Hi Five Oakers, The weekend is coming and there are a few things I want to share with you.
There are people in your life with whom you would love to share your faith. You want them to know Jesus like you know Jesus. How can you reach out to them?
There are people in your life that God wants to reach through you. You're not even aware that they are feeling the nudge from God. How can you be more aware and engaged in reaching them?
There are no easy answers to either one of those questions, but I think you'll come away from this weekend's sermon on Acts 8-11 better equipped to share your faith, even if you've been at this for some time. I'm really looking forward to sharing with you what God has been revealing to me.
Robert Osburn on "Good News for the Naked Public University
In the spiritual vacuum created by the naked public university, Christian study centers have started. Located alongside universities, they host speakers, organize student programs, and pursue scholarship whose roots lie deep within the rich sources of Christian faith while engaging secular colleagues respectfully and thoughtfully.
Eric Metaxas on "A Line Has Been Crossed: It’s Time to Sound the Alarm on Religious Liberty"
I confess I almost thought I was reading something out of my own book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, where I describe how the Gestapo tried to harass and intimidate Martin Niemoller and other German pastors speaking the truth from their pulpits.
Paul Pastor Interview Scot McKnight in "Redefining the Kingdom? Scot McKnight says we're using "Kingdom" wrong. Here's why that matters."
We live in a day when an increasing number of Christians have fallen for the idea that God’s real and best and most important work is in the public sector, in making the world a better place, in the halls of power like Washington DC, in working for the homeless and hungering. These are all “good works” (as I argue in the book) but this colossal shift among evangelicals has resulted in two major changes: (1) a decreasing interest in pastoral and church ministry, and (2) a blanketing of everything outside the church with the word “kingdom” in order to sanctify and explain to ourselves that what we are doing is meaningful. The major reason for this book is to contend that God’s mission in this world is the church.
One More Thing
I love this church's vision statement:
Elmbrook is a community of Christ-followers who believe life in Christ should never look like life without Him.