The Challenge of University Evangelism

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Other roots of the current climate lie in trends in popular culture and technology, as detailed by Jonathan Haidt and some others. Perhaps the most obvious and pervasive influence is the internet. Today’s undergraduate students are the first to have spent their entire adolescence on social media, and there has been much analysis about its effects on them. Studies have shown that social media make relationships controllable but also (and therefore) much “thinner” and more superficial.

Also, by comparison, social media make face-to-face encounters feel much more threatening. For example—how do you just “block” a critic who is physically standing in front of you? You can’t. That’s why aggrieved parties have their interchanges online, where they can simply hit the “off” button to end it. Before hitting the “off” button, however, internet communication makes possible the kind of cutting insults and dehumanizing declarations that few feel able to make to someone’s face.

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Source: The Challenge of University Evangelism

When a Father Wound Defines You – Scott Sauls

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“You are my beloved son, and with you I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).

Approval patch no longer necessary. Ceaseless striving for approval no longer required. No more fear of mediocrity or of your legacy being forgotten. Because now, Jacob, I am giving you a new name. From now on, you will be named Israel, which means “He wrestles with God.”

When you’ve wrestled with God and prevailed with a blessing, it has a way of breaking the spell of insecurity and fear. It has a way of making you less needy for approval and applause, and therefore more poised to love and to serve.

Which is precisely what the people of Jesus were made to do.

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Source: When a Father Wound Defines You – Scott Sauls

Statistics You Have Heard That Are Not True

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I’ve heard most of these in church or seen them in the pages of Christian publications. You may have heard a few of them, too:

Church members get divorced at the same rate as anyone else.
The church in the U.S. is dying.
Most Christian young people are shacking up and having sex.
Half of ministers want to quit their jobs.
Youth groups are driving teenagers out of the church in droves.
A third of divorces in America are caused by Facebook.

— http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2014/07/25/you-might-want-to-fact-check-your-pastors-sermon/33257

You Are Always Preaching to Yourself

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You are constantly preaching to yourself some kind of gospel. You preach to yourself an anti-gospel of your own righteousness, power, and wisdom, or you preach to yourself the true gospel of deep spiritual need and sufficient grace. You preach to yourself an anti-gospel of aloneness and inability, or you preach to yourself the true gospel of the presence, provisions, and power of an ever-present Christ.

– Paul David Trip in Dangerous Calling

Marriage has a heterosexual problem

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Marriage has a heterosexual problem.

When the termites have done their work on the foundations of the home, it doesn’t take much to knock it down. Such is the case of traditional marriage. It does not face a homosexual crisis as much as a heterosexual one.

Don’t place the blame on politics, Hollywood or a beleaguered minority. The problem lies with the vast number of Christians who fill church pews week to week. Their views on the pattern and power for marriage are no different from the surrounding culture. Their reality of failure is also no different.

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http://thinkchristian.net/why-the-real-challenge-to-marriage-is-heterosexual

 

We do not know what the apostle Paul says we know

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So says Sinclair Ferguson on Romans 6:6. Speaking to a gathering of pastors a couple years ago, Ferguson shared his sentiment that most people who sit before the preached word each week do not know what it means to be united to Jesus. And yet this doctrine is so central in how Paul conceives of what it means to be a Christian and a minister of the gospel. We want to know what it means.

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http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/sinclair-ferguson-on-union-with-christ

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Today’s Trivial messiahs

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Trivial Messiahs – Reformation21 Blog

We live in a world that is pretty easily satisfied in its messiahs these days, do we not?   A gadget man becomes a saviour.  Who would have thought it? Of course, our messiahs are a function of our understanding of the human condition.  Where the problem of the fall is not alienation from God but rather boredom, the messiah is the one who nails that boredom to the cross and casts it as far from us as the East is from the West. Trivial messiahs save a trivial humanity from a trivial problem.