Each year, churches spend the last few weeks of the year celebrating the birth of Christ, then early in the year read chapters of the Gospels. While we all love the nativity narratives and surrounding events, one item not to lose sight of in Matthew and Luke is the long list of names. These Gospel writers offer genealogical records that are inspiring and applicable for the church today. Genealogies remind us the value of people and the vision God has for transferring faith from one generation to the next.
As a steward of your church’s finances and missions giving, I know that your strongest desire is to assure that your church’s giving makes the most impact in the Kingdom of Heaven. Giving to missions is a kind of investment in the Kingdom of Heaven, after all.
No doubt you have heard the buzz: Generation Z is on the rise. As a Generation X native, I have found relating to this tech-savvy, funny, socially active, globally-aware generation provides an exhilarating experience and a very tangible challenge.
I do not say these things to condemn individuals who are guilty of unwise speech towards individuals and families affected by disabilities. Rather, I want to make you aware of the harm that words and phrases like the ones above can cause. For, we are called to love one another (John 15:12).
Smith urges Christians to take these actions: “Pray for lawmakers, that God (in common grace) would lead them to legislate in ways that would not assault the image of God in humanity and lead them to uphold generally-accepted biological scientific research”