Category Archives: Community & Immigration

Discipleship at the heart of the church

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We affirm that Jesus calls people to be disciples who make more disciples, and this is the true mark of those committed to following him. This high calling on lives shaped by the Jesus story has been hijacked by an institutional preoccupation with buildings, numbers and cash flow. Therefore in response to the calling of […]

Privilege, Power and Stewardship

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We affirm that our world has been created with rich variety and diversity. Additionally, we affirm a sort of ‘divine differential’ (shown by different levels of giftedness, privilege and power), which was purposed for diligent stewardship and benevolence for humanity’s symbiosis. However, self-centeredness continues to beguile the divine differential, and is currently at best ego-driven […]

A gender-balanced church benefits everyone

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We affirm that a church with an equal ratio of men to women is most healthy and able to effectively model God’s ways to society. However, today’s church has a 1 man: 2 women ratio. For men, there’s a massive need for more effective evangelism, discipleship and ways of doing church. Over 2 million women […]

Good Work?

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While each person is gifted with an unique capacity to enhance family and community life through their work, activities and relationships, something else is also at play. A toxic cocktail of workload, pressure and precarious employment is leaving people drained and disenchanted. Erosion of relationships, health and sense of purpose is becoming the new normal. […]

Redeeming Influence at Workplace

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Christ gave himself to redeem us from all lawlessness, which includes every domain of society. However, today there is a big disconnect between the secular and sacred within churches and Christian community concerning one’s professional calling. We as Christians have abandoned our rightful position to the world and allowed it to set standards for us: […]

Support of Disabled People

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We affirm that all human beings are made in the image of God and thus are of great worth. We also affirm that some people face the challenge of disabilities, and for this reason they have different needs for support from society and/or different capacities to contribute to society, compared with non-disabled people. However, many […]

From Individualism to Interdependence

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We affirm the irreducible worth of every human being. In line with the creation account, we also affirm that individuality is best fulfilled in community. However, Western culture’s focus upon individual rights and freedoms has confused means and ends so that instead of benefitting a community, individuality becomes a self-centred fixation rather than other-centred outlook. […]

Diaspora and Ethnic Unity

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We affirm that diaspora communities should be setting examples of ethnic unity for the people in their homeland. However, many of them fail to convey the newly found ethnic unity they experience in their host lands where various ethnicities would exist with mutual understanding. Therefore, members of diaspora communities should take advantage of their united […]

Relational Traveling?

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We affirm the beauty, wonder, and richness of the world’s various cultures and the value of experiencing, learning from, and being challenged by them. However, many aspects of tourism and travel today erode environments, harm human (and non-human) populations, perpetuate intercultural divisions, undermine local economies, and consumerize cultural heritage. Therefore, we urge travelers to consider […]

Trust vs. Fear

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We affirm peace and security; the ability to live without fear. But the paranoid anger of tabloids and ballot boxes instantiate fears which currently haunt the West. Our ‘way of life’, our safety, wealth, communities, are threatened by someone—a faceless stranger. This stranger has distorted features: he is a terrorist, perhaps, or a refugee. We […]