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 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.
Can a dying church live again? The Bible tells us that Jesus came to bring life and life to the fullest. Yet the first application there is to us as individuals. So what about a local community of Christ? While we know that the eternal and universal CHURCH will never be defeated there is a question mark on local churches throughout the ages. In history we can see that a number of churches have ceased to exist and places like the country of Turkey are key examples of this. Do all churches merely have a life cycle? Can churches that have lost their life be turned around? Join us this Sunday at 8p Central as we welcome our guest, John Davis, who is a pastor in the throes of this difficult ministry. Working with God to see a church turn the corner from death to life is a tough job and I’ve had some experience in that realm myself.
If you love the CHURCH and the church as it should be then this week’s show is for you.
I still remember young Boris from Moscow, Russia. He absolutely loved to debate with me about Christianity. At one point he suggested that the problem with the faith of Jesus was that it simply was not practical to daily life. The premise of Boris could not be further from the truth. While Jesus spoke of Heaven and a future beyond, authentic Christianity is anything but unpractical to daily life today. Knowing Jesus is quite the opposite. Join us Sunday night for the discussions as we welcome minister and author, Chris Goldman to the show to examine true Faith in Action. Peace with God comes by His grace and our faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross. Yet an authentic faith produces action as seen in James where he notes that without deeds is dead. Paul, in Romans also pointed to an obedience that comes by faith. Indeed, true faith produces action and that action affects those around us. So what does it look like to live an active life of faith in the 21st century?
What 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!
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?
I have probably been studying God’s design for manhood for well over 20 years now. The first real pick at the subject came during my college years when Todd Owen and I set upon the gospels to learn what we could from the man Jesus Christ. While Jesus is divine, God in the flesh, he was also perfect in his manhood. The text tells us that he got angry with the religious Pharisees, wept over the death of a friend, and got tired after a long day’s work. The author of Hebrews lets us into the secret that Jesus was tempted in every way possible to man yet was without sin. Jesus was fully man just as well fully divine. Therefore we can learn a thing or two about manhood from him.
In addition to attempting to follow Christ I’ve read a number of books over the years along with taking in various conferences and men’s ministry participation.
No, we’re not asking for a fight. However, we are asking what you’re passionate about. Football fans will know that “hit someone” is a common call when heading out onto the field and especially for the D-Line. “Hit someone” means that we’re going to make something happen. So; what are the God given passions deep down in your heart and what are you doing with them? Join us for our final show of the season this Sunday at 8p Central as we welcome business and ministry leader Steve Spicer to the show. Steve’s passion is first for Jesus and then for helping men realize and live out their God given passions. Steve is co-founder of a ministry called Marked Men For Christ which has built up well over 6000 men in 25 countries representing some 2000 churches since its inception in 2001
While we will be addressing manhood in our modern culture, the pursuit of passion will apply to ladies as well. So make plans now to stop in for the discussions tomorrow night at 8p Central. You can watch live here and send in questions via the blog or connect on my personal FB page or the SND Facebook page. You can also view and send in questions directly to the SND Google + Page. As always, questions and comments can be sent in early and we will definitely be offering free resources at the end of the show. In fact, Steve noted that he will offer a $50.00 savings on a MMFC weekend registration for viewers.
What is God doing in our day around the world? Most of my kingdom work is centered in an American cultural context. But what is God doing beyond the box of Western and American thinking about Christianity? Join us this Sunday at 8p Central as we welcome Dr. Chris DeWelt to the show. We will be looking at God and global Christianity. Chris comes to the discussion with the experience of having lived in the cultural context of Chile for 8 years and has served in close to 80 other countries and cultures. Presently Chris serves as Director and Professor of Intercultural Studies at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Mo.
What is God up to around the world? What does authentic Christianity look like in other countries and cultures around the globe? What is it about authentic Christianity that transcends culture? How can we be involved in God’s work no matter where we are on the earth? Those and many other questions will be part of the discussion Sunday night. Don’t miss this exciting internationally charged live webcast. You are welcome to send in questions ahead of time or you can participate live through our SND Google + page, our SND Face Book page, or through the comment section here. So be sure to plan ahead and grab a friend and we’ll see you tomorrow night.