How do you teach an entire country how to vote when no one has done it before? It’s a huge challenge facing fledgling democracies around the world — and one of the biggest problems turns out to be a lack of shared language. After all, if you can’t describe something, you probably can’t understand it. In this eye-opening talk, election expert Philippa Neave shares her experiences from the front lines of democracy — and her solution to this unique language gap.
I recently read (and would highly recommend) Charles Van Engen’s The State of Missiology Today: Global Innovations in Christian Witness. I was fortunate enough to receive a complimentary copy directly from the publisher.
The author (and his fellow collaborators) suggest that there are eight mission trends to guide us into the future…
- Technology: Computer and satellite technologies will be more and more significant.
- Insider movements: Those who follow Jesus of Scripture within their religious communities of origin.
- Preemptive peacemakers: Displaced people are in need of the love of Christ and the creative and loving presence of Christians.
- Scripture: Christian growth and development simply require access to the Bible in a local language with increasing cross-cultural Christian contacts.
- Migration and displacement: In our globalized world poor immigrants are being received by nations far away.
- Holy Spirit: Christian mission will be guided and empowered more by unmediated means and less by what is mediated by human effort.
- Poverty and promise: Christian development work requires partnership, prayer, reflection, and long-term commitment to communities.
- Mission from the South and the East: Mission will be from many centers and from the margins.
Pick up a copy and let me know what you think.
- Caught (2011): Alcohol and Unforgiveness
- The Woods (2007): Camp and the KGB
- Tell No One (2001): Emails and the Inner-City
- Fade Away (1996): The New Jersey Dragons and Unrealized Dreams
- Six Years (2013): University Professors and Fresh Starts
- Live Wire (2011): Ultrasounds and Lip-Synching
- No Second Chance (2003): Shattered Windows and the Serbian Underground
- Just One Look (2004): Family Photos and Big Hair Bands
- Promise Me (2006): Transcripts and Teachers
- One False Move (1998): The New York Dolphins and Old Mentors
- Hold Tight (2008): Parental Controls and Prescription Drugs
- The Innocent (2005): Self-Defense and Camera Phones
- Back Spin (1997): The PGA US Open and Mysterious Kidnappings
- Seconds Away (2013): Varsity Try-Outs and Movie Extras
- Long Lost (2009): CNN Anchors and Stem Cell Research
- Shelter (2011): Butterflies and Concentration Camps
- Stay Close (2012): Suburbia and Secrets
- Death Do Us Part (2006): Vows and Vengeance
- Missing You (2014): Online Dating Sites and Taverns
- Gone for Good (2002): Covenant House and Childhood Bullies
- The Final Detail (1999): The New York Yankees and Failed Drug Tests
- Darkest Fear (2000): Paternity Suits and Plagiarism
- Drop Shot (1996): The ATP US Open and Gang Violence
- Deal Breaker (1995): The New York Titans and Magazine Advertisements
- Play Dead (1990): The Boston Celtics and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
- Miracle Cure (1991): The New York Knicks and HIV
To all those who are still undecided or who have not yet voted, the 2016 presidential election is less than a week away. Finally, an end to what has been a disappointing and disgusting process (truly lacking both character and conviction). How did we get here?
As a pastor, I am careful not to endorse a specific candidate. My heart is to reach anyone and everyone with the gospel. Politics can be so divisive – I do not want anything getting in the way of an opportunity of introducing someone to Jesus. I trust, after someone encounters Christ and is transformed by his Spirit, that they will then be compelled to be a good citizen in their own context (that spiritual maturity impacts every area of our life).
Rather, I have included several different perspectives that I hope will assist you in making a prayerful and informed choice. Some of my closest and trusted friends are unable to vote conscience. This is a viable option at times (and not all individuals who lean this way are necessarily a part of the “Never Trump” movement). Not voting because you are too lazy to register or uneducated on the platforms is inexcusable. Protesting both parties and the candidates that they nominated is another story. Little of what I have witnessed from this election will ever make America great again (let alone the Republican Party). I am unapologetically pro-life (from the womb to the tomb – whether that life is innocent or guilty). There are serious concerns in regards to future Supreme Court nominations. However, many early Pentecostals were pacifists in a day when many of them were directly affected by injustices such as racial segregation and women’s suffrage.
That being said, I’ve come across good cases from other Christ followers on why to vote for Trump and even a few on behalf of Clinton. Just as I said eight years ago, respect others and their differing convictions while praying for the leaders who are elected (whether you voted for them or not). Regardless of what occurs next Tuesday, Jesus is still King.
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I recently finished listening to (and would not recommend) Amy Schumer’s The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo. I was intrigued by this book on a few levels. First, I love to laugh. Second, I read enough reviews to know that she was truthful and transparent in the way that she dealt with her own family dysfunction and religious confusion.
This should have come to no surprise to me – but she was far more crude and crass than I would have ever expected. Honestly (and I know she could care less of my opinion), my heart breaks for the hurt that she has experienced. And even though I do not respect her delivery, I do appreciate her passion on social issues and her generosity towards friends and family (namely how she honors her father despite his many shortcomings).
Who says change needs to be hard? Organizational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting your business in today’s constantly-evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting. He outlines five imperatives, centered around putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all.