With every head bowed, and every eye closed...
And so begins the invitation to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus. Just like Paul did? Peter?
The "Sinner's Prayer", long used not in Christendom, but in American Evangelism, is the subject of a post by David Platt. From Platt,
It seems that “praying the prayer” is often used in a worship service or an evangelistic conversation to “cement a decision” or “close the deal” regarding someone’s salvation. People are often told immediately, “If you prayed that prayer, you can always know that you are saved for eternity.”
Lest anyone think he is anti-evangelism, he also states,
Most importantly, once someone repents and believes in Christ, be willing to lead that person as a new follower of Christ. Remember, our goal is not to count decisions; our goal is to make disciples.
VBS under attack - the new norm?
One trend that seems to be in vogue, amongst evangelicals, is to alter the traditional Vacation Bible School (VBS) marketing to cater to "non-churched" (those who used to be known as non-Christians) in a manner which doesn't overtly imply prosyletizing. Yet, society appears to not be that stupid. Case in point is this story from New York.
A Baptist church in New York City is facing backlash after they passed out flyers inviting children from a nearby public school to attend Vacation Bible School. Some neighborhood parents accused the church of being discriminatory because they oppose gay marriage.
Heh. We evangelicals may end up being forced into living counter-culturally, whether we want to or not!
Not enough Sun?
What's the gov't subsidized world coming to when a solar panel outfit can't survive in the middle of the Southwest United States?
Google search gets a B+ while Apple's Siri gets a D?
But, of course, none of the Apple-heads out there will get wind of this news since they live in a closed system type of world. ;^)
The Parent as the "Youth Pastor"
Considering that the vocation of youth pastor is a very new phenomenon, it seems that the notion of parental involvement in the theological training of children has merit. Oh, yes, it's also kind of Biblical. From the post,
...if we are going to stem the tide of youth leaving the church, I believe a key component is a fresh awareness of the centrality of the parents for youth ministry. Parents are the church’s primary youth pastors, and a central place in youth ministry today must be given to helping parents embrace that privilege and responsibility, and equipping them to do it. Youth ministry has a valid and important supporting role to the parents, but it must never become a substitute. Our youth are too important to allow that to happen.
A camera that keeps your home safe?
From the post title, "Solar-powered security camera keeps your home safe without wires". Interesting. I'd be interested to know how a camera can manage to keep my home safe.