The weather is changing, footballs are flying through the air and it won’t be long before the leaves drop from the trees. I love the Fall. And you are going to love some of these links. As always, I don’t endorse all of them or all of the perspective in each of them but all of them will help you be a more informed, better thinking follower of Christ.
Not a lot of time this week to read, so a fewer number of links to issues in my area of passion, church planting, evangelism, discipleship and preaching. But i think you will still find these interesting and challenging. As always, … I don’t agree with ’em all; I just post ’em to make you think. Enjoy.
Abortion and what might be called “abortion culture” is not just an American problem. It is a global problem. The war on women is under the radar, under reported, and under appreciated by the liberal-leaning media of our nation. But ideas have consequences and women around the world are paying the price. This brief article is from John Stonestreet. To hear a podcast of the article click on the title.
By: John Stonestreet|Published: April 1, 2011 9:44 AM
100 million more men than women in Asia? Why?
In 1927, Ernest Hemingway imagined a world of violence, crime, and cruelty in a series of stories called “Men Without Women.” Now, Niall Ferguson of Newsweek suggested Hemingway’s vision is coming true in Asia right now.
For example, in China, there are 123 male children for every 100 female children, an imbalance dramatically higher than just 50 years ago. When these children are ready to marry, there will be 22 million more men than women.
Why the imbalance? After 30 years of the “one child policy” China is seeing that ideas have consequences. Seeing the world in economic terms and denying God’s design for the family, has led this nation to commit gendercide. The result: a generation of undomesticated men and a spike in violent crime, corruption and aggression. And trust me, girls will be the victim of this too.
Thought you might be encouraged by some things I have been reading. Here’s a couple of quotes.
[All quotes from David Garrison, How Church Planting Movements: How God is Redeeming a Lost World]
“A church planting movement transforms Cambodia’s killing fields into fields of new life with more than 60,000 new Christians and hundreds of new churches planted over the past ten years.
“Despite government attempts to eliminate Christianity, a church planting movement in one Southeast Asian country adds more than 50,000 new believers in five years.”
In China, church planting movements “are baptizing 30,000 people a day.” (YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ THAT AGAIN!)
God is moving all around the world. More people are coming to a saving knowledge of Christ. Pray that God might use the new work to which He is calling me to start a similar movement here in the Chicagoland area that will spread to the entire country. Wouldn’t it be great to see a real, nothing-can-stop-it, Christ-exalting, people-transforming, justice-seeking, community-changing, love-saturated church planting movement in the United States?