Monday, 25 May 2009

Soul-winning made easy

http://www.challies.com/archives/general-news/frivolity/soul-winning-made-easy.php
by Tim Challies (25 May 2009)


Found this interesting post at Challies, about a classic book on soul-winning, or evangelism. Check out the picture diagrams and simple and direct methodology that follows.




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Saturday, 23 May 2009

In view of God's mercy



Interesting Youtube clip about God's mercy. Produced by UCCF for New Word Alive 2008. Accompanied by song "Depth of Mercy" by Red Mountain Music.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Discipleship and evangelism belong together

http://www.vision.org.nz/the-church/discipleshipevangelism/516-discipleship-and-evangelism-belong-together-c.html
by Paul Mulholland (VisionNetwork, 20 May 2009)


An excellent article on the need for discipleship and evangelism to go hand in hand in the church. He interacts with Bill Hull's Disciple Making Pastor, and gives a summary table of the process of discipleship and development of faith from newborn to child/adolescent to adult stage. He also gives references to useful books on discipleship in the church.

Excerpt:
Too often in our churches we compartmentalize evangelism and discipleship as two separate components. Jesus didn't, the great commission placed them together. When we look at Jesus as the master disciplemaker, one followed the other in a tight knit community. Therefore at any time when we are considering evangelism we need to be thinking of discipleship also. The more I specialize in this area, the less I realize I understand. There is no one set formula for making disciples. No one programme, method or curriculum is right for all people. Any set of pre-prescribed hoops for the growing believer to jump through is an over-simplification. Discipleship is not methods, it is principles, it is not curriculum, it is people. However, Discipleship does not just happen, we are commanded to “make” disciples. Not only that, expanding on 2 Tim 2:2, we are to teach, train and envision others who will be able to teach others also. So where do we begin ?
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See related article
The disciple-making pastor by Bill Hull (review)

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Ralph D. Winter (1925-2009)



Ralph Winter, a well-known missiologist and founder of U.S. Center for World Mission, passed away on 20 May 2009.

See related articles:
John Piper's Personal Tribute to the late Ralph Winter (DG, 21 May 09)
Memorial Service scheduled for missiologist Ralph D. Winter (Christian Post, 24 May 09)

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Monday, 18 May 2009

Church lifts sanctions on Joachim Kang

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/429958/1/.html
(CNA, 18 May 2009)


His redemption is now complete. After his release from jail last year, and the end of his home detention scheme last month, Father Joachim Kang now has been restored fully to his duties as a priest.

The decision had been made last week by the head of the Catholic Church in Singapore, Archbishop Nicholas Chia, and revealed to churchgoers on Sunday in the church's fortnightly newsletter, Catholic News (see statement here).


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See related articles:
Archbishop: Father Joachim Kang to be given meaningful church ministry (CatholicNews, 18 May 09)
RC priest jailed for embezzling S$5 million (23 Apr 04)

The green preacher

http://luehrmann.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/the-green-preacher/
by luehrmann (18 May 2009)

luehrmann discusses the issue of going green, being environmentally friendly, by abandoning paper notes for electronic devices e.g. an ebook reader, such as this one by Sony.

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Sunday, 17 May 2009

The main thing to rejoice about in ministry

http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/1798_The_Main_Thing_to_Rejoice_About_in_Ministry/
by Bill Walsh (Desiring God, 17 May 2009)

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We easily slip into over-emphasizing results rather than rejoicing most in our redemption. According to the Lord, the deepest rejoicing that we should seek is the joy of the impact that the Gospel has made on our own hearts and lives.

Some questions to regularly ask ourselves:

  • Do I rejoice that God, by some mystery to me, chose me before the foundation of the world, due to nothing in me, and wrote my name in his Book of Life?
  • Do I rejoice that God, from the beginning, had me in mind when he was carrying out his plan to redeem a people for the glory of his name?
  • Do I rejoice that God sent his Son on a mission from heaven to become the Word made flesh on my behalf, in order to save me from my sins?

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Saturday, 16 May 2009

Sermon - Rom 12:9-21 - We are Family

Sermon on Romans 12:9-21 - We are Family.

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Thursday, 14 May 2009

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Should Christians "respect" other religions?

http://www.albertmohler.com/blog_read.php?id=3799
by Albert Mohler (14 May 2009)


Mohler reflects on religious pluralism and the Pope's visit to Jordan this week, examining his speech where he notes he has a respect for Islam. Mohler makes the distinction between loving and respecting Muslims as people, and respecting other religions.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Worldview Test: Can We Do Without "Male" and "Female?"

http://www.albertmohler.com/blog_read.php?id=3792
by Albert Mohler (13 May 2009)


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Sunday, 10 May 2009

What John Piper means by preaching

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Saturday, 9 May 2009

Evangelism is most effective among kids

http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/5-barna-update/196-evangelism-is-most-effective-among-kids

A Barna survey in Oct 2004 shows that out of the 98 million adults and children who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour in the United States (38% of all adults, and one-third of all teenagers), 43% did so before age 13, 64% before 18, and 13% between 18-21. Less than one out of four (23%) accepted Christ after age 21.

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Friday, 8 May 2009

How would you present the gospel on Twitter?

http://blog.9marks.org/2009/05/how-would-you-present-this-gospel-on-twitter-the-results.html
by Greg Gilbert @ Church Matters, 08 May 2009


Really interesting post on an online contest of how we can present the gospel message using Twitter, with the limit of 140 characters. The top three winning entries were:
  1. 2Co 5:21 ESV For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. #9M
  2. Holy God creates men, who disobey. God sends Christ, God/man. He never sins, dies n men's place, rises again. Men repent, believe =saved #9M
  3. God made us 2 show His greatness. We rebelled & desrve His wrath but Jesus died as a sub 4 snnrs &rose again. Repnt &Blieve da good news #9m
I like the last one best. How would you present the gospel on Twitter?

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Sunday, 3 May 2009

5 foundations of a truth-drenched youth ministry

http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/1772_5_Foundations_of_a_Truthdrenched_Youth_Ministry/
by Abraham Piper (Desiring God, 03 May 2009)


Piper lists 5 essentials for a youth ministry drenched in truth.
  1. Be a truth-drenched example.
  2. Have a truth-drenched marriage and family life.
  3. Cultivate a truth-drenched staff.
  4. Preach and teach truth-drenched messages and lessons.
  5. Develop and implement a truth-drenched vision and philosophy of youth ministry.
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Notre Dame's Obama invite riles Catholic bishops

http://www.mail.com/Article.aspx?articlepath=APNews\US\20090503\US-REL-Bishops-Notre-Dame.xml&cat=us&subcat=&pageid=1
by Eric Gorski (Mail.com, 3 May 2009)


This coming week, Bishop Thomas Wenski of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando, Fla., will take the unusual step of celebrating a Mass of Reparation, to make amends for sins against God. The motivation: to provide an outlet for Catholics upset with what Wenski calls the University of Notre Dame's "clueless" decision to invite President Barack Obama to speak at its commencement and receive an honorary doctorate May 17.

The nation's flagship Catholic university's honoring of a politician whose abortion rights record clashes with a fundamental church teaching has triggered a reaction among the nation's Catholic bishops that is remarkable in scope and tone, church observers say.

At least 55 bishops have publicly denounced or questioned Notre Dame in recent weeks, employing an arsenal of terms ranging from "travesty" and "debacle" to "extreme embarrassment."

The bishops' response is part of a decades-long march to make abortion the paramount issue for their activism, a marker of the kind of bishops Rome has sent to the U.S. and the latest front in a struggle over Catholic identity that has exposed rifts between hierarchy and flock.

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Saturday, 2 May 2009

AWARE saga

Full coverage of the AWARE saga at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/aware/newsarchives.htm

Excerpts:
Straits Times face conservative backlash against its AWARE coverage (17 May 09)
Observers welcome government's restraint in AWARE matter (16 May 09)
Gay agenda 'unfounded', says AWARE (16 May 09)
Media coverage 'not sufficiently balanced' at times (15 May 09)
Rejected ST letter: A mother of two criticizes the rowdy behaviour at AWARE's EOGM (Sgpolitics, 07 May 09)
Josie Lau's exco resigned "for the sake of AWARE" (03 May 09)
New Exco of AWARE given vote of no confidence (02 May 09)

Related articles:
MOE tightens control on sex education delivered by external agencies (21 May 09)
Homosexual groups, pro-family groups call for tolerance on gay issue (16 May 09)
Government's position on homosexuality unchanged 14 May 09)
MOE suspends sexuality education programmes by external vendors (06 May 09)
Pastor apologises for misusing pulpit (02 May 09)
DPM Wong welcomes umbrella Christian body's stand on AWARE sage (01 May 09)
MOE investigates complaints over AWARE's sex ed programme (01 May 09)

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