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Earl Marshall

Month: July 2009

On “Taking Shots” at People You Don’t Agree With

The internet is full of blog entries that fill our hunger for controversy and in particular theological controversy.  Sometimes it can get downright nasty and there are many who have made a blogging name for themselves not only because of there ability to critique but the free way in which they call into question the character and holy sanctification of the person under examination.  Others, random commentators of blogs, leave one sentence trails of written destruction posted after blog entries for all the world to see (perhaps even after this entry).  Such "shock" writing needs to be reigned in.

Darryl Dash has a blog entry from John Frame on this very issue worth reading.  Ultimately we, the readers, can control this sardonic outpouring by refusing to slow down and watch, read, listen to the "car accident" up ahead.  But we seem to not have the ability to stop feeding at the trough of character assassination.  Critique away but with a deep respect for one another.

Denominational Insight

I confess to rarely reading in detail all the information sent to me from the region of our denomination (FebCentral).  We are part of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Canada, affectionately knows as The Fellowship.  Today I received the Dreaming About the Future survey which is going to serve as the basis about what the services the denomination will attempt to service its churches with in the future.  

There is the typical news but what stood out to me is the following declaration,

"The churches (of the Ontario Region) do not reflect the provincial ethnic demographic i.e. 85% of congregants are white; 62% of churches are in multi-cultural communities."

If the warning bells aren't already going off in denominational headquarters (it would be kind of cool if they actually did have a set of warning bells and perhaps even some sirens and red and blue lights) they should be now.  In one of the most multi-cultural countries in the world we are failing to impact a diversity of cultures.  Moving ahead in the future should constitute attention to the cities and what it means to engage in intercultural (or if you prefer "multicultural) ministry.  

It is time to move on this.   

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