Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Elder Orphans

HT: Gene Veith

As the Baby Boomers move into old age, a new problem is emerging. Many of them chose not to have children.  Now large percentages of the elderly will have no children or other family members to care for them.  As it is, 60% of the residents of nursing homes have no regular visitors.  These isolated old folks are being called “elder orphans.”
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy 150th to the China Inland Mission!

HT: Don Sweeting

This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the China Inland Mission byJames Hudson Taylor (1832-1905). Taylor was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China and founder of this mission. He spent 51 years in China.
On June 25, 1865, Taylor knelt on a beach in Brighton, England and cried out to God asking him to supply skilled, willing workers to bring the gospel to the inland provinces of China.
Think of it.  At the time there were less than 300,000 Christians in all of China, and they were mainly located in coastal cities.
Christianity came to China in the earliest centuries AD, then later through Nestorian missionaries in the 7th century. Then Catholic Franciscan and Jesuit missionaries came in the 1200s. But it was with the Protestant Evangelical missionary efforts of the 1800s that efforts expanded from converting the elite to reaching the masses.
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Hymn for Distraught Church Choir Directors

There aren't any distraught musical directors of any kind at my church, but I thought there might be some readers out there who would enjoy these new lyrics to the tune of "Immortal, Invisible."

Any other interesting new lyrics to hymns you would recommend?

HT: Unknown

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A God Who Wants Us

HT: Trevin Wax

If Billboard ranked church songs, “Jesus Loves Me” would probably be #1 on the preschool chart. From the time kids can put two sentences together, they’re singing about Jesus’ love for them — love we learn about in the Bible, love that overcomes our weakness, and love that welcomes the “little ones” who belong to His family.
When the renowned theologian, Karl Barth, was asked to summarize his whole theology in one sentence, he replied: Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Profound truth expressed in simple words.
Unfortunately, we can sometimes get so familiar with just the statement of God’s love that we miss the bigger picture of how this love is expressed.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Weak and Unashamed

HT: Abra Carnahan

I can’t think clearly today. My whole body is sore. My head hurts. I’m not sure how I’m going to get through today without fainting. I have so much I need to be doing right now, but it is taking everything I’ve got just to stay upright and awake. Tests came back indicating anemia — again. That explains the exhaustion and it is a good excuse to splurge on a steak dinner this week.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

'Inside Out' and the Gospel

There's yet another positive review of Pixar's 'Inside Out.'

I'll have to see it. I admit I was never too excited about the synopsis, but then again I didn't think I'd enjoy a story about a fish journeying across the south Pacific or an old man attaching hundreds of balloons to his house and traveling to South America with an annoying wilderness explorer kid.

Random fact: Four of the five emotions are played by popular NBC characters, two of them from The Office.

HT: Jeremy Pierre 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Where Did All the Christian Music Go?

It's amazing how subtly it all happened. I think this is a very good analysis, even though I somewhat miss CCM of the 90's . . .

HT: Samuel James