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Jeff K. Clarke
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writer | blogger | speaker and Senior Editor of ChristianWeek
writer | blogger | speaker and Senior Editor of ChristianWeek

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Loving the stranger in a culture of fear

By Jason Tripp
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Fear, by its very nature, is antithetical to the gospel of Jesus Christ because fear reveals a disposition towards self-interests and self-preservation with little to no regard for others who are seen as potential threats to personal and/or national security.

Central to the life and teachings of Jesus, however, is the denial of self and death of the ego, which opens one up to receiving and living a life led by self-giving love, rather than self-preserving fear.

Read more below. http://www.christianweek.org/loving-stranger-culture-fear/

#fear #Jesus #Refugees 

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Global Report: Egyptian persecuted Christians persevere

By Geoffrey P. Johnston
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Life is hard for the followers of Jesus Christ in Egypt. Not only do the faithful live with the constant threat of terrorist attacks, they also face mob violence, societal discrimination and persecution by the state. And yet they persevere.

Read more below. http://www.christianweek.org/21516-2/

#Egyptian #Christian 

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A Church defined by Jesus – Part 2: The Church as the embodiment of the Kingdom of God

By Jeff K. Clarke
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In Jesus, God has launched a new world. He is what the world looks like when God is in charge. Rather than an upside-down kingdom, I'd prefer to call it an upside-right kingdom. Its values and ethos represent the way the world was always meant to be and the way God is lovingly leading the world to one day become in full.

The beginning of this process was launched in and through Jesus - in his birth, life, public career, death, resurrection, and ascension. And, the church has been called and energized by the Holy Spirit to continue in the kingdom ministry Jesus inaugurated.

Read more below. http://www.christianweek.org/17692-2/

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Salvation reimagined

By Rob Grayson
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While I have for many years lived and believed as though what matters most is what happens after death, more recently I’ve come to realise that what I really need most is healing and restoration here and now. In fact, the same is true of the whole world: the world needs saving, but not in the sense that the world needs a ticket to heaven. What the world needs is healing and restoration. This is what we ask for each time we pray “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."

Read more below. http://www.christianweek.org/salvation-reimagined/

#salvation #Church #Jesus 

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Kingdom vs Caliphate

By Bruxy Cavey
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In the kingdom of Christ, our loyalty is clear: Jesus. But what kind of law governs the actions of its citizens?

In Christ’s kingdom, the law of the land can be boiled down to one value that fulfills all laws: love. Love is our sharia, an Arabic word meaning “way” or “path.”

Read more below. http://www.christianweek.org/kingdom-vs-caliphate/

#kingdomofGod #caliphate #Jesus 

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5 important ways evangelism is shifting in our post-Christian world

By Carey Nieuwhof
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So what’s changing in evangelism? More than you might think.

While there are many things that are shifting in how we should approach evangelism in a post-Christian, post-modern world, these five stand out to me as shifts I’m seeing not just in the ministry I lead, but across many churches:

Read more below. http://www.christianweek.org/5-important-ways-evangelism-shifting-post-christian-world/

#evangelism 

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A church defined by Jesus – Part 1

By Jeff K. Clarke
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The Church should always center its identity, activity, and witness in Jesus who defines the life of the ecclesia (gathering). As a result, the gathered community of Jesus-followers are a people who reflect, imitate, and live the life of Jesus wherever they are.

Read more below. http://www.christianweek.org/church-jesus-style/

#Jesus #church 

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Hold my reservation

By Matt Charbonneau
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A student of mine asked me a short while back, “if God has unconditional love for everyone, then how come He sends people to hell?”

A very fair question, indeed, and certainly one that can generate plenty of conversation and debate – as it did that day in class.

Read more below. http://www.christianweek.org/hold-my-reservation/

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Approaching the study of God

By Garry E. Milley
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Ultimately, all theology must be judged by the bible as God’s word written. It is the standard for faith and practice. Humans can never produce infallible truth. There is always more light that God desires to shine from God’s word. The source of authority is the bible and we approach it humbly and respectfully never equating our thoughts with divine revelation. We seek to understand it and to stand under its authority.

Read more below. http://www.christianweek.org/approaching-study-god/

#God #theology 

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Why God may not be causing your suffering

By John Pavlovitz
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Far more attainable, is looking at the painful circumstances we find ourselves in at a given moment, and determining what part we played in arriving there, what role others had, and how we can and should respond in a way that affirms what we believe about God.

Read more below. http://www.christianweek.org/21470-2/

#God #suffering #pain 
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