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Reflections on Cooperation and Religious Divisions

Attendance at a recent Missions Resource Network benefit dinner, sparked thoughts of the religious divisions and lack of coorperation that long characterised congregtions of the churches of Christ.  I was born and raised in the 40's, 50's, and 60's--more than 50 years distance from our present culture.  During those times,  many good practices were prevalent, chief among them a…
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Added by Lynn S. Nored on April 18, 2014 at 5:58pm — No Comments

5 Reasons Christians Should View the Noah Movie as a Great Opportunity (and are Foolish to Go on the Attack)





Today the movie "Noah" is coming out to the big screen. And I want to share why Christians and churches should view this as a great opportunity to talk about their faith--and why it is foolish to waste time and energy attacking the film.

  1. In our secular world, getting people thinking about God is a good thing. The problem with much of our culture today--and…
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Added by James Nored on March 28, 2014 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Should we let "Telling the Truth in Love" Be an Excuse for Being a Jerk?

Anytime I hear someone talk about "telling the truth in love," I know that that there will be a lot of no bars held blasting of someone with little actual love or kindness. It is much like the phrase "love the sinner, hate the sin" (which only seems to be applied to homosexuality, for some reasons)--the…

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Added by James Nored on March 25, 2014 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

5 Ways to Inspire People to Follow/Embrace a Vision and Bring About Change

In John Maxwell's book, Amplified Leadership, Maxwell gives five primary ways that leaders use to inspire people to follow or embrace a vision and bring about positive change, including:

  • Relationship - Relational leaders build strong relationships with people. They…
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Added by James Nored on March 24, 2014 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Son of God Movie Outreach - Why is this type of outreach "essential" today?





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,…

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Added by James Nored on February 20, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Why do American/Western Christians think they ought not to have to suffer?

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.  …

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Added by James Nored on February 7, 2014 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

What Kind of Compliments Do Preachers Especially Appreciate?

"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,…

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Added by James Nored on December 15, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

What is the Role of God's Punishment in "Love and Restoration"?

Tomorrow's sermon message is on "Love and Restoration." This message has me thinking about the role of punishment in love and restoration.

God's punishment of Israel and the destruction of whole peoples in the Old Testament is hard to…

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Added by James Nored on December 14, 2013 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Who is more ignorant--the English or Americans? - A Thanksgiving Special

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:

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Added by James Nored on November 26, 2013 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Why did Sandra Bullock Turn Down the role of Christian Leigh Anne Tuohy in "The Blind Side" Three TImes? (And How God May Have Been at Work TONIGHT through This Movie!)

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…

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Added by James Nored on November 9, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Prison Ministry Conference

Hi all,

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,…

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Added by Val Hamann on October 8, 2013 at 8:18am — 1 Comment

God prepares the soil and the sower

What a great post! Thanks...we are studying how God prepares the soil in a stranger's heart to hear the words that He has impressed upon the sower's heart. God prepared Peter by letting down the sheet of unclean animals and God prepared the heart of Cornilius. God prepared and opened the heart of Lydia. God is working in the world today in ways we cannot imagine to prepare those whom we need to open our eyes to-- a field white for harvest.



The Holy Spirit works on the hearts of… Continue

Added by Joy Rousseau on September 28, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

My amazing, God encounter through an "accidental" texting conversation with a total stranger

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…

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Added by James Nored on September 28, 2013 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

The Siren Allure of Political Activism

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. 

http://essaysonchristianity.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-siren-allure-of-political-activism.html

Added by Lynn S. Nored on September 27, 2013 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment

Can the Churches of Christ Have Unity in Diversity?

"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…

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Added by Lynn S. Nored on September 25, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

2nd Grade Teacher from Adopted School Writes Touching Thank You Note to Church!

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…

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Added by James Nored on September 11, 2013 at 3:50pm — No Comments

How Churches Adopting Schools Can Impact the Community and Bring Everyone Together

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…

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Added by James Nored on August 13, 2013 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Christ-centered interpretation

I have been taught since a child and now also teach that the text should be viewed as revealing Christ to the world. My dad taught:



The Old Testament is Christ in EXPECTATION. When we read the stories and accounts, if we don't see Christ...we have not looked deep enough



The Gospels are Christ in INCARNATION



The Letters are Christ in EXPLANATION



And the last book is Christ in REVELATION



I have to agree with you. Instead of just teaching… Continue

Added by Joy Rousseau on August 8, 2013 at 3:57am — 1 Comment

Jesus is the hermeneutical key for Scripture--and all of life! - Christ-Centered Preaching and Teaching

 

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.…

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Added by James Nored on July 6, 2013 at 7:00pm — 13 Comments

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Attendance at a recent Missions Resource Network benefit dinner, sparked thoughts of the religious divisions and lack of coorperation that long characterised congregtions of the churches of Christ.  I was born and raised in the 40's, 50's, and 60's--more than 50 years distance from our present culture.  During those times,  many good practices were prevalent, chief among them a study and knowledge of scripture.  Alas, knowledge does not in itself mean understanding and practice.Congregational…See More
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