An Outward Focus
God calls us, as his people, to be the light of the world. In a world that is often dark, we are to shine the light of God in a way that is visible to other people. Any ministry without an outward focus is dying.
What does an outward focus look like? It looks like opening our eyes to the world around us and allowing our hearts to break over what breaks the heart of God. It looks like wading into relationships and seeing the opportunities we have to serve others. It looks like experiencing the blessings of God’s Kingdom and inviting others to experience that as well.
Today’s blog entry is by guest blogger Dr. Parnell Lovelace. Jesus’ Great Commission demands a deliberate response from those who take the call to reach the people of the city seriously. Cities across America are experiencing a great resurgence and redevelopment of...read more
To grow toward true, holistic maturity in Christ, we need to take all areas of his commands to heart. For years and years in my walk of discipleship, I mostly ignored the area of social justice. It just didn’t fit my theological paradigm, and it didn’t register that I...read more
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40) How do we serve God? By serving others... especially by serving 'the least of these'-- those who cannot give back to us. Our service to...read more
If we know God, we love God. If we are loving God, we keep his commandments. Love is more than a feeling or an emotion. It is a commitment lived out in our actions and our behaviors. If we know God and we love God, then we serve God. We become tied into what's on...read more
Below is a list of the seven commands of Jesus taught to the people of Honduras. They follow a Spanish acronym that isn’t present in the English translation. 1. Repent and believe 2. Be baptized 3. Love the people 4. Receive communion 5. Give 6. Pray 7. Teach Notice...read more
How are we perceived from the outside? How would we like others to perceive us? How do those perspectives affect our testimony? What can we do about it? Food for thought from New York Times columnist Nikolas Kristoff.read more
The Rev. Jonathan Hunnicutt, of The Table Church, sent me this prayer recently and I thought I would share it with you. It is a prayer for mission from Morning Prayer Rite II. 1979 Book of Common Prayer, page 101: Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love...read more
I recently returned from what is fast becoming my annual trip to Honduras. For anyone in the church planting field, Honduras is a fascinating study of rapid multiplication without much by way of resourcing. One of the church planters I met on this trip is Gerardo,...read more
Today’s blog entry is from Janet Logan, who blogs regularly on children and spirituality at childcenteredspirituality.com. “My name is Drew and I am 15 years old. I was in Confident Kids from 4th-6th grade and I loved it. I was able to get my problems out and talk...read more
I like the story of Andrew: Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he...read more