Monday, January 11


TODAY'S date looks like the front end of a Jeep: 011110 (via)

"SWEDISH church losing 1 million members by 2020" -- Other than on the books they've been lost for quite awhile. Fortunately, God is in the business of seeking out the lost. ~ link

MARTIN MARTY has a word for American Christians who scream "persecution" whenever someone opposes their political or social positions -- especially as Christian churches are fire-bombed in Malaysia; eight Coptic Christians are shot dead in Egypt; there is persecution of house-church Christians in China; and Christians suffer even unto death in some Indian provinces. (And that's so far this year!) ~ link

ANTHONY ROBINSON'S review of The Missional Church and Denominations: Helping Congregations Develop a Missional Identityin the Christian Century has a good word about the Evangelical Covenant Church. ~ link

OPINION and trend researcher George Barna has a new blog. ~ link

"WI-FI foe sues neighbor for using electronics -- Man says electromagnetic sensitivity has forced him to live in his car" -- ISTM that if you have a electromagnetic sensitivity you can't really live around people (There are currently three wi-fi signals in range -- and I know some are off tonight.) . You just have to buy someplace a little out in the country. I wonder how many people have that condition. ~ link

A BURGLAR is suffering from life threatening injuries after falling through a school roof while trying to take copper from the air conditioning units. ~ link

MORE dysfunction -- "James Cameron's completely immersive spectacle "Avatar" may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora." ~ link

"WITH a new hybrid car and a new ad campaign, Volkswagen is gearing up to take over America." ~ link

ARIZONA, still struggling to make budget, is considering the closure of 22 state parks. ~ link

NEW more competitive Arizona bank through consolidation -- gearing up for a stronger economy ~ link

ATTACKS on Christian churches in Malaysia deepen racial tension ~ USA Today

In this climate, I fear that a church is tempted to make two mistakes. It may overvalue the sermon while undervaluing the personal touch that informs those sermons. Gifted preachers understand human nature and the Bible, so they can craft messages that match the general concerns of a community. But unless they devote substantial time to caring personally for members, these pastors risk losing touch with the church’s specific needs. ~ Collin Hansen, suggesting that it's not just a problem with multi-site congregations
VOLUNTEERS needed to pick citrus for hungry ~ link

RETIRING American hero Arthur Rosenfeld ~ link

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