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The 21st Century Church

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It is still staggering how theological and religious leaders are still groppling with the debate whether we should use modern music equipment in church? If it is ethical for women to wear makeup or trousers to worship services? If wealth and financial excellence are good Christian status? And recently, if high tech devices should carry Bible and religious applications? Plain stupid arguments for me. Unlike Islam, the Church is lost in the past. Singing "Give me that Old Time religion" can be emotional and move you to tears when you remember how things used to be in good old days. The Muslim brutal jihadists have done rather excellently in adapting to the changing times. Isn't it amazing that no matter how strict Europe is a free gun zone and with the strick monitoring of the movement of chemicals and acids, Islamic terrorists breakthrough and either attempt or succeed in carrying out daring terrorist missions. A decade and a half ago, it was unimaginable that large comme…

GOOD NEWS TO EVERYONE EVERYWHERE

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I don't know for sure if there is anything necessary for life and happiness for all mankind, yet freely obtainable. Now that sounds like some spam news or an internet fraud. Is it really possible to have anything that is a necessity for free? With man, a lot of things are impossible. In fact, the first law of earthly economics is that resources are scarce. If you don't understand this law of scarce resources you will never understand economics. It is the foundation of economics. Within the human realm, there is nothing really available to all for free. Let's take a few things that God's nature gives as examples. First, take oxygen embedded in the air we breathe in our nostrils. Although it is totally given for free by God our maker, yet air has become one of the most expensive commodity. Many people in the hospital pay unimaginable money to be placed on oxygen. Years ago I had to stay with my younger pastor's wife in the Korle By Teaching Hospital, Accra Ghana, whe…

THE MAKING OF AN EFFECTIVE MISSION FIELD

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The goal of Christian mission is to carry out the great commission Jesus left for those who believe in him. Matthew 28:
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Take note that Jesus did not say in either passage that a group of the disciples should reach the whole world and disciple the nations. He didn't say some from among you will remain in Jerusalem, while a few of you will go to Judea, then when you are done head on to Samaria and try your best to reach the end of the earth. Christian missions i…