this went thru my mind


Americans, insensitivity, perceptions, respect & travel: America the Rude by Dan Bouchelle [required reading]

“… believers in other countries find some things about us challenging.  … mostly, they find us rude. They don’t like to mention it, but I’ve heard this in almost every country I’ve visited.”

Church & success: How Do YOU Define Success? [required reading]

“Two weeks ago, while at Catalyst, Andy Stanley rocked my world. Talking about how we define our ‘wins’ in the ministry world, he shared that for North Point a win on Sunday morning is when an unchurched person shows up, is helped, and comes back next week with a friend. He went on to share that there are people who have an issue with that definition because it doesn’t include anything about people accepting Jesus, to which he responds a win has to be something we can control… and we can’t control whether someone accepts Christ or not.”

Elections, faith & government: The Impossibility of Being President and Following Jesus by Kurt Willems [required reading]

“The early church, convinced as it was that Jesus commanded his followers never to resort to violence, understood that certain jobs were inconsistent with being fully devoted disciples of Christ. Of course, working as soldiers or magistrates were not the only ways to have one’s commitment to the faith called into question. Any profession that promoted actions and attitudes inconsistent with holiness were deemed opposed to following Christ. This wasn’t some sort of fundamentalist legalism, but rather quite obvious ways to not be in line with the way of the Kingdom (similar to how we might view blatantly sinful jobs such as: willful prostitution, pornographic film producers, or drug dealers).”

Nones: 32% – A Third of Young Adults Not Affiliated with a Religion

“The growth in the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans — sometimes called the rise of the ‘nones’ — is largely driven by generational replacement, the gradual supplanting of older generations by newer ones. A third (32%) of adults under 30 have no religious affiliation, compared with just one-in-ten who are 65 and older (9%).”

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