One hundred years ago, people believed the miraculous aspects of Christianity were embarrassing to educated people and we should focus on the morality of Christianity. The reality is that, today, the churches that are thriving are those that expect the miraculous and those that downlayed the miraculous are declining very rapidly.
Today, people believe the morality of Christianity is embarrassing and should be downplayed. What will people be saying in another hundred years and which churches will have thived?
Check out this article from Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition.
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan started on May 6th. Many Christians throughout the world are choosing to pray for Muslims each day during Ramadan. There are various good resources available including Love Muslims, put together by Prayercast.
Each day includes an excellent video in which an ex-Muslim leads the viewer in prayer for an aspect of Muslim life. You can subscribe so that you get an email each day with a link to the video, or they can be accessed using the menu at the top of the web page.
This is a great resources, useful way beyond Ramadan, for those who want to see God move amongst Muslims.
Each video ends with key prayer points and the the words…
It is commonly said that churches that believe that homosexual acts are sinful are alienating themselves from our culture and therefore undermining their own mission.
This article looks at the research to test that assumption and finds that it is entirely wrong. Those who argue that the church must abandon biblical teaching in order to grow have to deal with the fact that it is the more liberal mainline churches that are declining rapidly and the more conservative churches that are growing (at least in the USA).
Somewhat surprisingly, research also shows that those identifying as gay or lesbian are 2.5 times more likely to attend a church with more conservative views!
We can easily be intimidated by what sounds logical in a society now very supportive of homsexual acts but maybe the facts reveal that God is doing something very different. Read the article for yourself.