We are no longer a society of biblically familiar, church friendly folks, but rather, one of intelligent skeptics. We must learn to communicate carefully and intentionally as such.
I am convinced that we (leaders in the church) must learn to prepare messages – teachings and sermons – with the de-churched and unchurched in mind with nearly the same level of awareness and importance given to this audience as which we give our churched and biblically literate audience.
Even if our audience approaches the topic from a Christian-friendly point of view, they are often no longer coming from any background in the scriptures or understanding of scripture’s realities, reasons, laws or graces.
The difficulty of this is that though they aren’t biblically educated, they are highly intelligent.
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In a noble effort to not be unloving, might we actually be completely failing at loving and defecting from our duties?
You’ve read it too. You probably have it memorized:
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. -1 Corinthians 9:24
From what I’ve seen, running to win the race (1 Cor 9:24) often leaves people behind in a sense. Yet I’ve heard countless times that it’s unloving to move on and leave people behind who refuse to “pick up their mat and walk”, accept healing for their wounds, take care of themselves, and “run to win”.
It’s common to be frowned upon, even ridiculed by other leaders, if you’re seen as a person who is willing to press forward hard and fast even if it means leaving others behind who don’t want to run to win the prize (Phil 3:14).
Wasn’t that verse written for everyone?
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Is it humble to play smaller than we are in an area so that others don’t feel as big in an area?
I’ve often made the statement, “I could write a book on that.” I’ve only recently, for no reason that I’m consciously aware of, started thinking about what that sounds like to others when I say that… Possibly offensive? I’m not sure yet if I even really care… but I might?
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“God’s purpose for my life is that I have a passion for God’s glory and that I have a passion for my joy in that glory, and that these two are one passion.”
― Jonathan Edwards
God takes undeserving people on unexplainable journeys, and I think I’ve come up with a name for this process.
I’m trying to think through how to explain this blog as I see it.
“Essays on development of an ever detouring minister of a never ending truth.”
At least, I feel like I’m “ever detouring”.
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We’re all screaming for satisfaction from start to finish. Maybe nothing really changes?
“Hello world!” Seems like a fitting start, right? That’s not just how blogs start; that’s how life starts… and nothing changes.
I said “Hello world!” once in the late 80s as a small, slimy, squirming, screaming blob of baby. Intelligent tissue with God’s breath in me; though still not intelligent enough to make that breath into anything more than sirens. That’s how I said, “Hello world!”, and it all began.
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