. What’s your take on the health of the church today, especially as it relates to our witness?

Sam: It is true that we are living in challenging times culturally. However, challenges like persecution and assimilation have been the fertile soil in which the church of Jesus Christ has been creative and transformational. From a North American point of view, we are experiencing the death of Christendom, which could be turning out for our good. Phillip Jenkins has written about this in many of his works on Global Christianity.

We are in many ways returning to a time similar to the early church in that we are a disenfranchised minority. Religion and monolithic cultural Christianity are powerless without the support of the powers that be. Yet, we are also seeing widespread growth and the spread of Christ followers in Africa, Asia, and South America.

With globalization, we see the phenomena of immigrants taking the gospel back to European countries and North America. Calvary Worship Centre is such a story, too, with people from more than 106 nations worshipping together and seeing people come to Christ every week by the grace of God.

Jenkins proclaims that:

Charismatic people movements that seek to change their world through the translation of Christian truth and the transfer of power. These grassroots movements are a combination therefore of a spiritual factor (the Spirit of God), a people factor (the transfer of power to the marginalized), a truth factor (the application of the gospel to the pressing questions of a people group and culture) and a justice ...

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[Cfamily]Give Thanks for What Others Have That You Don’t
« Reply #1085 on: November 26, 2018, 12:00:09 AM »
Give Thanks for What Others Have That You Don’t

This Thanksgiving, praise God for other people’s blessings—even the ones you wish for.

One Wednesday night some years ago, I sat in a church prayer meeting next to Mandy, a single mom and dear friend. A few years earlier, Mandy’s husband had fallen into serious sin and left her to raise three young children on her own. But Mandy’s prayers that night were not for a change in her own difficult circumstances—though I’m sure she often cried out to God for that at other times. No, Mandy’s prayers were prayers of thanksgiving and rejoicing with others.

Of all the things on the prayer list that evening, Mandy chose to pray for the newly engaged couples in our church. She thanked God for their lives and their love, and she asked him to bless their upcoming marriages with happiness and faithfulness. She praised him for his kindness to these fresh-faced and starry-eyed young people and publicly shared in their joy. In essence, she gave thanks to God for everything that she did not have.

I have never forgotten that moment.

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us will find ourselves in church gatherings or at family dinner tables where we have opportunities to give public thanks. Naturally, our thoughts might turn immediately to an inventory of our year. The blessings that are first on our lips and hearts will most likely be those we’ve experienced firsthand: steady work, warm house, loving family. But what if, rather than dwelling on our own circumstances, we choose instead to enter into someone else’s joy?

Scripture gives us a model for this practice.

The people of God are called to enter into the blessings of others and delight in God’s goodness wherever (and to whomever) it appears. “Rejoice with those who rejoice” (Rom. 12:15) is our Lord’s gracious invitation ...

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[Cfamily]Do Christians Focus Too Much on the Family?
« Reply #1086 on: November 27, 2018, 12:00:10 AM »
Do Christians Focus Too Much on the Family?

Pew survey finds that a minority of Americans, even within the church, put faith first.

Around Thanksgiving tables this week, Americans will offer thanks for what’s most important to them. For the bulk of US adults, family will top the list.

In a Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday, twice as many Americans said that family was the most meaningful aspect of their lives (40%), compared to the second most popular choice, faith (20%).

Among Christians, many obviously rely on their religious beliefs and community for a sense of meaning. More than half say their faith provides a “great deal” of meaning, and 29 percent identified religion as their most important source of meaning.

Christians were also slightly more likely than Americans overall to list family in the top spot (42%).

The research puts numbers around a recurring tension within the American church: how to champion biblical teachings on marriage, children, adoption, and family unity without letting family become a source of meaning and identity above Christ. In short, how can Christians keep from making family an idol?

This notion of idolizing family recently came up when pastor and Reformed Theological Seminary professor Kevin DeYoung tweeted last week, “One of the acceptable idolatries among evangelical Christians is the idolatry of the family.”

More than 1,600 people liked the tweet, and hundreds more responded. Many were frustrated with the suggestion that the church could care too much about family and spoke out in defense of Christian family values. But some agreed, echoing growing concerns that familial expectations in certain church settings isolate singles, widows, and childless couples.

Focus on the Family shared DeYoung’s tweet, saying, “[God] can’t be second. So, if family is first in our hearts, ...

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[Cfamily]Our December Issue: Peace on Earth
« Reply #1087 on: November 28, 2018, 12:00:09 AM »
Our December Issue: Peace on Earth

We could all use a little this Advent season.

While CT has always published Christmas essays and stories in December, it’s been seven years since we put together a Christmas-themed cover. The last time was in 2011, when Michael Horton cogently argued for the enduring relevance of the Incarnation.

That year presaged 2018 in striking ways. As America pulled up from the worst of a recession, there were growing cracks that would become the gulfs into which we’re staring today. Populist movements rose ever higher on the right in the form of the Tea Party and on the left in the form of Occupy Wall Street (not to mention toppling governments in Egypt and Libya during the Arab Spring). There were hints of a coming #MeToo movement in the downfall of powerful men like New York congressmen Anthony Weiner and presidential candidate Herman Cain. And tensions in the church about the place of LGBTQ believers continued their incremental escalation.

The pages of CT that December whispered of anxieties, but in hindsight they seem almost garden-variety: concerns about slipping biblical literacy, about big versus small government. For all its similarities, 2011 was ages removed from today, a year when our pundits and our car trips are consumed with talk about whether evangelicalism is being rent in two and whether our nation can step back from whatever precipice we imagine is just ahead.

Horton was certainly right in 2011; we could all use the hope of the Incarnation about now. If anything in 2018, we need not only hope but a reminder to pause from our hand-wringing long enough to receive it.

Our cover package this month comprises four Advent-themed essays that, along with our cover art inspired by the angel choir of Luke 2:14 and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous carol, ...

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