July 30, 2014

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Telling Ourselves the Truth Print E-mail

By Lewis Brogdon

This past February I devoted three weeks to preaching about racial indifference, resentment, and hatred among African American Christians. Turning my attention to the African American church was a different way to approach the issue of racism because African Americans have suffered and continue to suffer the devastating effects of racism linked to centuries of slavery, segregation, and discrimination. One would think if any group of Christians needs to think through both the systemic and attitudinal effects of racism, it would be European American Christians.

Religion News 07-24 Print E-mail

Cemetery Chapel Christian Church VBS Print E-mail

Come join us and go “Up and Away” for Vacation Bible School at Cemetery Chapel Christian Church, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, July 27 and from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, July 28. We will be telling the story of Jesus through songs, games, crafts, lessons and refreshments for all children, grades K-seventh. If your child needs a ride to the church please call 747-5707 and leave a message.

If you are looking for a church home, please consider coming and joining us.  We are located at 795 Foster-Lenoxburg Rd. and would love for you to become a part of our church family!


Notes from Elsewhere Print E-mail

My 13-year-old daughter left for Washington, DC, at 5:15 a.m. on June 9. The scene in the school gym was a curious combination of joy and tension. The 7th and 8th graders from our small-town Indiana school clustered in small groups comparing notes about what they were taking and expecting, while parents negotiated the complex demands of communicating love, encouragement, last-minute advice and not too much anxiety, without crossing the subtle line between acceptably and unacceptably embarrassing their children.

I didn't understand at first why this particular school trip had my stomach in such a tight knot. Presbyterian summer camp lasts longer - and there's no cell phone contact. As I watched the 13 and 14-year-old's board the bus, visibly engrossed in their own web of relationships and experiences, I realized she was about to have a big, profound, maybe even life-changing experience, completely apart from us. Unlike school - which is in a familiar building, just down the street by comparison with the nation's capitol, this experience can only be imagined as remote. Unlike her sports, which I don't play, but do watch, this experience can only remain invisible to me. However much or little of it I get to share will come only through the medium of conversation, and maybe some photos.

Are kids born with a predisposed ability to believe in God, a childlike faith? Print E-mail

Children, argues Justin L. Barrett, are born receptive to the idea that there is a God. In Born Believers: The Science of Children's Religious Belief (Free Press), Barrett, a psychology professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, builds upon previous research on cognitive development to show that children naturally intuit design—and a Designer—when exposed to the natural world. Holly Catterton Allen, professor of Christian ministries at John Brown University, spoke with Barrett about the scientific evidence testifying to children's religious beliefs.

Why do you suggest children are "born believers?"

Religion News 07-17 Print E-mail

Pleasant Ridge VBS Print E-mail

A one day VBS camp will be held Saturday, July 21st. Come join us in "Building Up God's House" One Soul at a Time.

Ages:  3 years - 7th grade

Time:  9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location:  6640 Hwy. 467, Demossville.

VBS Director Arlene Gosney

(859) 472-3119


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