The Hub

The Hub: Friday, Sept. 22

Posted September 22, 2023

by Lexie Ludlam

Welcome to our top story findings of the week on today’s issue of The Hub.

1. EDITORIAL: “On Christian Democracy and the Lost Tradition of Courtesy” by David Mills

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This National Catholic Register article, titled “On Christian Democracy and the Lost Tradition of Courtesy,” highlights how courtesy should remain an up-to-date idea. Mills defines courtesy or “Christian democracy” as treating “everyone as if they were the ideal.” This approach is all about bringing dignity to others and treating them well, not because they earned it, but because they are human beings.

2. BIG QUESTIONS: “The Great Dechurching looks at why people are leaving churches” by Bob Smietana

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This Washington Post article, titled "The Great Dechurching looks at why people are leaving churches," looks into the reason for the great dechurching. Two Orlando pastors, Jim Davis and Michael Graham, collaborated with academic researchers to find some answers. In the research, they discovered different kinds of dechurched Americans such as “cultural Christians,” “mainstream evangelicals” and “dechurched BIPOC Americans.”

3. SPOTLIGHT: “Michigan Coffee Break Leader Guides Bangladeshi Christians in Video-Assisted Bible Study” by Anita Ensing Beem

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This Banner article, titled “Michigan Coffee Break Leader Guides Bangladeshi Christians in Video-Assisted Bible Study,” shows how God can work even when people are worlds apart. Marianne Vantuinen, once the “Coffee Break Bible Study” leader, became the first ever Bible study leader for a new church in Bangladesh. Despite being miles and miles apart and not speaking the same language, Vatuinen’s “spirit was provoked” to serve.

Although every Hub article is selected to foster discussion about modern church structure, not every idea and opinion expressed in the linked articles may fully align with the views and mission of Koinesúnē Magazine. All the same, we seek to uplift and celebrate the different ministries working around the globe.

Check back next Friday for the next Hub article!