The July cover story,"Refocusing on the Family," was so encouraging. My policy was to listen to Focus when its hosts were talking about biblical principles for building up the Christian family, and to turn it off when they started talking about politics. Not that I don't agree with some of their political stances, but I can get those perspectives from a million other places.
Sadly, very few Christians are talking about the true cultural crisis that is the foundation of all the others: the demise of the godly family. That is the source of all the other issues.
Insight into India
"India's Grassroots Revival" was the best I have read on the subject. Tim Stafford demonstrated an amazing grasp of the complexities and multifaceted dynamics of the caste system, church planting, and the movement of God in India. It has taken me many years and multiple trips to India to understand what Stafford seemingly grasped in three weeks. The dynamic indigenous movement of God is almost unimaginable for those of us in the West.
Whenever I visit India, I am struck by the immensity of the task at hand, but come back encouraged by the faith, love, and devotion to Jesus exhibited by the brethren there. Our family is involved in missions and can attest to the fact that a revival is sweeping through the land, especially among the historically downtrodden. However, there are always hype and wild claims relating to church growth stats. It's good to welcome the reports, but with a grain of salt.
Thanks for "A Liberating Woman" , Christianity Today's tribute to Catherine Clark Kroeger. Years ago I felt a call to ministry and was devastated when I was put down by male church leaders. It haunted my spiritual life for years. When ...1