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Interview: The 'Prophets' and 'Apostles' Leading the Quiet Revolution in American Religion

A Christian movement characterized by multi-level marketing, Pentecostal signs and wonders, and post-millennial optimism.


A quiet revolution is taking place in America religion, say Brad Christerson and Richard Flory, authors of The Rise of Network Christianity: How Independent Leaders Are Changing the Religious Landscape.


Largely behind the scenes, a group of mostly self-proclaimed “apostles,” leading ministries from North Carolina to Southern California, has attracted millions of followers with promises of direct access to God through signs and wonders.


Their movement, which Christerson and Flory called “Independent Network Charismatic” or “INC” Christianity, has become one of the fastest-growing faith groups in the United States. Apostles like Bill Johnson, Mike Bickle, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Pierce, and Ché Ahn claim millions of followers. They’re also aided by an army of fellow ministers who fall under their “spiritual covering.”


Many of these apostles run megachurches, including Bethel Church in Redding California, HRock Church in Pasadena, and the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City. But their real power lies in their innovative approach to selling faith. They’ve combined multi-level marketing, Pentecostal signs and wonders, and post-millennial optimism to connect directly with millions of spiritual customers. That allows them to reap millions in donations, conference fees, and book and DVD sales. And because these INC apostles claim to get direction straight from God, they operate with almost no oversight.


Nashville-based religion writer Bob Smietana spoke with Christerson (professor of sociology at Biola University) and Flory (senior director of research and evaluation at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California) about ...

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A Millennial Anomaly? Why I’m Still In Church
« Reply #609 on: August 09, 2017, 01:01:01 AM »
A Millennial Anomaly? Why I’m Still In Church

Just because Millennials aren’t at your church doesn’t mean they’ve forsaken church.


Hi, I’m Emily, and I’m an anomaly. (Hiiii, Emily.) I’m a Millennial who’s staying in church. I understood (and believed) the gospel when I was just 4, and I’ve been going to church ever since. Sure, I’ve thought about leaving more than once. But let’s just be honest—we all have, haven’t we?


So what’s keeping me, a Millennial—The Generation of Lost Sunday School Boys and Girls—in church? Three things, really. While I can’t speak for all Millennials everywhere, I can tell my story.


Here are the top three reasons I’m staying in church as a Millennial.


1. I’m staying because I love Jesus and Jesus loves the Church, and He isn’t finished with us. When I went to Bible college (Clarks Summit University), I learned a lot about Jesus and the Church. He loves us each individually and He loves all Christians collectively—the Universal Church—as His bride (Eph. 5; Rev. 21). He’s working right now to make us a beautiful bride to present to Himself someday. He loves us, and I work—somedays it’s harder than others—to love the Church because Jesus loves the Church.


When you love Jesus and your heart gets tangled up with His, you start to love what He loves. So despite my frustrations with the local church—a lack of general awareness, a lack of compassion in social justice, a lack of practical love for those struggling or who are different, and a lack of authentic community—I’m still going to a local church because we’re part of the Universal Church, whom Jesus loves.


2. I’m staying because I believe in storytelling in the Church. Let’s face it: we can know a lot of theology and ...

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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #610 on: August 09, 2017, 03:38:25 AM »
Excuse me, but, What is a millennial? (Ref.previous entry)

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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #611 on: August 09, 2017, 03:38:31 PM »
I think it's a dress maker? or is that a militarist, it certainly isn't amill worker cos there all closed.

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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #612 on: August 09, 2017, 04:59:07 PM »
I think it's a dress maker? or is that a militarist, it certainly isn't amill worker cos there all closed.

Ha!   :)

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'They Call Us Monsters' Offers a More Compassionate Brand of Juvenile Justice
« Reply #613 on: August 10, 2017, 01:00:56 AM »
'They Call Us Monsters' Offers a More Compassionate Brand of Juvenile Justice

Ben Lear's directorial debut humanizes the debate about adult prison sentences for juvenile offenders.


When children commit the most heinous of crimes, it challenges our sense of justice and probes the limits of our worldview. Ben Lear’s bold documentary They Call Us Monsters, now streaming on Netflix, suggests that how we respond to these young offenders may also be the ultimate test of our humanity—and a proving ground for the power of grace.


Like many films that deal with such fraught issues as incarceration, They Call Us Monsters begins with a history lesson. During the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, a perceived rise in youth violence and juvenile delinquency led many observers to blame a lax justice system for “losing control of” young offenders. By the early 1990s, ostensibly “tough on crime” policies gained broad political traction, and many states adopted laws that automatically transfer certain juvenile cases to the adult court system. There, children could face much harsher penalties than those allowed in juvenile court.


The film's provocative opening newsreel includes a 1994 press interview in which then-Representative Newt Gingrich curtly expresses the prevailing attitude behind such laws: “There are no violent offenses that are juvenile,” he says. “You rape somebody, you're an adult. You shoot somebody, you're an adult.”


Such inflexible rhetoric resonated loudly in the late 1990s, and the movement to punish rather than rehabilitate juvenile offenders intensified during the early 2000s and persists even today in many states. But now the tides are beginning to turn. There’s a growing consensus that mass incarceration is a failed experiment, and new findings in developmental psychology have prompted some former “tough on crime” ...

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Why Christians Should Avoid Watching Rape Scenes
« Reply #614 on: August 11, 2017, 01:00:55 AM »
Why Christians Should Avoid Watching Rape Scenes

What if there's a hidden human cost to our entertainment?


On the difficult topic of rape, Americans seem to be in a weird paradox. On one hand, we consume plenty of movies and TV shows that depict it, often graphically. The Handmaid’s Tale, 13 Reasons Why, and, of course, Game of Thrones are all recent shows that depict rape. The films Precious, Room, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo do the same. Last year’s The Birth of a Nation depicted a gang rape scene and raised troubling questions about filmmaker Nate Parker’s own history with sexual assault.


On the other hand, rape as it happens to real people—an estimated 1 in 5 women, and 1 in 71 men—remains shrouded in silence and shame. Many victims never speak of it, for fear of being disbelieved. Most criminal cases of rape don’t end in a conviction because it’s difficult to prove non-consent, especially if alcohol is involved. And while many churches offer Christ-centered healing to victims, sadly, churches are sometimes the settings for sexual violence.


In sum, we’re often willing to watch narrative rape but don’t always know how to address real rape. And in the gap between the pretend of on-screen and the pain of real life, we have a Hollywood phenomenon that is as surreal as it sounds: the rape choreographer.


According to a recent essay in LA Weekly, a rape choreographer is a stunt coordinator who helps actors and directors enact “good” rape scenes. Deven MacNair, the essay’s subject (a woman), wanted to do stunt-doubling but was instead called in as a choreographer when a male mentor couldn’t handle any more rape scenes and quit. MacNair helps actors mimic rape and supervises the filming to ensure everyone feels safe.


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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #615 on: August 11, 2017, 10:20:07 AM »
Response to reply#614:

Hello there,

I have always been conscious of the effect that visual input has upon me: a drama, in the form of film,  television drama or even documentary, has an effect: both immediately, and in the short term.  In the long term I wonder how much actually takes root and influences my perception, and consequently my moral sense, and judgement.

The Word of God washes us, and readjusts our thinking, and we need this washing action on a daily basis.  Yet, we need also to avoid input that will inflame the lusts of the flesh in any form, don't we? For we have put off the old man with His deads, and have put on the new man, which after God, is created in true righteousness and holiness.  We walk in the spirit, and thereby we will not fulfill the lusts, or desires, of the flesh.

God keeps our hearts and minds: as we stay our minds on things above, and fill our thoughts with whatsoever things are lovely and of good report (Phil.4).

Just my thoughts.
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