Aligning with the Church

There is something more profound than a developed soul.

There is something more influential than a Christian mind.

There is something more compelling than a call.

This great enterprise gathers these elements together and places them in a context of such cosmic significance that Jesus declared it would be "so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out" (Matthew 16:18, Msg).

He was referring to the church.

Jesus made this staggering claim because the church would be His ongoing incarnation on planet earth. The church is His body, His presence, His life – the means for His ongoing ministry to the world, not simply as the universal body of believers around the world but as concrete communities of faith gathered together in the name of Christ as mission outposts to the world.

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South Sudanese pastors face death in espionage trial

A Sudanese judge last week ruled that the two South Sudanese pastors charged with spying, but whose supporters say are being persecuted for their faith, will face trial on charges that carry the death penalty. (Chiaramonte, Fox News)


Gen X, Baby Boomers see credit cards as a lifeline

Of the 1,000 Gen Xers age 35 to 48, and 1,000 Boomers ages 49-67 surveyed, 48% say that credit cards now function as a financial survival tool. That reliance on debt is particularly troublesome for younger Americans, who often put off saving for retirement and other needs because of it. (Jones, USA Today)


Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

The documentary "Web Junkie," to be shown next Monday on PBS, highlights the tragic effects on teenagers who become hooked on video games, playing for dozens of hours at a time often without breaks to eat, sleep or even use the bathroom. (Brody, The New York Times)


Hindu gods enliven 'Super Team'

Patel, 41, chose three deities to reference in Super Team: the monkey-like Hanuman, the goddess of power and protection Durga, and the blue-skinned Vishnu, who represents preservation. (Truitt, USA Today)


The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated

The "nones" are the fastest-growing religious group of our day. Nearly one in four Americans now identify themselves as having no religious affiliation. James Emery White's book The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated explores exactly who the "nones" are, what caused this dramatic shift in today's culture, and most importantly how churches can reach these people.

Ed Setzer, president of LifeWay Research, had this to say about the book:

In an era of increasing complexity and religious apathy, James Emery White has written a book that is helpful, informative, challenging, and timely. Those who care about communicating the gospel in this complex culture and think the church must regroup and re-engage should read "The Rise of the Nones."

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