Posts made in May, 2006

COF Pie in the Face Fundraiser

Posted by on May 30, 2006 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Cookout was an awesome success. There was great food, great weather, lots of prizes and fun games. Lori won the pie in face contest, or should we say lost! Watch Lori get Pie’d Thanks to everyone that donated to the jars and everyone that came out to support our Mission Trip India! Original post by Administrator and software by Elliott Back

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Entry for May 24, 2006

Posted by on May 24, 2006 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

No More Ranting! Instead of ranting this week, I want to just have us think about something I have been thinking about for a while. Evangelism! You know, growing up in the Baptist church and then spending time doing campus ministry work at UNC Chapel Hill and now having been in ministry almost 12 years working in and with all different denominations around the world and now ministering with the Vineyard, I feel like I have seen a lot. Not all, but definitely a lot. I have seen all kinds of different styles of evangelism. Some of my first experiences with evangelism was first with door to door evangelism. This is not my favorite, though it worked well in the small town that I grew […] Original post by Dustin and software by Elliott...

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Evangelism has gone to the Sharks!

Posted by on May 24, 2006 in Religion | 0 comments

No More Ranting! Instead of ranting this week, I want to just have us think about something I have been thinking about for a while. Evangelism! You know, growing up in the Baptist church and then spending time doing… Original post by Dustin and software by Elliott Back

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Posted by on May 24, 2006 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

No More Ranting! Instead of ranting this week, I want to just have us think about something I have been thinking about for a while. Evangelism! You know, growing up in the Baptist church and then spending time doing campus ministry work at UNC Chapel Hill and now having been in ministry almost 12 years working in and with all different denominations around the world and now ministering with the Vineyard, I feel like I have seen a lot. Not all, but definitely a lot. I have seen all kinds of different styles of evangelism. Some of my first experiences with evangelism was first with door to door evangelism. This is not my favorite, though it worked well in the small town that I grew up in. There was Evangelism Explosion. “Do you know where you would spend eternity if you were to die today?” Pretty confrontational if done to people that do not know you. Then there were the Four Spiritual Laws. I knew I had it all together when I learned these! I mean, what else could there be? After a while, all of this got kind of boring. We did Crusade evangelism, setting up tents and meetings. There was revival evangelism and all of the excitement and emotion. There was personal evangelism where we spent time trying to cultivate relationships, just to drag someone to church. And then there was: Servant Evangelism! I read Steve Sjogren’s books, (which, I NEED to state here that they were and still are some of the finest thoughts on evangelism I have ever written). These books changed my life. I mean, a true revolution went right through me. All of a sudden, compassion burst into me. I started caring about people and not simply the number of people I had gotten to do what I wanted them to do. (Isn’t it sad what we made poor people do? You know, like: “Say this, think this, pray this, do this, don’t do that, jump through a hoop, lie down, beg and of course play dead.” OK, I make a little jest here, but isn’t it the same thing as we do to our pets?) You know the whole thing just felt like manipulation and it was all to formulaic. If we did or said certain things, people and God will do what we want them to. Back to what I was saying, before I was so rudely interrupted by myself. LOL. Anyways, I got stunned by authors like Mother Teresa and Henri Nouwen. But, Steve Sjogren really started it all in me with a single concept. “Dolphins and Sharks.” Dolphins & Sharks Put in a nutshell, dolphins are those of us that share the story of our faith in kind, compassionate way. Dolphins are very sensitive to the neds of the person they are sharing their faith with, therefore, they attempt to share their faith in ways that show God’s love in practical ways. When the term “practical” is used, that denotes relevance. Sharks on the other hand, attempt to share their faith, oftentimes with good intentions, but more times than not, end up either offending the seeking person or turning them off due to length of message, lack of relevance, lack of relationship, lack of sensitivity (discernment) or even because the seeking individual recognizes a lack of sincerity. These lacks are often seen due to the person sharing either doing so without the leading of the Spirit, or out of performance to gain statistics or possibly out of sheer drive of duty. None of these are the appropriate reasons to share the gospel. There are many faith backgrounds that do the work of “evangelism” for their various faith backgrounds, world religions, sects and cults. Heck, even AMWAY does that! What makes us different is that we don’t have to share our faith, we have to share it! OK, that didn’t make sense did it? Or did it? You see Ephesians 2:8-9 says that we don’t have to ever share our faith. It is not a part of the free gift...

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Even Servant Evangelism has Gone to the Sharks

Posted by on May 24, 2006 in Life | 0 comments

No More Ranting! Instead of ranting this week, I want to just have us think about something I have been thinking about for a while. Evangelism! You know, growing up in the B… Original post by Dustin and software by Elliott Back

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