Part 3 – Great Nations: Spiritual Foundations

South Koreans praying at Easter Service in Seoul, South Korea [ See related posts on Great Nations: Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3] It is interesting that Japan and Germany had been travelling on dangerous paths prior to the Second World War. People had been yearning for a great German nation. Japan was …

A connected spirituality in Asia

Bangkok and Thailand is filled with many temples, including some mosques and churches.  It's a religious and multi-religious society with a connected spirituality.  Initially, I couldn't put my finger on it; but I couldn't find words to explain why I felt the people of Thailand and S.E. Asia were "nice".  "Nice" doesn't accurately describe the …

Part 4: Religious and spiritual landscapes — urban vs rural

Have you noticed a decline in evangelism in your local church? In most rural communities, the visible church is more stable and will likely remain (although many historic mainline churches are closing).  Naturally, change in rural communities do not happen as frequently; therefore, people will have the opportunity to integrate their spirituality and their religious …

Part 3: Religious and spiritual landscapes — urban vs rural

Is there still a need in people’s lives to express their spirituality in some way, shape or form--and within community?  Our  western culture seems to have taken individuality to the extreme where religious community life has been secularized and devalued to the sidelines of life, and even ignored.  Participation in religious community life has now …

Part 2: Religious and spiritual landscapes — urban vs rural

Have we, as a society, kept our spirituality hidden away too much from the eyes of others for the sake of being tolerant?  In my move from rural to urban, I have also noticed a big difference in how people approach spirituality (as opposed to religion).   Spirituality in the urban setting (especially on the part …

Part 1: Religious and spiritual landscapes — urban vs rural

This will be the first post in a four part series.  I want to bring up and provoke some thoughts about differences in people's attitudes toward religion and spirituality in both rural and urban settings. The Church is at a critical moment in the 21st century. Either we work to survive and thrive, or we …