„Church is boring for most because the power of God has vanished from many congregations … there is a lack of desire to pursue Him in the pulpit as well as in the pew. Like Samson, they „know not that the Spirit of the Lord has departed” (cf. Judge 16:20)…
1. Is prayer an after-thought or a priority?
2. Is the church known for either emotionalism or dead formalism?…”
Source : Charisma News
Arhive pe categorii: Decadere spirituala
„Pentru că am fosr rugat să spun ceva în problema afirmațiilor aiuritoare ale păstorului american Tony Campolo, care a propus nici mai mult nici mai puțin decât ca homosexualii și lesbienele să fie acceptați cu brațele deschise în bisericile creștine, public mai jos câteva cuvinte de la mine (dar ce însemnătate pot avea cuvintele unui păstori român obscur în marea Americă?!) și un răspuns bun dat de un mult mai cunoscut păstor tânăr din California.
L-am ascultat de câteva ori. Am fost aproape de el de două ori în viață. O dată i-am strâns mâna. Tony Campolo mi-a plăcut. A apucat de multe ori în discuții ,,cărbuni aprinși“ de care alții nu cutezau să se apropie în predicile lor. A păstorit o biserică …” More>>
Sursa : Daniel Branzei
(This blog first appeared as an article in the Mennonite Brethren Herald, Sept. 12, 2003, and is here slightly revised.)
Let me begin boldly. I believe that there has been a colossal disenfranchisement of the laity in our churches. Parallel to this phenomenon is the professionalization of the pastoral ministry. I want to illustrate these phenomena and show why they are problematic.
Hierarchy of Gifts
First, there is little place for the involvement of the laity in the “important” tasks in our churches. Oh yes, lay people are needed to do the “smaller” tasks – help along with the children’s ministry, teach Sunday school, play in a worship band. But, the overriding assumption is that each of these areas needs to be headed by a full-time professional pastor who acts as an administrator over the volunteer laity who do the hands-on work – under supervision, of course. Thus we have worship pastors, children’s ministry pastors, evangelism pastors, administrative pastors, and always a lead pastor who generally does most of the preaching…https://elmerjohnthiessen.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/laity-and-the-problem-of-professionalism-in-our-churches-2/
Am gasit mai multe articole care dezbat acest subiect. Astazi vi-l recomand pe acesta:
Addressing the Damaging Effects of Professionalism in the Local Church
“We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry. The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the prophet. It is not the mentality of the slave of Christ. Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. The more professional we long to be, the more more spiritual death we will leave in our wake.”
These are the first words of John Piper in his book, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry. God has used these words in profound ways, not just in changing my thinking but really the course of my life. It was in a staff meeting one morning that I read this chapter and spoke of the dangers of a professionalized ministry, and the consequence of that meeting was a sovereign shift that directed me to seminary and now to the local church where I serve …
1. Professionalism tends to foster consumerism.
2. Professionalism creates a culture of comfort and settled tradition.
Cunoscutul evanghelist şi apologet creştin, Josh McDowell, care a participat la o Conferinţă de Apologetică Creştină Evanghelică, a semnalat faptul că lumea creştină trebuie să fie atentă la „trei schimbări culturale care sunt o provocare şi o ameninţare pentru biserică”.
Conform lui McDowell, prima schimbare este de ordin epistemologic, schimbare ce este relaţionată cu adevărurile biblice care sunt tot mai contestate ca fiind „Cuvântul lui Dumnezeu”. „Asistăm la o mare schimbare privitor la ceea ce credem că este adevăr şi de unde vine acesta? Am trecut de la ceva ce era centrat în Dumnezeu la ceva ce este centrat în noi înşine. De la obiectiv la subiectiv, din interior pentru exterior”, a explicat.
Citeşte mai mult pe http://www.stiricrestine.ro Josh McDowell – Trei schimbări culturale care ameninţă biserica | Stiri Crestine.ro
„America is in trouble. At 62 years of age, I’ve lived long enough to learn that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can turn this country around; no political party or politician is the answer.
The only hope for this country is Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ.
Next year I am planning to travel to all 50 states to conduct prayer rallies—we are calling this the Decision America Tour. I want to challenge Christians to boldly live out their faith and to pray for our nation and its leaders. I want to encourage Christians to get out and vote, and to cast their ballots for candidates who uphold biblical principles…” Read more>>
Source: Billy Graham
„Americans who say they have gay or lesbian friends are twice as likely to agree gay marriage should be legal.
Fewer than half of Americans say homosexuality is sinful.
And evangelicals are increasingly at odds with American culture over same-sex relationships.
Those are among the findings of a phone survey of 2,000 Americans about gay marriage from Nashville-based Lifeway Research. Researchers found that friendship and faith play an influential role in how Americans view gay marriage.
„When it comes to support for gay marriage, a lot of it depends on who you know,” says Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research. „Those who say they have gay or lesbian friends are the most open to gay marriage. Also, regardless of friends, evangelicals are more likely to consider homosexual behavior sinful.”
Currently 37 states allow gay marriage—though ceremonies are on hold in some places, pending appeals. Later this month the Supreme Court will hear arguments that could make same-sex marriage legal nationwide…”
Read the full article here>>
Source : Charisma News