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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #1760 on: September 14, 2020, 10:49:53 PM »

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In Jesus there are no races, tribes, colours, slave/free, rich/poor there are only saved or unsaved.

We need to live this out in our lives and how we view and treat others particular those who are not in our group.

Christianity  turned how the Romans vied the world upside down, we like the Christians in the Roman world, need to love others to turn today's society upside down.

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[Cfamily]Evangelicals Becoming Catholics: Former CT Editor Mark Galli
« Reply #1761 on: September 15, 2020, 01:00:14 AM »
Evangelicals Becoming Catholics: Former CT Editor Mark Galli

Why do evangelicals convert to Catholicism and how should we respond?

This Sunday, September 13, a man named Mark will become confirmed as a Catholic. Why is this significant?

Mark Galli, who will be confirmed under the name of St. Francis, is a former Presbyterian pastor and editor-in-chief for Christianity Today. Additionally, as RNS noted, for a few days last December, he was perhaps the best-known evangelical in the nation calling for the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump from the presidency.

Galli, however, says the timing of his conversion to Catholicism two months before the next election is for personal reasons. After 20 years in the Anglican Church, he believes moving to Catholicism is not a rejection of evangelicalism but instead taking his existing "Anglicanism deeper and thicker."

His faith journey has taken him from Presbyterianism to becoming an Episcopalian, then Anglican, with a brief interlude of attending the Orthodox Church. This runs counter to trends in the U.S.; Currently for every one convert to Catholicism, six leave the tradition. But notable Protestants, from Elizabeth Ann Seton and John Henry Newman, to G.K. Chesterton, Francis Beckwith, and Tony Blair. The RNS article observed:


Some converts are drawn to the beauty of Catholic ritual. Others to the church’s rich intellectual tradition or the centrality of the Eucharist, the bread and wine used for Communion, which Catholics believe becomes the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

That was part of the reason for Galli, but his fatigue with evangelicalism contributed as well. "I want to submit myself to something bigger than myself," He said, a dding:

One thing I like about both Orthodoxy and Catholicism is that you have to do these things, whether you like it or not, whether you’re in the ...

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[Cfamily]Keep Calm and Reboot
« Reply #1762 on: September 16, 2020, 01:00:11 AM »
Keep Calm and Reboot

The Christian disciplines of self-suspicion, forgiveness, and hope all function well. We need to restart our faith in them.

Minneapolis endured two nights of curfew last month due to unrest that erupted after a false report of another black man shot by police. The mayor acted fast to stem the turbulence, not wanting a repeat of the awfulness that happened with George Floyd’s killing and its aftermath. Huddled in my home fairly far from downtown Minneapolis, I prayed for others—in Kenosha and Portland and elsewhere. Nineteen years since 9/11, a nation united has fractured. “We have met the enemy and he is us.

The chasmic political and economic divides in America, driven deeper by a relentless pandemic, seem hopelessly unbridgeable. Our culture and political systems—fueled by the merciless thrill of social media and conspiracy crazies—thrive in the zero-sum game. Only now the online vitriol has spilled onto the streets. Reactions vacillate between the call for police to restore order and worry against police overreach.

The hallmark of free speech and rightful assembly in America relies upon civic order. Civic order relies on a commitment to common good. Theologically, the common good ties to our commitment to all persons made in God’s image (Gen. 1:27) and to the common grace generously and indiscriminately bestowed by God upon the righteous and unrighteous alike (Matt. 5:45).

To the extent the common good untethers from common grace—a doctrine based on God’s undeserved love for all people—goodness perverts into partisanship and subjects to societal whim, market value, individual rights, and personal preference. Once we feel we deserve what we get or are owed what we lack, common goodness turns tribal. We fight to preserve what we’re jealous for and fight against what we envy.

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[Cfamily]Remembering 9/11 and Its Relevance for 2020
« Reply #1763 on: September 17, 2020, 01:00:17 AM »
Remembering 9/11 and Its Relevance for 2020

On a day of remembrance, let's look towards our biblical call.

Most people vividly remember where they were on the dreadful day, 19 years ago, when terrorists hijacked planes, weaponizing them as bombs to be flown into buildings. As a sophomore studying at Union University (Jackson, TN), I remember the images flashing across the TV screen as we paused our “Becoming a Global Christian” class. The professor, the students, we were all speechless as we witnessed live coverage of the second plane hitting the second tower.

In the hours, days, weeks, months, and even years after the tragedy, Americans experienced a myriad of emotions. Even still today, there is great grief and sorrow from the loss of family members, friends, and first responders of that day. For many, the motto, “We will never forget,” will live on in infamy.

As I look back during that dark time in American life, I do remember a ray of light. The ray of light I remember was that of unity among Americans from all races, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, and creeds. Americans were united in their grief and sorrow, their resolve to recover and rebuild, and in their agreement to defeat terrorism. President Bush delivered an address to the American people from the Oval Office on 9/11 where he stated,


Terrorist attacks can shake the foundation of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil—the very worst of human nature—and we responded with the best of America.

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[Cfamily]How Lebanon’s First Female Militant Made Her Fight More Faithful
« Reply #1764 on: September 18, 2020, 01:00:14 AM »
How Lebanon’s First Female Militant Made Her Fight More Faithful

Jocelyne Khoueiry inspired over 1,500 Christian women to enlist during the civil war, then shifted her efforts from arms to knees.

On July 31, Jocelyne Khoueiry passed away mercifully five days before seeing Beirut destroyed, again. A key player in the civil war that once tore the city apart, she spent the rest of her life trying to stitch it back together, and all of Lebanon with it.

The Beirut explosion on August 4 reminded many of the worst days of the 1975-1990 conflict. The Lebanese capital divided into a Christian east and a Muslim west, alternately shelled by militias and foreign armies vying for control.

But though far smaller in scale than the blast at the port, the deaths caused by Jocelyne’s 1976 hand grenade also shook the nation.

Born as one of two daughters in a Maronite Christian family of ten, Jocelyne grew up across the street from the Beirut headquarters of the Phalange.

Originally a Christian youth movement dedicated to an independent Lebanon, the Phalange took great offense at the state-within-a-state formed by the 300,000 Palestinians who were fleeing war with Israel. The 1969 Cairo agreement gave the refugees sovereignty to organize their own communities and continue the armed struggle, with the blessing—though not involvement—of their host nation.

The Khoueiry family provided some of the earliest fighters to the Phalange Christian militia formed in response, and a not yet 20-year-old Jocelyne enlisted with her brothers. In 1975, the civil war broke out in earnest, and several Lebanese Muslim militias sided with the Palestinians.

Jocelyne was not a practicing Christian; she preferred the Beirut nightlife. But on May 7, 1976, on a routine patrol on the roof of the Regent Hotel, she had a vision. She said the Virgin Mary appeared to her, and she saw herself kneeling in veneration. But she was also overcome with a sense ...

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[Cfamily]The Missional Power of Preparation
« Reply #1765 on: September 19, 2020, 01:00:13 AM »
The Missional Power of Preparation

How do we prepare in the midst of uncertainty?

The natural human inclination is to react. We see and observe certain things to be true about our world, and based on our life history, personality, and gifts, we respond in a way that ideally brings honor to God. For church leaders, this reactionary posture has become the normative modus operandi since March. No one was prepared for a pandemic. No one knows how this whole mess is going to play out. So, each week, or even each day, leaders pivot and make decisions based on their understanding of the facts at any given moment. Such a reactionary posture is both understandable and unavoidable when a crisis lands at our doorstep.

But most of life isn’t lived responding to crisis. What makes a crisis so paralyzing is that it’s an anomaly to the normative flow of our lives. It forces us to adapt and respond to unusual circumstances, often when the stakes are at their very highest.

But we as humans can’t live this way for long. Thankfully, most days are filled with relatively normal patterns. Though the days may be busy and the work complex, we normally have some sense of what we are going to face from one day to the next. In fact, we’ve even seen this to be true in the post-COVID-19 world. As the chaos of the initial crisis abated, we began to adopt new normal practices, many of which we’d likely never considered just a few months previously.

And here’s the rub for us when it comes to mission. We simply never—or almost never—react our way into mission. Sure, there is the occasional circumstance where a missionary opportunity drops in our laps. You see a neighbor in crisis and lend a hand. A co-worker shares a personal need and you are given a chance to pray or lend counsel. But the ...

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[Cfamily]Depression Plunged Me Into Darkness. God Met Me There.
« Reply #1766 on: September 20, 2020, 01:00:16 AM »
Depression Plunged Me Into Darkness. God Met Me There.

I couldn’t read Scripture anymore, yet God’s Word still nourished me.

I woke up one morning, like normal, to prepare breakfast for our familia. After breakfast, my copastor and husband, Rudy, offered to take our girls to school. I hugged and kissed them goodbye, then headed to the bathroom to finish applying my makeup. But as I put on my mascara, a sudden tidal wave of feelings flooded my body—a cross between dread and nausea—and almost knocked me off my feet.

I called our church secretary to tell her that I wasn’t feeling well and would come in around noon. But then, as though I was having an out-of-body experience, I saw myself hit redial. I mumbled, “I’m not coming in. I’m not coming back. I’m going to take a sabbatical or something, maybe a medical leave.” Then I hung up the phone, crawled into bed, and proceeded to have what my grandmother surely would have called a nervous breakdown.

I slept 18 to 20 hours a day for weeks and only awoke out of necessity; even with all that sleep, I still felt exhausted. After a week or so, my husband said, “Baby, I think you need to see a doctor.” So I made an appointment to see a psychiatrist. At the end of our first visit, she gave me a prescription and a diagnosis: “major depressive episode.” Then she said the dreaded words: “In six weeks, you should begin to notice changes for the better.” Six weeks? Oh God, can I live like this for another six weeks?

When everything fell apart in my life, I had to learn for the first time how to be—with myself and with God. The tools and spiritual practices that I’d always leaned on, like corporate worship, fasting, and prayer, were, in that state of mind, totally inaccessible to me. I’d always enjoyed studying the ...

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[Cfamily]Evangelicals for Social Action Leaves Behind ‘Evangelical’ Label
« Reply #1767 on: September 21, 2020, 01:00:17 AM »
Evangelicals for Social Action Leaves Behind ‘Evangelical’ Label

The 47-year-old organization sticks with the broader movement’s mission but not its name.

Evangelicals for Social Action, the justice-focused group founded by Ron Sider, has called itself “a different kind of evangelical.” As of today, it’s the kind that doesn’t call itself evangelical.

After nearly 50 years, the organization has changed its name to Christians for Social Action, becoming the latest and most prominent example of a move away from the “evangelical” label in the US.

Executive director Nikki Toyama-Szeto cited the shift in identity among the younger, more racially diverse generation of leaders as well as examples of how the historic name had begun to distract from its work.

“Honestly, the name change is an act in hospitality. In some ways, it reflects a change in our audience of what they’re calling themselves. Our audience is still evangelical, it’s post-evangelical, and it’s evangelical-adjacent,” said Toyama-Szeto, who has led the ministry since 2017. “When you have a name like ‘Evangelicals for Social Action,’ you’re limiting yourself to those who self-describe.”

Because of growing political baggage around the name, that pool has become narrower. Plenty of people believe in the core convictions of the faith—and are motivated by them to pursue justice—without calling themselves evangelical anymore.

The election of President Donald Trump, who embraced his white evangelical backing, represents an inflection point for evangelical identity in the US. Fifteen percent of those who considered themselves “evangelical” or “born again” in 2016 had stopped using either label by the following year, according to one voter survey, even though the overall number of evangelicals had held ...

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