Ironic that many in the church think it’s wrong to do evangelism (that old postmodernist view) while the word “evangelist” has become a popular secular term.
Prayer sites, more than Bible-related sites, are problematic. It’s one thing to filter through denominational language and doctrines while reading, quite another to do it for prayer.
This is not a bad description of God’s jealousy: “God’s passionate commitment to God’s people.”
The Taizé people sing, “God is nothing but love.” God in our own image here? God is love, certainly, says 1 John 4.8, 16, but he is more than love.
Create a Now page. Cool idea.
An original verse: From now till then, from here to there, / With thumbs on a phone glued to your chair.
A Bible verse: “The voice of the Lord is powerful. The voice of the Lord is majestic” Psalm 29.4 GW.
A brother posted to two email groups and said,
I want to encourage others, especially our younger preaching brethren, to make more use of home Bible studies.
Right proper encouragement. I wonder what percentage of preachers — young and old — are apt and prepared to teach someone the gospel outside the pulpit.
A brother told me about one preacher who had never converted a soul teaching one-on-one. If that is not unusual, it’s no wonder growth has stagnated in the USA.
Here is where real church growth will happen, when preachers and all saints begin teaching in the homes.
One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means.
The same can be said for church growth. Many people write about it. Few have done it. Some have produced something that looks like church growth, but which is in fact a swelling of people or a selling of a product. Those who have done it may not be able to explain the true reasons for it. Some write from a biblical standpoint, and it is to scripture that we must go for the causes and contributions to church growth. But even then is it legitimate to write about what one has never done and does not plan to do, by obeying the Lord’s mandate?