Publisher's notes ---
Why do Christians
maintain that their message is "good news"? Is it because the
Christian religion guarantees a life of prosperity, absent adversity?
Not hardly. Most of the early Christians experienced adversity in many
forms well reported in the Biblical accounts and early church histories.
And we present day Christians can testify that life is not without
hardship and disappointment. Yet, the Christian can face life's trials
with some assurance, hope, maybe even peace because of Christianity's
hope. I was reminded of this fact when I realized one of our Next-Wave
"family" has been experiencing adversity with a serious
illness. On behalf of Leslie Ramusack, author of a couple of articles in
the past year on "real life", I solicit your prayers for her
physical health and her spiritual strength.
issue of Next-Wave covers a lot of ground. Mark Riddle delivers
another Dennis Milleresque rant on the 'self-help'
preaching that has seeped into the contemporary Christian culture.
Stephen Shields continues his exposition of postmodern
currents in part 2 of his series. Self-proclaimed
techno-geek Ben Rushlo delivers a critique
of the Christian subculture. Off-the-map's Jim Henderson explains
why Evangelism is
just too darn hard. (Check out
the off-the-map conference in Seattle). Canadian Jordon Cooper
exhorts the virtues of getting
digital and Contributing editor David Hopkins explores the state of multiculturalism
in the postmodern church. I take a look at what it might be like to
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