There are a number of things involved and steps on the journey of a person going from being an unchurched person, non-Christian, or seeker, and become a baptized follower of Christ. Outlining all of the typical steps or aspects of an outreach strategy would be the subject of another post.
However, one essential part of this outreach is having low key,…Continue
Added by James Nored on February 20, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
Tim Keller has a new book out on suffering entitled, "Walking with God through Pain and Suffering." From the review of this book from Christianity today, this looks like a great book. …Continue
"Good job." It is a common, polite response by members as they walk out the door of a worship service and shake the preacher's hand. Preachers are smart enough to know that by this response that they have not necessarily hit a "home run." Some people are sincere, some are just being polite. Some are really impacted, but do not know how or feel it necessary to expand.
For those who pass preachers by and say, "Good job," know that this too is appreciated. After all,…Continue
Added by James Nored on December 15, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments
God's punishment of Israel and the destruction of whole peoples in the Old Testament is hard to…Continue
Anyone who follows such things has been disturbed by the utter collapse of Christianity in the UK. The US is increasingly becoming post-Christian as well, though we are quite a bit behind Europe on this still.
Americans are often mocked for their geographic ignorance, and rightly so. But recently some Brits were asked to label a map of the United States, labeling the various states. Here is one of those attempts:
Added by James Nored on November 26, 2013 at 1:23pm — No Comments
Okay, so tomorrow at the Fairfax Church of Christ I am talking about how God's Spirit is inside of us, too, and that WE are called to authentically "preach" the good news too lovingly in word and deed (Luke 4).
And that if we pray and…Continue
I have been doing prison ministry in the Western Cape for 4 years through 2 organisations, 1 being Kairos International and The Andrew Murray Centre - I have written a book called 'Liberty in Captivity' for juvenile prisoners and if any teachers in prisons in SA would like some books to teach groups with, please feel free to ask. They are free of charge and will be posted to you.
I am hosting a national prison ministry conference Feb next year, in Blouberg,…Continue
Have you ever had God just drop someone in your lap? Have him put someone right in your path?
Last week I received a text from someone whom I will call "Sarah." She said, "I don't know if this is still ur # but I was just thinking…Continue
Within our Christian brotherhood we have both liberals and conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians. Many of them are active in the political sphere. In this essay, the dangers that can befall all groups are highlighted.
"Diversity" is a word charged with meaning in our world. It usually provokes strong emotions from both proponents and antagonists. In the secular world arguments for diversity rest upon two postulates: 1) Racial discrimination in the past necessitates positive inclusion of minority groups in decisions in order to "make up" for past discrimination in organizations 2) "Studies show how diversity improves academic performance, reduces prejudice, lowers stress and psychological…Continue
Added by Lynn S. Nored on September 25, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments
As I detailed in a recent post, our church has adopted a local elementary school. While the children in schools are often adopted, the teachers often are left out. So our church decided to help the teachers--who are underpaid and understaffed--in many ways, including providing them school…Continue
Added by James Nored on September 11, 2013 at 3:50pm — No Comments
One of the primary challenges that the church and Christians have in the US is bad PR. Amongst non-Christians and non-church going folk, churches and Christians are unfortunately often portrayed and viewed as intolerant, bigoted, and self-serving.
Some of the primary challenges of public…Continue
In our fellowship, there has been a lot of debate about how to read Scripture (our hermeneutic). But while the traditional hermeneutic of "command, approved example, and necessary inference" is never laid out like this in Scripture, Jesus does give us an approved hermeuetic--himself.
On resurrection day in Luke 24, two disciples are walking on the road to Emmaus, They are depressed because Jesus had been killed, and they had put their hope in him.…Continue
Wow. This Vanity Fair article reports that there are now laws in China requiring people to visit their parents. Laws are rarely effective in forcing people to practice these types of "moral issues." At best, it breeds legalistic, bare minimum compliance. Would it not be better to instill love and…Continue
Added by James Nored on June 27, 2013 at 2:21pm — No Comments
Here is the next generation--Gen X--in the Generations series.
Generation X (1965-1980)
- 46 million (added to with immigration) as opposed to 80 million Boomers, 78 million Millennials
- Parents: Silent and Boomer
- Children - Millennial and Digitals
1. Well-Known/Significant Gen Xers
I am sorry to say about the loss by the unprecedented flash floods in the state of Uttarkhand, one of Indian states. There are thousands of people were dead and many are missing.
The tragedy in Uttarakhand is…