There's also a brief bit on how to be a Christian employee which is pretty bland, but true.
And there's an article about raising a child with autism. It is difficult. And it's even more difficult for nursery attendants and teachers who are rarely trained in dealing with autism, even if they had the time to devote their entire attention to one or two kids in a busy nursery. To the extent it gives people a glimpse of life and enables them to deal better when trying to accommodate brothers and sisters in that situation, it's fine.
Let's not forget how to dump a program, either. Some things need to be let go - not that they were invalid when started, but they've long since been OBE (Overcome By Events) and need to pass from the panoply of programs on offer. How do you do that without really irritating the folks who are still on board from those early days?
Some banal news reports are mixed in - World Missions is sponsoring a Timothy Leadership conference in Kenya (though they call it something else); students at Calvin Theological seminary volunteer (they're required to); and somebody is starting a church without actually starting a church - or trying to.
That's kind of the thing among church planters, you know. Anything that smacks, however remotely, of tradition must be bad. Buildings gotta go. People don't want to go to church buildings, even though millions do every Sunday. Gotta get new music, however much folks might like the old hymns. Gotta be hip, gotta be cutting edge, gotta....well:
A new multicultural church in East Waterloo, Iowa, is reaching out to Waterloo’s young people, as well as to poor and chronically unemployed residents of the city.The Rev. Haywood says this like it is the most original thought in the world. It isn't. And it won't last, either. We have plenty of people out there already who believe in multicultural social justice, reconciliation, bridges of hope, and holistic gospels for disenfranchised youths. Maybe you should try believing in Jesus instead. Isn't that what Paul did? I seem to recall something like, "When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified..." (II Corinthians 2:1-2)
“I believe in social justice and reconciliation,” says Rev. Reggie Haywood, pastor of the Home Missions-supported New Straightway Church. “Jesus calls us to be ministers of a holistic gospel, and we want to be a bridge of hope for disenfranchised youth.”
Nah - too traditional.