this went thru my mind

 

AramaicHow to Save a Dying Language

“Geoffrey Khan is racing to document Aramaic, the language of Jesus, before its native speakers vanish.”

Churches of Christ: * Churches of Christ: Our Tradition, Our Identity as Churches of Christ by David Worley ; * Churches of Christ: Why are Churches of Christ Shrinking? Part 1: A Left-Brained Fellowship in a Right-Brained World; * Why are Churches of Christ Shrinking? – Part 2: Failure to Understand that it is an Increasingly Unchurched, Post-Christian World by James Nored; * Why Do Churches of Christ Have Hope and a Future? – Part 1: A Reawakening to Ancient Faith & Practices Such as Baptism & the Lord’s Supper by James Nored

* “Didn’t we teach them?”

* “What if, instead of viewing these things as a waste of money and a threat to our church tradition, we viewed them as “speaking the language” of the people in our mission field? Is that not what missionaries do? We would fire a missionary who went overseas and never learned to speak the language of the people that he was trying to reach and who did not work through their cultural norms and cultural values. But somehow, we forget that we must do the same thing here in the US.?”

* “… what can we do to respond to our increasingly unchurched, post-Christian culture? Here are some practical suggestions.”

* “… today there is quite a bit of interest in ancient, time-tested beliefs and practices.”

Diversity: Thursday is for Thinkers: Gabriel Salguero on How Diversity Informs Spiritual Formation

“Simply put, Christians are broadened and deepened as they worship, study, do ministry, and share life-together in community. It is across difference where the most important of Christian virtues, love, is tested. … I do not believe all congregations have to be multi-ethnic and multi-class. However, I do believe that urban churches are presented with unique opportunities to model the rich diversity of the kingdom of God as seen in Isaiah 11 and Rev 7:9.”

Humility & integrity: Fridays with Benedict: Chapter 7, The Ladder of Humility by Richard Beck

“In Chapter 7 of the Rule of St. Benedict–Humility–we encounter the famous ladder of humility, the twelve steps and stages that Benedict suggests mark the road to humility.”

Immigration: * Second-Generation Americans: A Portrait of the Adult Children of Immigrants; * Immigration Reform: An Overview from Mother Jones

* “Second-generation Americans—the 20 million adult U.S.-born children of immigrants—are substantially better off than immigrants themselves on key measures of socioeconomic attainment, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. They have higher incomes; more are college graduates and homeowners; and fewer live in poverty. In all of these measures, their characteristics resemble those of the full U.S. adult population. Hispanics and Asian Americans make up about seven-in-ten of today’s adult immigrants and about half of today’s adult second generation.”

* “What is ‘comprehensive immigration reform’? For years, this expression has been code for an immigration compromise.”

this went thru my mind

 

Facebook: Wash Your Facebook Page

“Facebook gives you an unfiltered platform to say whatever you want. That sort of freedom opens you up to posting things you might want to forget later. That’s not even mentioning the bizarre things your friends might post. Wiping those from your Facebook page takes plenty of time and effort. Facewash can do the work for you, though. It combs your Facebook page for questionable posts and status updates and then deletes them with one click.”

Honesty, integrity & justice: Ivan Fernandez Anaya, Spanish Runner, Intentionally Loses Race So Opponent Can Win

“I didn’t deserve to win it. I did what I had to do. He was the rightful winner. He created a gap that I couldn’t have closed if he hadn’t made a mistake. As soon as I saw he was stopping, I knew I wasn’t going to pass him.”

Small groups: Are Churches Overcomplicating Small Groups?

“… you have too much stuff going on at one time. … the longer you have been a church, the harder it is to take it back to square one.”

Vision: Presidential Inauguration Prayer Service

[Listen to Adam Hamilton’s sermon. It starts at 53:45 and runs thru 70:10.]