— A piece of advice from a conversation with a friend. (via plainandsimplejeanine)
Manhattan at dusk - Penthouse looking down The Plaza
Serving Christ is not about a moment in the future, but about where we are right now. Sometimes the hardest place to serve God is where we are right now, because there’s nothing particularly epic or exciting about it.
Sometimes the idea of serving God in a foreign land sounds much more thrilling than serving Him in our jobs as baristas or retail workers. However, we need to remember that everything we do is an opportunity to serve God. Honoring God is not just about the job that we have, but also about the way we do that job.
— Rebekah Bell // Your Job Is More Important Than You Think (via breanna-lynn)
— Matthew 6:30-33 MSG (via theriverjordyn)
— Joseph Cook (via hedgehoghovel)
This global perspective should make us think carefully before asserting “what Christians believe” or “how the church is changing.” All too often, statements about what “modern Christians accept” or what “Catholics today believe,” refer only to what that ever-shrinking remnant of Western Christians and Catholics believe. Such assertions are outrageous today, and as time goes by they will become ever further removed from reality. Europe is demonstrably not the Faith. The era of Western Christianity has passed within our lifetimes, and the day of the Southern churches is dawning. The fact of change itself is undeniable: it has happened, and will continue to happen.
Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity
It’s interesting to see what the church will look like within the next 50 years, as the Christian “majority” shifts to the global south and east, and the implications it will have on how we do theology. I, for one, am excited to see the new questions, understandings, and expressions, that this new context will bring.