In recent months, Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked religious institutions to help with his expansion of prekindergarten in New York City. Who benefits the most from this arrangement? Should churches be serving the city in this way? Or are there better ways to help?
On September 4th, 53,000 four year olds in New York City walked into a classroom for the very first time. Some of those classrooms are in community-based or faith-based organizations, including churches. By next year the mayor has promised an additional 20,000 openings. In an effort to generalize the UPK experience across such a diverse array of facilities, the NYC Board of Education has published a set of guidelines that are to be used by religious schools and other faith-based organizations.
What if Mark’s Gospel had been written as a series of blog posts? Here’s what he might have to say about Jesus based on Mark chapter one verse one.
The Beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. – Mark 1:1
Everyone needs to know Jesus.
Why? Here are 3 reasons that come to mind:
1. Jesus is King
The word “gospel” means “good news”.
But not everyday good news. Like, “Gospel! My indigestion seems to be clearing up!”
More like, “Gospel! A king has been born.” Or, “Have you heard the gospel? Our king conquered the enemy army!”
David Platt has been selected as the new president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
I find it important to highlight this breaking news because of the strategic importance of the IMB and because of my respect for David Platt.
If you don’t know about David or the IMB, let me give a brief introduction of my own and then share a few resources to help you get to know the man and the mission.
Prosperity Theology brags, “Give us the highest positions of power.”
True Belief begs, “Please be merciful and give me sight.”
I’ll be speaking at the next MNYBA Justice Roundtable about how we can unite our church and community around a shared concern for the vulnerable and oppressed. This is a free event open to pastors and other church leaders.
“I Hope the Resurrection is True”
by Nathan Creitz
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