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How Do You Connect Good Deeds and Good News?

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom | 0 comments

This week I had the opportunity to facilitate one of the gatherings for our New Evangelism Paradigms Leadership Community.  Nine churches are journeying together for two years in a collaborative effort to develop new pathways to engage those far from God who will not be reached through a Sunday morning service.  This week’s gathering focused on how to make the connection between “good deeds” and the spreading of the Good News.  And despite popular sentiment to the contrary, conducting good deeds does not create an automatic link to God. You’ve probably heard a quote attributed to Francis of Assisi (despite the lack of any compelling evidence linking Francis to this particular quote):...

Be a Daily Learner

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Blog, Life |

I came across this quote in an article I read a few years ago: There is divine beauty in learning… To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. – Elie Wiesel The quote by itself is spot on.  But if you know the person it is attributed to, it becomes much more powerful.  From Elie Wiesel’s bio on the Elie Wiesel Foundation website: Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania, which is now part of Romania. He was fifteen years old when he and his family were deported...

A Focus on Giving Thanks

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Blog, Life |

Is seems that so much of our culture is focused on the negative.  Even the people that are supposed to be carriers of positivity and peace appear to be much more interested in turmoil and strife.  You don’t have to spend much time in this atmosphere of malaise before you begin to feel its effects, seeping deep into your bones, robbing you of the joy and contentment that once shined brightly within you. It’s depressing. As difficult as it can be at times, we must make the choice to see the world through different lenses.  Our focus must be steady and sure, otherwise our gaze will drift and our...