PREVIEW OF THE april 2014 ISSUE
The untold life of the 21st-century farmer
On September 10, 2003, Lee Kyung Hae, a 56-year-old Korean farmer, took his own life with a knife to the heart. Shortly before doing so, he handed out a flyer to the delegates of the World Trade Organization summit in Cancún, Mexico. A decade later, his words still claw at me.Continue reading
Evangelism—Do we have it all wrong?
My first days of college taught me two things: there’s good news to be told—Jesus Christ has risen, hallelujah—and when we tell it, it’s seldom good. I was new to Christianity at the time and thought that a Christian campus organization would be my best bet for growing in the faith. They paired me with a mentor, an older student who walked me through a series of workbooks about Christianity.Continue reading
Children take the lead
When the children of Hunter Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, told me that we should become an Earth Care Congregation, I asked them: “Who should do that? The session? The outreach committee?” Their response took me by surprise: “We can do it, Ms. Daisy.”
In truth, though, I should have seen it coming.
For decades, congregations have been struggling to figure out what to do with their children—other than the ubiquitous Sunday school. Children can provoke surprising anxiety among adults. We want them quiet, dressed up, and never fidgety. We think they need to be cordoned off from adult worship and that we have to dumb things down for them.Continue reading
Farmer suicides in India
A little-talked-about genocide is taking place in India. According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau, since 1995 more than 290,000 small farmers of India—the most resilient and courageous people I know—have committed suicide.Continue reading
One in mission | Linda Valentine
When I was first discerning God’s call to serve the Presbyterian Mission Agency, my husband and I toured the Presbyterian Center in Louisville. When Chris saw the building, he said: “I recognize this place. We used to ship seeds here when it was the warehouse for the Belknap Hardware and Manufacturing Company.”Continue reading
A recent survey reveals a concerning discrepancy in interfaith relationships. While most leaders of Presbyterian congregations think it’s important to learn about other faith traditions, many congregations have little interfaith contact. The majority of respondents had not interacted with another faith tradition in the last two years.Continue reading
April | 1001 Worshiping Communities
Seeds of growth
Whether planted in the soil or scattered by the Spirit, seeds are powerful. So when the 220th General Assembly (2012) declared a churchwide commitment to ignite a movement that would result in the creation of 1,001 new worshiping communities in 10 years, our ministry team went to work to revamp seed grants we had been offering to new church developments.Continue reading
This special issue is a must-read for everyone who wants to better understand young adults and engage them in worship, education, and service.
Cross-bound, the beautiful new Lenten Devotional from Presbyterians Today, is now available!
NEW THIRD EDITION. Presbyterians Today’s special issue and guidebook — “Welcome to the Presbyterian Church!” — is a wonderful introduction and overview of all things Presbyterian.