Category: Church

In divisive times, who will lead? Who will Heal?

Very nice piece by @MJGerson  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-our-moment-of-division-who-will-lead/2016/07/11/1a8232fa-4798-11e6-acbc-4d4870a079da_story.html Gerson gives a good analysis of the current (decisive) political situation.  He sees a need (as do I) for politicians who do not “immediately fall into partisan ruts, or post Facebook banalities.”  Another good quote is: In fact, there are people on the left and right who benefit from …

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Four Alls of the Great Commission

http://www.cmfnow.com/articles/pt570.htm http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1104232498086-161/The+Four+Alls+of+the+Great+Commission+-+Copy.pdf Matthew takes us from the particular to the universal (Jewish disciples to disciples from all nations The Four “Alls” of a Truly Comprehensive Vision http://biblicalblueprints.org/the-four-alls-of-a-truly-comprehensive-vision/

7 Free Online Tools for Sermon Writing

http://www.concordiatechnology.org/blog/2016/03/7-free-online-tools-for-sermon-writing?utm_content=25259776&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter 6th one is Christian Classics Ethereal Library  – The mission of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) is to build up the church by making classic Christian literature widely available and promoting its use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars. The CCEL accomplishes this by selecting, collecting, distributing, and promoting …

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Today’s thinking

from Stuart Briscoe’s message. 2-23-16 on WDLM-QC (original date unknown). “The Church’s Responsibility, Part 2” People think and act differently.  This needs to impact that way we communicate and minister.  The problem of secularization: People are turning from a concept of transcendence and find meaning in the immediate and the material. ideas from Alex Guinness… …

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Disciples bear

Day 9 of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s 40 Day Journey Bonhoeffer says disciples.. Instead, they bear what is laid upon them and what happens to them in discipleship for the sake of Jesus Christ. Finally, disciples will not be weakened by suffering, worn down, and embittered until they are broken. Instead, they bear suffering, by the power …

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Ekklesia, church, religion

Sermon idea. talk about the progression Ekklesia > church > religion assembly of believers is the foundation (and this should always be remembered-keeping the main thing the main thing). (see also http://faith.drjimo.net/ekklesia/) talk about the pros and cons of each (especially church, religion). Jesus at 2 am has a good podcast Turning Theology into Church …

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Ekklesia

Ekklesia is used in the NT 115 times (actually only a few/couple times in the gospels, so mostly in the epistles). In the Tindale translation (1524) it was translated “congregation.” In the King James it was translated “church.” ’assembly’ is a good translation. Very interesting word.  Various references below. According to the acu link below, …

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Dare to be Great

Pastor Howard White’s January (2016) sermon series is title Dare to be Great. The Dare to be Great Challenge is: A Great Commitment to the Great Commandments and the Great Commission done with Great Compassion will grow a Great Church (and a great Christian). The 5 sermons in the series are Dare to Follow Matt …

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TED Talk: Atheism 2.0

This is a fun TED talk. He is describing what can be learned from religion’s methods, even if you do not believe anything about religion (even if you don’t believe in God). He describes the tools and strategies of religion that ‘we’/culture can, and should, adopt. http://www.ted.com/talks/alain_de_botton_atheism_2_0#t-926345 (I am certainly not an atheist.) I think …

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Prudence, balance, thought, and Christianity

http://thefederalist.com/2015/11/19/3-tips-for-a-more-civil-conversation-about-syrian-refugees/ Mollie Hemingway offers 3 suggestions regarding the Syrian refugee issue.  The piece ends up looking at Christian beliefs – for good reason. She makes many good points, all of which I will not try to summarize here. One take-away (near the end of the article) is that the answer to the question “What should …

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