The average Christian in the world is not male but female, not white but brown or black, third world, not first world, far more Pentecostal than Presbyterian. The “average” Christian in the world today is a 22-year old brown female. She has not been to your conference...
...she has not read CS Lewis or Christianity Today; she has not read your blog, nor mine, and does not go to Starbucks or care one bit about alternative endings to Game of Thrones or if the latest lyric from Hillsongs agrees with our confessional standards.
She is also likely the vessel God will use to prophesy to the next generation. She’s not afraid of suffering either: Over 215 million believers are persecuted with intimidation, prison, and even death for their faith in Jesus Christ across the world (Open Doors, USA)
* 42% of the world’s population is under 25, half in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia
* The median age of the global population is 28.
If your 'mission' is preservation or expansion of White Christian USA nationalism, you need to wake up & repent
South American and Central American churches are thriving and reviving. Thank God. We have to be about global mission and embrace all people everywhere with the love of God. That starts with neighbors next door but won't stop there.
White American Nationalist Christians need to be at the feet of these global Christian communities and LEARN again the power of prayer, the presence of God's power in the absence of political power, and the joy of the Gospel. Man, I have so much to learn!

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Feb 13
Earlier today, @DavidAFrench published a column on the connections between extremist pentecostal & charismatic prophetic movements and some of the outrageous Christian nationalist rallies seen there. He noted @charisma_news as a sponsor. I haven't seen it in prob 15 years & was
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"Peaceful rally"??? Oh boy. It got much worse the deeper I dug into its misleading content. There was a day that Charisma was regarded as a legit source of news in Pentecostal circles, but its obviously been sidetracked by the most far-fetched of the 'Prophetic' movement...
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Hymn for this morning-

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord:
unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Savior shall my heart rejoice.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name:
make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age to age the same;
his holy name the Lord, the Mighty One.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might:
pow'rs and dominions lay their glory by;
proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.
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I am continuously shocked by conversations with people on the so-called religious right who are parroting Nietzchean approaches to power and Darwinian approaches to survival. They don't seem to realize how secularized their expression of faith has become. This is a colossal...
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The incarnation means God chose weakness, poverty, the margins, being a refugee, false charges, & state inflicted violence. He chose what we’d flee because we’d chosen to avoid him. He did this for love, a sacrificial love that reaches into our sorrow to take us to his splendor.
The incarnation means that there is no aspect of our humanity which is outside the scope of redeeming mercy. There is no dimension of the human person not stained by sin but neither is there any place left unhealed by his embrace. Reconciliation & Union with God are ours by faith
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Human dignity is not something we possess by mere visibility, nor is it a status granted by others. Christian anthropology notes that all people are God's image-bearers, a little lower than the angels, crowned with glory & honor. We don't bestow dignity. We recognize it.
This is true for the preborn and the incapacitated, the elderly and the impoverished. Christian anthropology, rooted in Scripture, resists the vandalism of all persons without reference to nation, faith, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, or 'utility'.
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