What they uncovered is shocking. The enemy has infiltrated the North American church. In this study of a large Canadian denomination, just under one in three pastors met the diagnostic criteria of Narcissistic Personality Disorder NPD.
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Some are charismatic while others are quiet and even awkward, but they share the same needs for power, control, praise, and public recognition. They are also rigid, unbending, never wrong, demanding, and full of hidden rage, leaving the people working for them in demoralized fear. They see you as inferior and God as a rival, while the worst see themselves as God. This book is a careful and detailed theological exploration of personal forgiveness. It sets forgiveness in its ancient and biblical context, as well as drawing on Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Restoration: Multidisciplinary.
Although history is replete with tales of revenge, Christian forgiveness provides an alternate response. In this volume, Pentecostal scholars from various disciplines offer their vision for forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration. The essayists offer long-overdue Pentecostal perspectives through analysis of How to be a Church Minister. This timely book sets out what is involved in being a church minister--its joys and This timely book sets out what is involved in being a church minister--its joys and challenges, its privileges and responsibilities.
It discusses the call to and the work of ministry, the breadth and nature of the task. It will enable Journey of the Pearl. Centurion Longinus was the soldier assigned to execute Jesus of Nazareth. Longinus had no idea Longinus had no idea that the task would catapult him into a whirlwind of events that would change the course of his life and history. As he struggles to Journey Towards Home. Clives Staples Lewis called his theological writings as that of a layman and an Clives Staples Lewis called his theological writings as that of a layman and an amateur who merely attempted to restate ancient and orthodox doctrines.
However, S. Steve Park argues that Lewis's theological reflections are well-informed, thoughtful and weighty.
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
Jesus warned of wolves carefully disguised as shepherds who would come into the local church Populations already suffering from a disadvantage are thereby further impoverished. The seeding campaign of proponents of Genetically Modified Food, which purports to give assurances for food safety, should not overlook the true problems of agriculture in Africa: the lack of cultivatable land, water, energy, access to credit, agricultural training, local markets, road infrastructures, etc.
This campaign runs the risk of ruining small landholders, abolishing traditional methods of seeding and making farmers dependent on the production companies of OGM. Furthermore, the problem of climate change, whose effects are being felt in arid areas, is compromising the modest gains of African economies. Will the synod fathers be able to remain unresponsive to these questions weighing so heavily on the shoulders of their countrymen? The socio-cultural aspect of justice.
Everywhere on the continent, women continue to be subjected to many forms of injustice: domestic violence; acts of domination by their husbands; polygamy which deforms the sacred character of marriage and the family and creates a rivalry between spouses and the children they bear; lack of respect for the dignity and rights of widows; prostitution; and the genital mutilation of women.
Relations among nations need to consider the legal, administrative and practical aspects of the phenomenon of globalization. As a result of an invasion of models based on military and economic forces, Africa is particularly vulnerable. Education programmes are geared to the formation of those seeking employment and not to those who will create employment.
Likewise, the unemployment rate soars, because employment cannot be found for everyone. While reflecting on the situation of society, Particular Churches also pointed out injustices within their own communities.
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In the matter of collaboration, women are oftentimes given an inferior role. In Church structures, just salaries are not always guaranteed. Pastors sometimes lack transparency in their management of Church goods. The synodal assembly should heed the cry of the poor, minorities, women deprived of their dignity, those on the periphery of society, poorly paid workers, refugees, migrants and prisoners who are awaiting the establishment of a structured chaplaincy and not just designated chaplains.
Some roads to peace have been opened by Pastors, by those in the consecrated life, by Small Christian Communities and by the lay faithful, as individuals or members of associations. However, some obstacles still remain. The socio-political aspect of peace.
Political instability, so seriously compromising peace on the African continent, has deep historical roots: slavery, colonization and neo-colonization. Despite the fact that the migration of peoples internally and externally is a normal social phenomenon, it has become, in the final analysis, a source of unrest and conflict. Surely, peace is more than the silence of arms, yet conflicts are a symptom of its absence The Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Sudan [Darfour], etc. Transitions in the politics of the democratic exercise of power has propelled on the world stage scenes of fratricide, orchestrated by rival parties.
The socio-economic aspects of peace.
Responses mention that violence is often the response to unemployment, massive and clandestine migration and, primarily, the excessive investment in armaments, while thousands of the poor are increasingly victimized through unfair economic practices and social injustices. The socio-cultural aspect of peace. The victims most affected by the absence of peace are families.
The tearing apart of the family and the influence of the media have progressively lead to juvenile delinquency, bad moral behaviour, abandonment to drugs, etc. Some think, however, that a more basic reason for the instability of societies on the continent is linked to cultural alienation and racial discrimination, which have engendered along the course of African history an inferiority complex, fatalism and fear. A disdain for African languages and oral African literature has lead to the rejection of values which are properly African. The absence of these points of reference has created instability among young people.
On various levels, the Church has participated in national peace efforts in some countries as a result of the teaching and activity of her Pastors. In the Great Lakes Region, episcopal conferences have worked to build peace by fostering reconciliation among the young people of the countries in conflict. Particular Churches want the synodal assembly to discuss ways to build peace in society through mutual assistance, a willingness to welcome others, fraternal service of the most vulnerable children, the sick, elderly people , justice and love between sisters and brothers and the reestablishment of parental authority in families.
This is the justice which the Church-Family of God wants to serve. In responding to the questions in the Lineamenta , Particular Churches called for roads to be opened to bring about reconciliation, justice and peace on the continent. For this to be done, the synod fathers will discuss how their communities can be grounded in African culture, the living Tradition of the Church and the values of the Gospel.
The Particular Churches confirmed that the challenge of inculturation is more crucial than ever for African societies, whose cultures are being threatened. As industrialized nations pursue their present course of seeking access to the greatest mining reserves of the world, the abundance of natural resources on the African continent continue to pose a threat to peace, justice and reconciliation. Moreover, societies increasingly run the risk of being seriously harmed by the logic of the world economy which disregards what is truly a part of the human person, that is to say, the best of local African traditions and how the faith is lived in Africa.
The Necessity of Being Grounded in Culture. The Gospel is grounded in the human terrain of culture. African societies show how powerless they are in the breakdown of cultures.
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If the Church is to form authentic Christians,  she must give serious attention to grounding the Gospel message in culture. This is what the Church is called upon to perform even today She should make the Word of God penetrate into the many cultures and express it according to their languages, their concepts, their symbols and their religious traditions.
Responses refer to a need to improve pastoral activity so that the truths and values of African cultures might be touched and transformed by the Gospel. They nourish their relationship to Christ in hearing the Word of God, breaking the Eucharistic Bread and frequenting the Sacrament of Reconciliation cf. Acts The Active Presence of Christ in Life. Mt 25 as they transmit his love, his goodness and his compassion. When questions arise, this faith always makes the Christian return to Christ, who is the model and reference point.
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Because Jesus is Saviour and Lord, the Church has been able to take initiatives in promoting reconciliation, justice and peace. In the face of difficulties, she has not retreated from working against false values. She has been involved with Catholic communities of faith without adopting the easy paths to holiness proposed by the sects. The Lordship of Christ fills Christians with courage, self-control and peace in moments of persecution.
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