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not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is
forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all
numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
who goes with wolves learns to howl.”
UPDATED BIBLE: MOSES V. STEVE JOBS
marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Version, a classic
Bible that still outsells many of the most contemporary
technological advances are changing how businesses publish the
Bible, how people consume the Bible, and how we share the Bible,
says John Sawyer, former vice president of Bible marketing at
Zondervan and current brand and marketing strategist for
Somersault (http://somersau.lt), a publishing strategy and
told attendees of Religion Newswriters Association's conference
September 23 that people are reading the Bible without historical
context and reading the Bible in isolation as a result of many
technological advances.... Read this in full at
RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE SURVEY
and agnostics, Jews, and Mormons are among the highest-scoring
groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming
evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants, and Catholics on
questions about the core teachings, history, and leading figures
of major world religions.
average, Americans correctly answer 16 of the 32 religious
knowledge questions on the survey by the Pew Research Center’s
Forum on Religion & Public Life. Atheists and agnostics
average 20.9 correct answers. Jews and Mormons do about as well,
averaging 20.5 and 20.3 correct answers, respectively. Protestants
as a whole average 16 correct answers; Catholics as a whole, 14.7.
Atheists and agnostics, Jews, and Mormons perform better than
other groups on the survey even after controlling for differing
levels of education.... Read this in full at
also “Is knowledge of religion important? Why?”
much do you know about religion? And how do you compare with the
average American? Take this 15-question online quiz to find out.
Go to the online quiz at
us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deservest:
give and not to count the cost;
fight and not to heed the wounds;
toil and not to seek for rest;
labor and not ask for any reward,
that of knowing that we do Thy will.
St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491/5-1556), included in A Treasury of
Sermon Illustrations, Charles Langworthy Wallis, ed.,
Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1950,  p. 61
have no control over how we feel, how we act- our attitudes, and
actions -- except as they are determined by our thoughts. All
these elements are irrevocably tied together. But since we do have
control over what we think, it is possible to control our
attitudes and actions…All thoughts can be divided into two
basic categories: true and false. The thoughts that come from God
are true. He is the God of all truth and has sent the Holy Spirit
to dwell in us and to guide us into all truth. If I can receive
God’s thoughts, I can think the truth. Therefore I will have
the right attitudes and actions. How do you get the air out of a
glass? By filling it with water. How do you get rid of wrong and
untrue thoughts? By filling your mind with true and right thoughts
from God. The control of our thought life, then, comes by thinking
God’s thoughts with Him.”
KEEPERS OPENS DOOR TO DALLAS WOMEN FOR FIRST TIME
recently, the world's largest Christian men's ministry would have
considered allowing women into its conferences unthinkable. But
for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 2, men in the Dallas-Fort
Worth metroplex will attend a Promise Keepers meeting accompanied
by their wives, mothers, sisters and young adult daughters --
signaling one of the most significant changes in the ministry's
addition, Promise Keepers will extend a special invitation of
honor to single mothers. In keeping with the times, Promise
Keepers recognizes that nearly half of all US homes are led by
single women. In order to fulfill the ministry's vision to
transform homes for Christ, it became clear that women should be
invited. Promise Keepers still pursues its ministry to men with PK
Classic events for men only.
Transformation is about a revolution of the Word of God,"
said Coach Bill McCartney, the former University of Colorado head
football coach who founded the ministry in 1990 and recently came
out of retirement to again serve as Chairman of the Board of
Directors. "We realized the time had come for Promise Keepers
to expand its vision beyond ministry to just men." .... Read
this in full at
FIND EMPTY PEWS AT SUNDAY EVENING SERVICES
Matt Vande Bunte
De Vries describes Sunday evening worship as “a lot less
formal” than the morning service at Plymouth Heights
Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI. It’s also a
lot less crowded.
Heights is in step with a larger trend of declining evening
attendance in evangelical denominations that long have cherished a
heritage of worshiping twice on Sunday. Some evening services are
more intimate; others have been cancelled or replaced by an
a business question that has been asked,” said De Vries, the
church’s minister of music. “People are spending time
with their family (on Sunday nights) or using that time to get
together in small groups. We were concerned that we were
squandering resources to put the evening service together.”
Heights’ 5 p.m. worship service continues, with about 25% of
the people who attend the weekly Sunday morning service.
mirrors data from across the CRC, based on survey results
presented this summer to the church’s annual Synod. The
survey found evening worship attendance is “plummeting,”
down from 56% of members in 1992 to 24% in 2007. Researchers wrote
that the data “seems to suggest evening service attendance
has become optional.” .... Read this in full at
DISCUSSES HIS FAITH: 'I'M A CHRISTIAN BY CHOICE'
Obama took the issue of his faith head on September 28, telling
residents in New Mexico that he is a "Christian by choice"
who came to religion later in life after being inspired by the
teachings of Jesus Christ.
a stop at the home of an Albuquerque school teacher and her
husband, a disabled veteran, the president spoke about the
economy, education, abortion, the upcoming elections, and why he
believes the Republican agenda would set the country back on the
it was a question about religion that garnered one of Obama's
longest responses. "Why are you a Christian?," he was
president said while his mother was very spiritual, he wasn't
raised as a churchgoer. It was only as an adult did he embrace
Christianity.... Read this in full at
DEFINITION OF 'PERSON' IS ON COLO. BALLOT
years after losing in an election climate that was unfavorable for
conservatives, pro-lifers in Colorado are back this year with
another ballot initiative that would answer a simple question:
What is a person?
62, as it is called, would amend the Colorado constitution so that
it defines a person as "every human being from the beginning
of the biological development of that human being." Such a
statement may seem like common sense to many Americans, but
actually is quite controversial and, if upheld, would have a
dramatic impact on the state's abortion laws.
2008, a similar proposal -- the first of its kind on a statewide
ballot -- lost, 73-27 percent. Although it didn't come close to
passage, it sparked a nationwide movement that saw personhood
amendments pass the North Dakota House and the Montana Senate in
2009. Neither bill went any further, but it showed that the issue
was not limited to Colorado. Mississippi citizens, for instance,
will vote on a personhood initiative in 2011, thanks to a
successful petition drive.... Read this in full at
is the avenue to salvation. Not intellectual understanding. Not
money. Not your works. Just simple faith. How much faith? The
faith of a mustard seed, so small you can hardly see it. But if
you will put that little faith in the person of Jesus, your life
will be changed. He will come with supernatural power into your
heart. It can happen to you.”
and faith are not merely compatible but comparable in many ways,
and ought to be inseparable. Together they open our minds to the
grandeur of our world and promote the best kind of science.
any scientist to dismiss the laws of nature and the objects of
creation so clearly recognizable as the handiwork of God as
nothing more than by-products of time and chance is to miss out on
one of the most amazing gifts mankind has ever been given: the
opportunity to unravel some of the greatest mysteries of all time.
Surely this is the worst kind of science.
as Richard Bube wrote, there is another alternative. ‘The
Christian philosophy of science is this,’ he said.
‘Christian science is good science. And good science is
science that is faithful to the structure of reality. Science that
is honest, open, seeking to capture and to reflect the structure
of the world that is really there-that is good science, and that
is Christian science.’"
Jim Nelson Black, in his
book The Death of Evolution
BAYLOR COACH RECOUNTS REDEMPTION
cheated," David Bliss told students at Hardin-Simmons
University Sept. 28. "I allowed the competitive world of
college athletics to compromise my moral compass," said
Bliss, former Baylor University men's basketball coach who was
fired in 2002 because of NCAA violations from what he called his
dream job. "But my story is one of encouragement," Bliss
said. "It gives reason to believe."
a chapel service at the Baptist university in Abilene, Texas,
Bliss said, "I am the headlights flashing on the country
road, warning you of something ahead....I never thought I would do
something to humiliate my family and the people I love. But it did
happen to me and I am here to warn you that it happens."
student of legendary coach Bobby Knight, Bliss recounted that his
violations were exposed after one of his basketball players was
murdered. "I cheated on something I didn't need to cheat on,"
Bliss said. "I was afraid of not having enough basketball
players, so I paid for two of my players to continue going to
school after their scholarship money ran out." .... Read this
in full at
opposite of love is not hate; it’s something much worse than
that. Hate with all its negation and emotion at least takes the
other into account. The opposite of love is something much cooler,
more pallid, and really much more cruel. The opposite of love is
PUT MORAL ISSUE BACK INTO IMMIGRATION EQUATION, SAYS EVANGELICAL
many have criticized Stephen Colbert for his recent testimony to a
Congressional subcommittee on immigration, an evangelical leader
with 13 years experience on the issue has commended the comedian
for reminding the public that the nation’s immigration
problem is a moral issue.
Carey, director of government affairs for the National Association
of Evangelicals, further noted how Colbert became
“uncharacteristically serious” while citing the words
of Jesus – “whatsoever you did for the least of my
brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40) – during
Comedy Central star, who is a practicing Catholic, said he knows
there are many “least brothers” in the current poor
economy. But he highlighted that “migrant workers suffer,
and have no rights.”
are not idle comments,” remarked Carey in a column posted
Wednesday on CNN. “Christians take Jesus’ words as a
call to show justice and mercy to those at the very bottom of the
a slightly irreverent comedian can help to prick the nation’s
conscience and move us to finally rectify this long-standing
injustice, then we welcome his intervention,” added the
evangelical leader, who worked for 26 years for World Relief, the
NAE’s humanitarian arm.... Read this in full at
Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king;
it is he who will save us."
anger enters the mind, wisdom departs.”
Thomas a Kempis
(1380-1471), Hortulus Rosarum, quoted in The Story of the
"Imitatio Christi", Leonard Abercrombie Wheatley,
London: Elliot Stock, 1891, IV.ii, p. 212
SHOULD THE BIBLE HAVE IN SOCIETY?
the Bible has become a divisive issue for some and little more
than sport for others. Some want to talk about the “authority”
of Scripture. They’re asking questions like, “How is
the Bible authoritative in our lives today?” Others are
wondering if the word “inerrancy” is making a
comeback. Is it? Or is the term only useful for theological
debates, to separate those who are “in” and those who
are “out”? How then should we interpret the Bible as
God’s word for our culture today? These questions are
discussed on video by Tim Keller and Alister McGrath and Brian
McLaren. Watch it at
DECLINE IN WORSHIP ATTENDANCE
Lovett H. Weems Jr.
people assume there has been a steady decline in worship
attendance for all the mainline denominations since the mid-1960s
-- the era when most of them began to see their memberships
decline. But trends in attendance -- usually thought to be a
better indicator of church vitality than trends in membership --
have actually followed their own patterns.
example, the Episcopal Church reported higher attendance in 2000
than in any year since 1991, the year the denomination began
recording attendance figures. The United Methodist Church reported
worship attendance figures in 2000 that were higher than those in
the mid-1980s. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America had
relatively flat attendance rates in the years before 2001, and the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the 1990s had several years
showing modest gains in attendance.
the years following 2001 have shown a deep recession in worship
attendance. The losses in worshipers year after year were more
dramatic than what data from the previous decade would have
predicted.... Read this in full at
my hand on a Bible, I would tell you that God unmistakably spoke
to me. "For reasons you do not have to understand," he
said, "I am calling you to serve church leaders beyond the
borders of the United States. I am making no promises that it will
be easy. In fact, it will require more sacrifice than anything
else I have asked you to do, but I am asking you now ...serve
church leaders wherever I give you opportunity around the world."
it was, in about fifteen seconds flat- one innocent whisper that
would upturn a major part of my life.
can be dangerous things. They can come with huge price tags. God's
whisper to his Son, Jesus- to make a redemptive visit to planet
Earth- was a costly one, and as we will see in the next chapter,
high-cost whispers are a huge part of what has kept the kingdom
dream alive throughout the centuries. Therefore it should come as
no surprise that a certain number of whispers that come our way
will drive us to our knees and stretch our faith like nothing else
can. So be it. We only live once, and I much prefer the idea of
standing before God one day, having done his bidding to the best
of my understanding than to face him knowing full well that I
ignored his voice and sidestepped the tougher promptings I
Bill Hybels, in his book Power of a Whisper
CAPE TOWN 2010
does not happen very often. This is the third time. The others
were in 1974 (Lausanne) and 1989 (Manila). On October 15-26 over
4000 Christian leaders from around the world will gather to
reflect on the call of God for the church.
will be discussions about truth, reconciliation, the gospel, and
the needs of the church worldwide. Each region of the world will
get to speak. Beyond this over 600 sites in over 90 countries will
be hooked up to watch and participate, so that the event truly
will cover the globe.
am looking forward to hearing what God is doing around the world.
I hope to be inspired and renewed in my sense of call. I also hope
to sense a greater connection with other believers around the
world as we consider what God has called us all to do in and for
role is Communications Coordinator for the command center of over
600 global link sites. I am overseeing 15 people who will work
three shifts around the clock to bring summaries of the events to
the Globalink sites to make the conference even more global. Our
job is to produce video summaries of sessions within 5 hours of
their ending and post them on the Net so other locales can get a
sense of what is going on. We will have video material, and
reflection questions, as well as summaries of the content.
schedule is a full one. Exposition of Ephesians will lead off each
day. Key topics are a part of the second set of daily meetings of
the full gathering. Topics are truth, reconciliation, world
faiths, priorities, integrity, and partnership. In addition,
specific topics will be the focus of certain afternoon sessions.
In the evening sessions, reports on what is taking place in
various continents and among various kinds of people groups will
take place.... Read this in full at
SINGING LIVES ON THROUGH SMALL DEDICATED FOLLOWING
archaic sounds that fill the historic former church sanctuary
echo, hauntingly, like a whispering ghost from the past. Inside
the 1902 building that once housed the Second Presbyterian Church,
the elaborate archways bounce back the sound of sacred harp
a style of music that once dominated rural evangelical religion,
in the days before the Civil War and church organs, when a capella
singing was the norm. It's never entirely died out, in part
because of people like Tim Cook.
was once common throughout the South," said Cook, a
shape-note singing aficionado who brought his lessons to the
former church that's now part of the University of Alabama at
group of more than a dozen interested singers sat facing Cook as
the song leader, holding wide-page hymnbooks filled with notes in
the shapes of open and solid squares, diamonds, triangles and
ovals.... Read this in full at
PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH
October, pastor appreciation month, thousands of churches
throughout the United States and other countries find special ways
to honor and express gratitude for pastors.
recent years, I have appeared on hundreds of radio stations to
talk about this unusual month and what churches and congregants
may do to express their appreciation for their pastors. Let your
ministers know they are genuinely appreciated.
come in all shapes and sizes. They may be men or women. No two are
exactly alike. Some are more highly educated than your medical
doctor, lawyer, teacher, governor or president. Some of our most
effective pastors, however, did not have the opportunity for
higher education. These pastors have spent many years in
of the best educated pastors I have known, and I have known
thousands of them, were not graduated from college or even high
school, but they spent years and hours each day in reading,
serious Bible study, attending conferences, learning from others
and relying on superb mentors to rise to the top of their
profession and calling.... Read this in full at
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function of fear is to warn us of danger, not to make us afraid to
rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great
WEEK'S HYMN: ABIDE IN THEE
Joseph D. Smith, 1869
Francis Cunningham, 1834
in Thee, in that deep love of Thine,
Jesus, Lord, Thou Lamb of God divine;
closely down, as living branch with tree,
would abide, my Lord, my Christ, in Thee.
in Thee, my Savior, God, I know
love of Thine, so vast, in me may flow:
empty vessel running o’er with joy,
overflows to Thee without alloy.
in Thee, nor doubt, nor self, nor sin,
e’er prevail with Thy blest life within;
to Thyself, communing deep, my soul
naught besides its motions to control.
in Thee, ’tis thus alone I know
secrets of Thy mind e’en while below;
joy and peace, and knowledge of Thy Word,
power and fruit, and service for the Lord.
men pray for power, the strength to do things. Few people pray for
love, the quality to be someone."
PRAY FOR PERSECUTED
the following list as your daily prayer guide. Think of a brother
or situation that applies and lift them up in prayer.
agreeing in prayer with you for God’s blessings to overtake
Favor with God and man
Be in God’s
Raises or bonuses
Checks in the mail
Gifts & surprises
Bills decrease while blessings increase
all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou
shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God" (Deut.
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