James Nored's Blog – December 2008 Archive (8)

Should we use direct mail to reach out?

I hope that you guys had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year! On Christmas Eve we had a Candlelight service, with attendance of probably 300+ and a lot of visitors (probably a lot of family, but perhaps some from the community). We equipped our members with flyers for this and mailed out an invitation to our December sermon series, which included an invite to the Candlelight service.

Many in the missional movement reject… Continue

Added by James Nored on December 26, 2008 at 10:41am — 6 Comments

A Great Note from the Women's Recovery Group

I just wanted to highlight this message that Lori, from the Women United in Recovery group, posted. The Women United in Recovery group started meeting in one of our portables at our church building just a couple of months. Here is what she says in reference to some from our church who helped make this possible:

"Thanks girls for all your help with this meeting!! A big thanks to Sharron Dunlap for helping with childcare and Teresa for setting us up!! Bless you all! The meetings have… Continue

Added by James Nored on December 19, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Consumerism and Spirituality - People seek comfort in Gap jeans

Many missiologists are pointing towards the spiritual nature of consumerism. While we tend to think of consumerism as being devoid of spirituality, in reality it is not. Advertisers do not sell products--they now sell purpose, meaning, and identity through their products, seeking to fill the spiritual void in American consumers' lives.

One recent study showed that people who are more anxious are drawn towards certain name brands, such as the Gap.… Continue

Added by James Nored on December 16, 2008 at 12:10pm — 4 Comments

Get ReJesus, the new book of Alan Hirsch (now a Missional Outreach Member) & Michael Frost

Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost, authors of The Shaping of Things to Come, have a new book out called ReJEsus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church. Here is an excerpt from amazon.com's editorial review:

"ReJesus asks the following questions:

* What ongoing role does Jesus the Messiah play in shaping the ethos and self understanding of the movement that originated in him?

* How is the Christian religion informed and shaped by… Continue

Added by James Nored on December 14, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

New DVD for Genesis Alliance, a Hispanic Church Planting Partnership

Genesis Alliance from Clint Loveness on Vimeo. Here is a brand new video for Genesis Alliance, a Hispanic church planting partnership with several sponsoring churches. The Hispanic population is growing phenomenonly fast in the US, and yet most fellowships are very underrepresented in the Hispanic population. Genesis Alliance seeks to plant Hispanic churches… Continue

Added by James Nored on December 11, 2008 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Witnesswell - Powerful Symbols to share the gospel

MIke Eppinette sent me a link to the Witnesswell website. Witnesswell uses the five symbols found in this picture to share the gospel. The story of the symbols is found on the website: "Over twenty years ago, Bill Smith drew these symbols on a chalkboard while speaking about the life of Jesus at White’s Ferry Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana. Mac and Mary Owen were in the class. They… Continue

Added by James Nored on December 10, 2008 at 11:11pm — 5 Comments

The new aggressive atheism - Video asks why God won't heal amputees

While atheists are still pretty rare in the US, there is now what Keith Matthews in my D.Min. class on Postmodernism called "the new agressive atheism." This is the atheism of people like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hawkins, and others.

This Youtube video seeks to tell Christians that if they want to be intelligent people, they must stop believing imaginary things. In fact, their belief in God is dangerous, and religion is a danger in the… Continue

Added by James Nored on December 8, 2008 at 12:19am — 4 Comments

How will the Internet change how we do evangelism?

As a lot of you know, I just took my D.Min. class at Fuller on Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix. For my paper for this class, I'm going to be writing about how the internet will change how we do ministry and outreach, particularly through social networking sites.

In just the last two years, how people use the internet has dramatically changed with the rise of sites like Facebook. Today, people have a very public persona on these sites, giving… Continue

Added by James Nored on December 3, 2008 at 9:34pm — 7 Comments

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