Must Read Monday: Martin Luther King Jr., President Trump’s Words and The Latest Cultural ResearchJanuary 15, 2018
Remembering the Dreams of Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King dreamed right and righteous dreams. In the secular discourse it is sometimes lost that King operated out of a deep reservoir of faith, was motivated by Christian conviction, placed his hope in the Lord, and pursued a dream that aligned with his knowledge of God’s Kingdom as revealed in the Bible. If you want to know and honor Martin Luther King, you’ll have to get to know His King, Jesus. If you’re going to march in King’s name, recognize whose Kingdom he was interested in advancing.
Listen to his sermons here:
Two U.S. African American churches reflect on the journey that yet lies ahead:
The Evangelical Response to President Trump’s Alleged Comments
The President seems to drive the course of many conversations today. Christians need to be prepared by praying for him, discerning truth from falsehood in reporting about him, praising that which can be praised and condemning that which must be condemned. I addressed the issue of the President’s alleged comments about Haiti and the nations of Africa in an article posted on Friday.
How other evangelicals are responding:
Understanding the Beliefs, Practices and Trends of our Day
In order to know God we turn to the Bible, empowered by the Holy Spirit. In order to understand the days in which we live we turn to research from reputable groups. Research from Barna, Pew Research, PRRI, LifeWay Research and American Culture & Faith Institute are the reliable sources to whom I turn when seeking to understand the beliefs, practices and trends of our day. Barna Trends 2018 is now available and this digest of the research helps us understand the post-truth culture in which we live and seek to influence. https://www.barna.com/research/truth-post-truth-society/
“Truth is increasingly regarded as something felt rather than something known.” That one quote ought to stop us in our tracks as we consider how to engage our neighbors (who, the research reveals, trust no one in terms of credible news/information) with the good news of the Gospel.
Update on Pastor Andrew Brunson
We have been highlighting the plight of Presbyterian pastor Andrew Brunson since he was unjustly arrested and imprisoned in Turkey in October 2016. Efforts to gain his freedom have, to this point, failed. The call to pray for Andrew and his family is essential, but we must do more. Here’s Andrew’s story updated by the Religion New Service.