Theology of Missions in Brazil

Brazilian evangelicals are evangelizing and writing about it as well. Or maybe the Pentecostals are growing and the traditionalists are writing.

This is a theology of mission by a Brazilian Presbyterian. Haven’t seen it, but I ordered it. From the price (R$7,00 @ 2.5/1 = about US$2.80), it can’t be very big.

Ah, and somebody tell me: has George W. Peters written a biblical theology of missions? Or has his Theology of Church Growth been translated into Portuguese with a different title?

Church’s Strategy to Help Women of the Street

Prostitution is a form of modern-day slavery.

The Catholic Church has produced a document at the first International Meeting of Pastoral Care for the Liberation of Women of the Street, held in Rome on June 20-21, at the initiative of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers.

The Lord’s church would also do well to consider this oft-forgotten group of people.

When we go to Guará on Wednesday nights, a small group of prostitutes and transvestites stand near the access ramp to the Via Dutra interstate highway between Rio and São Paulo). Our downtown area in SJCampos is overrun with prostitution as well, especially since it has been encouraged by the town council.

There are many reasons why women (and men) prostitute themselves. Those reasons bear study so that we may effectively proclaim the gospel to them.

Zenit News Agency – The World Seen From Rome

Benedict XVI called on the terrorists responsible for the London bombings to “stop in the name of God.”

I’m sure the terrorists are going to seriously consider his words. The world (religious and political) protests and prays and pleads, and perverse men laugh in their faces and continue their jihad.

If B XVI would send some Vatican troops to the front, that might help some.

Center for Christian Education closes down.

“Thus, the board has made the very difficult decision to cease operations at the end of June 2005.”

A non-accredited program, nobody wanted, apparently. We all like the diploma on the wall too much, is that it?

I first found out Wednesday from my longtime friend and new VP of CCE, Mike Landon. I gathered a certain surprise and chagrin from his email. Maybe the closing wasn’t as “graceful” as the board’s letter suggests.

From “‘This [decline in the practice of the faith and in participation in the Mass, primarily among young people] calls for reflection in regard to how much time pastors and catechists dedicate to educating youths and children in the faith and how much time is allocated instead to other activities, such as those of a social character,’ notes the document.”

This from a working document, of the assembly of the world’s bishops, to be held in Rome Oct. 2-23. The topic of the synod is “The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church.”

So even the Catholic hierarchy thinks their kids are getting too much entertainment and too little indoctrination.

We Christians, then, fight a cultural tendency, not just something happening in our midst.

As if you didn’t know that already.

The Uncertainty Of Life

Neal Pollard

I refuse to sensationalize, but you will forgive me if I sound a bit rattled. Five days ago, every one of our fourteen campaigners took the London Tube from our hotel to Heathrow Airport. We were all on the tube at an earlier hour of the day than apparent terrorists struck today. Our station, Hatton Cross, was well west of the areas targeted today. Then, of course, we were in and out nearly a week before today’s attack. Yet, in addition to the tragedy of the lives lost and the bodies injured in London, I could not help but have a sinking feeling thinking about our group using the same mode of transportation in the same city near the same time as this incident.

In my mind, it highlights what the Bible often says about the uncertainty of life. Think about those actually stricken by this tragedy today. There are not many New Testament Christians in London, so the likelihood that any of those killed were ready to die is slim. As they pillowed their heads last night, Proverbs 27:1 truly applied–“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” What about James 4:14? “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while then vanishes away.” Bildad rightly said, “Our days on earth are as a shadow” (Job 8:9). David wrote, “Each man’s life is but a breath” (Psalm 39:5). On and on scripture records this fact in various ways. We only have a short time on earth, and no one knows when time is up for him. Life is uncertain, but death and judgment are incredibly certain (Hebrews 9:27). When God makes an appointment, man cannot hope to break it.

You likely will not get on the Tube or the Metro today, though you will get in a car or truck. You may not be in a situation of high risk today, but you never know when and where that is. The faithful Christian has no need to worry about what will happen today, tomorrow, or the next moment. The security and assurance of walking in the light assures on of cleansing and salvation (1 John 1:7,9; 5:13). It is wonderful to be able to live with absolute confidence in Christ! That, my friend, is a certainty of life.
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