Majority-minority counties in the US have doubled since 1980

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According to Pew Research:

Last week’s Census Bureau release of 2014 population estimates confirms that the U.S. is becoming ever more diverse, at the local level as well as nationally. As of last summer, according to a Fact Tank analysis, 364 counties, independent cities and other county-level equivalents (11.6% of the total) did not have non-Hispanic white majorities – the most in modern history, and more than twice the level in 1980.

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That year non-Hispanic whites were majorities in all but 171 out of 3,141 counties (5.4%), according to our analysis. The 1990 census was the first to break out non-Hispanic whites as a separate category; that year, they made up the majority in all but 186 counties, or 5.9% of the total. (The Census Bureau considers Hispanic to be an ethnicity rather than a race; accordingly, Hispanics can be of any race.)

While the single biggest Hispanic-majority county is in Florida (Miami-Dade, 66% of whose 2.7 million people are Hispanic), most are concentrated in the Southwest: 60 are in Texas, 12 are in New Mexico and 11 are in California. All but two of the 93 black-majority counties are in states of the old Confederacy (with 25 in Mississippi, 17 in Georgia and 11 in Alabama). In 26 counties, Native Americans or Alaska Natives (who are combined into one group for census purposes) comprise the majority; aside from eight lightly populated boroughs and census areas in Alaska, most of the other counties overlap with reservations in the Southwest and Great Plains.

Non-Hispanic whites are less than a majority in four states – California, Texas, New Mexico and Hawaii – as well as the District of Columbia. In fact, in none of those places does a single racial or ethnic group have a majority: California has almost equal shares of Hispanics (38.6%) and non-Hispanic whites (38.5%); non-Hispanic whites are the plurality in Texas (43.5%); Hispanics in New Mexico (47.7%); blacks in D.C. (47.4%); and Asians in Hawaii (36.4%).


How the first American missionary movement finally lost its way

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The American missions movement has experienced two distinct waves. A first wave of effort originated in the early nineteenth century during the Second Great Awakening and largely collapsed amid theological controversy after World War I; a second wave began after World War II and continues today.

John Barrett examines the role played by World War I in the demise of the first wave.


Chuck Wood Case Study: Q&A [podcast]

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The second half of Chuck Wood’s case study. Steve Smith is asking the questions.

Chuck was speaking via Skype to the NoPlaceLeft conference in Sydney during May 2015.

The first half of Chuck’s session.

You can download all the sessions from NoPlaceLeft.


Movement lessons from the Exodus: 2 The clash of kingdoms

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The second lesson for movement pioneers from the Exodus…

Expect a battle. The Exodus event was a long drawn out affair. Pharaoh hardens his heart and won’t let the people of Israel go. Things get worse for Israel. They blame Moses. Moses blames God with some justification.

God hardens Pharaoh’s heart. God wants to display his power. The salvation of his people is also the judgment of Egypt’s gods. Egypt’s life comes from the Nile. Egyptians worship the Nile as a god. The river turns to blood. Heqet the Egyptian fertility goddess is depicted in Egyptian art with the head of frog. God sends a plague of frogs. The Egyptians worshipped the Re the sun god. God blots out the sun and causes darkness over the land. Pharaoh, a divine being is a son of Re. He is utterly defeated. Pharaoh’s headdress is in the form of a cobra. God turns Moses’ staff into a snake that destroys the snakes of the Egyptian magicians. The God of creation brings chaos and destruction upon the false gods of Egypt.

The God of Israel judges the gods of this world. He displays he glory to his people and to the whole world. He triumphs over his enemies.

Movement pioneers should expect trouble. They should expect a battle. They should expect God to reveal his glory and power over the enemy.

Movement lessons from the Exodus: 1. God’s power

Churches, Revolutions And Empires:1789-1914, $4.99 on US Kindle.

One for the history buffs…

“Churches, Revolutions And Empires: 1789-1914″ (Ian J. Shaw)

via Tim Challies

Chuck Wood Case Study [podcast]

Chuck and Deb Wood

Chuck and Deb Wood are movement pioneers based in San Antonio Texas. In this episode he talks about what it will take to see multiplying movements of disciples and churches in the West.

Chuck is addressing the the NoPlaceLeft conference in Sydney, Australia via Skype in May 2015.

There are more NoPlaceLeft conference sessions available to download.

Chuck’s website.


The largest and the second-largest religious group by country

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According to Pew Research:

Religiously unaffiliated people – sometimes called the “nones” – account for 16% of the world’s population, and they make up the largest “religious group” in seven countries and territories. Perhaps more remarkably, they also are the second-largest group in roughly half (48%) of the world’s nations.

Indeed, while either Christians or Muslims make up the largest religious group in nine-in-ten nations around the globe, “nones” rank second in size in most of the Americas and Europe, as well as in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Multiplying movements in Leicester

Coming up: two opportunities for training in multiplying disciples and churches, both in Leicester, UK.

Following and Fishing is our basic training to get you started.

The breakout mission week is a new initiative. A week of mission in Leicester with training in the morning and out looking for houses of peace in the afternoons and evening. You can come for the whole time or sign up for specific sessions.

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1. Following and Fishing: June 26-27, 2015

Sign up for Friday night and Saturday.

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2. July 6-11, 2015: Breakout Mission Week

Sign up for a session, a day or the whole week.

The T4T Story – Ying Kai [podcast]

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Ying Kai tells the T4T Story at the NoPlaceLeft conference in Sydney Australia.

Listen to all the sessions …

Ying Kai and Steve Smith’s book, T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution.


The Bible and Same-sex Relationships: A review article by Tim Keller

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The saddest thing for me as a reader was how, in books on the Bible and sex, Vines and Wilson concentrated almost wholly on the biblical negatives—the prohibitions against homosexual practice—instead of giving sustained attention to the high, (yes) glorious scriptural vision of sexuality. Both authors rightly say that the Bible calls for mutual loving relationships in marriage, but it points to far more than that. 

Tim Keller 

Tim Keller responds with grace and wisdom to two books, one by Matthew Vines and the other by Ken Wilson, that argue that the Bible either allows for or supports same-sex relationships.