Archive for October, 2011

Global Day of Worship

Thursday, October 20th, 2011 by Diane Chandler

On November 11, 2011 (11-11-11), followers of Jesus in all 24 time zones around the world will engage in a stream of continuous worship called the Global Day of Worship (GDW).  This movement is a call to the body of Christ to exalt the name of Jesus and give Him glory.  The goal is to invite Christian believers to worship the Lord Jesus between 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 11-11-11 in their respective time zones.  With 24 times zones, this would mean that in each time zone around the world Christian believers will be lifting up the name of Jesus in a global concert of worship.  What a vision!

The founder of the Global Day of Worship, Eunice Barruel (photo featured below), is a Regent University alumna, who also travels the globe to various orphanages, imparting a vision for worshipping the true and living God.  Several years ago, Eunice envisioned the Global Day of Worship as a worldwide expression of love and adoration of Jesus.  And now it is finally coming to fruition in a few weeks.  Recently, Eunice expressed to me that she is simply being obedient to the vision that the Lord has given her and sees herself as a humble servant of the Lord in releasing as many people as possible to contribute to this historic event.

The goal of the Global Day of Worship is simply to proclaim the Lordship of Jesus and secondarily to unite the body of Christ worldwide.  In order to transcend denomination, organization, language, culture, and geography, the hope is to declare God’s love, goodness, grace, favor, and blessing over the nations as one united body.  As 1 Cor 12:12 reminds us, “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.”  Whether gathering as individuals, families, small groups, or large groups, the goal is to create a “wave of worship” that spans the globe, uniting Christian believers regardless of worship expression.

Revelation 4: 10-11 provides the theme scripture for this historic event, describing the twenty-four elders falling down before Christ, who sits on the throne in heaven, and laying their crowns before Him, and declaring: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.”  Eunice affirms, “When the worship of heaven meets the worship of earth…spiritual climates of nations will shift, as we serve faithfully here and now in preparation for His return.”

The epicenter of this Global Day of Worship event is right here in Virginia Beach!  Regent University has the privilege of being an integral part of the coordination effort and is hosting a continuous 24-hour period of worship on 11-11-11 in the Main Theatre of the Regent University Communication and the Arts Building.  All are welcome!  The live worship feed from the Main Theatre to the GDW website will occur from 7:00-8:00 p.m.  However, you are encouraged to participate in and coordinate a worship event from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in your respective locale.

How to participate:

(1)   Ask those you know to set aside 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 11-11-11 to worship.

(2)   Consider hosting or organizing a worship event that could be live-streamed on the GDW website.

(3)   Contact GDW for more information:  info@globaldayofworship.com

(4)   Contact GDW to register your worship event.

(5)   Go to Facebook’s “Global Day of Worship” page.  Click “like.”

(6)   Follow the GDW on Twitter @globalworshiper.

Will you join me and scores of others around the globe in participating in this historic event on 11-11-11?  Will you tell your family and friends about it?

Changing a Seminary: The Future of the School of Divinity

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 by Wolfgang Vondey

It’s no secret, the School of Divinity is getting a new building! But what is less known is that the faculty of the School have been working long and hard on changing their curriculum to adapt to the changing face of a seminary in the 21st century. When the new building goes up, it will house a very different School of Divinity. Just what exactly that means, however, is still up for grasps. So why don’t you join in the discussion? What should the perfect seminary look like? Read the rest of this entry »

Must Evangelicals Support Israel?

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 by Marc Santom

As you probably know, President Obama has found himself dealing with a volatile issue lately—and I’m not talking about the economy.  I’m referring to his proposal to re-imagine and re-draw the Israeli-Palestinian border along the 1967 armistice lines with mutually agreed upon land swaps. Given the loaded and tenuous history of these “peace and land talks” in the Middle East, I don’t envy the president for one second—especially after seeing how House Democrats and Republicans applauded Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress which unabashedly spurned the president’s plan.

Needless to say, many evangelicals have since derided the president’s peace proposal as well. Why? For starters, many evangelicals are Republicans who voted for McCain and probably would have a difficult time praising Obama for anything he does right. (I even know some Christians who are covertly upset at the timing of Osama bin Laden’s demise because it means that President Obama will get the credit for it.)  Second, American evangelicals, by in large, adore Israel and love its people. As a result, any policy that disadvantages Israel must have its origins in a dark place with fire and lost souls.

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