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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Musing of the Executive Director: Developing Local, Sustainable, Pan-Orthodox Community Programs Send us a paragraph, who? what? when? where? why?, about the Pan-Orthodox Community Outreach Programs in your local area, so that we can post them on the OCL website.  They are examples of best practices that could give others ideas and be duplicated in other communities.  View the 7-minute video About Pan-Orthodoxy in Cleveland.  The theme of OCL’s 32nd Annual Meeting, this weekend, November 2 in Houston, is: Thinking Globally…Acting Locally…Consider your Parish the Universe. OCL serves as a “catalyst” in motivating the faithful of our…

Source: Crossway This is an excerpt adapted from The Unfinished Church: God’s Broken and Redeemed Work-in-Progress by Rob Bentz (May 2014). A Troubling Narrative The “I love Jesus, but I hate the church” narrative has become commonplace within the Christian culture today. Library shelves of books and articles have been written about the issue. Facebook posts and tweets touting this antichurch brand of Christianity are rampant. And for the most part, it has become increasingly accepted as a viable option on the smorgasbord of living out your Christian faith. “As long as you love Jesus,” many in our culture say, “You’re good!”…