Month: October 2008

Prayer, the Election and Unity … Lisa Samson

Lisa and Will Samson wrote a great little book, Justice in the Burbs. Now, Lisa has posted a note on Facebook that she gave permission to share. Her thoughts intend to re-center those of us who follow Jesus and face a “what to do” come November 4 – Election Day. Here is her note,

God’s Will Be Done

A lot of my primary colored friends, both red and blue, are openly endorsing a presidential candidate. It’s their right . . . and . . . I can’t blame them. I’m the gal that seeks to be in a state of reconciliation with my brothers and sisters in Christ, so I normally try to concentrate on what we agree upon.

I’ve seen the political divide do more amputation in the body of Christ than anything else. Now is it true amputation? No. But in the minds of believers, they have, for all practical purposes, cut off brothers and sisters. I’m not willing to go there. Jesus’ last wish before his ascension was that we be one. Does that mean we have to agree on everything? No. But it does say to me, at the very least, I can’t tell you you’re not in Christ or even go so far as saying what one fellow believer said if you don’t vote for his candidate, “As a result, many Christians are no different than non-Christians in their worldviews and their actions.” NO different? Really?
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Justice Now 2008 at Snow Hill

We are excited to host a converted DiscipleNow dubbed Justice Now 2008 at Snow Hill. Brad, our Youth Minister, used a popular discipleship format and forged an event where youth will get a chance at helping with a ministry of mercy and hear from 16 year old student, Sally Rymer, who founded Clapham Sect Phase II.

We will also host Rachael Hurt who will lead worship and offer a concert on Friday evening. Rachael works with World Vision. Our youth should come away with an idea who they can live justly following Jesus today.

Where In the World is Ed Stetzer?

If you follow Ed on Facebook or Twitter then you know he has been in Europe. You may have read his blog and discovered the three posts on his recent travels. Last February I joined Ed and several other pastors on a similar trip to Barcelona. My way of thinking about missions continues to morph as I keep up with Ernest Goodman. I am glad Ed continues to take these trips and invites pastors along for the journey.

In his second post Ed notes the needs for team members in Budapest, Hungary. He sets it up by saying Hungarians are incredibly intellectual considering Christianity for the uneducated. Ed lists the needs,

1. In the arts. Someone who can speak the arts language and engage that culture.
2. In the business world. Someone with and MBA and business sense to create a business consulting firm.
3. In the university. The university is the magnet for the country– the ground is ready to be tilled and worked in student ministry.

I could not help but thinking about a phone conversation with David Fitch wherein he outlined one of the reasons for his recent course, “Readings in Postmodern Philosophy and Theology.” David considers familiarity and understanding with postmodern theory, philosophy, and theology to be key in reaching Europe and the ever post-modern, post-post-modern, post-Christian USAmerica. You should read David early and often at Reclaiming the Mission.

Again, take a look at Ed’s post. Send him a note telling he not only did a good job with the videos, but that he looks good in them too! Here is one worth noting here.

Missional Pastors and Politics … Duren on Lutzer

Like many of you, I indulged in the third and final debate. And now for my prediction. Drum roll please. More of us feel like what Marty describes and quotes in this fine post. Some of us may be looking for a box to check next to “None of the above.”