This photo of Korean peninsula at night illustrates the need for the gospel in North Korea. And yet notice that there are beacons of light in the North as well. Word is leaking out that the Church is growing and the Light is spreading even in the darkness. Pray for courageous, creative, and Spirit-powered ministers of the gospel to the darkest corners of the world.
This map highlights the challenges that Central Asia faces regarding the advance of the Good News.
August 3, one of the fathers of the Chinese house church movement, Samuel Lamb, entered his reward. In the 1950’s Pastor Lamb was imprisoned for refusing the government take over of his church. He suffered imprisonment until 1979. He his famous for repeating the line, “More persecution, more growth. During Pastor Lamb’s lifetime the Church in China grew from a few million believers to 80-100 million believers.
“A wind is blowing through the House of Islam. The House of Islam, Dar al-Islam in Arabic, is the name Muslims give to an invisible religious empire that stretches from West Africa to the Indonesian archipelago encompassing 49 nations and 1.6 billion Muslims. Dwarfing the size of any previous earthly kingdom, Islam directs the spiritual affairs of nearly a quarter of the world’s population. But something is happening today that is challenging the hold that Islam exercises over its adherents… ”
HT Grace Church of Wyoming
To Help the World’s Poor…
The latest U.S. jobs numbers showed a U.S. unemployment rate still at 7.6 percent. The official global unemployment rate, compiled by the International Labor Organization (ILO), is around 6 percent—which suggests American workers are worse off than their counterparts worldwide. But that statistic is deeply misleading. Unemployment is, by and large, a luxury of rich countries. Billions of people across the world are stuck working long hours in subsistence farming, hawking, or other informal occupations, desperate for a job that provides a weekly wage packet. Solving this underemployment problem is the biggest key to the challenge of economic development worldwide.
Do Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God? My friend Chris Bruno tackles this complex question in this very helpful blog posting.
I find it frustrating when I read or hear columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to obey.” What I hear most often is “Christians ignore lots of Old Testament texts—about not eating raw meat or pork or shellfish, not executing people for breaking the Sabbath, not wearing garments woven with two kinds of material and so on. Then they condemn homosexuality. Aren’t you just picking and choosing what they want to believe from the Bible?”
It is not that I expect everyone to have the capability of understanding that the whole Bible is about Jesus and God’s plan to redeem his people, but I vainly hope that one day someone will access their common sense (or at least talk to an informed theological advisor) before leveling the charge of inconsistency.
Here’s Tim Keller addressing the issues that I keep seeing brought up on blog discussion boards about the Christian’s inconsistent application of the Bible especially as it relates to homosexuality.