Reading and Thinking...
A lot of my blog post are based of books, articles, and videos that I have encounter. As we move toward the holiday break around Christmas and New Year's, maybe you might find yourself with some time to read and think. If you do, I might suggest the following articles.
A lot of my time for reading and think are given to making disciples. If you have a passion to make disciples, you might want to read these articles.
Future Church: How Millennial Leaders Will Make Disciples by Ryan Stigile
Proves interesting as I think about my family that includes a few millennials and really many of the students that I have worked with over the years. How will the church be changed? How will the important work of discipleship be carried out? And just to prove that I am not the only one that reads and recaps, here is Steve Caton's thoughtful reflection "Re-thinking the approach to discipleship". Steve poses the hard question, "Are you doing what's effective or what's comfortable?"
5 Truths from 10 Years of Discipleship Research by Eric Geiger
Is an interesting article to me, but not because it is ground breaking, since it tells me what I have always known. Someday's I want my role as Minister of Adults to be "glamorous" and "impacting." This article reminds me that the basics do matter, repeatedly encouraging the fundamentals.
4 Keys to Effective Disciple-Making by Michael Kelley
I remember when my Dad first gave me the key to his "work" car. I could drive around the vacant field as much as I wanted. A new world opened up for me. It was a bit jerky at first as I learned the dance of gas, clutch and brake, but oh what that key opened up for me. It is no secret, that I serve with a great volunteer staff of Biblical Community Leader at FBCRR, I know in 2017 they are going to use these keys to open up new worlds for people. It is so exciting.
No One Ever Came to Jesus Because a Christian Scolded Them by Scott Sauls
Is interesting to me because of two statements, "I love how Jesus related to damaged, condemned people." and "How do we love like Jesus?" I enjoy sharing about my faith in Christ, when I have the opportunity. I do wonder sometimes if I am a bit pickier about who I share with than Christ. I may just want to buy this guys book to get a bigger picture, a clearer picture.
13 Facts about Americans and the Bible by Aaron Earls
Finally, the last short article I want to share is about how we as American view the Bible. It is an interesting list. Numbers 8, 9 and 10 there is a danger and a hope. It all depends on how we engage people with the content between the index and the concordance. Number 12 just kills me. All the more reason to keep fighting to make the reading of it, the discussion of it and the application of it at the for front of what we do in Biblical Community.
Well, I hope the flow of these articles give you something to think about when you have some down time. Oh, and let me encourage you to read your Bible daily, see number 1 and 13.