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Trump’s Praise for Modi on India’s ‘Incredible’ Religious Freedom Doesn’t Match Our Research

The Evangelical Fellowship of India documents 300-plus cases of Christian persecution by Hindu nationalists each year. Muslims have it even worse.


Aside from some mispronunciations that sparked memes, President Donald Trump’s visit to India this week went mostly as scripted. The entire trip was high on optics—a spectacle of bromance between him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi—but delivered little of substance apart from some modest deals on defense, energy, and telecommunications.


However, this was quickly displaced from the headlines by another happening in Delhi while the US president was still in India’s capital.


On February 23, the first day of Trump’s visit to the subcontinent, clashes broke out in Delhi after Kapil Mishra, a leader from Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), gave an ultimatum to the megacity’s police, in the presence of a senior police officer, to clear anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters from the Jaffrabad area of the capital within three days.


The CAA is a controversial act recently passed by the Modi government that links citizenship to religion in India and actively discriminates against Muslims. When combined with the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) and an updated National Population Register (NPR), it will likely have an adverse impact on many citizens of India but mainly Muslims, who are the nation’s largest minority. Many could be deprived of citizenship. Social activists and commentators have called on the government to withdraw the legislation.


Hundreds of protests have erupted across the country, with some crowds reaching the hundreds of thousands. The Shaheen Bagh neighborhood in New Delhi is a symbolic epicenter of sorts of these protests, where mainly Muslim women have been leading demonstrations for three months. Jaffrabad, where Mishra gave the ultimatum ...

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[Cfamily]Evangelism Formation: Created to Be CREATIVE for Christ
« Reply #1577 on: March 05, 2020, 12:00:11 AM »
Evangelism Formation: Created to Be CREATIVE for Christ

Are you prayerfully discerning where God is creatively leading in seeking the lost?


If I was to testify about the four spiritual aliens (called my family) whom I live with on a daily basis, I could tell you that there is never a dull moment in our lives. I live in a house where boredom will never want to visit, where monotony could not find a room, and where the ordinary wouldn’t leave his luggage.


Our home is busy with creative people. As I often wondered where all of our children’s uniqueness derived, I had to realize that from generation to generation in both my family and wife’s family, there was and still remains some creative minds that has made their mark on society.


I believe that all children of God who are followers of Christ, should understand what they have inherited from their God and Father. At the moment of our salvation, our daddy in heaven has spiritually deposited in us his image and DNA in order to do a great missional work in our time that reflects who HE is through us.


We should be encouraged to know that our God has gifted each of us, through the extraordinary redemptive work of Jesus Christ, with the power of the Holy Spirit, to use his creative abilities to share our faith with others for his glory praise and honor.


So as Christ-followers who already have the creative power of God dwelling inside of us, it would be ideal to answer the questions for ourselves: How does God want us to access the creative ideas that he wants us to have to evangelize in different ways with others who are far away from Christ? Let’s consider these questions.


First, when will God hear from you first?


In other words, are you prayerfully discerning where God is creatively leading in seeking the lost? Luke 11:9-10, 13 says,


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Advice for Churches from the Surgeon General: Preparing Your Church for Coronavirus

The Surgeon General's advice for churches: good hygiene, and it's time to "limit touching, especially hand-to-hand.”


Health should always be a priority for us. This may be true now than ever as we watch the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spread its way through the globe—Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, and more.


You can, in fact, find today’s coronavirus facts on the World Health Organization’s update page here. As of today, there are over 90,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, 64 of those being in the United States. (See updates for the U.S. here.) Of course, compare this to over 18,000 people who have died of the flu this year so far.


However, because this virus is so new and many of us feel unprotected, our first response may be one of fear. Many Americans have in fact even been purchasing protective masks at such a rate that the Surgeon General wrote this in a recent CNN op-ed piece:


Masks are not recommended for use by most Americans and hoarding of masks can actually hurt our response by reducing the supply available for medical professionals who need them. It's critically important our health providers have masks and other medical supplies when caring for people who have been exposed to the virus.


Protecting ourselves against disease is not a bad thing, and my stock of hand sanitizer is evidence that I’m a believer, but there are more basic precautions we can take as first measures.


So let’s back up.


In fact, during our meeting this morning, the Surgeon General expressed that “the risk to any individual [American] is incredibly low.” However, he cautioned that, “We can’t hermetically seal the United States” and that the coronavirus task force is moving to a phase of seeking to “limit the spread of cases in the community."


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¿Se Considera Fidelidad Huir de una Epidemia? Lo que Martín Lutero nos Enseña Acerca del Coronavirus

La reflexión pastoral del reformador alemán sobre la Peste Negra, puede guiar a estudiantes de medicina, como yo, y a cristianos en China, o en cualquier lugar donde el virus de Wuhan se ha esparcido.


Desde su epicentro en Wuhan, China, el reciente brote de coronavirus está generando pánico e interrumpiendo los viajes y el comercio alrededor del mundo. Al primero de marzo, más de 3,000 personas han muerto en China y más de 95,000 han sido infectados en 75 países, un número mayor al de la epidemia de SARS en marzo de 2003.


Los ciudadanos en Wuhan, una ciudad principal en el centro de China, comparable a Chicago, se encuentran bajo un cierre de emergencia ordenado por el gobierno. Las actividades públicas se han detenido, incluyendo las celebraciones para el año nuevo chino (que comenzó el pasado 25 de enero). Los cristianos chinos, en Wuhan y en toda China, han enfrentado decisiones difíciles en cuanto a regresar a sus hogares a visitar a sus familiares (como millones de chinos tienen por costumbre durante las fiestas del año lunar), huir del país o incluso seguirse reuniendo para los servicios dominicales regulares.


Pero ¿es correcto que los seguidores de Jesús huyan de una epidemia cuando la gente está sufriendo y muriendo?


En el siglo XVI, los cristianos alemanes le pidieron al teólogo Martín Lutero que respondiera a esta misma pregunta.


En 1527, menos de 200 años después de que la Peste Negra matara a casi la mitad de la población de Europa, la plaga resurgió en el mismo pueblo de Lutero, Wittenberg, y en ciudades aledañas. En su carta “Sobre si se debe huir de una plaga mortal”, el célebre reformador sopesa las responsabilidades de los ciudadanos ordinarios durante el contagio. Su consejo sirve como una guía práctica para los cristianos ...

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[Cfamily]Why I Gave Up Fasting for Lent
« Reply #1580 on: March 09, 2020, 12:00:08 AM »
Why I Gave Up Fasting for Lent

What Kierkegaard taught me about reviving the spirit of the season.


Does giving up espresso bring me closer to God? This thought burned through my mind as I sat and listened to the boys’ choir sing Psalm 37 during Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, England, a few years ago. With Ash Wednesday a mere two days prior, it seemed like everyone was giving up lattes and social media and the internet and announcing it to the world. One friend defended fasting from these activities because of how they intrude on our daily lives. I agreed. I, too, could use a break from the digital world.


But what happens after Lent and Easter Sunday, I thought to myself. Business as usual? Fire up the espresso machines? Tweet that I’m back from my social media fast?


Though I respected the beauty and depth represented in the tradition of Lent, tension grew in me. I struggled to align the good and holy intent of Lenten fasts with the very public spectacle it has evolved into for Western Christianity. We announce our screen time fasts or “disfigure our faces” when asked why we won’t have a glass of wine. Jesus exhorts his disciples to keep fasting a secret matter—an unseen act of worship to the God who is unseen (Matt. 6:16–18).


I loved how the season leading up to Resurrection Sunday swelled into what J. R. R. Tolkien called the eucatastrophe or the joyous upturn in the story of the human race. But I also observed how the pageantry fades. I loved the idea of abstaining from vices and stepping into Christ’s suffering. But I thought the spiritual discipline of fasting was meant to be more than a seasonal practice to abstain from first-world luxuries.


It was then I began a personal quest to seek out the heart of Lent.


Seeking the Heart of Lent


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[Cfamily]Coronavirus and the Church: CT’s Latest News and Advice
« Reply #1581 on: March 11, 2020, 12:00:08 AM »
Coronavirus and the Church: CT’s Latest News and Advice

Here are CT’s latest articles on how churches around the world are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and how Christians can best be faithful in this season of coronavirus.












We also offer translations of our Martin Luther reflection—which a Singaporean Christian leader called “by far the most scripturally balanced article I have found on what the Christian’s response should be to the coronavirus”—in Chinese (simplified and traditional), Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.


You can also download a free CT resource, A Concise Coronavirus Guide for Churches, as a PDF at morect.com/coronavirusguide.

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[Cfamily]A Different Harvest
« Reply #1582 on: March 12, 2020, 12:00:06 AM »
A Different Harvest

Harvesting requires intentional investment with those who, often on the surface, have no interest in the good news of Jesus, or at least in the cultural assumptions they have about Him and His church.


The biblical concept of “harvest” seems to have fundamentally shifted in the minds of many contemporary disciples. Once it had an evangelistic connotation of incarnational selflessness emulating the example of the Master who became nothing and gave all for the sake of the lost one (Lk 15; Phil 2:1-11). The harvest was the selfless mission of redemption, designed to run hard after those who were far from Christ and His church.

We now live in an ecclesiastical era where, it seems, that the biblical concept of “harvest” has shifted from a self-sacrificing all-consuming priority to, at best, a hopeful and somewhat theoretical byproduct of that mission. For many, the terms of “harvest” and “growing churches” have become synonymous ideas. But as evangelism rates decline, many are quick to assign blame in numerous external directions; but few seem to be asking a more introspective question.


The primary question that consumes our attention is whether or not the church is growing. Implicit in our theory of growing churches is an assumption that increasing the bodies exposed to our preaching ministry parallels to an increasing Kingdom harvest. But why does the “harvest” seem to be little more than a greater share of the Christian market? Does a realignment of the saints, whether in a new church plant, or in a newfound dynamism in an existing assembly have any correlation to the harvest mission of Jesus? Therein rests the difficulty with the new harvest—we are shuffling believers from one location to another and not really working in the harvest fields at all.We are acquainted with the messaging required to attract the easy harvest. It, too, is a simple recipe to memorize ...

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[Cfamily]People are Addicted to Outrage: Four Ways to Walk a Better Path
« Reply #1583 on: March 13, 2020, 12:00:08 AM »
People are Addicted to Outrage: Four Ways to Walk a Better Path

Rather than seeing our world through the lens of everything that’s broken I argue we should use a lens with four main features.


There was a time when having a piece of cake or going out for ice cream was considered a treat. We had cake for our birthday, ice cream after an outing, and so on.


Today, everywhere you look you see “treats”—supermarkets filled with fresh cakes and pies, every convenience store displaying an array of snack cakes, honey buns, and donuts—what was once a rare “treat” has become a dietary staple for too many of us, with increased waistlines as evidence.


But a “treat” by definition is something we enjoy only occasionally. Having a piece of cake for your birthday won’t wreck your health. Turning a treat into a staple, whether it’s cake, chips, or fast food, doesn’t put you on the fast track to a healthy mind and body.


Returning to the idea of these sorts of food as an occasional treat is a great way to move toward better health.


Unfortunately, too many of us are doing the same thing to our emotional health we’ve been doing physically. In this case, rather than turning a treat into a staple in our diet, we’re feeding our souls with an unhealthy diet of outrage. Sure, there’s a time to be unsettled or perhaps even outraged over some things.


But today we have turned outrage into an emotional version of junk food binge eating—it’s too common, mostly unnecessary, and almost never useful. And, it doesn’t change things for the better.


We;ve become addicted to outrage and it’s killing us.


You can guess I’m not going to be writing a book on diet and nutrition anytime soon, but I did write a book to help deal with the incessant complaining and outrage characterizing our day. I wrote Christians in an Age of Outrage: How to Bring Out ...

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