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New York-based Union Seminary criticised and mocked for holding chapel service in which students confessed to plants [#UnionSeminary #ChapelService #NewYork]

New York-based Union Seminary has garnered a great deal of criticism and mockery for holding a chapel service in which students confessed to plants.

The tweet was met with numerous comments on Twitter criticizing the practice, seeing it as evidence of pagan practice at the school and mocking the confession as ridiculous.

Popular Christian satire site The Babylon Bee was among the critics, running a piece titled “Disaster At Union Seminary As Giant, Angry Carnivorous Plant Does Not Accept Students’ Apologies.”

Union Seminary mocked for having students confess to plants:
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Pastor Greg Laurie: “One dark moment in a Christian’s life cannot undo what Christ did for us on the cross. We do not go to Heaven because of what we have done. We go to Heaven because of what He did.” [#GregLaurie #JarridWilson #ChristianLife]

Pastor Greg Laurie addressed the subject of suicide among Christians, arguing that you will not be judged for the last thing you did before death, but the last thing Jesus did before His death.

In the wake of the suicide of pastor Jarrid Wilson, Greg Laurie, the longtime leader of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, stressed in a message that “one dark moment in a Christian’s life cannot undo what Christ did for us on the cross,” citing Romans 8:38-39.

Romans 8:38-39
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“We do not go to Heaven because of what we have done. We go to Heaven because of what He did.”

“We need to remember that.”

– Greg Laurie

Benny Hinn rejects Prosperity Gospel – “Holy Ghost is just fed up with it” – “Gospel is not for sale” [#BennyHinn #ProsperityGospel #GospelNotForSale]

Controversial televangelist Benny Hinn, formerly one of the most aggressive proponents of the prosperity gospel, has for the first time in his career, delivered a full-throated rejection of the practice that made him and his family millions declaring that the “Holy Ghost is just fed up with it.”

According to the prosperity gospel, among other things, believers have a right to the blessings of health and wealth, and they can obtain these blessings through positive confessions of faith and the “sowing of seeds” through the faithful payments of tithes and offerings.

Benny Hinn, who has long been a lightning rod for criticism for his support of the theology, declared the Gospel “is not for sale.”

Benny Hinn renounces prosperity gospel, says ‘Holy Ghost is just fed up with it’:
Christian Post

Fast-food Witness of Chick-fil-A: Lessons on ‘Christian Business’ [#FastFood #ChickFilA #ChristianBusiness]

Over the past decade, Chick-fil-A has rapidly risen as a leading contender in the fast-food wars, with soaring sales, ever-increasing market share, and a strong reputation for hospitality and customer satisfaction.

In 2018 alone, revenue rose by 16.7% to $10.5 billion, making Chick-fil-A the third largest restaurant chain in the United States.

Given the well-known Christian bent of the company, such success has made it a primary exhibit among those in the faith-work movement—a sterling symbol of what a successful “Christian business” can or should look like in an age of “woke capitalism.”

But why?

What is it about the distinct culture of Chick-fil-A that sets it apart from other companies?

What is it about their specific vision of Christian business and vocation that we might apply to our own economic activities—whether as workers, creators, or consumers?

Most of the public admiration seems to be largely stuck at the surface:
1. relishing in the company’s countercultural support of “family values”
2. its restaurants are closed on Sundays and tend to play Christian music in their dining areas

Others point to its
1. philanthropic work, which focuses on battling child hunger
2. caring for foster families
3. empowering employees to attend college.

These are key features of Chick-fil-A’s character and public witness, but its bigger differentiator is found in something a bit more mundane: a simple focus on serving neighbors and doing it well.

Indeed, while many “Christian businesses” seek to justify their existences by adding Bible verses on boxes or touting extra “social responsibility” flair (“We send X% of our profits to Ministry Y”), Chick-fil-A finds its primary purpose in its primary offering—delicious chicken sandwiches served with top-notch, personable service.

In turn, they remind us that hospitality and creative service are core aspects Christian work and business, regardless of product or industry.

Whether with or without tailored “pro-Christian” marketing gimmicks, God is glorified in the simple selling of simple fast food for a simple, straightforward profit.

Chick-fil-A’s fast-food witness: Lessons on ‘Christian business’
Acton Institute PowerBlog

According to a new report by the Barna Group, 50% of practicing Christians in the US believe that the history of slavery still has an impact on the country.

Barna found that 50% of practicing Christian respondents answered that they “mostly or totally” believe that “the effects of slavery continue to be felt today.” This was slightly higher than the general US adult population at 46%.

Further, 28% of practicing Christians responded that they “mostly or totally” agree with the statement that “our society has moved past slavery,” while 16% responded that they are “not sure.”

Barna found a considerable gap among respondents by race, with 79% of black Christian respondents saying that the effects of slavery are still felt, versus 42% of white Christian respondents.

Further, while 34%t of white Christian respondents felt that society had moved past slavery, only 9% of black Christian respondents agreed.

Half of Practicing Christians Say History of Slavery Still Impacts the U.S.:
Barna

Half of Christians believe slavery still impacts America today: Barna report:
Christian Post