You Better Find Somebody to Love

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I’ve been rummaging around in the archives and discovered a post dated back in January. It is a written version of something that I talk about a lot in conversations about living the Jesus Way in a relational context. It was about the “new commandment” that Jesus gave His disciples (John 13:34-36″). You can read the whole post—I hope you do—but it essentially says the Savior expects us to seek out a community where we intentionally love and serve. We are to look for a people among whom we can live like Jesus with everybody; a community that balances the Continue reading

Church in the Free Market

This is a reprint of a post of several years ago that appeared in my blog at ‘tween2worlds,us.

A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it … gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. ~ Milton Friedman, teacher of economics at Chicago University; winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in economics; winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988.

Friedman, is an influential character in his field, but his record is not without stains of controversy. His excursions to Chile during the 70s and his mentoring of what became known as “the Chicago Boys,”  a group of Chilean students who later became key figures in that nation’s government, irritated many because of Chile’s repressive regime at the time. Continue reading

Pray for Persecuted Christians.

It is the case that Christians are now the most persecuted religion around the world, We should stand up against persecution of Christians and other faith groups wherever and whenever we can.

Prime Minister, David Cameron

I recently read this prayer, written by Open Door, a mission and watchdog group for the persecuted church. As buildings designated for Christian worship become targets, it is not unlikely that congregations will be forced underground out of necessity. Pray that these involuntary house churches will flourish in the shadow of intense persecution.

nigerian churchesFather, we thank You for the persevering faith of these Christians in Nigeria and Sudan. We pray for those who mourn the loss of loved ones, that You would bring comfort to their grieving souls. We pray for congregations whose church buildings are no more. In this season of rain, we pray for places of shelter in which to worship. We pray for protection from violence and for wisdom for church leaders as they shepherd the people in responding in ways that honor You. Where Satan would use these circumstances to destroy Christ’s church, we pray boldly that You will not only protect Your church, but that You will even cause the church to grow and flourish in the midst of persecution. And during this month of Ramadan, as the Muslim world watches on, whether they are sympathetic neighbors or extremists, we pray that they will see You and turn their hearts from spiritual darkness to the light of the gospel of Christ. In the name of Jesus, who is gathering His church from all nations and peoples, Amen.

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