13 Signs You Are Neck-deep In The Indian Christian Sub-culture

Subculture : A group of people within a culture that differentiates itself from the larger culture to which it belongs. (Wikipedia)

India has so many subcultures; groups that have their unique characteristics and sometimes curious traditions. I could be identified as someone belonging to a certain Bible-believing, urban, Christian subculture. My subculture has its good and its bad and it’s funny. Here is a funny take on some of our quirkisms. Apologies if this hurts anyone- no offense, ok? 🙂

1) The word “ministry” has got to do more with pastors and missionaries than with the words ‘Defence’ or ‘Magic’.

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2) When you hear the name Louis Pasteur, you think he is a pastor in your city, not a dead scientist.

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3) No longer are angels, those chubby winged infants propped up in cathedrals- they are fiery creatures you would rather not meet in a hurry.

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4) You are deemed intelligent if you know your state’s current Chief Minister’s name.

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Why Does Marg Harp About “The Local Church” So Much?

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If you have been part of Marg church gatherings, you must have heard the term ‘the local church‘ zap past you in at least a few discussions. If you are like me, you must have wondered – “whuhh, I wonder why do they say ‘local church’ and not just ‘church’?”.

How does it even matter?

There are two ways of defining anything:

Way #1 – How God defines it.

Way #2 – How everyone else defines it.

This is true for the local church too.

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My precious brothers and sisters at Marg, other Christians and friends from other faiths could ask you why do you place such importance to your local church community.

You might have an answer ready, but is your response based from the Bible? If it is not, why should any Christ-follower trust what you have to say?

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Pune Church Leaders Pray for Muslims

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The Sales Representative in your department wears a skull cap to work?

The owner of your favourite bakery faithfully takes a break each Friday afternoon to go to the nearby Mosque?

Looks like you have a Muslim friend you want to share the incredible news of Christ with. But what does the word “Muslim” bring to your mind?

Radical Islam? Cops?

Angry, bearded faces? Extremism? Continue reading “Pune Church Leaders Pray for Muslims”

CLPF Pune- Church leaders together in prayer!

My first chance to attend the Church Leaders Prayer Fellowship (CLPF) Pune was a few months ago as part of my work. When I first heard that church leaders gather to pray to Jesus together, I must confess my first few thoughts were –

Can we have that level of unity, what with the multitude of denominations and theological differences in Pune churches?

I was a bit apprehensive. What kind of “leaders” was I to expect there? Continue reading “CLPF Pune- Church leaders together in prayer!”