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Hearing Tim Kellers Call to Action

I didn’t expect 2020 to motivate me to listen more closely to Tim Keller. I was already engaging with his thinking. Then again, none of us anticipated how 2020 would blindside us. Overnight, pastors and spiritual leaders faced the coronavirus pandemic: one of the most disruptive events to the church in the modern period. In... Read more

‘We Need to Call Out to God’: Franklin Graham Calls for a Day of Fasting, Prayer ahead of Election

'We Need to Call Out to God': Franklin Graham Calls for a Day of Fasting, Prayer ahead of Election Evangelist Franklin Graham is urging Christians to partake in a day of fasting and prayer on Sunday, October 25, just 9 days before the 2020 Presidential election.Graham, who leads humanitarian aid organization Samaritans Purse and the... Read more

Urgent call to Government to save church buildings

Some churches are home to their local Post Office(Photo: National Churches Trust)Anglican and Catholic Church leaders have issued a joint appeal for more government funding to protect key services run by local churches, many of which have come under increasing financial pressure because of Covid-19. It follows a new report from the National Churches Trust,... Read more

Russell Moores Call to Courage in a Culture of Fear

How do you respond to being attacked by the soon-to-be president? Russell Moore was famously on the receiving end of a belligerent Trump tweet in 2016, when the GOP candidate labeled him a nasty guy with no heart! Trump was hardly alone in his anger, and the critics piled on. I was most familiar with... Read more

Christian leaders worldwide call on IMF and World Bank to cancel debts of the poorest nations

Nyamuot Joak and her one-year-old daughter Nyayiena Gatkuoth, who has Severe Acute Malnutrition and is being treated at a clinic run by Christian Aid's partner UNIDO, in South Sudan's Unity State.Andreea Campeanu / DECChristian leaders from around the world and across the denominations have made a joint call to the IMF and World Bank to... Read more

Faith leaders call for changes to welfare to stop more people falling into poverty

(Photo: Unsplash/evstyle)Faith leaders in Scotland have made a joint call to the UK and Scottish Governments urging changes to welfare to stem the rising tide of poverty.  They say Westminster and Holyrood should implement measures that reflect the values of "care and compassion", and which would "make a real difference to families and individuals living... Read more

A Call to Worship – Tim Challies

I have mentioned before that one important element of worship at Grace Fellowship Church is the Call to Worship. These sometimes involve reading a passage of scripture, but other times combine several texts into a responsive question and answer format. Heres an example that might bless you this morning as you prepare to worship. It... Read more

Keeping the Faith: A Call to Prophetic Resistance

The task of prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish, and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us. Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination   I was in a car traveling to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon when the presidential victory of Donald Trump was announced on... Read more

Abuse report is a ‘big wake-up call’ for the Church of England, says Welby

Justin Welby said there had been a "shocking" lack of care shown towards victims of abuse in the Church of EnglandThe Archbishop of Canterbury has vowed to "do whatever it takes" after a scathing report this week accused the Church of England of putting the perpetrators of abuse before victims.  The report from the Independent Inquiry into... Read more

Churches call on Government to cancel debt of poorest households

The Government is being urged to cancel the debt of people who have fallen into hardship after months of coronavirus restrictions. The Reset the Debt campaign is the joint initiative of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Church Action on Poverty, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.  They warn that... Read more

Palestinian Peace Activists Arrested, Charged for Participating in Video Call with Israelis

Palestinian Peace Activists Arrested, Charged for Participating in Video Call with Israelis Military prosecutors in Gaza have charged three Palestinian peace activists with weakening revolutionary spirit after the activists took part in a video call with Israelis.The activists are from the Gaza Youth Committee and had participated in a video call in April as a... Read more

‘Discrimination Against Faith’: Catholic Leaders Call Out Quebec Government for Limiting Church Attendance

'Discrimination Against Faith': Catholic Leaders Call Out Quebec Government for Limiting Church Attendance Earlier this week, Quebecs Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dub, announced that churches and places that serve alcohol must lower their capacity to no more than 50 people, according to The Christian Post.Areas hit hard by COVID, such as Montreal... Read more

Mark it and Call it Holy – Daughters of Promise – September 11

MARK IT AND CALL IT HOLYAnd Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. So Abraham called the name of that place, The LORD will provide. Genesis 22:13-14 I can be an ungrateful person. I can cry out to the Lord when in... Read more

Respond to the Call – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of September 3

Respond to the CallVerse:  James 1:22-25Additional Scripture Readings: Matthew 7:21-27 James 2:14-20When God calls, will we respond or reject? Most of the time we want to respond. We run to our Lord, eager for his next command, hungry for the next assignment, ready to turn from what has been occupying us to what he wants us to... Read more

Call center introduces angry Iranians to Christ – Mission Network News

Iran (MNN) — There are plenty of circumstances fueling Iranian anger. The economy is failing, and governmental denial frustrates working-class citizens. The second wave of COVID-19 stokes fiery indignation. Suppressed by authoritarian rule, most Iranians direct their rage at the alleged source of all unhappiness. Anger, hate, and resentment towards God and religion are very... Read more

NBA Playoff Boycott Makes History (and Echoes a 2,000-Year Call to Self-Sacrifice) – Christ and Pop Culture

Earlier this week, three NBA playoff games were scheduled for Wednesday night. None of them were played. Following the horrific shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, all six teams chose to boycott in protest. First the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic boycotted, and the other four teams followed. This has... Read more

Yes, the Bible Is a Call to Social Justice | RELEVANT Magazine

Social justice demands a focus on societys problems, a necessary concern that conservative Christians have disregarded for centuries. As Spirit-filled, Bible-believing theologian Kenneth Archer puts it, Social justice is the Spirits cry for the poor and the marginalized, for creation polluted and in decay, and for the victimizers and victims. Healing is found in relationship... Read more

More Than 300 Faith Leaders Call on Trump, Republicans to Change Immigration Policies

More Than 300 Faith Leaders Call on Trump, Republicans to Change Immigration Policies WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 300 faith leaders have signed a letter addressed to delegates to the Republican National Convention and President Donald Trump demanding the commander in chief end immigration policies they argue are inhumane.Our sacred texts challenge us, first and foremost,... Read more

Christians call for racial justice in the U.S. – Mission Network News

MNN (USA) — Portland, Oregon has seen over 80 consecutive days of protest. Some of the demonstrations have been peaceful, but others have seen clashes with police (or federal agents) and property destruction. And its not just Portland. Cities around the U.S. have seen large gatherings to protest the murders of George Floyd and Breonna... Read more

Dozens of faith leaders call for action to stop ‘genocide’ of Uighars in China

FILE PHOTO: Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China September 4, 2018.(Reuters/Thomas Peter/File Photo)The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is among the dozens of faith leaders to have signed a letter demanding action to stop atrocities... Read more

‘Wakeup Call for the Church’: Half of Americans Say Good Deeds Get You to Heaven, Poll Shows

'Wakeup Call for the Church': Half of Americans Say Good Deeds Get You to Heaven, Poll Shows Roughly half of Americans believe they will go to heaven if they are generally good or do enough good things, while one-third believe salvation is obtained only by accepting Jesus Christ as savior, according to a... Read more

Canterbury Diocese backs call for Gift Aid emergency relief

(Photo: Unsplash/Joel Muniz)The Diocese of Canterbury is backing a campaign calling for Gift Aid emergency relief for charities.  The call is being led by the Charities Aid Foundation, Chartered Institute of Fundraising, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Charity Finance Group and Charity Tax Group.  They warn that coronavirus has triggered "the biggest financial crisis our sector... Read more

A call to Churches: We all have a part to play in ensuring no child goes hungry this summer

(Photo: Unsplash/Micha Parzuchowski)At a time of crisis where so many people need additional support, charities and church networks are joining together to enable and equip local churches across the UK to respond quickly and urgently. It is not too late to join in and be a part of that vital response. The global pandemic is something... Read more

MPs call for action from NATO and Britain as Christians in Montenegro face persecution

(Photo: Unsplash/Alexandre Micheloud)MPs Tim Farron and Steve Baker have called on the UK Government and NATO to take action to defend the freedom of Christians in Montenegro.  In a bipartisan article in Newsweek, the MPs, who are both Christians, said that religious freedom "must be defended and protected everywhere" as they warned of increasing harassment... Read more

A call to public leadership

(Photo: Unsplash/Edward Howell)The first words that came to mind were 'Lemmings' and 'cliff' even though that was very unfair to the rodents in question. The radio descriptions of a 'mass movement of people' to the beaches of Dorset were disturbing enough, but the subsequent TV footage was simply mind-blowing. People arrived in droves, apparently oblivious... Read more

Archdiocese Defends Statue of Saint Louis IX after Protesters Call for Its Removal

Archdiocese Defends Statue of Saint Louis IX after Protesters Call for Its Removal The Archdiocese of St. Louis in Missouri is trying to protect a statue of King Louis IX of France as protesters call for its removal.The statue, which stands in front of the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park, Missouri,... Read more

You Can Call Me His – Encouragement Café – June 30

You Can Call Me His By Paris RenaeThe Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are Gods children. Romans 8:16You are not Jessica or Sarah, or Kristen you are His. So often we let the world define us Sarah the one who had an abortion, Jessica the one who got divorced, Kristen the one who is... Read more

Hundreds of faith leaders call on Prime Minister to grant child refugees sanctuary in the UK

Migrants stay in a queue after arriving at the Austrian-German border in Wegscheid near Passau, Germany, on Oct. 27, 2015.ReutersHundreds of faith leaders have written to the Prime Minister urging him to grant sanctuary in the UK to child refugees. The open letter has been organised by the Safe Passage campaign and has been signed by... Read more

10 Scriptures That Call Us To Lament

Jesus warned us that life would not be easy and we would experience suffering (John 16:33). Even so, I dont think anything could have prepared us for the type of suffering we would encounter and witness during both the COVID-19 pandemic, and our nations battle against racial injustice. As a mother of five young children, I... Read more