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What I Read Online – 11/29/2013 (a.m.)

29 Nov
    • As such, “neighborhood improvement” is the wave of the future as new residents change the landscape of their communities. The future of “urban,” then, is one that will be dominated by the middle and upper classes. Scudder wonders if this is why evangelicals are suddenly excited about cities. “Upper middle class white people migrate back to the city and, lo and behold, suddenly the church has a burden for the city,” laments Scudder. “Isn’t it a little embarrassing for the evangelical church in America that we’re not burdened for a neighborhood until it gentrifies?
    • Scudder notes that many in urban ministry are vulnerable to the “humblebrag” whereby they see themselves doing “real ministry,” in the trenches, as if their work is more honorable than those working with those in higher economic classes.
    • To date, most urban ministry programs in Christian colleges and seminaries are preparing students for a geographic world that no longer exists. I’m not sure what all the answers are but perhaps the time has come for religious leaders to stop using the phrase “urban ministry” and simply refer to their work as “ministry” because we find hurting people as far as the curse is found.
    • While I’m half-Taiwanese via my mum’s bloodline, at the time I didn’t think much of her observation. But today, the picture of those flags flown side-by-side is etched in my mind, representing something only Jesus Christ can do: break down barriers and bring true peace and reconciliation between two opposing sides.
    • And to know that in EFC church there are Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese Christians, worshipping Jesus together, gave me so much encouragement and hope.
    • I wouldn’t generally want to celebrate somebody who made his position in life by blowing people up,” he stated on a recent broadcast. “[H]e plead guilty to 156 acts of public violence and terrorism.”
    • Hammond outlined that Mandela was the head of the military wing of the African National Committee (ANC), which Hammond also referred to as “the abortion, necklacing and corruption party.” He said that 1,000 Africans were killed by necklacing in the country through the ANC, an act where terrorists would “put an automobile tire over someone, pour petrol over them [and] set them alight.”
    • “Winnie Mandela actually was found guilty in court of the murder of a 12-year-old boy,” he explained. “And it was upheld on appeal. She was sentenced to five years in prison, [but] she hasn’t served a day.”
    • “There’s a lot of Christians out there who idolize Nelson Mandela because they’ve been given false, misleading and incomplete information,” he said. “He has pushed for the legalization of abortion, pornography [and] homosexual relationships. … [He was] trying to legalize prostitution. He’s a radical liberal.”

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