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[Cfamily]One-on-One with Eric Geiger: Why Are Leaders Ruining Their Lives?
« Reply #856 on: April 13, 2018, 01:00:12 AM »

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One-on-One with Eric Geiger: Why Are Leaders Ruining Their Lives?

A timely book as leaders are stepping away from their roles due to moral failure or accusations of moral failure.

Ed: You recently wrote a book about people ruining their lives, and you called it an implosion. Why did you use that term?

Eric: Demolition experts can take a building down two ways: they can pummel it from the outside with cranes and wrecking balls, or they can implode the building from the inside. With an implosion, everything looks normal on the outside. There isn’t a crane and wrecking ball announcing to onlookers that the building is going to be destroyed, but beneath the surface explosive devices are placed at strategic places to weaken the foundation of the building so that it topples.

We can speak of attacks from the outside, but more common, in terms of a leader falling, the destruction comes from the inside. When the pressure of the role or when the brightness of the spotlight weighs more than our inner integrity, implosion is inevitable.

I could go on and on with the imagery of implosion. When we watch a building implode, it seems like what took years to build falls in a matter of seconds, but in reality there was lots of planning beneath the surface before the building implodes. We sometimes think a leader falls quickly, but JC Ryle wisely stated, “Men fall in private long before they fall in public.”

Ed: You used King David as the primary example in your book. Why him?

Eric: Surely no implosion is more shocking than David’s. Scripture calls him a man after God’s own heart. Unlike Saul, who was the people’s choice for king, David was God’s choice. He united God’s people, defeated their enemies, penned psalms, and danced before the Lord unashamed of how his worship was perceived by others.

He woke up at dawn with singing to God while living in a cave. I don’t believe ...

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[Cfamily]Interview: The Sacred Gift of Selfies
« Reply #857 on: April 14, 2018, 01:00:13 AM »
Interview: The Sacred Gift of Selfies

Craig Detweiler sees spiritual significance underneath the stereotypes.

Selfies are blessings from God. At least that’s the contention of Craig Detweiler in his new book Selfies: Searching for the Image of God in a Digital Age. Where others see only shallowness and vanity, Detweiler, an expert on faith and social media serving as president of the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, sees the outpouring of creativity and the reflection of a self-imaging God. Pastor and film critic Wade Bearden spoke with Detweiler about the historical lineage of selfies and the spiritual possibilities and pitfalls of social media.

In Selfies, you mention how a handful of Facebook friends told you they would never be interested in a book about “such a superficial subject.” Why write the book, knowing it would face such an uphill climb?

I think our ambivalence, or even anger, regarding the whole concept of selfies is exactly why I wanted to write this book. We feel like selfies reflect the worst of who we are, and yet it’s coming out of us. It’s coming out of our own need for expression, for validation, and our desire to be seen.

Is there a way to redeem selfies? If not, then I wonder if there’s a way to redeem ourselves. If the medium itself is so inherently fallen that we can’t imagine a way of elevating or rescuing it, then maybe we’re in far more dire straits than we realize. Or, maybe our hope in Jesus is limited.

You say: “Rather than seeing selfies as the problem, I approach selfies as the start of a solution.” In another passage, you also wonder how one might receive “selfies as a sacred gift from the original Giver.” How can selfies be a sacred gift?

To me, so much of the crisis in our country and culture is rooted in issues of identity. ...

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[Cfamily]Some (Recent) History of Church Planting – Two Startup Models
« Reply #858 on: April 15, 2018, 01:00:12 AM »
Some (Recent) History of Church Planting – Two Startup Models

As long as the Kingdom of God is being built, we can be thankful for diversity in approaches.

It is important to remember that ‘missiology’ is not a thing. It is things.

Some people say, “We just have to think missiologically.” But, they need to know that a missiology of a tribal people group in Papau New Guinea is very different than a missiology of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

As such, when we think missiologically, there is not one right way to plant a church, so it is worth looking at how churches are planted.

Let’s face it: sometimes, there is arrogance among church planters. Not you, but some of the others!

Often, this is just part of the entrepreneurial spirit that often accompanies people who start new things. Many times, new projects are started in order to ‘do right’ what previous starters ‘did wrong’.

In fact, you will find that frustration coupled with attempts to rebuild a broken structure often erupt into a drive to build something completely new. Building something new is good. But it isn’t good to plant a church for the wrong reasons, or to plant a church to show the world how it should be done right.

Today, church plants are everywhere, and cover a multitude of expressions and tracks. Let me share just two and talk a bit about the history that created the second.

Track 1: From a Home Bible Study Onward

Before the 1980s, people primarily planted churches along one track. You would start a home Bible study with a few people. It would grow for months, and then when you hit maybe 16-24 people, or a core of four or five families, you would move into the chapel stage.

This would include more traditional church elements. Then, whenever you had enough families to be self-supporting, and put people in place for leadership or church officers ...

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[Cfamily]Get Thee a Flawed Wife
« Reply #859 on: April 16, 2018, 01:00:13 AM »
Get Thee a Flawed Wife

A letter of encouragement—and realism—to Christian men considering marriage.

Our home is a magnet for single men. It probably has something to do with the near certainty of a meal or a hug and the absolute certainty of our love for them. When they come over, we almost always end up talking about single women.

My husband and I value marriage and singleness, so sometimes we end up encouraging our brothers toward a life of undistracted devotion for as long as they’re able and for the good of the kingdom. But we also at times nudge one of our friends toward asking a girl out, help them process a break-up, or encourage one of them to more seriously consider the possibility of marriage with a “mere friend.” From the guys considering a relationship, we often hear refrains of hesitance: “Will we be good ministry partners?” or “Will she make a good pastor’s wife?” or “Will we be stronger as a couple than we are apart?”

For them and many other Christian young men, delayed marriage is common. The reasons are complicated and include unrealistic expectations, lack of confidence, a desire for financial security, aversion to commitment, general immaturity, or more simply, the inability to find or keep a compatible partner. Recent studies indicate that fewer and fewer men are sitting in evangelical churches on Sunday and the men who stay are often marrying later. Anecdotally, at least, I’ve seen this trend in play, and so have my single female friends.

To the single men who are considering marriage and feeling hesitant, I issue this invitation from Elisabeth Elliot’s Let Me Be a Woman: You do not marry a ministry partner; you marry a person. You do not marry someone like another man’s wife; you marry your wife. You do not marry someone like ...

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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #860 on: April 16, 2018, 03:10:56 PM »
Having read this article, now read
and also use the search function to look for other articles on marriage.

There is a real problem in Christianity, we  have so embraced secular values that sexual purity is no longer preached about.

Instead preachers tell men to 'man up' and marry the single women looking for husbands. Not ever single women in church is looking for the husband in the form of the men who are available!


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[Cfamily]One-on-One with Ronnie Floyd on the National Day of Prayer, May 3
« Reply #861 on: April 18, 2018, 01:00:11 AM »
One-on-One with Ronnie Floyd on the National Day of Prayer, May 3

Last year, an estimated two million Americans observed the National Day of Prayer in over 30,000 events across all 50 states.

Ed: If we are honest, many Evangelicals today are feeling rather disheartened about the state of our country. What’s your take on the current spiritual state of America?

Ronnie: There’s no denying our country is in deep trouble. In fact, we are living through what may turn out to be one of the most crucial moments of our generation. How we handle our gun violence problem, the migration crisis, the unresolved racial tensions in our society, and the epidemic of sexual harassment, among the other ongoing major issues like preserving the sanctity and dignity of human life as well as the challenges to our religious liberty, will have repercussions for generations to come.

Yet I believe the greatest threat America is facing is none of the issues above. It’s disunity. There is a real and powerful spirit of division reigning in America today, and it’s tearing us from the inside.

This is especially true in the church. I’ve seen it happen over and over again throughout my life: as the church goes, so goes America.

The division we are seeing in our country is, to a certain extent, a larger symptom of Christian disunity. Christians have become known more for what they disagree on than the gospel they believe in. “Blessed are the peacemakers,” said Jesus to his followers, but how are we supposed to be the envoys of peace America needs if we cannot make peace between us?

A divided church cannot call a disconnected and fragmented nation to unity. Unity in America must begin in the church.

Ed: So instead of just living in fear and complaining of what is wrong today, what should Christians in America be doing?

Ronnie: As counterintuitive as it may sound, the first thing every Christian should do is rest ...

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This Week, Speak the Name of Andrew Brunson, A Persecuted Brother in Turkey

Please join us in standing with Brunson’s family and home church in lifting the name of Andrew Brunson to the God he serves.

On July 15, 2016, Christian pastor Andrew Brunson had no idea that a group of Turkish rebels were about to make a choice that would put his own life in serious danger.

On this day, a group within the Turkish armed forces attempted to overthrow their government. Over 300 were killed and more than 2,100 were injured before the rebellion was squashed by the State.

In the days and weeks that followed, the Turkish government began their campaign to hunt down and punish anyone who they believed might be disloyal to their regime. First and foremost, the administration blamed a Turkish Muslim cleric named Fethulla Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, for spreading teachings they believed inspired the rebellion. Since Gulen was out of reach in the United States, however, they began sweeping up anyone they suspected of being disloyal to the government—particularly religious leaders and Americans.

The New York Times described how this crackdown “swept up tens of thousands of Turks — military officials, police officers, judges, journalists and others — in prosecutions and purges that are wrenching Turkey back to darker eras it had appeared to have left behind.”

Among those taken prisoner were several Americans. They took a chemistry professor, a real estate agent, and a scientist into custody. And they arrested 48-year-old Christian pastor, Andrew Brunson, who had peacefully lived and ministered in Turkey for 23 years.

As we work to support persecuted Christians in over 60 countries that are hostile to the Christian faith, Open Doors is incredibly concerned about this situation in Turkey—a country who is #31 on our World Watch List, which ranks regions where it is most difficult to be a Christian. Today, ...

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[Cfamily]Why Has It Become Harder To Stock the Church Planter Pipeline?
« Reply #863 on: April 20, 2018, 01:00:12 AM »
Why Has It Become Harder To Stock the Church Planter Pipeline?

It’s become more difficult to recruit church planters today compared to the recent past

Today in ministry leadership, many have adopted this phrase used in business and organizational psychology: pipeline. The concept is simple.

A pipeline is an intentional process of discovering, developing, and deploying leaders within an organization or a movement.

The imagery is helpful because it invokes the idea of guiding people through a process (or pipeline) composed of different stages where the person is meant to experience growth and development. It’s systematic, but it doesn’t have to be mechanical or linear.

For many church planting networks, stocking the church planter pipeline has become increasingly more difficult in these last few years than it has been over the last few decades. Recently, a leader of one of the largest church planting networks addressed our Missiologists Council regarding the need to increase North America’s church planting capacity. He says, “We’re shaking every bush and turning over every rock to find the next church planter.”

Let me offer three observations of why I believe it’s become more difficult to recruit church planters today compared to the recent past.

1. The Wave of Gen-X “Free Agents” Is Almost Over

Church planting networks are seeing more and more that the days of “free-agent” church planters–someone who already has ministry experience and maturity–are almost behind us. The Baby Boomers who led church planting organizations did a fantastic job motivating Gen-X youth pastors and seminary grads into church planting.

Gen-X almost seemed designed for North American church planting because they were raised in the boom of the American evangelical youth culture.

They fueled the contemporary Christian music movement. ...

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