Say Nothing

In today’s modern day church we find like never before a clash of thinking when it comes to EVANGELISM. What works, what doesn’t? Do we need to take a step back and give the subject and if not, more importantly the process a fresh look? The next generation is divided; today social culture is more and more diverse, culturally and spiritually.

In their insightful and intelligent book ‘UnChristian’ critics of Christianity, David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons observe the Mosaic and Buster generation. A journey that highlights a view of Christianity and the Church from the outside; stunning if not at all surprising, it establishes the need for a shift in thinking and our approach.

Significantly, by observation it seems completely evident that the modern day church needs to operate on a new plain than that of the previous movement. In an age where culture changes quickly, at a time where self-expression is freedom and social media is a life line we must adapt and change.

Millard J. Erickson said in reference to a healthy church ‘it is incumbent upon the church to utilize all legitimate means and technologies available today.’ The understanding that a contemporary approach stemming from a creative expression; art, music; leadership; management and influence is essential to a growing, relevant modern day church.

Francis of Assisi said ‘Preach the Gospel … and if absolutely necessary use words!’

Finally, our best approach to evangelism is that modelled by the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). That we would engage in a form of ministry and evangelism that demonstrates our compassion and care by our works, a social concern that motivates us to care about social injustice, by giving to meet a need, by feeding the hungry, bringing hope to the hopeless, by loving those unloved (James 1:27).

By simply adding action to aid, by caring with deeds not empty words, by saying nothing we are doing everything!

Nathan

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Twenty-One and it’s Just Getting Better!

July 6, 1996 two kids stand at the alter with the world at their feet. How time flies, today we celebrate our twenty first wedding anniversary.

We celebrate our marriage in a place of blessing and strength. Though times have brought its fair share of bumps we are the stronger for it.

Sure, it’s had all the ‘give ins’, ‘give ups’ and ‘give’n’takes’ that every marriage has – we have grown together as we go forward — and so today twenty one things I’m grateful for.

IGF my wife, for she is a gift of God.

IGF my wife, because she shares her pizza crust with me even when I don’t want it!

IGF for my wife, because she sets an example worth following.

IGF my wife, because life with her is a journey that leads to a smile at the end of a difficult day.

IGF my wife, because we have cheesy names for each other that indicates genuine affection for each other.

IGF my wife, because she actually pretends to find some of my jokes even remotely funny.!

IGF for Norma, because she makes difficult bearable.

IGF her, because of who she is.

IGF for my wife, because food caught in my teeth doesn’t cause her to run.

IGF for my wife, because my weakness doesn’t cause her to quit, but to love.

IGF for my wife, because in sickness and in health she’s there — except when I’m vomiting (love has some limits).

IGF for my wife because she loves unconditionally and cares relentlessly.

IGF for my wife because her nose gets cold in winter and somehow thinks I can warm it with my cheek!

IGF for Norm, because somehow, she sees me as a hero.

IGF for my wife, because after twenty-one years and a couple of gained kilos I’m somehow still better looking than Tom Cruise.

IGF for my wife, because we still love holding hands in public!

IGF for my wife because her ability to parent two fantastic kids is nothing short of amazing.

IGF my wife, because she continues to serve the Lord without thought for herself just others.

IGF my wife, the quintessential Proverbs 21 woman.

IGF my wife, somehow, she still loves Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Sound of Music (extend your hands and pray for me!)

IGF my wife, because after twenty-one years it’s just getting better!

Nathan