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'The face of our church is changing' - CNN.com

'The face of our church is changing' - CNN.com | Global Christianity | Scoop.it
The merger of two Catholic churches in Bensalem, Pennsylvania -- one Anglo, one Latino -- reflects the changing face of the church across America.
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Anecdotal story on the shift from Italian immigrants to Hispanic immigrants in US Catholic church.  

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Marius Oosthuizen's comment, September 14, 2015 6:19 AM
Have for a while been aware of a trend away from "difference not the basis of doctrine" to "union on the basis of shared ideals" from particularly the pre-protestant movements. Perhaps the early signals of a resurgent global "christendom"?
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Review of Superforecasting by Tetlock and Gardner

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In an age of big data, we need better evidence-based forecasting, but also we need to recognize it's limits. 

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How AIPAC lost the Iran deal fight

How AIPAC lost the Iran deal fight | Global Christianity | Scoop.it
Many say AIPAC's efforts were doomed to fail in the aftermath of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's combative speech to Congress in March.
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Is this defeat the signal of a new trend or a just a cycle in Zionism's impact on American politics and conservative Evangelicalism? Will J Street rise in stature, compared to AIPAC, in reflecting the American Jewish diaspora?

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On the Right Side of the Future: The Struggle Ahead

On the Right Side of the Future: The Struggle Ahead | Global Christianity | Scoop.it

We’re entering into a genuinely new phase of human history, one in which claims that “The end is near!” need not be founded on the soggy morass of faith and revelation. Rather, the annihilation scenarios put forth by existential riskologists are based on evidence and reason, observation and logical inference. 

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My take on Torres rant: Why put doomsday on God, when humans have been destroying themselves very well without his help. File this under the need for a contextual and constructive Christian eschatology, a "theology of hope," that is aligned to the human future.

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ISIS Expansion in Libya and Threats to the Mediterranean and North Africa - Greece

ISIS Expansion in Libya and Threats to the Mediterranean and North Africa - Greece | Global Christianity | Scoop.it

Derek's Insight "Isis has significant expansion plans in North Africa, most of these plans include destabilizing the region, causing warring factions to fight against each other, meanwhile Isis wins with new recruits.  Home to 500+ million Christians today, and more than 1 Billion by 2050, a destabilized continent will have significant impact on that Christian growth.  How could the smooth development of organized Christianity throughout the region be effected?"

Jay Gary's insight:

Jihadist Wars, Failed States, Ethnic Persecution, Refugees, Migration, Terrorism 

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Marius Oosthuizen's comment, September 14, 2015 6:29 AM
Freedom and Religion in Africa: The generalised institutional void in Central and increasingly Northern Africa, is this the new frontier of ISIS in a post-Syrian conflict scenario? What are the implications for trade/travel/security in the region?
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500th Anniversary of the Reformation World Communion

500th Anniversary of the Reformation World Communion | Global Christianity | Scoop.it
The year 2017 will mark 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany, sparking the Protestant Reformation. Besides the WCRC’s 2017 General Council, which will mark the event... Read More
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Ecumenical anniversary watch

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Reformation 2017

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Lutheran World Federation's home page for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. 1 Theme: Liberated by God's Grace. 3 sub- themes, Human Beings, Creation and Salvation, not for sale. 

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Ecumenical anniversary watch... Note their thematic structure for 2017. The LWF will be just one of many bodies to steward this religious Quincentennial. 

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No! To Christian Reconstructionism that looks backward

No! To Christian Reconstructionism that looks backward | Global Christianity | Scoop.it

In his new book, Paul McGlasson, writes: "Reconstruction, by definition, looks backward, seeking to reconstruct what is believed to have been lost. The gospel, on the other hand, always draws us forward to God’s new world, already established in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Christ, God has already transformed the whole of creation. What does it mean for Christians to live in the world in the light of that radiant divine transformation?" McGlasson offers 4 points:

1. The inherent value of democracy as a divine right for all peoples and nations;

2. The need for economic equality in a world increasingly polarized between the wealthy and the poor;

3. The embrace of the outsider, the foreigner, the marginalized in our global society; and finally,

4. The relative value of human culture including government, art, science, education, and so forth) for Christian existence under God’s gracious care.

He concludes, "All of these are joined together in a force more powerful than any false quest for dominion over the other, indeed the most powerful force in the world: the power of love. The Christian is to participate in nothing less than a new society."

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The church must go beyond a theocratic Reconstructionism to participate and help shape the future of society. Ingersoll (2015) just released a book "Building God's Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstructionism," sharing the history of this movement up through the Tea Party.

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In 'non-religious' Japan, the shrine can still exert a pull - Christian Science Monitor

In 'non-religious' Japan, the shrine can still exert a pull - Christian Science Monitor | Global Christianity | Scoop.it
Japan is one of the world's least religious countries, according to a Gallup survey this year. Yet some observers have noted an uptick in the number of young people visiting religious sites at pivotal moments in their lives.
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Instinctual spirituality, blurs the boundary between religion and tourism in Japan. Folk religion in a post-traditional world.

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Mapping innovation across 3 horizons

Mapping innovation across 3 horizons | Global Christianity | Scoop.it

One of my most exciting areas within my innovation activities is applying the three horizon methodology, for working through the ‘appropriate’ lenses for different innovations and their future management. Let me outline the rationale for adopting this within your organization.

 

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How can visionaries, builders and operators work toward common ends in creating a shared future? How are these horizons at work as we look at our sector? 

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Rudolf Kabutz's comment, September 9, 2015 3:36 AM
While exploring the future of our present context, we may need to intentionally explore a variety of future horizons to obtain a more wholistic image of the emerging future. This means that the future in 5, 15 and 35 years' time should be seen together as the one feeds into the other in significant ways!
This multiple-horizon perspective is particularly for people of faith, who typically focus on the long-distance past by building on tradition and the long-distance future by yearning towards the heavenly utopia. By exploring the immediate and medium-term future in the backdrop of the longer-term future, a more integrated perspective can be gained to make the “not-yet” critically relevant in the “now”.
Marius Oosthuizen's comment, September 14, 2015 6:24 AM
Perhaps another perspective centres around the role of "actors" in the systems that forge these futures... in Christian tradition God is perceived, or subtly assumed, to be the primary actor with the systemic reach to ultimately forge the future He determines. The implications are manifold on the self-perception of the Church as to its own role in forging the future. Is there therefore a need, in applying the Three-Horizons construct to the future from the perspective of the Christian worldview, to deconstruct the restrictions of a God-in-charge paradigm, in favour of a "future-open grace-abounds" future" which liberates the Church to action? Which multiplies the "future" to "futures" and attracts innovative problem solving to the core of Christian mission?
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China expands crackdown on Christianity to Hong Kong

China expands crackdown on Christianity to Hong Kong | Global Christianity | Scoop.it

As China grows in global influence, it is expanding it's use of "soft power" to push it's values... They are starting to restrict the freedom of religion beyond China's own borders...

Jay Gary's insight:

Three separate questions, what is the future of:
1. religious freedom in China?

2. evangelistic oriented churches?

3. western-oriented churches? 

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Marius Oosthuizen's comment, September 14, 2015 6:28 AM
Some sub-sets of the three you mention Jay: 1.a. Is the Chinese state weakening or strengthening, and what will that mean for Christianity in the region? 1.b. Is freedom of expression in China on the verge of a reformation, given technological connectedness, in spite of the Great (virtual) wall ? 2&3: Given the new Chinese affluence (middle clasS) is the Church poised/positioned/attuned to answer the value-questions arising from material prosperity in the region?
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Creating Hero's Journey Websites: Using Storytelling To Improve Your Online Marketing

Creating Hero's Journey Websites: Using Storytelling To Improve Your Online Marketing | Global Christianity | Scoop.it
An introduction to the "Hero's Journey" method of storytelling Your product or services will likely solve a problem for your customers,  

No matter how boring you view this product, it sits within a ‘story arc’ that can always be made interesting to consumers facing the challenges that it solves.

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How can the Hero's Journey inform our journey to 2017 and beyond in shaping our collective narrative? 
File under: Transmedia, Anniversaries, World-Building, Meta-Narratives 

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Marius Oosthuizen's comment, September 14, 2015 6:30 AM
It may be interesting to superimpose the dominant Church self-narratives over the Hero's journey patter in order to understand the analysis of Church history-andtherefore-Church-future better?
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Is 2015 the beginning of the end for Africa's China-led boom?

Is 2015 the beginning of the end for Africa's China-led boom? | Global Christianity | Scoop.it

African Christianity is growing dramatically, this has mirrored economic growth in Africa as well... A decline in China growth is signaling the end of an economic boom in Africa.  How will a change in economy impact the church and the church's plans for growth/development/charity over the next 10 years?

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Religious Freedom & Business Takes Center Stage

Religious Freedom & Business Takes Center Stage | Global Christianity | Scoop.it

B. Grim and F. Makhzoumi

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At the annual Rimini meeting, Fouad Makhzoumi, a leading Arab billionaire industrialist, claims religious freedom fosters economic development and counters extremism.

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Marius Oosthuizen's comment, September 14, 2015 6:33 AM
Is the "Arab world" (if there is such a clumsy thing) readying for a tear in faith-state-commerce relationship similar to that which marked Europe in the last millennium? I.e. will the ISIS backlash extend to religion in general, and by what mechanisms with "power" seek to resolve the dangers of fundamentalisms? Secularism? Pluralism? Humanism? Liberalism (doubtful)? Or Islamic ecumenicalism?
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Faith 20/20 Formation Scenarios

Faith 20/20 Formation Scenarios | Global Christianity | Scoop.it

What will Christian faith formation in churches look like in 2020? Can we begin now to envision the shape of faith formation in the year 2020? This national initiative uses scenario planning to help local congregations think through what lies ahead.

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It's scenarios are very internal looking, and could use some external drivers, beyond spirituality.

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