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ISSUES THE CHURCH MUST FACE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Sunday, 19 April 2015 14:09

This post by James White is spot on about the major changes that the Church in American reckon with and respond to

*Expansion of Christianity. In the next 35 years 4 out of 5 Christians will live outside Western Nation.  The universal church shall be non-white.  Most of the Church shall be African, Asian and Latin American

*The rise of Islam.  There will be as many Muslims as Christians.  Will they be moderate like most American  Muslims or will they be more like ISIS Muslims?

*China is changing.  Will it be dominated by a Dictator, by National Socialism, Buddhism or the now underground  Church?

*And finally, most important to my mind, are the radical changes in Marriage and Family

http://www.churchandculture.org/blog.asp?id=9138

 

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WHAT TOPICS ARE "IN" THESE DAYS IN MANY SEMINARIES?S PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 17 April 2015 10:25

What are evangelical Seminarians reading?  What should they read?  Here is a revealing survey.  What is the "in" trend?

A few years ago the fashion was "small groups".  That was followed by "spiritual formation".  Then came "Missional"  Today it is "Leadership".

http://www.seminarygradschool.com/article/The-Essential-Seminary-Reading-List

http://www.seminarygradschool.com/article/20-Books-That-Are-Changing-Ministry

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ON NOT PERFORMING WEDDINGS FOR THE STATE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 22 November 2014 16:58

What is the one occasion when Ministers of the Gospel act openly, officially as Agents of the State?  When they pronounce: "By the authority vested in me by the State..." in a Wedding Ceremony.  Here is a new movement to end that practice.  Sounds like a good idea.

http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/11/19/dont-conservative-pastors-vow-perform-government-marriages/

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WHY TONY CAMPOLO'S SON, MARK, IS NOW A HUMANIST PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:57

"Recently, I was reading some information on the American Humanist Association related to the controversy surrounding their leading poll on The Pledge of Allegiance. Somewhere in that reading, I came across the name “Bart Campolo.”  If the name sounds familiar to you, it should. His father, Tony Campolo is a prominent progressive evangelical. The last I knew, Bart had followed his dad and was preaching and practicing a left-leaning, though evangelical faith.  He is [now] the Humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California and a speaker for the Secular Student Alliance (SSA)."

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2014/september/deconversion-some-thoughts-on-bart-campolos-departure-from-.html

Did Mark Campolo cease being a true Christian?  Was he ever one?  How can we understand stories like his and that of Frank Schaeffer and others?  What can we do to help our children to not go down this path?  3 John 4  This is an insightful article that rises important issues.

 

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THE GREAT DECLINE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 16 August 2014 08:33

More evidence that America is a mission field (I was criticized for saying that in a sermon 50 years ago)

Here are troubling statistics-

http://www.churchandculture.org/blog.asp?id=6315

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