Thursday, 31 October 2013

Christian News from Around the World (31/10)

The Hardest Part of Ministry - By far and away, this is the most constant, soul-aching concern that I deal with. Those ministering in more family-friendly suburban communities that welcome megachurches and gated neighborhoods may not understand the complexities of a ministry that is more urban and the dangers it can pose.

Cessationist and Continuationist and Prophecy - If charismatics and noncharismatics could agree on these points, I think that the debate on modern spiritual gifts would be largely over.

Satan’s Permission to Sift You like Wheat - For whenever we allow our own pride to control us we throw open the door to making the devil’s work so much easier. We fall when we least expect it.

Bombs in Confessional Box - Officials at Syria's oldest known church confirmed that bombs were found in the church's confessional box earlier this month. Patriarch Gregory III Laham, a prominent Syrian Christian leader, confirmed that the bombs were found in a church in Yabroud, while he was out of the country in Britain earlier this month.

Millennials Are Fact-Checking Your Sermons - Now with the ability to fact-check at their fingertips, Millennials aren't taking the teaching of faith leaders for granted. In fact, 14% of Millennials say they search to verify something a faith leader has said. A striking 38% of practicing Christian Millennials say the same.