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[Cfamily]Report: How Southern Baptists Failed to Care About Abuse
« Reply #1296 on: June 13, 2019, 01:00:08 AM »

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Report: How Southern Baptists Failed to Care About Abuse

SBC releases abuse study—condemning past practices and recommending new protections—ahead of the annual meeting in Birmingham.

A Southern Baptist Convention report on sexual abuse—released Saturday as the culmination of a year of study, listening sessions, and expert consultation—begins with the story of a woman who was sexually abused by her youth minister and pastor starting at age 14, at a church outside Birmingham, Alabama.

Susan Codone, one of more than a dozen survivors whose personal accounts appear in the report, calls herself “living proof that sexual abuse has been overlooked for many years in Southern Baptist churches” and declares the crisis “an epidemic powered by a culture of our own making.”

The 52-page document details the practical and theological failures of SBC churches and recommends a more rigorous response to prevent predatory behavior and “care well” for victims.

It is seen as a major first step to a denomination-wide movement around addressing abuse. What will come next depends, in part, on what happens in Birmingham this week, as thousands gather in Codone’s hometown for the convention’s annual meeting.

The issue of sexual abuse looms large, the subject of ancillary events, outside protests, and official business. The messengers are slated to vote on a proposed amendment to specifically name mishandling sexual abuse as grounds for disfellowshiping a church and may task a new committee to handle claims of misconduct by SBC churches.

President J. D. Greear commissioned the sexual abuse advisory group following his election last summer; the group was responsible for the recent report as well as a free curriculum for churches. He will present their findings officially on Wednesday.

The report’s tone reflects the kind of frank acknowledgement of the problem recently ...

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[Cfamily]One-on-One with John Johnson on Global Leadership
« Reply #1297 on: June 14, 2019, 01:00:11 AM »
One-on-One with John Johnson on Global Leadership

“Listening to global voices is important. However, listening to the divine voice is the most important factor in developing a healthy approach to leadership.”

Ed: Why another book on leadership?

John: Books on the topic of leadership tend to voice a perspective that is WEIRD: Western, Educated, Industrial, Rich, Democratic. In doing so, they often ignore the voices of those in Majority World.

In this book, I work to develop a truly global approach to leadership for the twenty-first century—one that attends to the way in which diverse voices from across the world complement and correct one another.

Further, this book is unique for the way in which it seeks to attune the chorus of global voices to the one voice that matters most, the voice of God. In other words, it recognizes that our thinking about and practice of leadership must be globally and theologically informed.

The global and theological perspective advanced in this book is the fruit of years spent leading and teaching around the world, in both congregational and classroom settings. Leading and teaching about leadership has meant likewise being a student of leadership, listening to what others say about the topic and learning from them.

My hope is that presenting what I have learned will not only serve to inform but also to shape leaders—those who possess both cultural intelligence and theological discernment. I believe that the development of such competencies is crucial for present and emerging leaders, regardless of their context or position.

Ed: How have global voices informed how you approach leadership?

John: One of the more significant ways that global voices have informed my approach to leadership is that they have taught me to look for and learn from the strengths and weaknesses present in different cultures.

The fact is, no single region of the world has a perfect understanding of leadership. As such, where ...

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[Cfamily]Um Pedido de Perdão do 1% de Cristãos aos Outros 99%
« Reply #1298 on: June 15, 2019, 01:00:10 AM »
Um Pedido de Perdão do 1% de Cristãos aos Outros 99%

Você não existe para ajudar líderes profissionais de ministérios a cumprirem a grande comissão. Nós existimos para ajudar você a cumpri-la.

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Mas eles escutarão?"

Eu sentei à mesa voltado ao meu amigo Bill Pollard, que estava com uma expressão facial esperançosa e levemente duvidosa. Eu acabara de compartilhar com ele sobre a visão do Movimento de Lausanne de reunirmos mais de 700 cristãos, líderes em seu local de trabalho, de mais de 100 países.

Bill amou a visão: mobilizar os cristãos no local de trabalho para serem instrumentos de Deus para levarem o impacto do reino para cada esfera da sociedade. No entanto, ele estava na dúvida se alguns líderes de igrejas teriam perguntas sobre a efetividade deste tipo de ministério feito por ‘líderes leigos’.

Seu questionamento reflete uma visão de longa data do ministério cristão como uma responsabilidade restrita aos “profissionais” como pastores e missionários. Pessoas como Bill desafiaram essa noção, mostrando que a manta do ministério deve ser levada nos ombros de cada cristão.

Bill era CEO da empresa ServiceMaster, que, durante sua liderança, foi reconhecida pela revista Fortune como a empresa número 1 de serviços em sua lista Fortune 500 e foi reconhecida pela Financial Times como uma das empresas mais respeitadas no mundo. Para Bill, o trabalho na ServiceMaster era sobre servir ao Mestre. Como ele frequentemente dizia: "Nenhuma empresa tem valor eterno. Somente a igreja o tem. Somente as pessoas o têm." Bill compartilhou comigo histórias de pessoas que moravam tão longe quanto Tóquio, Japão, cujas vidas foram impactadas pelo amor ao ...

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[Cfamily]Una Disculpa al 99% de los Cristianos de Parte del 1%
« Reply #1299 on: June 16, 2019, 01:00:12 AM »
Una Disculpa al 99% de los Cristianos de Parte del 1%

Ustedes no existen para ayudar a los líderes de ministerios profesionales a cumplir la Gran Comisión. Nosotros existimos para ayudarlos a ustedes a hacerlo.

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Pero escucharán?”

Estaba sentado mesa por medio con un amigo, Bill Pollard, cuyo rostro tenía una expresión de esperanza y cierta duda. Acababa de compartirle la visión del Movimiento de Lausana de convocar a más de 700 líderes cristianos de más de 100 países que pertenecen al ámbito laboral.

A Bill le encantó la visión: movilizar a cristianos del ámbito laboral como instrumentos de Dios para llevar el impacto del reino a todas las esferas de la sociedad. Sin embargo, se preguntó si algunos líderes de iglesia tendrían dudas acerca de la efectividad de este tipo de ministerio a través de los denominados líderes “laicos”.

Sus dudas son el reflejo de una larga historia de considerar al ministerio cristiano como la responsabilidad exclusiva de “profesionales”, como pastores y misioneros. Las personas como Bill han resistido esa noción, mostrando en cambio que el manto del ministerio pertenece a los hombros de cada cristiano.

Bill fue CEO de ServiceMaster que, durante su dirección, fue reconocida por la revista Fortune como la compañía de servicios número uno entre las empresas Fortune 500 y por el Financial Times como una de las compañías más respetadas del mundo. Para Bill, el trabajo en ServiceMaster se trataba del servicio al Maestro. Como decía a menudo: “Ninguna compañía tiene valor eterno. Solo la iglesia lo tiene. Solo las personas lo tienen”. Bill me contó historias de personas de lugares tan lejanos como Tokio, Japón, cuyas vidas fueron ...

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[Cfamily]Pro-Lifers Aren’t Hypocrites
« Reply #1300 on: June 17, 2019, 01:00:10 AM »
Pro-Lifers Aren’t Hypocrites

The concerted effort to end abortion is much more diverse and holistic than it gets credit for.

In any debate about abortion, someone will eventually say that pro-lifers only care about babies until birth or only care about children in the womb, not outside of it. The pro-choice advocacy group NARAL even uses this ubiquitous cliché in an ongoing public campaign that encourages supporters to share memes spotlighting “pro-life hypocrisy.”

However, to make the claim of “pro-life hypocrisy,” one must intentionally ignore vast swaths of the pro-life movement. There are millions of people globally who advocate for the unborn and also support women, children, and those in poverty. They include the religious and non-religious, gay and straight people, people of all races and ethnicities, and, yes, both men and women (in basically equal numbers). The accusation of “pro-life hypocrisy” centers one group of conservative, pro-life voices and dismisses a multiplicity of others.

This cliché distorts our picture of the pro-life movement and is often used to dismiss the larger moral argument that a person in utero is a human being who deserves legal protection. Its invocation allows pro-choice advocates to hold their opponents to abstracted standards of radicalism in order to sidestep substantive debate.

As I survey the pro-life landscape, I see many American pro-life organizations and institutions that seek to bless women and children outside the womb. To name but a few, Feminists for Life is dedicated to “systematically eliminating the root causes that drive women to abortion—primarily lack of practical resources and support—through holistic, woman-centered solutions.” The New Wave Feminists, who made headlines last year after being removed as formal sponsors ...

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They conviently ignore the selling of baby parts as a cash crop and the promotion of sexual activity in order to increase there sales of abortion and baby parts.


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[Cfamily]Four Principles for a Powerful Prayer Life
« Reply #1302 on: June 18, 2019, 01:00:09 AM »
Four Principles for a Powerful Prayer Life

If you will learn to spend one hour a day with God, there is no telling what God may choose to do with you.

One of the most defining moments in my life occurred late one evening in a restaurant. I was having dinner with my friend and his father, a pastor whom I admired deeply.

As I listened to this man share his wisdom with us, I was even more encouraged to go deeper with God. Before we left the restaurant, I was eager to ask him how to be a godly minister, so I asked him something like, “Sir, if there is one thing we need to know as young preachers, what is it?”

His penetrating eyes looked into mine, and he said, “Ronnie, if you will learn to spend one hour a day with God, there is no telling what God may choose to do with you.”

I didn’t have any better sense than to take him at his word. Since that day in 1975, I have honored his challenge to me — and it has changed my life.

What is prayer, you may be asking?

Prayer is a relationship, a fellowship that occurs between you and God. Prayer is the vehicle that takes you into the privilege of experiencing fellowship with God.

How do you talk to God in a genuine and transparent way? While everybody may have their own way of communicating with God, here are four principles that have helped me in my prayer life and can help you as well.

1 – Confession

As I write this, the topic of confession has been getting a lot of media attention. Last year, the #MeToo movement exposed many individuals who had engaged in abusive behavior toward others. The movement was so successful that many of those involved put out statements of confession for past instances of abhorrent behavior against others.

While this movement received much attention and confession for wrongs toward others, as it should have, it is even more important that we understand the need for confession ...

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What This Charleston Massacre Documentary Wants to Tell Us About Forgiveness

A close look at the deadly church shooting, “Emanuel” reveals ruthless sin, scandalous mercy, and divides that persist.

“Only five of us were left after the massacre,” said Polly Sheppard.

In 2015, Sheppard was in the prayer circle at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church when a 21-year-old white supremacist started shooting. The nation’s deadliest racially motivated mass shooting at a place of worship took the lives of nine Christians she had worshiped alongside with for years: senior pastor Clementa Pinckney and congregants Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and her best friend Myra Thompson.

Four years to the day of the massacre, Emanuel, a documentary recounting their story, will open in over 1,000 theaters nationwide on Monday. Members of all nine victims’ families participated in interviews, along with survivors such as Sheppard, local reporters, the Charleston mayor, and the Charleston police chief. The film examines societal effects of racism—for this particular historic church and in the American South at large—before transitioning to the massacre and the victims’ loved ones’ subsequent acts of forgiveness.

“This film is not just about racism—it’s about grace,” said director Brian Ivie, who worked on Emanuel for three years. “It’s a story of a group of people who decided they were going to bear the full weight of the wrong and still wish good upon the wrongdoer. That is the highest form of love possible, a love that Jesus Christ perfected.”

Emanuel opens at a time when stories of people of color drifting away from evangelical churches due to increasing politicization of the gospel have made national news.

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