“Revival:” Revive What?

Recently I was privileged to do a podcast with my friends, Stevie Bremner and SJ Hill, on the topic of “revival.” If you are interested in listening in to this conversation where we talk about the issue from a grace-based, new covenant perspective, rather than the straining, striving, performance-based, “What is it going to take to get God to do what we think He ought to do?” perspective, you can find it at the link below from Stevie’s ministry:

http://firenederland.podbean.com/2012/04/29/episode-91-revive-what/

If you regularly subscribe to this blog, I apologize for the duplicate posting . . . trying to sort some technical issues at this end.

Planting Churches or Making Disciples?: 'Modern "Church Planting" is a Cultural Myth'

The Myth of church Planting

Church Planting is a Myth

 

 

 

 

Have you ever made a passing comment that you thought was benign, but it ended up causing a hostile reaction? I had that joy recently. I made what I thought was a mild and self-evident comment about so-called “church planting” on a social media site (my first mistake!). It met with that special spiritual gift of the Christian social media world: vitriol and venom from those whose identity is obviously bound up with their concepts of what it means to do church planting. 

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First Century Converts: 'What Motivated Early Conversions to Christianity?'

Conversions Come from Relationships

First Century Conversions – Relationships, not Arguments.

In the “real” world, the recipient of service gets to determine the value of the service received, not the individual providing the service. Demand determines supply and price. For instance, the customer in the restaurant not the waiter, determines the size of the tip, based on the quality of the service provided. Too often in “church-world,” we believe our own press clippings. That is, our own evaluation of ourselves and what is important, bears no resemblance to what others value or need, but we feel good about ourselves none-the-less. First century converts were motivated by things that we often don’t value highly.

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