Oct 21 2014

Basileia Movement Basileia Movement: An Important History Lesson

I work with a campus pastor who is a master of balance.  He spends a good deal of his time with the highest paid business executives, and then the other half of his day in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city.  When he preaches, he loves to make dramatic, one-sided points, only to […]

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Oct 21 2014

Sunday's Child: Reflection on readings for October 21

Blessed be the Lord forever.Amen and Amen.(Psalm 89:52)Jeremiah 37:1-38:28When it looks like Egypt is going to stop the Babylonian advance, King Zedekiah doesn’t listen to Jeremiah’s warning that the Lord has cautioned him that the delay is only tempor…

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Oct 21 2014

This Day With God: Healing the Sick

A leper and a paralyzed man are healed in Luke 5:12-26. Both are healed based on their faith. They believed in Jesus and knew that He could make their lives better. On the other hand, the Scribes and Pharisees questioned … Continue reading

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Oct 21 2014

Seedbed: Why Discipleship Needs the Church

Many discipleship programs prize individualism and leave out the essential ingredient without which discipleship doesn’t really happen: the church. In today’s article, Steve Bruns shares why we need to leave our Gnostic tendencies behind and recapture a vision for discipleship that happens in and by the church.

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Oct 21 2014

Allan R. Bevere: You Forgot to Add One More Thing to the American Gloom March

According to the Wall Street Journal, American’s are now entering into their second decade of a gloom march in which, except for a couple of times, Americans believe the country is on the wrong track. Elizabeth Williamson writes,

“Why are people so gloomy? Well, it might just be everything,” says pollster Micah Roberts, sounding a bit like Eeyore himself. Mr. Roberts is vice president of Public Opinion Strategies, which along with Hart Research Associates conducted the poll. “We haven’t had a plurality saying ‘right track’ in over ten years so that’s pretty amazing. After 10 years it’s just part of the collective consciousness of Americans,” to think the nation’s gone off the rails, he added.

Even those who said they thought the nation was on the right track seemed to doom the future with faint praise.

While I don’t want to discount the work of the pollsters, I can’t fail to mention that there is another reason… and I think it is a big reason… for the making of doom and gloom in society– the 24/7 cable news cycle in which in order to capture ratings, news stations are constantly and incessantly reporting and focusing on every major news story making it more newsworthy than it actually is (neighbor, can you say “Ebola”?).

I used to be a news hawk spending way too much time reading it on the Internet and watching it on television. Several years ago, I quit… and my mood immediately changed. The only news I catch is in the morning, at some point. I get online and catch the latest headlines and read only those reports I am truly interested in. So I stay informed, but I do not allow the talking heads and political pundits to drive my day and my mood. It’s been liberating.

I have a suggestion for my fellow Christians. Instead of getting up in the morning and catching the morning news, or even reading the blogs (including yours truly), begin your day with morning prayers. Christians have been doing it for centuries and it can center your entire day in a positive way.

After all, we have to start the day somehow.

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Oct 21 2014

Begin Again: Journey, A Guided Meditation – Prayerful Tuesday

Galatians 3:26-29 The Message (MSG) 25-27 But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise.…

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