Several Midwesterners have helped shape changes in the national Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Attendees at the 2014 CBF General Assembly saw and felt a good bit of enthusiasm as the organization moves forward with more of its structure in place for ongoing work.
Many people with mental illnesses don’t exactly know how to relate to others or whom to trust, but everyone needs friends and people who care for them. Such a friendship can be like any other and includes sharing of personal information by both parties and, as the friendship develops, a sharing of feeling, hurts and whatever. A mental health condition need not be the focal point of the relationship. After all, none of us is perfect. We all have our “disorders.”
When I read that ethicist Glen Stassen had died, I immediately thought: "A mighty oak has fallen." But Stassen's work will continue to inform Christian ethics and, subsequently, the world. Now it is time for those rigorously schooled by him to continue his influence and do what he did -- pass along the passion for tackling the tough issues and do the hard work that even Christians often avoid.
The only cure for hate is a changed heart. That doesn’t necessarily happen in a court of law or behind bars. In the case of Frazier Glenn Cross, deeply embedded hate at a young age has resulted in a wasted life and flowered into a premeditated rage. For him, hate finally grew to its logical conclusion. A person rarely controls hate. Rather, hate controls that person.
Easter reminds us that one of the most effective ways to influence others for Christ is simply to tell the story of redemption and what the Son of God means to us, what he has done for us and especially the relationship with Christ that awaits anyone willing to trust him.
People of faith are keenly aware that “we are our brother’s keeper” and our children’s, our parents’, other relatives’, acquaintances’, strangers’ — everyone’s. They also are fully aware that Jesus was in the lifesaving and life-restoring business and admonished his disciples to be like him in attitude, compassion and action. Everyone can take steps to be better equipped to help people in this life and to make plans to help others significantly when we die.
February is Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month. It is a fitting month for Americans —- all Americans —- to observe this time and catch up on this aspect of America’s rich heritage.
Faithful congregations empower members, and their corporate faithfulness impacts those around them, those who benefit from the church's ministry and hunger for Christ themselves. Each church is God's temple.