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SHAMEFUL

Richard Wells President, John Witherspoon College Rapid City, South Dakota president@johnwitherspooncollege.org __________________________________________ “SHAMEFUL” A day or so before Gov. Jan Brewer’s February 26 veto, USA Today Editor Owen Ullmann called Arizona’s sensationalized religious freedom act “anti-gay” and “shameful.” Evidently Mr. Ullmann did not read the law. If he had, he might have noticed that it never mentioned homosexuals or homosexuality, and had nothing to do with refusing service at restaurants or stores. In fact the law was not even new. SB 1062 only tweaked an existing law, which has been on the books since...

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Who Needs Missionaries?

Richard Wells President, John Witherspoon College Rapid City, South Dakota president@johnwitherspooncollege.org ____________________________________ WHO NEEDS MISSIONARIES? Not long ago, I stood waiting for a flight from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) to Singapore, when a Burmese gentleman invited me to take a seat next to him. He introduced himself as a pastor, which got my attention—Burma is 90% Buddhist and Yangon (Rangoon) is home to the “Golden Pagoda,” the most famous Buddhist shrine in the world. But then he really got my attention. “I am,” he said, “a trophy of Adoniram Judson.” Adoniram Judson was the first...

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Never Too LateTo Dream

Richard Wells President, John Witherspoon College Rapid City, South Dakota president@johnwitherspooncollege.org ____________________________________ NEVER TOO LATE TO DREAM You’ve probably noticed that the church is getting old.  Twenty years ago, the average age of Protestant pastors was 44; today it’s 51 (in mainline denominations, 55+).  The average age in America is about 35, but the average age of churchgoers is 53 (in Britain, 61!)—up from around 40 a generation ago.  Even in so-called “megachurches,” the average age is 44—despite youth-oriented worship styles and targeted demographics. An aging church is no mystery.  Sixty-year olds are twice as likely to attend church as thirty-somethings. ...

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