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Longtime publishing executive Joy Allmond also comes on board to advance the vision of the ministry.What makes a person great in the world is not the possession of extraordinary talent but a fierce and persistent application of talent, guided by courage and character, toward a worthy objective. What makes a person great in the kingdom of God is, according to Jesus, a spirit of humble servanthood (Matt. 20:26).Which is why I am so deeply pleased to announce that Russell Moore will step into the role of editor in chief of Christianity Today on September 1.That Moore is a person in possession of extraordinary talents is incontestable. He was named dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary when he was a mere 32 years old. Through his books, his articles and podcasts, his public speaking, and his leadership of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Moore has served as possibly the most prominent evangelical Christian public voice in the country for the past decade. Anyone who has read his writings or heard his oratory will attest to his prodigious natural gifts.But talent alone is not the reason for our excitement. Moore has demonstrated, time and again, the courage to express his convictions and the integrity to live by them. Sometimes this has meant contending for essential biblical and theological truths in the public square. Sometimes it has meant declaring truths to the church that challenge and convict us.He has worked tirelessly to help men and women of evangelical conviction address the sin within our own ranks, whether that is related to idolatry and prejudice or abuse and neglect. Moore has taken on some of the most important and urgent objectives of our time, even when it has meant suffering the slings and arrows of critics both inside and outside the camp.What excites me the ...Continue reading...
Leaders of the City of San Clemente in California want to make a bold statement about the value of unborn babies as their state leaders push to expand abortions. The Epoch Times reports the city council initially planned to consider a pro-life resolution Aug. 16 to declare San Clemente a “sanctuary for life” and condemn […]The post California City Wants to Defy State, Protect Babies From Abortions appeared first on LifeNews.com.
Only revival with reformation can heal the American church from its spiritual trauma.This piece was adapted from Russell Moore’s newsletter. Subscribe here.This past week’s bonus episode of CT’s The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill podcast featured a conversation between my colleague Mike Cosper and therapist Aundi Kolber about the effects spiritual trauma can have on one’s body.The dialogue has haunted me ever since because it’s prompted me to ask whether American Christianity has experienced collectively how some experience trauma individually—and whether that might provoke us to consider what we are asking for when we pray for “revival.”In the interview, Mike asked how someone who has experienced a spiritually toxic environment could begin to heal. Kolber—referencing work such as Besser van der Kolk’s influential book The Body Keeps the Score—says she begins not with how a traumatized person thinks about a situation but, first, with what that person’s body is showing.That’s because, she argues, we can numb our perception to realities that we don’t know how to make sense of. But, she says, the nervous system often points the way—signaling that something is wrong by manifesting a variety of symptoms, sometimes long before the mind is ready to acknowledge that there might be a problem.It’s important to recognize this, Kolber says, and to not speed through healing from trauma. Often people want a checklist of ways to recover from a horrible situation—including spiritual abuse or trauma—so they can “move on” quickly with their lives.But the path to healing is not so simple, she argues. It usually requires a slower, more deliberate attempt at grounding and sorting through what happened. This is ...Continue reading...
The Old Testament Prophet Amos does this consistently! He has God enumerating the sins of wicked people, Nations particularly! Eight times, I just counted, the Prophet uses this same sobering pattern! For eight different people groups. Amos 1:3 is a good example: “Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I […]
Organizers of the Lambeth Conference revised a draft statement calling same-sex marriage “not permissible” after pushback. To organizers of the Anglican Communion’s Lambeth Conference, the global body has come to a point where it has to agree to disagree on same-sex marriage.Ahead of the once-a-decade gathering, organizers scrapped a statement that would have reaffirmed the conference’s historic stance against same-sex marriage.The proposed statement on human dignity—one of many declarations, or “calls,” that will go before the 650 bishops for approval—received pushback from LGBT-affirming leaders in the global body, including Episcopal clergy. The dramatically revised statement now recognizes Anglicans’ “deep disagreement” on LGBT issues instead.It says that “many Provinces continue to affirm that same gender marriage is not permissible” and “other Provinces have blessed and welcomed same sex union/marriage after careful theological reflection and a process of reception.” It also reiterates how Lambeth’s 1998 resolution advised against legitimizing or blessing same-sex unions.“We have listened carefully and prayerfully to what bishops and many others have said in response to the draft Calls, especially that on Human Dignity,” said Bishop Tim Thornton, the bishop overseeing the calls subgroup. “Archbishop Justin [Welby] has invited the bishops of the Anglican Communion to come together as a family to listen, pray and discern—sometimes across deeply held differences.”The Anglican Communion includes an estimated 85 million members spread across 41 provinces, including The Episcopal Church in the United States.Bishop of Los Angeles John Harvey Taylor was among the critics of the original call, as were clergy in Wales, who voted last ...Continue reading...
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