James Nored's Blog – March 2011 Archive (12)

Could the Japanese disaster cause this secular country to turn to God?

A Japanese woman hangs her pray on a slatted-wall surrounding a "divine" tree outside a Shinto shrine in Tokyo. The woman's prayer asks for protection in the ongoing nuclear crisis.  BP Photo by Susie Rain.

A recent Baptist Press article, Disaster pushes Japanese…

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Added by James Nored on March 29, 2011 at 8:53pm — 2 Comments

How to grow your church 20% through Facebook & Online Social Networking

Yesterday, my wife and I and our two girls, Gina (10) and Emily (6), went to eat at Shogun's, a Japanese steak house in McKinney. Our kids love it there, as the chefs make the food right at your table and do all kinds of interesting little tricks, like burning an onion and making it a chu chu train. 

As the chef was making our food, we talked with him about his…

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Added by James Nored on March 28, 2011 at 10:56am — 5 Comments

Mormon teen baptized into Christ after High Pointe teen shares the Story of Redemption with her!

Last Sunday morning I was out of town. But I found out later that there was a baptism, and one that I did not know was going to happen. The teen that was baptized was Chay Johnson (see above, baptized by Lantz Howard). She was brought to faith by her Christian friend Shawnee, the daughter of Dan and Dalana Squires (Dalana works in our clothes closet and faithfully…

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Added by James Nored on March 23, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Would you baptize someone who had a gay "orientation"?

This week I had an interesting encounter. A middle aged man came into the church to get some food. He had been in before, and this time he also said that he was wanting to meet with me.

 

He had some things that he wanted to share with me. He had some various personal struggles that were giving him a lot of anxiety. He was out of work, and he had always worked before (as an engineer salesman). He had some struggles with some of his family relationships and some health issues in…

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Added by James Nored on March 23, 2011 at 4:07pm — 10 Comments

4 Reasons to Share the Gospel in Seeker Small Groups

The gospel can at times can be successfully shared in personal conversation or in one-on-one study; however, there are several reasons that a more ideal way to share the study is through seeker small groups. A seeker small group is a group composed of a mix of Christians and "seekers"--non-Christians or the unchurched--who come together to study a particular spiritual topic…

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Added by James Nored on March 22, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Born to Buy: How Advertising and Materialism are Harming Our Children

Did you know that your child is being targeted? That he or she is at great risk? And if you are in a middle-class, suburban neighborhood, your child may be particularly at risk. And unlike other threats like drugs or alcohol, this threat is hidden and many parents are unaware of it.

 

The threat to the emotional and spiritual well-being of every child is this:…

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Added by James Nored on March 20, 2011 at 1:54pm — 2 Comments

What has been your most spiritual experience on facebook?

What has been your most spiritual experience on facebook?

Added by James Nored on March 15, 2011 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Should Christians live double lives on Facebook?

 

In the recent book, The Facebook Effect, author…

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Added by James Nored on March 15, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments

Washington will only cut $4.7B while running $223B deficit in one month! Missional parallel?



The Washington Post reported yesterday that the US government posted a $223 billion dollar deficit - in one month!! Republicans have been proposing $60 billion dollars in this year's budget, and Democratic lawmakers say that they can only cut $6 billion--which turns out to actually only be $4.7 billion dollars.

 

Unbelievable. Neither side…

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Added by James Nored on March 8, 2011 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

To create a missional movement within your church, develop a small, passionate, committed core



In the new book, Right Here, Right Now, Alan Hirsch opens by talking about how missional movements begin. He says:

 

"This is how missional movements grow--through a group of people who have been changed by Jesus and are willing to put themselves on the line for his cause."

 

He then qutoes Seth Godin, saying, "Seth Godin, pop movements…

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Added by James Nored on March 8, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Some Statistics On the Number of Unchurched in US

 



Here are some statistics about the unchurched from The Tangible Kingdom.

  • "The Barna group reveals that one-third of the adult population (34 percent) has not attended any type of church service or activity, other than a special event such as a funeral or wedding, during the…
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Added by James Nored on March 7, 2011 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

A strong Christian social network helps Christians & even atheists to serve others - Missional Thought of the Day

Robert Putman, author of Bowling Alone and many other books, has a new book out called…

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Added by James Nored on March 3, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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