This morning I presented a training session on posmodern evangelism to over twenty church leaders from across the United States and from Kenya. The hope is to be humble enough to listen, draw near, and engage people in conversation along the journey toward Christ--the trajectory of grace through the threshold of faith. Below is the downloadable powerpoint file.
Later, I will be able to link to a video of the training session.
Thanks to Black Dog Coffeeshop in Lenexa, Kansas for providing the necessary caffeine for an early Saturday morning. And, to the Lord, for pointing us all toward the Life we all seek.
Link to the video file on dropbox: CLICK HERE
In response to those that would make haste of the reformation and turn it into an "occasion of division, war, and insurrection," Luther wrote,
"'Give men time. I took three years of constant study, reflection, and discussion to arrive where I now am, and can the common man, untutored in such matters, be expected to move the same distance in three months? Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is abused. Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we then prohibit wine and abolish women? The sun, the moon, and stars have been worshiped. Shall we then pluck them out of the sky? Such haste and violence betray a lack of confidence in God. See how much he has been able to accomplish through me, though I did no more than pray and preach. The Word did it all. Had I wished I might have started a conflagration at Worms. But while I sat still and drank beer with Philip and Amsdorf, God dealt the papacy a mighty blow.'"
(Chapter XII, The Return of the Exile, p. 214)
Maybe you've heard of Nones -- a growing group of people that do not affiliate with a faith community.
Nones represent a quarter of the U.S. population, one-third of those under age 30, and 60% of the rural county in Ohio where I live.
Now there is a new group that needs counted. They used to be called "unchurched" and then "de-churched." They are better known today as "Dones." They used to live churchly but now they're just done with that religious stuff.
More via richarddawkins.net as a supportive response to a Patheos article by Neil Carter posted at a popular subreddit r/exchristian:
Not only None but Done