This week was my “Spring Break,” I took a class that still had me do some work this week though.
Anyways, next week starts 2 more classes so I will be doing three classes online and I am used to only doing 1 or 2, it will be a lot of work!
Anyways, this week I’ve been reading lot of religious articles:
Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds.
This is the most secular culture of America ever. Most humanistic, relativistic, and post-modern.
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Belief and the brain’s ‘God spot’
This one is an interesting one. One one hand no man is without excuse, but on the other hand, no one is righteous, not one.
This is true!
God Will Provide — Unless the Government Gets There First
It is sad but true, the Government is America’s “Savior” in a lot of ways.
More Americans say they have no religion
But I have read non-religious articles as well:
Ultra-High-Power Lithium-Ion Batteries – future batteries could charge in ten seconds
I need to tell my step-dad this! He eats way too much salt on everything!
NBC Stars Whimper About Jon Stewart’s Skewering of CNBC
This is a funny website, but the discussion continued as Cramer joined Stewart on the Daily Show last night. Go to comedycentral.com and see the full interview. i give Stewart props on this one.
Wolfram Alpha Computes Answers To Factual Questions. This Is Going To Be Big.
This should be intriguing, if it is not very accurate it will still be very funny to see the wrong answers this website may or may not produce.
Discipleship is a process, it takes time. It is not meant to be transformation quickly. (2 years, 40 days, 12 weeks, etc)
Our Spiritual formation and relationship with God is on-going and matures slowly. We are to be investing our lives into learning more about God.
Churches that are becoming more effective in discipleship have 2 or 3 year processes of learning the general worldview of Christianity, they also encourage and hold other classes for more mature Christians who want more training…(which all this is fine and great)
On one hand, it is difficult to but all of the Christian worldview in a 2 or 3 year program.
On the other hand, American Christians today need some sort of structure:
because we (as Christians) are losing out in discipleship and in spiritual formation and our Christian worldview. Americans have prioritized everything else in conquering their American dreams and have lost their worldview. They have lost their faith to secular world.
So I am encouraging these two-year processes but I am also saying that is not the end! Do not stop when the program is over because our faith is a process. It is a relationship of maturity. We continue learning more and more about God and being transformed more and more every day.
But even these “weak” and shallow structured programs are not enough. Because Christians will not make time for them The problem is no the program, this is a starting block.
The problem is in priorities. Christians say they have a time problem, but I beg to differ. They have a love problem and are not making time for their first love. 😦
1. claim that there are millions of transitional forms
2. admit there are absolutely no transitional fossils available for proof
3. discover that evidence concurs, there really are not any transitional fossils
4. say that this “evolution” happens so slowly that we will never see it…(this makes some of them feel better)
5. others claim that billions of years have past
6. and yet still they cannot find the transitional fossils from say, the last million years…(realizing this they…)
a. some will say erosion…sure erosion is a decent excuse, but they also say evolution is always happening so eventually one should find a no-eroded fossil or perhaps a living creature whom is in the process of “evolution”
b. others dis-claim everything they have already claimed and place all their emphasis on punctuated evolution…but to do this one must discredit everything they just learned (with something else that has no evidence)….
A Week Of Links
So one of my friends randomly does this about once a month…he posts cool, relevant (to his life), weird, interesting, or just random websites that he has visited recently.
I am going to try doing this once a week or ever so often, especially if I do not have much other content. Because 1. I do not blog as much as I would like to and this is an easy weekly post and 2. I am already visiting cool, weird, relevant, interesting, and random websites on a regular basis, but I usually post them on Facebook. Now I will also post them here…(like I said this will be easy):
1. My main source of Facebook link post is POP URLs. Pop Urls is a really cool website. Simply put it is a genuine aggregator. It takes all the buzz from all of the top news websites (like Digg, delicious, reddit, yahoo, metafilter, technorati, youtube, google, newsvine, nytimes, and much much more) all on one updated page!
How new people come to church for the first time
Now Crandall’s original study was done in the 10 years ago, when church growth scholarship was really studying the impact of such advertising. From research done some time ago and still in print from Amazon (Source:The Inviting Church, 1987 p. 44), here is what was found:
- 2% by Advertisement
- 6% by the Pastoral Invitation
- 6% by organized evangelism campaign
- 86% by friends or relatives