Reliving the example of first-century churches, 21st-century churches in Liberty, Buna, and Shepherd are partnering to support effective disaster relief in Nepal. First-century churches once responded to a severe famine that devastated brethren in Judea (Acts 11:28+). Sister congregations in Southeast Texas are now responding to a catastrophic seismic event that is devastating Nepal and endangering the Christians who live there.
Emphasizing its mix of members, a Houston-area mega-church recently launched a series of TV commercials advertising itself as "A Church for All Kinds of People." People of a certain age are welcome there, according to the commercial, as are people half that age, younger people half that age again, and their young children. Age is not that group's only welcoming variable. Various minority categories also stand as no barrier. Without regard to who or what a person might be, they are welcome.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - A 7.3 magnitude aftershock shook Nepal on Tuesday (their time). As previously mentioned, the seismic event that began with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25 is continuing and gives every indication that it will continue to continue. The Tuesday quake was followed closely by at least ten strong aftershocks.
A funny thing happened on the way to 2015. Long-established Protestant denominations have undenominated and redenominated. Once upon a time, the distinctions among Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians and so on were clear. Now those distinctions have blurred. Further blurring the issue has been the establishment of previously unknown independent interdenominational groups.