Must Read Monday: Suffering in Togo, Words that Matter and Homosexuality and the ChurchJanuary 29, 2018
Today’s Must Read Monday includes a listening up, looking up and reading up.
More than 15 years ago Todd and Jennifer Dekryger left America to follow God’s sending call to build a Hospital of Hope among the Muslim majority population of Mango, Togo, in West Africa. The story is one of triumph and blessing, tragedy, suffering and hope. In February 2016, Todd, the medical director and heartbeat of the hospital, and then just 45 years old, succumbed to Lassa fever. Jennifer is now a young widow with four boys and a heart that continues to be burdened for people to know Christ. On January 11 she had the opportunity to speak to the students of Cedarville University (her alma mater). Here’s what speaking the truth about suffering looks like in the real world: https://www.cedarville.edu/Chapel/Watch/serving-christ-sacrificially-in-life-and-in-death/LR9WndxSxkmdBDIsaCk9Lw
What do they need? Medical professionals who love Jesus and love people and are willing to answer God’s call to short term missions. Every day they turn away HUNDREDS of people who need medical care simply because they don’t have the medical personnel to serve them. If you’re interested in connecting with Jennifer and opportunities to serve at the ABWE Hospital of Hope in Togo, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The people who created and set the so-called Doomsday clock have recently captured the news cycle by making a dramatic show of moving the clock a tick closer to striking.
Here’s a one minute thought on the matter (which still leaves you a minute to spare!):
Opportunities for redemptive conversation are literally all around us. Even in the grocery store.
Yes, this is an actual picture of an actual advertisement on an actual box of rice mac & cheese. What does this communicate about the devolution of our understanding of what is good, what it means to really love and what marriage is all about?
Words endure continual redefinition by how they are used in conversation. Today, redeem the transcendental meaning of goodness, redeem the meaning of love, and redeem marriage by treating it with the dignity and honor God intends. Marriage is not given to us to make us happy or fill us up. Marriage is the reality of God’s eternal relationship with His people who are in Christ and thus become His bride. It’s a holy mystery and deserves to be treated with greater respect than a box of mac & cheese.
Coming (out) soon in a church near you: People who self identify both as LGBTQ and Christian are seeking to reform the church to not only accommodate but bless their personal sexual proclivities. As you read this piece keep asking yourself: what does the Bible say about God’s design for human sexual relationships? What does the Bible affirm about marriage? What does the Bible say about the call to holiness of those who are in Christ? What does the Bible say? You’ll have to supply that information because the article never attempts to introduce nor address what the Bible says about any of these concerns. If you don’t know what the Bible says here’s a good round up from Dr. Albert Mohler: https://albertmohler.com/2004/04/21/homosexuality-and-the-bible-twisting-the-truth/
The article at issue:
Nancy Pearcey is one of my heroes. She is a woman of faith, intelligence and conviction. She speaks the truth in ways that honor Jesus. Note that the journalist here uses the term “spar” to describe his interview approach. That tells you something as well.
And, three announcements you might have missed about The Reconnect!
Speak the Truth author spotlight and book signing at NRB national convention: http://nrb.org/news-room/articles/nrbt/top-reason-attend-proclaim-18-strategic-networking/
Hosting Connecting Faith on Faith Radio every weekday beginning March 5: http://cmbonline.org/industry-news/faith-radio-welcomes-carmen-laberge-as-the-new-show-host-of-connecting-faith/
Speaking in Tampa on the National Day of Prayer: http://www.tampaprayerbrunch.com/