From dwellers to seekers – understanding and engaging millennials for the present and future health of the church

From dwellers to seekers – understanding and engaging millennials for the present and future health of the church

I would recommend the book to pastors and congregational lay leaders who are grappling with how best to engage with young adults. Rather than lament their absence or attempt technical fixes toward the adaptive challenge such engagement presents, perhaps a better approach would be to read Seel’s book together with some members of the millennial generation. I believe the resulting discussion could be rich and informative for all involved.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls for religious pluralism and freedom for all as second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom begins

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls for religious pluralism and freedom for all as second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom begins

Secretary Pompeo recently announced the establishment of a Commission on Unalienable Rights, to furnish advice for the promotion of individual liberty, human equality, and democracy through U.S. foreign policy. In his opening remarks, Secretary Pompeo expressed his “hope that this ministerial will inform that discussion.”

The limits of toleration: China’s crackdown on religion

The limits of toleration: China’s crackdown on religion

The crackdown, part of a broader effort in recent years to restrict China’s fast-growing religious groups, includes detaining over one million ethnic minority Muslims in internment camps in the far western region of Xinjiang, removing crosses from churches, conducting surveillance inside churches, closing churches and demolishing church buildings.

Baptist World Alliance affirms women, decries religiously-motivated violence

Baptist World Alliance affirms women, decries religiously-motivated violence

The Baptist World Alliance calls upon Baptists to “Repent from the teachings and practices” that “have prevented women from flourishing as human beings created in the image of God and full members of the body of Christ,” and to be open to the Holy Spirit’s power to provoke transformation so that Baptists might affirm “the God-given calling of women for service in the church.”

Having a mission in life

Having a mission in life

Unlike the career development target of identifying skills, interests and needs to be fulfilled, a mission in life identifies the value to which you choose to dedicate your energy and focus. Few things contribute to purpose in life more than having a sense of mission and carrying out our assignment from God.

What is the sense of our small effort?

What is the sense of our small effort?

The upheaval we’re experiencing—from a toxic public discourse to the airing of grievances to the gridlock on important issues—can feel overwhelming and make us feel so small. We can wonder, perhaps even worry, about the sense of our small efforts.