Sunday, September 25, 2011

180 movie

Why did these pro-abortion supporters make a "180" and are now against abortion? Watch and see!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Churches Are Abandoning Age Segregation All Across America

Churches Are Abandoning Age Segregation All Across America

WAKE FOREST, NC, September 15, 2011. The film Divided the movie, which has gone viral over the last 45 days, has now been thrust into the national media. The Washington Post (yesterday), the fifth largest newspaper in America, and USA Today (today) ran stories about the film and of the many churches, who are reconsidering the practices of modern youth ministry – and jettisoning them.

Scott Brown, who is a pastor in Wake Forest, NC, the Director of The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, and the Executive Producer of the film explains it this way: “What’s going on? It is a form of validation. It is saying, ‘Look there are other churches doing this. The dialog has reached national proportions.’”

Brown said, “What we need to recognize is that, for many pastors, it is permission to ask, ‘Have we been doing something that is destructive?’” It allows them to say, “It’s ok if we abandon this segregated ministry.”

Abandoning the established patterns of youth ministry is very difficult because they are so entrenched in the fabric of church life. There are so many churches saying, “We’ve always done it this way. We cannot abandon this.” But the reality is that other churches are doing this and are thriving. It’s like saying, “Get in while the water's warm.”

Brown has written a book, A Weed in the Church, explaining the history of youth ministry, the biblical support for age integration as well as what youth ministry ought to look like if all you had was the Bible. Brown explains, “The book shows that the Bible not only communicates the message of the gospel, but it actually tells us how to communicate the gospel to youth.”

“What is encouraging about the recent media acknowledgment is that there are now many churches to point to. If we have an acknowledgment that ‘It’s ok,’ it grants permission for other churches to look at it as well.”

While there are many who are embracing the practice of age integration for the discipleship of youth, there is still a vigorous discussion in the Christian community, especially among those who are against it.

Christianity Today ran a harsh movie review of the film on their website and likened it to “an angry letter-to-the-editor,” calling it “propaganda,” “categorically dangerous,” and “filled with scare tactics.”

On the other side of the spectrum of responses is Ted Baehr of the popular Christian film site, Movie Guide, "Everyone should watch DIVIDED. It is that important. DIVIDED is an interesting and compelling documentary. The point of DIVIDED has to be brought to the attention of everyone in the church - it is critical!"

Another critic of Divided, sounding much like Christianity Today, is a popular, neo-reformed blogger Tim Challies, who recently dismissed the film in an unfavorable review, counseling his readers to stay away from it. “It’s a destructive message wrapped in a poorly-made documentary. The church would do well to ignore it,” Challies wrote. He lobbed several grenades against the documentary, saying it was “not at all fair,” builds a “case on a cliché,” and is “not only uncharitable but also utterly ridiculous . . . complete and utter nonsense.”

Brown acknowledges, “Age integration is a very difficult proposition to embrace. I know how counter-cultural and disruptive it is to dismantle the age-segregated world that dominates not only the church but also all of society.” Yet, Brown categorizes the backlash criticisms in this way, “What is interesting is that many of the negative comments can be summed up by ‘You are ugly and your sister's ugly,’ yet they never come in with biblical arguments for their position.” They’re high on emotionalism, personal experience, and pragmatism and low on biblical support.

To interview NCFIC Director Scott T. Brown and/or to receive a preview copy of the movie Divided, the book A Weed in the Church, and press materials,

media should contact Tyler Dorin: 515-250-6491, tdorin@ncfic.org




Saturday, September 10, 2011

Is Perry Noble that far off?

Maybe you are not familiar with Perry Noble...count that as a blessing. Without going into great detail let me simply say he is one of the crudest, foul-mouthed, slanderous, men I have ever seen stand behind a pulpit. His latest rant though has struck up some concern. With some intro commentary from Todd Friel at Wretched Radio, take a look at the video clip below:


Foul-mouth and PG-13 comment aside, note that he only wants children of a certain age in the sanctuary. Why? Because he thinks they are the only ones who can handle his form of lewdness. But I ask you, is Perry Noble that far off from many mainstream churches?

Think of it, how many churches do not want children in the worship service because they can't "handle" the preaching, the singing, having to sit still for period of time, or interacting with the other members of the church? How many insist that Children's Church (also known as Junior Church) is the only place for these kids? How about the babies? Well, they have that figured out to. Just hand your child off to an experienced workers in the nursery because the service is just too much for them.

I propose that Perry Noble's thinking concerning the role of children in regards to the worship service is simply the logical conclusion many have reached because of their insistence on pragmatism and lack of reliance on the sufficiency of Scripture. Unlike Mr. Noble, I know many of them have good intentions but intentions do not predicate Scripture. One can have the greatest of intentions in any endeavor and yet be just as erroneous in their teaching as this man.

So I close with the same question: Is Perry Noble that far off from many mainstream churches?

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