NYC Mayor and Board of Education Want To Use Church Space For UPK Expansion

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?

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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.

3 Reasons You Need To Know Jesus

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.

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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: Newly Elected President of the IMB

David Platt has been selected as the new president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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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.

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.

Date: June 12, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Event: MNYBA Justice Ministry Roundtable
Sponsor: Raleigh Sadler
Venue: MNYBA
212.580.0655
Location: 236 W. 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Registration: Click here to register.

“I Hope the Resurrection is True”
by Nathan Creitz

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In 1 Corinthians 15:17, Paul said, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.”

Can you imagine what it would be like to discover that everything you believed was worthless? In this message I first explain that everyone who believes anything should question everything. Whether you are Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, or Atheist somebody is wrong and I “hope” it’s not me.

The second part of the message has to do with the hope we do have in the resurrection. If the resurrection of Jesus actually happened, then Jesus is alive, our message is true, we are forgiven of our sins, and more! So we need to hold on to hope in the resurrection of Jesus.

Finally, there’s a distinction between worldly hope and biblical hope. Listen to the end to catch the distinction. [Hint: Saying, "I hope the resurrection is true" really means "I know the resurrection is true"!]

I would love to hear your thoughts on this message from 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 in the comments below.