Is ‘slow church’ good or bad?

The book Slow Church ought to be an interesting read. (See notice of it here.) We’d likely agree with much of it. The mega-church to us appears a creation of something far from Scripture. Jerusalem in the beginning might have been called a mega-church, but it did not long remain so. Even at that, it did not then have the marks of the massive overhead and top-heavy beasts of today.

Having forecast our agreement with the basic idea of the book (I say forecast, since we’ve not read it), the name of slow church doesn’t seem to be a good one. At least one of the authors works with a post-mega-church, after the deflation occurred. One wonders if the book isn’t something of a justification or defense of going from 1000+ to 180 members. Continue reading

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Knowing what the mission is

Many people have a strong sense of mission, but have little clue as to its nature. Doing good for God is about as exact an idea as they have. With such vagueness, it’s no wonder that little is actually accomplished for good.

The Word of God is clear what Jesus’ mission was and what ours is, as his followers and imitators.

We need the tools and the means that will allow us to accomplish that mission in the most efficient and effective way, in the least amount of time possible. But until we are clear on the mission’s objective, everything else will be but mere thrashing around in the bushes.

Sing this new missionary song to an old tune

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The Missus called it “fantastic,” but she’s prejudiced. If you find it “useable,” I’ll be happy with that evaluation.

http://randalmatheny.com/2014/01/27/new-lyrics-his-way-with-thee/

There’s a link with info about the background in this post that holds the lyrics. Not mentioned in the explanation is that it was written as I sat this morning on the back varanda listening to a dozen green-yellow-red parrots chatter and watching them eat guava off the tree near our back wall.

A different kind of courage

OrigenThe father of Origen, a third-century theologian, was arrested for being a Christian. Origen, then only 17, was aflame with the desire to follow his dad and share in glorious martyrdom. His mother pleaded with him not to go, but the headstrong boy did not want to listen to reason. His quick-thinking mother did what she could — she hid his clothes.

Though Origen stormed and protested, she wouldn’t reveal where they were hidden. He couldn’t leave the house, and so he was unable to volunteer for martyrdom. Continue reading

Roy Davison marks 50 years in Belgium

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Today on BrotherhoodNews.com, brother Roy Davison shared his perspective on his 50 years spent in kingdom service in Belgium.

Among his many works are the websites he maintains:

In 97 I launched the Old Paths Archive on the Internet (oldpaths.com) which now has about a thousand visitors each day. I also publish 20 other web sites with teaching material in Dutch, French, German, Russian and Chinese. All of these sites combined get about a million visitors per year. Continue reading

Don’t become a missionary

… if you go to the field for these ten reasons. You and I might tweak what she says, because of the writer’s doctrinal stance, but overall she provides some good material.

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I found her first reason especially intriguing, one with which a commenter took issue:

1. Don’t Become a Missionary if You Think You Are Going to Change the World. First, high expectations doom to disappoint, but, also, maybe your desire to change the world is trumping your desire to serve. Ask yourself if you would be happy moving overseas to a much harsher environment in order to quietly help a local, while getting no recognition and seeing no fruit in the process.  If you can answer honestly yes, then maybe you’re still in the running. …

Apparently, the author did not remain on the field for more than a few years, so it would be interesting to read what someone who’s been at it for a decade or more might say.

What other reasons might you provide for a person not to become a missionary? Share them in the comments below.

Do the same things you do in a different way

With Vicki’s Views and (Barbara) Oliver’s Twist, the ladies are well represented in this report. Along with two questions for you and an update on our travels and support status.

Read the PDF file of report (vol. 29, no. 6) by clicking here.

Please share it with your congregation by passing on this link or sending the pdf as an attachment. Post it on your bulletin board, publish it in your bulletin. Also, share it with your Christian friends and area congregations.

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