You can do fun things with cameras these days…
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the Petros Senior building today…