Book Review: Hearing God's Call
by Meredith Stone on August 11, 2014 in called
Ben Campbell Johnson's book, Hearing God's Call (Eerdmans, 2002), is a must-read resource for anyone sensing a call from God.
In Johnson's words, has God been messing with your life? "God has always called human beings to share in the divine mission in the world - and he still does" (ix). God's "messing" in our lives, or God's call, can lead us toward many different ways of participating in God's work in the world. Our call to participate in God's purposes can be a calling to a particular job that serves the greater good (lawyer, teacher, doctor, construction worker, etc.), it can be a calling on us to adopt certain volunteer...
The Eve Contention
by Meredith Stone on June 19, 2012 in faith
Jim Henderson's recent book, The Resignation of Eve: What if Adam’s Rib is No Longer Willing to Be the Church’s Backbone? (Tyndale House Publishers, 2012), brings to light some startling statistics concerning decreases in women’s church involvement. According to research conducted by the Barna group, over the 20 years between 1991 and 2011:
- There has been a 20% decrease in the number of adult women attending church services
- 29% less adult women attend Sunday school
- The number of women who volunteer at churches has dropped 31%
- The proportion of un-churched American women has risen 94%
Though Henderson’s book offers some...