Thanks! My wife and I are both teachers in our public school system, so we believe this - in and of itself - is missional. I've also participated in three mission trips to Dzerzhinsk, Ukraine. This experience has had quite an impact on my perspective of missional outreach, and the role it plays in sharing Jesus with others. As an insightful friend once said - "If we meet their physical needs first, the spiritual needs will take care of themselves."
My age group is looking for deep spiritual fulfillment. Often what we get is surface and disingenuous and I think we get that because the church thinks we are surface and disingenuous. But we aren't. You mentioned Apple in you article about how the church is missing the mark in communicating with my generation, but I felt after reading the article that you may have missed the reason Apple resonates with many of us. Take a listen to this, it sums up how I feel pretty well: http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html
I've given it a lot of thought and this is just one piece, but it's a good place to start.
I'd like to be and have been trying a place to fit in with some difficulty, partially my own partially external. My demographic doesn't feel like a focus with the Church; It's like they don't know what to do with us.
I found the site from an article about why young people are leaving the church. I had a response prepared but didn't feel up to it a few days later, because my response would have been strongly contrarian and wasn't sure it would have been constructive.
We wish you the very glade to meet you dear James Nored, we need your support still we are suffering from financial problems, It is our sincere and humble request to extend your prayer and more help in any form. Our present activities are: 1. Church Planting 2. Bible School 3. Evangelistic, & Preachers Meetings 4. Children Home 5. Children Evangelism 6. Relief and Rehabilitation These are our Major activities. Dear James Nored, I mention these things because we want you to know about us and the work here. We hope you Dear James Nored are so very kind and generous to help the Lord’s people in India. We believe that your love and kindness can provide us many good things for spreading the gospel of Christ in India. A small support will be a big help and great encouragement for the work of the Lord. Brethren if you help us support we can do more and more good work for God and His glory. We hope that you brethren become great asset and good sponsors for the evangelism in India. You are always in our thoughts and prayers here. We look forward to hearing good news from you soon. Thank you for your prayers and for your committed Ministry. I am your brother in His Service In His service,
Thank you, bro. Nored for posting the 3-part series on Why the Church of Christ is shrinking. I thoroughly enjoyed them and have recommended them to the ministers where I attend. Do you have dvds or written material on the study, you mentioned, about "Rsdemption?" I am going to invite them to this site.
I'm new to your website and a little behind the times. I see a few preachers leaving the coc changing the name to a new name with instrrumental music. I do believe in reaching out to our neigbors, rather than a country club approach. We have been members at the same congreagation for 22 years and most of time I sitting with an occasial clas to teach. Two years ago God found me and put in a place to provide spiritual counselng to 1100 ( no not a church but the county jail.) I'm the part time Chapain. I work during the day and we have 3 brothers that provide weekly bible studies to inmates usually in the evenings or weekends. Any suggestions would be helpful..
Thank you, brother, for maintaining this web site and posting your blogs. I know it takes a lot of time. But this is one of the benefits of the Internet age. Maybe by discussion of ideas and different ways of looking at things, people can be led to challenge and grow beyond their own spiritual entanglements (we all have some) and continue on the path of the Spirit and not give up because of "the system." Thank you for allowing me to participate in these discussions. God bless.
i would like to thank everyone for this wonderful web site.i am always open to meeting anyone or anything concerning our kingdom purpose to glorify our savior and heavenly father.looking forward to meeting new brothers and sisters,and may this new year be very blessed and fruitful.god bless us all and hope our lights can over come the darkness with our forever giving grace.thank you jesus and the love of our abba daddy.
Hai sir, your books of story of Redemption are best one to know God and His will .yesterday I met Bro. Jayaraj in a Bible Class in Hyderabad and he gave me one set of your books . I still want to study them deeply . thanks for your books and praying for your family and work.
Hi Brother James! i wanted to congratulat you (sorry so late) on finishing your Doctor of Ministry degree :) That's so awesome! i know you put in alot of hard work into that. Congratulations :)
i have applied to Harding School of Theology for the Fall of 2013. i have had a really hard time trying to get into ministry for ten years or so now. i hope getting a master's degree will open up some doors for me.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. God bless. Grace and Peace.