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New Religions for a Godless World – Tim Challies

Weve all heard by now of the rise of the Nones, that growing demographic that, when filling out a census, marks their religious affiliation as None. While until recently they made up only the smallest minority in America (and the rest of the Western world) they may now come close to forming a majority, especially... Read more

Gardeners World and the Object of Attention – Christ and Pop Culture

British television has a reputation for excellence. The BBCs prestige dramas, like Sherlock, Broadchurch, and ITVs Downton Abbey are known for their performances and sharp writing. Equally important is the sense that British TV knows not to overstay its welcome. British series tend to end sooner rather than later, unlike American franchises, which more often... Read more

UK Government must increase overseas aid spending to fight coronavirus – World Vision

Over half of UK adults support increased overseas aid spending to tackle coronavirusBritish people are largely supportive of the UK Government spending more on overseas aid to combat Covid-19 as fears abound of a second wave, a World Vision poll has found.  The survey found that three quarters of UK adults (77%) are concerned about... Read more

Podcast: Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad about Enjoying the World (Joe Rigney)

This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series. Is It Sinful to Enjoy the World? In this episode, Joe Rigney, author of Strangely Bright: Can You Love God and Enjoy This World?, discusses why it's okay to celebrate God's good gifts. He explains the impact that John Piper and Christian Hedonism have had... Read more

So, You Want to Change the World? Start With Your Neighborhood | RELEVANT Magazine

Growing up as a millennial, the mission-centric, overseas life has been idealized and venerated. We are encouraged to look out there and to give and serve, with everything we have whether it be through short- or long-term service trips. Meanwhile, our friends post photos of their life-changing, life-saving, service-oriented Jesus-hugging trips. Naturally, this shifts our... Read more

7 Prayers of Joyful Defiance in a Tired World

Defiance is a disposition to resist. The joy we have in Christ allows us to face adversity through the perspective of victory. Jesus has already defeated death. The strength of God sustains us when we are too tired to trudge through this world. The joy Jesus died to grant us is set apart from fleeting... Read more

How to Face a Daunting School Year in a COVID-19 World

The arrival of the end of summer means only one thing, school is back in session. In true 2020 fashion going back to school is far more complicated than it used to be. Parents are having to make hard decisions about where or when their children will go to school. It is one of the... Read more

‘The trauma is stacked up,’ says World Vision Lebanon worker

A car buried under rocks and debris after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. The explosion has caused 137 deaths and 5,000 injuries to date.(Photo: World Vision Lebanon)The blast in Beirut that killed some 137 people and injured over 5,000 has exacerbated pre-existing economic conditions and reignited for many the trauma of Lebanon's 15-year civil war.... Read more

The Future of World Christianity Is African

Stories published in the sober British medical journal The Lancet don’t normally inspire sensational headlines. But one recent piece on current and future trends in global fertility has called forth some stunned and stunning reactions. The article describes what the BBC terms a Jaw-Dropping Global Crash in Children Being Born, as most areas of the... Read more

Bibles For The World to launch distribution campaign in Vietnam – Mission Network News

Vietnam (MNN) — Planning a new project during a pandemic is difficult work. Unforeseen complications, ever-shifting restrictions, and the danger of the virus itself all make event-organizing incredibly challenging. And yet Bibles For The World has been working on a new initiative for some time now. Theyre focusing on Vietnam, a country with high persecution... Read more

Joel Osteen’s LakeWood Church Partners with World Vision to Feed the Hungry

Joel Osteen's LakeWood Church Partners with World Vision to Feed the Hungry Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church have partnered with World Vision U.S. to boxes of food to those who are in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.According to Chron, World Visions Fresh Food Box Program provides enough food to feed a family of... Read more

Its a Festival, Not a Machine: Celebrating The Symbolic World – Christ and Pop Culture

When the sun rises, do you not see a round disc of fire somewhat like a guinea?O no, no, I see an innumerable company of the heavenly host crying, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty.William Blake The obvious is the hardest thing of all to point out to anyone who has genuinely lost... Read more

The Conference Reinvented: A Global Event in a Pandemic World – Tim Challies

This week the blog is sponsored by Getty Music. The team at Getty Music would like to remind you that summer registration for the Sing! Conference ends Aug 6, and if you use the code CHALLIES you can get 20% off! The Getty Music SING! Conference began in 2017 with a vision to equip believers,... Read more

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘Between the World and Me’ Will Be Adapted Into an HBO Special | RELEVANT Magazine

Ta-Nehisi Coates’Between the World and Me is one of the many books that have gotten renewed attention in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. Coates’ book, which is written as a letter to his young son about the author’s own experiences growing up in Baltimore and coming to grips with the extent... Read more

The Lawmaker Who Reportedly Called AOC an Obscenity Sits on the Bread for the World Board of Directors | RELEVANT Magazine

On Thursday, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to the House floor to address a reported exchange in which her colleague, Florida Representative Ted Yoho, allegedly called her a “f****ing b****.” Yoho sits on the Board of Directors for Bread for the World, a Christian advocacy group led by Eugene Cho. A reporter from... Read more

Bible Societies around the world at threat of closure over coronavirus

(Photo: Unsplash/MD Duran)The financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has left dozens of Bible Societies around the world at risk of closure.  The impact of lockdown across many countries has halted the sale of Bibles through the Societies, while also impeding vital fundraising work in local churches.  In some countries, like Jordan, Burkina Faso and... Read more

Can Kindness Heal a World Divided by Pandemic and Politics? Ashlee Eiland Thinks So

Can Kindness Heal a World Divided by Pandemic and Politics? Ashlee Eiland Thinks So (RNS) When asked what she would write about if she could write about anything, Ashlee Eilands answer was immediate.Kindness.It was 2018, and the pastor said the divisiveness and contention in public conversations was weighing heavily on her. Eiland, the... Read more

Respectable Sins of the Reformed World – Tim Challies

Jerry Bridges gave many gifts to the church, not the least of which was his 2007 book Respectable Sins. In it he coined a term that describes a whole category of sins that might otherwise escape our attention. Respectable sins are behaviors Christians (sometimes individually and sometimes corporately) regard as acceptable even though the Bible... Read more

What makes a pop star with everything in this world turn to Jesus?

Justin Bieber with some of his pastor friends(Photo: Instagram/Justin Bieber)I'm not a Justin Bieber fan but I can't deny his enormous influence. I realised this when I read the recent article in Christian Today which stated he had more than 140 million followers on Instagram. Now that's what I call a 'Virtual Congregation'! They will have... Read more

Lessons I Learned While Trying to Save the World | RELEVANT Magazine

I am a chronic idealist. Our cultures messages of save the world, lean in and YOLO (You Only Live Once) are metaphorically tattooed on my heart, fueling a million and a half dreams I have to help change the world for the better. As a twentysomething right out of college, I packed those dreams... Read more

Living for Heaven in a World Gone to Hell (1 Peter 3:8-22) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

We live in a geographic desert. This time of year, climate pushes people to find oasis. We also live in a cultural desert. People are also seeking an oasis. Jesus Church should be that oasis to refresh & renew people. Roman Empire – #1 superpower self-destructing w/infighting, division, & selfishness Christians were a minority group... Read more

President Trump Issues Official Notice of Withdrawal from the World Health Organization

President Trump Issues Official Notice of Withdrawal from the World Health Organization President Trump issued a notice to the United Nations this week asserting that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the World Health Organization over the groups response to the coronavirus pandemic and its close ties with China.According to Fox News, on... Read more

The antidote to despair in today’s coronavirus world

(Photo: Pexels/Polina Zimmerman)During this period when some of our synagogues are making only very tentative steps to reopen, how has our Jewish community been managing? Luckily for us, alternatives are always available, and that is why, we have been meeting weekly with our rabbi and his wife on Zoom. Every Friday, we study one of... Read more

Mental illness increases as coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the world – Mission Network News

International (MNN) Depression and anxiety has spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic and many people are searching for ways to curb it. David Creech, Operations Manager with Trans World Radio, works to provide online resources to help people cope with the global crisis. Theres a higher rate of suicides, there are more depressed people, especially among... Read more

Hong Kong activists now face a choice: stay silent, or flee the city. The world must give them a path to safety

Police stand in front of the Legislative Council building a day after it was stormed by anti-extradition Bill protesters(Photo: Reuters) The prospect of a shift from rhetoric to action reveals just how dire the situation in China's world city has become. July 1 is usually associated with Hong Kong's annual pro-democracy march. This year, it... Read more

Virtual Dialogue in a Divided World: 10 Steps to Healthy Social Media Interaction

Social media. Probably the greatest advancement the world has ever seen towards people keeping connected with friends and family and whats going on in their lives. Its really beautiful. Sadly, its also an art exhibit or museum or cesspool or haunted house (pick your metaphor) that puts some of the nastiest sides of human interaction... Read more

World Mission Sows Gospel Seeds in Ethiopia Despite Locust Devastation – Mission Network News

Ethiopia (MNN) Drought, flooding and locusts have plagued Ethiopia for months. Now in the second half of June, experts say the locusts will begin their migration again, potentially leaving Ethiopians and others in the region devastated by continued food shortages. Locusts have caused and continue to threaten widespread disaster for crops. They often move together... Read more

How to Make Your Home a Safe Haven in This Scary World

The world is scrambling to find solutions to overwhelming problems. Scientists around the world research cures for disease. Government regulations attempt to bring order and prosperity to society. Yet no matter the gains we make, mankind never achieves the peace were searching for.As a family, we can worship the One who promises to make all... Read more

World Missionary Press sees new avenues for Gospel witness despite COVID-19 – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) COVID-19 may be keeping people indoors, but the Gospel is not bound. Helen Williams with World Missionary Press says that even in these uncertain times people are reaching out to World Missionary Press for their free Scripture booklets and other Gospel materials. Talking to people in malls or on crowded streets is no... Read more