James Nored's Blog – February 2011 Archive (7)

Help for Christschurch, struck by earthquake, in New Zealand

By now you no doubt have heard of the devastating earthquake that hit Christschurch, New Zealand on Feb. 21, killing 65 people. Click here for the Christian Chronicle article on this. High Pointe Church of Christ is the sponsoring congregation for the South Pacific Bible College in New Zealand. Here is a note…


Added by James Nored on February 28, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

I just wasn't being fed . . .

I can remember Dr. Don Vinzant, one of my Bible professors at Oklahoma Christian University, say to us in a ministry class, "People will leave your church, and when they do, they will all repeat the same lie--I was not being fed." So, as I came across the section below from Lance Ford in the new book that he and Alan Hirsch have written, Right Here, Right Now, I remembered Don's words. 


"Pastors are aware that one of the common critiques uttered by…


Added by James Nored on February 22, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Jesus was a missional rabbi - Missional thought of the day

Missiologist Eckhard J. Schnabel, author of Early Christian Mission, says, “Jesus had worked as prophetic preacher and teacher, but contrary to the rabbinic model, he did not wait for people to come to him (although that happened as well); instead, he traveled through the towns, villages, and hamlets of Galilee (Mk. 6:56), encountering people where they lived and…


Added by James Nored on February 22, 2011 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Mission and Spiritual Formation in the Church, Family, and Individual

Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you” (Jn. 20:21). As the “sent out” body of Christ, our life and mission is centered around Christ’s life and mission. In his own words, Jesus said that he came to seek and save the lost (Lk. 19:10), serve (Mk. 10:45), and share the good news (Mk. 1:38). Compelled by Christ’s love for us and our love for God and our neighbor, we have as our primary task the mission of Jesus.


If we are to fulfill this mission, we must do…


Added by James Nored on February 21, 2011 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Small Groups vs. Sunday School - What do you think?

For those who are looking into small groups and want to find hard research (not just theories), I highly recommend Sharing the Journey: Support Groups and America's New Quest for Community by Robert Wuthnow. Wuthnow is a…

Added by James Nored on February 18, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Deuteronomy 6 (The Shema) and Mission - Missional Discussion of the Day

One of the major passages on spiritual formation, particularly within families, that is often pointed to is the "Shema":

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[…


Added by James Nored on February 16, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Being Missional Must Include the Church as a whole, families, and individuals--not just programs

In the their new book, Right Here, Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People, authors Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford write this:


"It is impossible to be a missional church if we fail to be missional people. Otherwise, missionality is reduced to sponsored programs that centralize the life of the body of Christ, institutionalizing…


Added by James Nored on February 8, 2011 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

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