Behind the scenes of the more visible work of the church is the question, “How do we relate to the realities around us?” A related question is, "What difference does the timeless Gospel make in the time and place where we find ourselves?"
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"Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary." This statement has been used as a good excuse not to use words in verbal witness. A closer look at the data, however, suggests that Paul and the apostles may have amended the phrase.
I recently attended a church service and one of its elements communicated the following message: “People all over the world are hungry to hear about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.” Is that statement true?
What methods are you or your church using to be fair to those you support and yet keep it fresh?
It would appear to be incumbent on the likes of Back to God Ministries, Home Missions, World Renew and World Missions to ask if their theologizing is driven more by the social sciences than by solid theological method. Here is where Eitel's simple schema is helpful.
Michael J. Kruger, President and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary posted an article entitled "Social Justice and the Gospel: What is the Core Mission of the Church?". Is there anything useful in Kruger's article and the authors he cited?
Last week, a colleague sent me a link to a blog post entitled "How Support Raising Keeps Parachurch Ministries White." The piece contributes to ongoing conversations we have been having at the denomination's global missions agencies about how to engage underprivileged young people in missions.
How do we see the religion of our neighbor, or for that matter our neighbor as a religionist?
A quote from Anthony Furey of the Edmonton Sun paper indicates the proportion of various perspectives within the Muslim belief community. The high percentages surprised me to some extent, and I wonder what impacts this would have on our missional efforts.
Several of the clergy interviewed said that the most important characteristic is that the new Pope must be an evangelist, someone who could effectively communicate the Gospel to the modern world. What are you hoping for in the election of a new Pope?
I was hoping to hear some stories of how the relationship between your church and a mission organization has helped shape your church's heart for mission.
Here is a video which shows how a half-dozen scientists who originally were raised in the evolutionary paradigm have been persuaded by the evidence that the evidence for evolution is lacking.
I choose to post this on the Global Mission site because this is where I tried to nudge conversation a year and a half ago (see the blog: Concept of a Global World Missions Agency). Pray with all that ensuing decisions will lead to the necessary, concrete steps to getting the CRCNA's world-wide witness "together again."