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What I Read Online – 04/24/2013 (p.m.)

25 Apr
    • Just consider: does your church cooperate with other local churches in evangelism and missions, in discipline, in counseling, in mercy ministry, in prayer? Or, honestly, does it do its work fairly independently?

       

    • But wherever you come down on the question of authority between churches, it is important to recognize that our local congregations should in some measure be integrated with one another. And your church will best fulfill the Great Commission when its life is connected in relationship and awareness with other churches.

       

    • All Christians should care about how our churches are structured, since polity makes this political unity visible.
    • When one church presents a positive witness, every church benefits. We therefore share an interest in one another’s spiritual welfare
    • Since we share an interest in one another’s spiritual welfare, we should pray for one another, encourage one another, financially support one another as opportunity allows, and generally do what we can to support one another’s ministries
    • Churches should partner in learning from one another and teaching one another
    • Churches should work to learn from other churches from across time. The great creeds have something to teach us, as do the various controversies of the past. My church often recites a historic creed on Sunday morning.
    • Churches should encourage one another to conform to the same pattern of life, just as the apostolic churches imitated one another (1 Thess. 1:7; 2:4; 2 Thess. 1:4)
    • Churches should work to supply capable pastors or at least supply-preachers to struggling churches who lack them.
    • Churches should help one another with membership and discipline
    • Churches should work together in missions and evangelism
    • Churches should work together in missions and evangelism
    • Churches can partner together in their mercy ministry work
    • A group is calling for the Government to consider legalising multi-partner marriages. 

        

         The group set up a Facebook page just before the Marriage Amendment Bill passed through Parliament last week, legalising gay marriage.

    • The digital Nisei are different: Technology has shaped not just how they navigate the world but how they see themselves. Each generation imagines itself as rebellious and iconoclastic. But none before has felt as free to call bullshit on conventional wisdom, backed by a trillion pages of information on the web and with the power of the Internet to broadcast their opinions. They have thrown off the shackles of received culture—compiling their own playlists, getting news from Twitter, decorating web pages with their own art.
    • But at the same time that technology has empowered the digital Nisei, it has also exerted control over them
    • o be 20 is to wonder why you haven’t received a response to your latest message, to live in fear that your sarcasm was misunderstood.
    • one’s experience of Facebook is very much influenced by age. “A lot of older people, by the time they joined Facebook they already had a job and were posting baby pictures, not party pictures.” Their millennial-era children and siblings, on the other hand, had to frantically cull their Facebook pages before applying to college.
    • She is casual about what some might consider the risks of oversharing. In the future, she says, it won’t matter if you did post a picture of yourself covered in chocolate, because “the people who care will all retire and the world will be run by my generation, which doesn’t give a shit.”
    • Capitalizing on the Internet’s bottomless appetite for disposable weirdness, he adroitly managed the transition from ironic I-can’t-believe-I’m-watching-this phenom to the beginnings of a career in Hollywood. He gamed the system.
    • This, perhaps, is the most profound of the digital Nisei’s new rules: Make no distinction between the real and the virtual.
    • They aren’t crazy, these digital natives. They aren’t aliens. They all chose the real trip, every one of them.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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