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[Cfamily]What A Church Does, in Dollars and Cents
« Reply #1512 on: January 08, 2020, 12:00:19 AM »

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What A Church Does, in Dollars and Cents

A sociologist explains a congregation's contributions to the local economy.


University of Pennsylvania sociologist Ram Cnaan has been researching the economic value of churches for more than two decades. Because some congregations would almost certainly close their doors without tax exemptions, Cnaan thinks proponents of taxing churches are misguided.


Your research looks at the “halo effect” that churches have on their communities. What is the “halo effect”?


It is the way that congregations contribute to the local economy. Churches spend money locally, and since they spend money locally, they enhance the local economy. So on a small scale, every church buys flowers. Where do they buy flowers? From a local florist. No one mentions this, but across the country there are florists in business because of local congregations.


People don’t look at the value of the congregation financially. They look at the spiritual aspect. Now, I’m not a person of faith, I’m a social scientist. I started to look at the congregation as an economic engine. What is the value that an urban congregation on average contributes to the local economy?


In the first study [in 1996], we went to 10 congregations in Philadelphia and we looked at the replacement value of social services like finding people jobs. On average, it was $140,000 per year. Of course, social services is only a small component of what congregations do. So next we looked at 90 churches in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Fort Worth, and all the ways they contribute to the local economy. There was a range—each generated between $1.2 and $2.5 million annually.


How did you arrive at those numbers?


There are about 100 things that we measure. First, we said, “What should be included?” And then we work with experts in ...

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[Cfamily]Christianity Today’s 15 Most-Read Book Reviews of 2019
« Reply #1513 on: January 09, 2020, 12:00:23 AM »
Christianity Today’s 15 Most-Read Book Reviews of 2019

We read about waging a smarter war on porn, Richard Mouw wrestling with evangelicalism, and Why secular substitutes for religion will always leave us exhausted and unhappy.


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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #1514 on: January 09, 2020, 12:41:43 AM »
What is this thread for, exactly?

Is it an advertising thing?

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Re: [Cfamily]Interview: To Touch or Not to Touch?
« Reply #1515 on: January 09, 2020, 12:48:11 AM »
Interview: To Touch or Not to Touch?

<p class="deck">In an era of anxiety about personal boundaries and sexual signals, Jesus shows us how to minster to others with care and sensitivity.</p>

<p class="intro"><span class="dropcap">P</span>eople have varying levels of comfort with physical touch. Some are happy to receive hugs from friends?or even total strangers. Others would prefer that everyone else keep their hands to themselves. Throw in the taboos surrounding evangelical purity culture and the wider social reckoning with unwanted sexual attention, and it quickly becomes a challenge to discern, in individual cases, whether touch is a welcome gesture or a violation of personal space. How can believers minister well in this environment? Lore Ferguson Wilbert takes up this question in <span class="citation">Handle with Care: How Jesus Redeems the Power of Touch in Life and Ministry</span>, which builds on her 2016 CT Women article, ?<a href="https://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2016/may/public-displays-of-christian-affection.html" target="_blank" class="intro">Public Displays of Christian Affection.[/url]? Writer Abby Perry spoke with Wilbert about her book.</p>

<p class="question">Sometimes it?s tough to know when physical touch is appropriate in a friendship context. How can friends make touch a healthy part of their relationship?</p>

<p class="answer">I?m careful not to impose blanket rules along the lines of ?this is how you should touch? or ?this is how you should hug.? These already get us into lots of trouble. Ultimately, the solution is the same for everyone: seeing the person sitting in front of us as an image-bearer of God. The most important question is how we care for the person in front of us. As I say again and again, my emphasis in <span class="citation">Handle with Care</span> is not on handling but on care. At its core, that changes how we touch within friendships, whether same-gender or cross-gender.</p>


So why did you write that:

"Sometimes it's tough to know when physical touch is appropriate in a friendship context."

What was your reason for posting that? It seems like something someone out of touch with the spirit would write. Assuming you're not, could you explain, please?
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[Cfamily]My Favorite ‘Quick to Listen’ Episodes of 2019
« Reply #1516 on: January 10, 2020, 12:00:11 AM »
My Favorite ‘Quick to Listen’ Episodes of 2019

The hosts of Christianity Today's weekly news podcast on the episodes they won't soon forget.


Each year that I’ve done this podcast, I’ve had the chance to connect with more and more listeners. It’s been such a gift to hear how this podcast has helped you all better understand the complexities and history of some of the biggest controversies in the Christian world. I am honored.


Once again, I wanted to highlight some episodes that have taught me something new or changed my own thinking. Man, we had good guests last year! Because I still stand by the words I wrote in last year’s list, I’ll just share them again here: “I hope that none of you listeners agreed with every single argument or point our guests made this year. Instead, I hope you’ve been challenged to reconsider something you already assumed to be true and that our conversation spurred you to lovingly engage in a hard conversation yourself and embrace curiosity over judgment.” Hope you’ll stay along for the next season of our show and maybe bring a couple of your friends with you. – Morgan Lee, co-host of Quick to Listen

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Re: [Cfamily]Why I Gave in to Barbie, Even Before Her Size Change
« Reply #1517 on: January 10, 2020, 03:16:45 AM »
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Barbie?s presence among our kids? toys has caused well-meaning friends to silently question our parenting: Don?t they know that Barbies foster body image issues? Can?t they see that they teach destructive ideas about being a woman?</p>

Why are you posting this godless rubbish?

Do you even read it?

"Barbie?s presence among our kids? toys has caused well-meaning friends to silently question our parenting"

You got the word "silent", did you? The whole piece is a mental delusion with undertones of accusation.

Now who do you know that puts accusations into people's heads?

Come on, have a go.

Begins with 'D'.

It's all world, world, world and all its attachments.

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[Cfamily]States to Trump: We Want Refugees
« Reply #1518 on: January 11, 2020, 12:00:11 AM »
States to Trump: We Want Refugees

With evangelical support, most governors agree to confusing new requirements.


Forty-one states and 86 local governments have filed letters with the federal government telling President Donald Trump and the administration they will continue accepting refugee resettlements in their jurisdictions, according to a list compiled by the Refugee Council USA.


Trump signed an executive order in September requiring state and local governments to opt-in to refugee resettlement, an additional layer of bureaucracy that Christian ministries to refugees feared could make it harder to “welcome the stranger.” The deadline was thought to be Christmas Day, but there has been a lot of confusion around that detail.


Resettlement organizations, most of which are faith-based, have until January 21 to file the letters with the federal government. In the meantime, Church World Service; Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service; and HIAS (a Jewish-American nonprofit group) are taking the Trump administration to court to stop the executive order.


Support for Refugees


Many state and local governments used their letters to express support for refugees. “Refugees strengthen our communities,” wrote Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. “Refugees are doctors and bus drivers. They are entrepreneurs and police officers. They are students and teachers. They are our neighbors.”


Some governors told personal stories of local refugees giving back to their communities, and others extolled the economic boon of refugee communities’ contributions to the local economy. Still others made their statements on principle.


“The United States has long presented itself as a haven,” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wrote. “We promote the ideals upon which this country was founded, of liberty and freedom. But to uphold ...

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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #1519 on: January 11, 2020, 12:35:41 PM »
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And why? There are no empirical references anywhere. These are anecdotes to which the writer ascribes generalised meanings. Therefore, in this day and age, they come across as childish.


You want to make statements about trends in society, then prove there is a trend. Use some academic statistics.

This is just lazy journalism.

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