James Nored's Blog – May 2013 Archive (9)

Is Having a "Friends Day" Missional?

This Sunday we are having an old style "Friends Day," where we are encouraging members to invite their friends to our worship service. It simply gives members an excuse to invite their friends. It will be good to see what kind of response we get from this.

Some questions arise, such as, Are people motivated to invite yet?…

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Added by James Nored on May 31, 2013 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Is America Becoming Pagan Rome? - Department of Justice Tells Employees that They Must Verbally Affirm Homosexuality

Today, scanning through my Zite app (through which I get a ton of news stories on faith and culture), I found this shocking headline: DOJ Informs Employees to Verbally Affirm Homosexuality. Here is the article:…

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Added by James Nored on May 29, 2013 at 10:48am — 3 Comments

Is America Becoming Pagan Rome? - Department of Justice Tells Employees that They Must Verbally Affirm Homosexuality

Today, scanning through my Zite app (through which I get a ton of news stories on faith and culture), I found this shocking headline: DOJ Informs Employees to Verbally Affirm Homosexuality. Here is the article:…

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Added by James Nored on May 29, 2013 at 10:48am — 3 Comments

Boy Scouts of America Votes in Grapevine, TX, to Let in Openly Gay Boy Scouts

Today, right in Grapevine, TX, the Boys Scouts of America, long known for its strong moral stance and rejection of homosexuality, voted to allow openly gay boy scouts, but not openly gay scout leaders to be able to enter into…

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Added by James Nored on May 23, 2013 at 5:30pm — 15 Comments

Strengths of the Restoration Movement - Going Back to Scripture

Part of the Restoration Plea was to go back to the Bible. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, and our sure guide for our faith and practice. The early Restoration leaders saw themselves as continuing the reform brought about by Martin Luther and the Reformation, which also had as its plea to "go back to the Bible." Thankfully, we are not alone in our belief that the Bible should be our guide, even if we have drawn some conclusions that are different than others.

The idea of…

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Added by James Nored on May 22, 2013 at 1:42pm — 8 Comments

Are Most of OurCongregations Choosing a Slow Death?

The stats are in, and those 18-30 are increasingly unlikely to "go to church." Recent polling shows 30 percent of this age church claims no religious affiliation at all. And in my own fellowship, Churches of Christ, this age group (and even Gen X, my own generation), is deserting our fellowship in droves. This saddens me greatly, and it is laid upon my heart to do everything possible to reach these generations. 

Why are they leaving? A variety of…

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Added by James Nored on May 13, 2013 at 3:00pm — 16 Comments

Mothers, Made in the Image of God--We Honor and Thank You!





Mothers are so precious! None of us would be alive without a mother (and a father--but it is Mother's Day today). We all have a mother. Our parents had mothers. Our grandparents had mothers. Jesus had a mother. Only Adam and Eve did not have a mother. And yet, they were both made in the image of God.

The creation account in Genesis says this:…

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Added by James Nored on May 10, 2013 at 11:40am — No Comments

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Frank Viola is the author of "Pagan Christianity" and numerous other books. He and I have become Facebook friends over the past couple of years. I have appreciated some of his recent works with his approach of looking at the narrative of Scripture through a Christological lens, too.

Frank has just released a new book called "God’s Favorite Place on Earth."…

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Added by James Nored on May 6, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

An Open Letter to Pastors - A Non-Mom Speaks About Mother's Day

One of my minister friends posted a link to this article, which I have reposted below. Here is the original link: I do think it is okay to honor certain people. The Bible says to give honor to whom honor is due. We can find ways to honor and those those who are not mothers, and many of the suggestions in the article I think can be…

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Added by James Nored on May 6, 2013 at 2:09pm — 8 Comments

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