Category Archives: Church Life

Christians in Other Countries Don’t Have it as Well as We Do

Recent research shows that

… there were, on average, 270 new Christian martyrs every 24 hours over the past decade, such that “the number of martyrs [in the period 2000-2010] was approximately 1 million.” Compare this to an estimated 34,000 Christian martyrs in 1900.

We have it good here. And we tend to appreciate it so little.

Praise Report

Those who have been praying for Shirley B. will be glad to know that her doctor informed her today that the growth they were examining was not cancerous.  Everything is ‘a ok’.  They have some steps to take to shrink the mass but it is not threatening or a threat to her health.

Be sure to continue to pray for her as she takes the next steps forward.

Fake Christians: The Latest Teen Craze

This is a very unsettling CNN report.  But those of us who have seen churches pander to kids just to get them to attend know all too well that as soon as they’ve had their fill of the gifts and pizza and trips and fun, they’re gone, just like their dedication to Christ.

If you’re the parent of a Christian teenager, Kenda Creasy Dean has this warning:  Your child is following a “mutant” form of Christianity, and you may be responsible.  Dean says more American teenagers are embracing what she calls “moralistic therapeutic deism.” Translation: It’s a watered-down faith that portrays God as a “divine therapist” whose chief goal is to boost people’s self-esteem.  Dean is a minister, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of “Almost Christian,” a new book that argues that many parents and pastors are unwittingly passing on this self-serving strain of Christianity.  She says this “imposter” faith is one reason teenagers abandon churches.

Self serving Christianity isn’t Christianity at all.   It is a distortion of Christianity.  And shame on all those who peddle it just to boost their numbers.

 

Sound System Issues

To all those who have found the hearing devices for the sound system not functioning too well; Mick and I have discovered the problem and adjusted it so that there should be no further problems.  We’ve also checked all the devices and they are working properly.  Some of the cords had to be replaced but all is now in working order.

We wanted to keep you abreast of the situation since a number have asked.  And we thank you for your patience, and Sierra and Zachary for manning the system every week.

Hayden’s First Birthday!

At the Petros Senior building today…

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How Did We Get the New Testament?

A Professor from New Orleans Seminary has a brief video on the subject. It’s worth watching.  On YouTube.

It’s a short, basic, simple to understand overview of the work of the Center. Ideal, really, for letting lay people especially know a little something about the text of the New Testament.

Teens Are Flocking to A False Version of Christianity

GAP Teen Church, Bismarck ND

They are, in other words, becoming servants of a god of their own construction and not the God revealed in Scripture. Why? Because they’ve been taught that God exists for them- to make them happy and give them whatever they want- instead of they themselves existing to glorify God.

This report in CNN should make every youth worker in every Church sit up and take notice. Teens and young people are being misled by the self serving version of Christianity youth pastors and others have been peddling just in order to get the kids to attend.

Something Else to Think About

“The person who loves you most will tell you the most truth. One of the greatest distinguishing marks of a false prophet is that he will always tell you what you want to hear, he will never rain on your parade, he will get you clapping, he will get you jumping, he will make you dizzy, he will keep you entertained, and he will present a Christianity to you that will make your church look like a Six Flags over Jesus.”-Paul Washer

Good News

Mary D.’s surgery went far better than the doctor expected. She’s better off than he thought and another surgery is now unnecessary.

If You Missed the Sunday Evening Service…

You missed a blessing. We enjoyed special singing and our guest Preacher did a wonderful job of sharing God’s Word with us. It was a very challenging sermon.

Whenever you decide to stay home (or whatever) from worship you always run the risk of missing a blessing. Like Thomas, who missed the first appearance of the Risen Lord, you’re left only to sorrow at the opportunity you rejected.