Child Sex Abuse: Is Your Church Ready for “Spotlight”?

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‘Spotlight’ will be easily known as the movie that trumped the Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer ‘The Revenant’ for the Best Picture Oscar award this year.

It’s based on the true story of how persistent investigative journalism uncovered the scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic church in the city of Boston. Some might remember the 2002 case and the worldwide outrage that sent tremors through the Roman Catholic Church around the world and sadly revealed many more child abuse cases that had been perpetrated across decades.

But few have been impacted by the Boston scandal like Alexa MacPherson has been. Continue reading “Child Sex Abuse: Is Your Church Ready for “Spotlight”?”

Six Warning Signs of Death in Marg Churches

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This world is broken, yet wrong-doing and pain takes you by surprise and anguish.

Marriages wither and become impassable gulfs.

Party leaders and national figures suddenly pass away.

Music bands split and inspiring movie stars wind up in jail.

There are, of course, reasons why such things happen. Marriages die due to lack of adoration and hard work and often, little adulteries that compound into a deadly avalanche of separation and divorce. Bands split due to misunderstandings and pride.

Party leaders die because death is the final equalizer and movie stars become prisoners because the law is a close second in the art of equalising.

Sin is at the root of all things that can go wrong and will go wrong.

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Church communities die too
I recently read an article at the Gospel Coalition titled “It Only Takes One Generation for a Church to Die”. Justin Taylor mentions Sean Lucas, who while researching Continue reading “Six Warning Signs of Death in Marg Churches”

Three Dangers Of Being The Life Of A Marg Party

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Hanging out has been a big blessing to me. Experiences others have shared with me during such times have been life-altering. I also got exposed to stories my friends would not have shared with me otherwise. (I would have learnt more about my friends, alas – I speak a lot more than I listen!)

Living as a community is a lovely thing. In many ways, God wants this to happen. After all, Jesus and his disciples and the first church were known for living community-oriented lives, all for honouring God and for benefitting others (Matt 22:37, Acts 2:42-47).
As Christians today, I hope we at Marg want to influence our friends and colleagues with the one thing that will change them forever – the incredible news of Jesus. Here is where Christians who are the life of the party come in. They often go to great lengths to invite friends over. They go out of their way, make new friends comfortable. From such “life of the party” folks, we stand much to gain from and to learn.

 

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But of late, I have been mindful of the limitations I face when I try to be the life of the party. Continue reading “Three Dangers Of Being The Life Of A Marg Party”