Solidarity is what she opened her discussion with. Shortly after the December 2nd mass shooting in San Bernardino by a Muslim husband and wife, Wheaton College Professor, Larycia Hawkins, set out to demonstrate solidarity with her Muslim neighbors by wearing a hijab. She cleared the actions with Wheaton, which is a major Christian liberal arts university, and all appeared to be fine. While my idea of solidarity promotion wouldn’t include the wearing of a hijab any more than suggesting that a Muslim cleric wear a Catholic Priest’s collar, I understand the desire to do something to foster a spirit of peace. I agree that stereo typing all Muslims as terrorist is something that we must fight. Days later though Professor Hawkins was suspended by the university. As some raced to condemn the institution and point to the public wearing of the Islamic female head covering as their reason, the real issue was much deeper and I completely agree with Wheaton’s decision.
They did it again! It’s just another reason why I’m proud of Cypress Crossings Christian Church. This past weekend volunteers from the C4 family reached out again this year to bless children and families in our area. For a church family of our size; they did an amazing job in providing just under 150 children and families in our region with Christmas presents. The thrilling part is that this outreach project was not something pushed by the lead minister. It actually grew up organically from within the body and that’s what Christmas and real Christianity is all about.
Jesus clearly noted that he came to seek and to save that which was lost and to give his life as a ransom for many. Jesus came to give. The folks of C4 have not only experienced the life changing grace of Christ but have turned around to bless others. They are giving.
People have pointed to John Lennon’s song, Imagine, as a hope for humanity. As for me, I like imagining a world, not with or without religion, but where more people truly know Jesus Christ and are radically pursuing Him. Such a place might actually do what politics simply cannot accomplish. Change the heart and thus the world. To indeed bring “Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men.” Yes; Imagining a world with more Jesus, more Christmas.
But for now . . . I’m stoked at how C4 is giving it an amazing shot.
God has a story and He has called you to join Him in it. In fact, you were created to be an integral part of the drama that HE has prepared and is now playing out today. The only question is whether or not you’ve taken Him up on the offer. Join us this Sunday after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday as we welcome our special guest, Rick Rusaw, to the show. Rick has an amazing story of growing up without religion but then finding God along the way. Thus finding God’s plan for his existence. Life now finds Rick leading a strong externally focused Christian Church and helping others make an impact for Jesus across the globe. Sharing the story of Jesus and making the most of the life God has loaned Rick are the passions of his life.
So make plans now to join us for the live webcast at 8p Central. We will also be giving away a copy of Rick’s book, “Living A Life On Loan” toward the end of the webcast. You can catch the live webcast here at 8p Central or even engage Rick though our Sunday Nigh Discussions Google + page. You can also send in questions early through the blog here.
BTW One of the biggest reasons to catch Rick live this Sunday is because he gave up tickets to the Broncos vs Patriots game to be on the show. Yup, he’s committed to SND this week. So you know it’s going to be a GREAT show.
Are you in? Are you living the life that God created you to live in such a way that eternity will be changed? Isn’t that spiritual and evangelism stuff just for preachers and professional missionaries? Or is there something more? Is it possible that we can all get in the game? Join us for the Discussions this Sunday night at 8p Central as we welcome our special guest, Tim Harlow, to the show. Tim is the senior pastor of Parkview Christian Church in south Chicago-land and author and creator of the Life on Mission Project. Over the past 25 years Christ followers from Parkview have become an indispensable part of the south Chicago community. As a team, they have touched former gang leaders, business owners, ex-strippers, and soccer moms alike. Because these simple Christians were living a life on mission, their community and world have been transformed.
How can God use someone like us to make a difference? How can regular people without a Bible College education touch their immediate sphere of influence and eventually the world? Is it really possible? Be sure to tune in here or on our Google + Sunday Night Discussions page for the live webcast. Feel free to send in questions early as we explore what it really means to fully live a life on mission. As usual, we will be giving away free resources toward the end of the show.
I had heard the story of Dave Roever before. But I listened a little closer this morning as he was being interviewed by Focus on the Family on the radio. I suppose part of the reason being that my second son, David, went off to Marine Boot Camp last month and is on the road to being a veteran himself. If you’ve not heard of Dave Roever, he is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Dave is also a personal testimony of how God can move in some very profound ways even today. Roever was wounded and almost died from a white phosphorus grenade but lived and demonstrated a life of profound power and help to others.
World Evangelism, Global Outreach. I love those words. The truth is that I have been transformed by Jesus Christ and I have the privilege of being part of His team which makes the message of God known to the world. The truth is; we all have that same privilege and that’s exactly what we’re going to be talking about in the discussions this Sunday night. What is the real need in the world? What kind of opportunities do we have for global outreach in the early 21st century? What is the actual responsibility of Christ followers to convey that message to others? How can we see that mission carried out in our time and in the lives of those who follow us? Join us live Sunday night at 8p central as we welcome one of the big mentors in my life, Max Goins, who has served as a local pastor and foreign missionary around the world for almost 50 years. World Evangelism – Global Outreach is the ministry that Max formed in 1991 with the purpose of reaching the lost and training disciples and I can’t wait for you to meet him.
Join us here or on our Sunday Night Discussions Google + page and be sure to send in questions early. As always we will be giving away a free recourse toward the end of the show.
Many of you know that world evangelism and discipleship holds a huge place in my heart. While Deb and I continue to financially support foreign missionaries and projects, it has actually been over 10 years since I’ve been out of the country. Debi has served on a couple of teaching trips to Honduras over the past few years but I have not used my passport since teaching in Nagaland, India with Australian missionary, Doug Willis back in 2003.
Can the Kingdom be saved? Obviously the answer is yes as the true Kingdom of Heaven will never fail. Jesus said so and history has demonstrated such throughout the nations and ages. However there has been much writing over the past decade about the growing number of millennials and gen Xers who are leaving the Church every year. Panic has been the path of some while others have pointed to new music and tech as the golden ticket to reach this ever growing generational question. But could it be that sometimes the issue is simply one of misunderstanding how different generations think and why they process life as they do?
What’s it like to grow up with a LGBT worldview? How do we reconcile the clear Biblical teachings on sexuality, personhood, and the real feelings of homosexuality? In a world of relativity how can we approach this present question with both grace and truth? Join us for the Discussions Sunday night as we welcome pastor and author Caleb Kaltenbach to the show. Christianity was the last thing on Caleb’s mind when he grew up in a LGBT household but that all changed when he met the authentic Jesus Christ in High School. If there is a way to approach this topic with truth and grace Caleb is the one to know. So set your schedule now and get your questions ready for our live webcast Sunday night at 8p Central. We will also be giving away a free copy of Caleb’s book, Messy Grace, to someone in the viewing audience.
Catch us here or on the “Sunday Night Discussions” Google + page.
What’s it like to be a preacher in the 21st century western world? There are many ideas about who these guys are and what exactly they do. There are many expectations on what they should do. Often we see the light shining on preachers in large churches and assume we’ve got the whole picture. But do we really understand what the life of a typical preacher is like?
I don’t know when or where it started, but October is clergy, or pastor, appreciation month. The second Sunday of the month is set aside for the specific day to recognize ministers throughout the land and their service. So for the Discussions this week that is exactly what we’re going to do. Make plans now to join Robert and me at 8p Central as we welcome one of my favorite pastors to the show. Hear his story and feel free to send in questions. It is my hope that we can encourage those in ministry and shed some light on what a pastor’s life is really like to the rest of the world.
You can catch the live webcast here or on our Sunday Night Discussions Google + page where questions can be sent in much easier.
Look forward to seeing you then.