We often think of the commercialization of Christmas as a uniquely American phenomenon. Unfortunately, the truth about Christmas has been overshadowed all around the world, including countries like Japan. However, despite the dominance of the market over the manger, there is still hope to be found in this Christmas season no matter where you are in the world.
The current generation of young adults occupies a peculiar position in our current social landscape. This group of “emerging adults,” as they are referred to, have developed a particular worldview which makes it difficult for them to find purpose and identity within the traditional church environment. How, then, can we better understand these emerging adults so that we, as a church, can help them navigate their way through this world?
Cross-cultural engagement is never an easy task, especially when it comes to evangelizing. The unfamiliarity of the societal norms of different cultures often causes us to want to force our own worldviews onto those we are engaging with. Such a mindset may have shaped Western Society as it now stands, but perhaps there is another, more effective way to view cross-cultural dynamics, even those that exist within our own society.
If the Church can learn anything from the recent shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, it is that persecution is a scary and painful thing to endure. When we witness persecution, especially within the Church , we often resort to political responses rather than Christian responses. Perhaps this is because we don’t know how to respond as Christians. Join with us as we discover ways in which we, as a Church, can respond to persecution in a way that allows Christ to work through us.
Left Behind. Fireproof. War Room. The Shack. Chances are that most of us have seen at least one of these films or knows someone who has. What these movies have in common is that they all fall under the sub-genre of film known as “Christian” movies. While these may be enjoyable movies for some, not everyone shares this opinion. Join us as we hear a Christian filmmaker speak to the shortcomings of “Christian” movies and the potential that exists if we shift our perspectives on film.
The analogy is often used of the four seasons representing the four stages of life. We also employ the word season when referring to a period of time that is markedly different than that which came before. The concept of the seasons is one that is intimately intertwined with our perceptions of the past, the present, and the future. How, then, should we as Christians reconcile the often difficult reality of seasons in our lives with the promises of Scripture?
Christians have long stigmatized cursing. Often times we are so quick to dismiss what a person has to say because they employ language indicative of the ‘world’. But what if the problem isn’t as black and white as it is often made out to be. Perhaps there is more to language than just the words we do or do not speak. Perhaps there is something else that determines whether or not what we say honors God.
It’s now been several months since the horrific events at Charlottesville, but in light of Richard Spencer’s recent speaking engagement at the University of Florida it’s clear that the conversation is just as relevant today as it was then. Understanding the cultural dynamics which inspired these events is integral to a constructive Christian response. In light of these dynamics, how should we as Christians help pave the way towards progress?
In the aftermath of the terrible events at Las Vegas this past week, calls rang out across America to pray for Vegas. As Pentecostals we believe in the transformative power of prayer. However, in times like these it is often difficult to put into words the full extent of what we are feeling or want to say. This is made especially difficult when there are issues requiring prayer and attention that have been plaguing our society for months now. We here at ECCLĒSIAM want to help you find your voice. The following prayer is inspired by the Prayer of St. Francis and reflects the situations which we find ourselves in today. We ask that you pray this prayer with us, meditating on its words and finding ways in which we can all put it into action.