My sister Minji (given name Mary) wrote yesterday in response to our devotional on the last conceit to go and said she has been struggling to understand her “artist self”, lately realizing that we never really understand ourselves. As we said, only God understands us. Minji is realizing a great freedom in losing herself instead of the exhausting fool’s errand of trying to find oneself.
Archive for July, 2011
Yesterday we talked about vanity and presuming upon tomorrow. I got a lot of responses testifying to how this has manifested itself in a number of lives. Last night I got a text from my best friend since the sixth grade and brother in Christ Don Roberts asking for prayer for one of his church brothers who had just been killed in a motorcycle accident. Please continue to be in prayer for the Pena Family as they deal with the loss of Juan.
This morning I began reading the proverb of the day, Proverbs 27 and I couldn’t get past verse one:
So how does one witness to an atheist? Do you engage in arguments about apologetics, intelligent design, or proving evolution? Or is there a simpler, more basic way to share your faith with an atheist? Dr. Rainer asked Mrs. J if she had a best argument for believing in God. Here’s her answer:
So should we use apologetics, that is the defense of Christianity, with an atheist? Well let me ask you this question, similar to what our new friend Mrs. J asks in the book Unexpected Journey by Thom Rainer. Did you learn about apologetics before you acquired faith and was it apologetics that caused you to have faith?
So how can we actually reach out to someone who is intent on destroying Christianity? Or how do we reach out to someone who is apathetic towards God? Like we do with any person we first meet, we build a relationship.
I want you to design a picture in your mind of the typical atheist and compose a brief description to go under that picture as a caption. I’ll give you a few minutes to do so…go ahead and start and then come back.
Yesterday I said we would take a look at how we confront atheism.
If you Google “confrontational evangelism” you’re going to come up with a lot of results. I want to share with you my definition of confrontational evangelism. It would probably be more in line with apologetics, which is defending the Christian faith. Most Americans, including those who call themselves Christian, are very confused biblically.
Mark Harris’ music is very special to the Jeffers Family. I’ve used two of Mark’s songs in videos I did right after Eddie died. Karen and I have had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Mark on two occasions, the last one just three weeks ago. He is a very godly man and lives his faith out loud. One of his songs is appropriate for today’s devotional on lifestyle evangelism. The chorus of Mark’s song “Use Words” explains:
The question that is this morning’s title is a form of the Socratic method of evangelism. You begin by asking a person what they believe, and then use a continuation of other questions to get their beliefs “on record.” William Fay, author of “Sharing Jesus Without Fear”, has used this method with great success. It is by far my favorite method. It is also a method used by Jesus:
I would like to invite you to start a new church. Our pastor is a rookie, he does not have a staff, his workers are untrained, most of them are newly converted. There is no actual building in which we can congregate, and there is very little money. Our evangelism technique is going out into the streets, door-to-door telling others about Jesus. Our purpose is to not only grow a church, but also, and more importantly, to bring a revival.
I continue to be amazed at the vitriol thrown at the jury of the Casey Anthony trial. One lady called them a bunch of idiots. No one has called the prosecutor an idiot. Has anyone considered that perhaps his smug courtroom demeanor may have been an outward sign of some pride issues? I don’t know this man nor do I know his motives, no more than 99% of the commentators do about the evidence presented in the case. I’m still awaiting eyewitness or forensic evidence that would convict Casey.
Yesterday Casey Anthony was found innocent of wrongdoing in her daughter Caylee’s death, except for lying to the police. To read the posts of Facebook and listen to the dumdits on cable news, the twelve jurors must have been asleep at the wheel. Obviously, according to most of what I’ve read and heard outside the courtroom, Casey Anthony was clearly guilty of killing her daughter and should be attaining room temperature real soon.
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