Taking Jesus to the Cities!

Taking Jesus to the Cities!

SNDWhat does it look like to take Jesus to the cities of the 21st century?  Sunday Night Discussions is back this week and we’re asking that very question.  It is estimated that today over half the population of the earth lives in cities and outlying areas.  This change in global demographics also touches race, ethnicity, and religion.  How can the Kingdom of Heaven be advanced is this new world reality. Join Robert and me here Sunday at 8p central as we welcome Luke Greer who serves with Global Cities Initiative and the Orchard Group. Orchard has been planting churches since 1948 in New York and is now reaching out into the major cities of the world.How big of an issue is this and how can we be involved?  Feel free to send questions in early via here or our Google Plus page.  During the show questions and comments can be sent in via both mediums and we will be giving away a copy of Why Cities Matter by Stephen Um and Justin Buzzard toward the end of the show. Forward in the book is written by Timothy Keller.  So grab a friend and plan to participate as we kick off another season of SND.

BTW for the Dallas and NY Giants fans, we will have an audience member keeping us posted on the game score.

Yup . . . it’s going to be great!

McDonald’s, Kroc, and the Test of Entrepreneurial Success.

McDonald’s, Kroc, and the Test of Entrepreneurial Success.

Entrepreneurship is a confusing word.  Not just because it’s hard to remember how it’s spelled, but because of the many word pictures we put behind it.  Business is usually the venue where we see this practice.  Even in the market place though, it can equally be applied to someone who starts up a business and also someone who takes an existing company to the next level.  I swim mostly in the realm of the Church and discipleship world where the range of applications can be just as wide.  A church planter establishes one church in his life that grows to 1000 or more in Sunday morning attendance. Suddenly he is allowed to successfully wear the title.  A woman takes an existing ministry to new heights and likewise is awarded the spot light for her accomplishments.  The bigger the results, the more the person is called an entrepreneur.  Yet those who achieve lesser accolades are denied the headlines.

But I wonder if maybe there’s more to the story here in creativity.  Could it be that for true divine entrepreneurship to take place we really need a number of different people, different skills, and different situations?  To illustrate, I’m wondering who is the biggest entrepreneur in the fast food business; the McDonald brothers or Ray Kroc?  (more…)

Powerful and Effective

Powerful and Effective

In referring to Elijah of the Old Testament, James makes the observation that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.  But I wonder.  Even when we find our righteousness in the healing of Christ opposed to our own merit, are our prayers really powerful?  Are they truly heard by the God of all creation?  Tune in Sunday night at 8p Central as our special guest, Rick Stedman, believes so.  Rick founded and for two decades led Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, California.  His real desire is getting people connected to God and borrowing from Eugene Peterson, Rick has suggested that the number one job of pastors is to teach their people to pray.  Would you agree with that?  What other questions about prayer or living out the loving Kingdom of God would you have for Rick?  Feel free to send in questions early and join us for the live discussion Sunday night.  We will also be giving away a copy of Rick’s new book, Praying the Armor of God.  Questions and comments can be taken during the webcast via our SND Google + page or here.

 

The Light of Christ in Your 21st Century Community.

SND“You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.”  Those words were spoken by Jesus Christ 2000 years ago.  When I think of the enormity of that statement, Church Planter and Pastor, Ken Hasekamp, is one of the guys who always comes to mind.  If anyone knows experientially about influencing people with the love of Christ, it’s Ken.  Patterson, CA is where we find Ken these days and it’s amazing to see the stories of how God is working through his life to love his community and make an eternal difference.  Join us this evening as we dive into the question of “how to be the light of Christ in our 21st century communities.”

The Discussions begin tonight at 8p Central and you can find us here or on Google +.  Feel free to join in on the conversation with your questions and comments. Looking forward to hearing from you this evening.

Being the Church!

SND Logo Concepts SmIn the fall of 2001 I wrote a paper for grad school entitled “Being the First Century Church in the 21st Century.”  At the time I had no idea how relevant that subject would be today.  It reminds me of a statement by Bill Hybels when he noted that “nothing on this planet is more important, more strategic, and more urgently needed than the local church.” I could not agree with that assessment more.  But what is the real church anyway?  Buildings?  Programs? Politics? Social Concern? When you cut through the debates, personal likes, and controversies what does the authentic church actually look like and how can it be realized today?  Tune in tonight at 8p central as we dive into the questions about CHURCH.

 

Feel free to send in your observations, experiences, and questions ahead of time here or on our Face Book Page.  You can also send in questions live by one of these medias or directly on the Sunday Night Discussion Google + page.