Laughing at Ourselves

September 22, 2013 ...

But it’s still a topic worth looking at. C. S. Lewis wrote that he divided the causes of human laughter into Joy, Fun, the Joke Proper and Flippancy (You can’t write an evangelical essay and not quote C. S. Lewis. If you try Alister McGrath comes to your house and deletes it from your computer). …

The Humor of Christ

September 22, 2013 ...

I don’t buy this gloomy assessment. Of course Jesus laughed. Realize we don’t have all the information on Jesus’ life in our New Testament. John says that Jesus did many other things that were not written in his book. So the absence of explicit reference proves nothing. We know that God laughs. The psalms tell …

Taking Humor Seriously

September 22, 2013 ...

The last paragraph of G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy goes like this: “Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian…The tremendous figure which fills the Gospels towers in this respect, as in every other, above all the thinkers who ever thought themselves tall. His pathos was natural, almost …

Visiting Churches

June 21, 2013 ...

Evangelicals place a high priority on corporate worship. Regular participation in weekly worship is the key predictor sexual and marital fidelity, generosity in charitable contributions, and many other fruits of godly living. Visiting churches can also be a refreshing experience, and can give pastors and church members new ideas for their service or church programs. …

Stories of Hope

June 21, 2013 ...

World Hope International, affiliated with The Wesleyan Church, heard about Cora and brought her to Sierra Leone Anti-trafficking Shelter. Through stretching and exercising Cora’s limbs, they worked to reverse her condition. One month after Cora entered the World Hope International shelter, she took her first step. Though Cora’s name has been changed for her protection, …

When the Traffic Comes to Church

June 21, 2013 ...

Most of us on the Council admitted that we were not well informed. We knew there were problems but had few facts and fewer solutions. We heard reports, read books, sat through briefings, met victims and often had our hearts broken. One expert said that young women trafficked in the United States are usually closely …

Building the Church in Multi-Ethnic Expressions

June 21, 2013 ...

More recently, Emerson’s research finds local churches are 10 times more segregated than the neighborhoods in which they sit and 20 times more segregated than nearby public schools. The problem? Local church segregation is unintentionally undermining gospel witness. An increasingly diverse and cynical society is no longer finding credible a message of God’s love for …

Building the Church in Hispanic Populations

June 21, 2013 ...

With presence comes influence. Hispanic growth — and the increase in cultural influence — is manifesting itself within the evangelical church. A growing number of Hispanics identify themselves as evangelicals. Ninety-nine percent of Latinos who profess religious faith identify as Christian, and 39 percent of those use the terms “born again” or “evangelical” to describe …

Broadening the Efforts

June 21, 2013 ...

We should celebrate that Christians have responded in such compassionate and strong ways to human trafficking. Many church-based responses to human trafficking have included short-term mission trips with a ministry serving trafficking victims in developing countries; providing material assistance (e.g. hygiene kits and clothing) to ministries serving victims; fund raising; legal reform efforts; documentary film …