Dublin priest blasts Church for lack of training in exorcisms – Dublin Live

“How many bishops in accordance with Canon 1172 have trained anybody or appointed anybody in the diocese of Ireland to help our poor unfortunate people who are oppressed and sometimes possessed by these awful spirits,” Fr Pat said.

“They have abandoned the sheep.”

The Dublin priest said he believes there is a rising fascination with evil spirits in today’s world.

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Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark: New Opportunities in Making Disciples for a Historic Church

Duane Alexander Miller reflects on “Lessons Learned” by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark as they apply to other historic churches in the face of this historic opportunity of reaching refugees for Christ.

In 2015 there was that huge flood of people who came into Europe at Angela Merkel’s invitation. Most ended up in Germany and the consequences have been troubling. A good number also ended up in the small country of Denmark. Merkel’s invitation was to people fleeing from Syria’s civil war, but of course hundreds of thousands of other migrants came along as well. Denmark is trying to figure out how to be a place of compassion but also maintain rule of law. It is not clear to me that Denmark can do both things. The good thing though is that this means a lot of people are now in a context where they can hear the gospel. A lot of Muslims are not happy with Islam. They are looking for a way to know God and their neighbors without the sectarianism and violence we are seeing so much in the Muslim world today and now increasingly in the West. Christianity is the obvious destination.

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My week with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark…and Islam there

“The clergy I spoke with there were quite open when talking about the rise in violence that has come with Islamic immigration. Yet they were also excited to do what they could to help people move from Islam to Christianity. One pastor spoke of 20 baptisms at the local parish. Another spoke of his desire years ago to be a missionary in Turkey but explained how it had not worked out, but then he realized that Denmark had a large Turkish population and that he could spread the gospel among Turks in his home country. A young man training for ministry at the university wrote me an e-mail after the lecture expressing his excitement to help the church move into challenging new places of ministry like this in order to connect not only to Muslims but also to the post-Christian secular population of Danes.

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark and her Mission to Muslims

by the Rev. Dr. Duane Miller

20171113_165337 The Cathedral Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen

It started months ago when Søren Dalsgaard, who is a coordinator of the Christian Refugee Network in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark, e-mailed me. He had been looking for an expert on ministry to and among Muslims and ex-Muslims and he found me. My doctoral research had been on that topic and the thesis had been published as Living among the Breakage: Contextual Theology-making and ex-Muslim Christians(Pickwick 2016). I had also done some interviews on the topic for some Danish publications and a number of local Christians had read those.

He explained that numerous pastors who lived in multi-ethnic neighborhoods or close to asylum centers were being approached by individuals or families from places like Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. Sometimes…

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The Vine Project – A Pastor’s Review

 It’s been ages since I read the prequel to “The Vine Project” called “The Trellis and the Vine” (hereafter “T&V”).

After reading T&V,I loved the book, but like most readers, my question was this… “This sounds GREAT, but how do you expect me to DO it?” Evidently that was the world’s most common response to the work because the authors Tony Payne and Colin Marshall went to work trying to tell others exactly how they conceptualized the transition.

At first glance, it seemed deflating. The suggestions seemed a bit “pedestrian” and simplistic. Looking back, it may be because unlike most “church transformation” books, these authors don’t seem to LOATHE you and your church.  They don’t write off your church’s history and confessions as the hide bound guarantors of death. They don’t consider your Sunday Service automatically worthless compared to small groups, “missional communities” or a dozen other innovations nobody had ever heard of in Christendom until this generation. They don’t think preaching is passe. They don’t suggest that all the woes of your congregation will be solved by a new church “app”.

So I decided to give The Vine Project my full attention, and I’ve decided it is definitely the starting point that many congregations should consider. I have my opinions about the best resources to use to implement it, but before anything else, I am suggesting that churches that are in any way traditional (i.e. use a building besides a home to meet in) consider The Vine Project  as a key approach to transforming what they do without jettisoning everything.

If you’ve ever wondered if your church  could survive “Church Transformation” without changing literally everything and splitting it in the process (though literally any change such as the renewed preaching of the Gospel could cause friction)… you need to read the link below:

Keep Reading about The Vine Project at my Amazon review…