Category: Current Issues

Current Issues

Learning from Church History–Martin Luther on the Deadly Plague

Martin Luther, 16th-century reformer, theologian and pastor in response to the black/bubonic plague wrote a short 14-page pamphlet “Whether One May Flee a Deadly Plague.” One quote stands out, though the whole document is worth reading. “You ought to think this way: “Very well, by God’s decree the enemy has sent us poison and deadly …

Current Issues

Way to go Millennials and Elders

A new set of numbers on the evangelistic practices of Christians as a whole, Evangelicals in particular has very encouraging things to say about the Millennial generation. While they have been known for their focus on “social justice” they are the only generation whose evangelistic practices increased significantly in the past three years. When asked, …

Church, Current Issues, Family

Who is really leaving the faith and why?

This is a challenge to parents as much as it is to the church. Many have reported alarming numbers of Millennials leaving their faith. This summary provides a good context for understanding what the numbers actually reveal. See previous related posts Millennials Critical Thinking What follows is from the Gospel Coalition blog. Who is Really …

Current Issues, Hope, Jesus Christ, Musings

Story behind, “Carol of the Bells”

A summary of the story (see the video for a retelling of the story) One of America’s best known poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), contributed to the wealth of carols sung each Christmas season, when he composed the words to “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” on December 25th 1864. As with any composition …