After a day of church, preaching and a great leadership team meeting, I’m finally taking an afternoon, watching basketball and enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon. I took the guilt free free time to tidy up the blog design a little bit. I am not sure if you can notice, but I am finally a little happier with things looking sharper, easier to read and all around tighter code and design.

This morning I spoke on evangelism and how the “good news” actually needs to be good news. I tried to focus on how the greatest news is that God is for us and God is redeeming creation and of course that includes us and individuals. Take a look at Romans 8 and Colossians 1 and its interesteing to see that Paul writes of the redemption of creation and the redemption of individuals right after each other. We can’t talk about the good news without talking about the redemption of creation. This world is groaning for redemption and the people of the world know it. I think the best news that we can share with people is that God is for us, for the world. Bono in his speech to the NAACP said this as well as I have heard in a while. Watch it here. Best part of the speech starts at 5:15 or so. Notice as you watch how the crowd (who i am goign to assume are mosly not “christians,” reacts to what I would say is the gospel. I think they are saying, if this is your God, I am on with that! Now, of course, this does not mean that are “Christians” but I think they do recognize that this really is “good news.”

I also spoke about the problem we have of thinking that evangelism is an individual effort and instead, how we need to think about evangelism in context of community. I have written about this in the past so i won’t do it again here. But, we need to think about fishing in community, not alone with fishing poles. Read more…

As we spoke of evangelism, I found that it is helpful to think about “being present” when we are “sharing our hope” (i like that term better than “sharing our faith”). This quote from Nouwen was helpful:

More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, throw water, and be known as someone who wants to live with them. It is a privilege to have the time to practice this simple ministry of presence. Still, it is not as simple as it seems. My own desire to be useful, to do something significant, or to be part of some impressive project is so strong that soon my time is taken up by meetings, conferences, study groups, and workshops that prevent me from walking the streets. It is difficult not to have plans, not to organize people around an urgent cause, and not to feel that you are working directly for social progress. But I wonder more and more if the first thing shouldn’t be to know people by name, to eat and drink with them, to listen to their stories and tell your own, and to let them know with words, handshakes, and hugs that you do not simply like them, but truly love them.
– Henri Nouwen.

Anyways, that is a quick look at my sermon…

Back to sitting on the couch and watching the NCAA Tourney Selection show… A great week is before us!