Larry submitted 15 weeks ago - (www.theamericanconservative.com) » 0 Comments
“The death of a culture begins when its normative institutions fail to communicate ideals in ways that remain inwardly compelling,” Rieff writes. By that standard, Christianity in America, if not American spirituality, is in mortal danger.
On 1 December 2013, my family and I were received into the Orthodox Church by the Sacrament of Holy Chrismation. On that same day, my entire family received, for the first time as Orthodox Christians, the Eucharist—the constitutive gift of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Nevertheless, my journey began long before that most profound day, probably around the time I entered the Fort Wayne seminary of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in 2003.
Every church should have an online presence. Your church people and your community are there, so you should be as well. But that is different than referring to something that happens via your website as a "church." But can an online gathering of Christians be classified as a church? Let's think through this by asking five questions.
Millennial Christians, and a good number of seekers among their generation, are gravitating to churches where the teaching and preaching is given a high priority. They are attracted to churches whose focus is not only on the members, but on the community and the world. Inwardly focused congregations will not see many Millennials in their churches.
From Martin Luther to Martin Luther King Jr, many who are considered saints or heroes of history today were, at one time, thought to be troublemakers. They are the men and women who stirred up trouble in their day because they were not content with the status quo. They are those who had vision and were able to see beyond the way things are and dream about the way things could be and should be. They risked everything and worked and spoke out for change.
GMan submitted 17 weeks ago - (www.christianitytoday.com) » 0 Comments
This is Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Philip Jenkins, a brilliant historian. I hope you'll find our discussion on global Christianity fascinating and helpful. Remember, Jenkins is a scholar and not necessarily an advocate for everything he mentions. As such, this is a different type of interview than we normally run—which makes it all the more interesting to me.