Vacant lots remind us, bluntly, of what happens when humans transform landscapes and then neglect them. In ecological terms, these environments have undergone significant long-term disturbance: forests razed, prairies plowed up, wetlands drained to make smooth canvases for industrial and urban activity. Once industry leaves, cities depopulate or factories close, the buildings that replaced the trees face their own moments of destruction, but the ground remains.
Hillsong music is sung by an estimated 50 million people in 60 languages. Though phenomenally popular, its musicians "care little about what is trendy" and aim to make music that anyone can play. But can (and should) a local church reproduce the scale and atmosphere of megachurches like Hillsong?
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., who gave his life for the civil rights cause. Rev. King relentlessly and non-violently opposed racism, and his vision, influence and legacy continue to endure. Unfortunately, racism is still a problem in North America.
Tanzania was the perfect place to host this latest gathering of the CWME with its theme, “Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship.” The vibrancy and diversity of the Christian church and its witness in Africa was evident to the 1,000 participants who gathered to worship the Triune God, participate in study of God’s Word, hear from inspiring plenary and workshop speakers, discuss and debate the concepts of mission and evangelism and affirm the “Arusha Call to Discipleship.”
As someone interested in being an effective witness for the gospel of Christ in Japan, I find that an association keeps coming to mind. 21st century Japanese culture seems to have some uncanny resonances with Jesus’ own context of first-century Judaism, at least as it is described in the scriptural account of his ministry.
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