Tag Archive | Kingdom of God

Food For Thought: New Media Edition

Every week here at Pursuing Glory I try to bring together the best posts I’ve found that will equip the end-times church to operate in her God-ordained destiny.  These are the best blogs, articles, books and other resources related to our purpose here at this site.  Feel free to visit, comment, and make use of the resources found at each site.

I thought I would try something new this week.  I’ve always meant to include other media besides blogs on our “Food for Thought” posts.  It just so happens that this week there are a couple of significant contributions from the organic church world that I think are worth taking a look at.  Let me know if you find any of these helpful in the comments section, and if people find them helpful I may try to find more.  Enjoy!

Plant a Church in His Projects?

Kieth @ the Subversive1 blog has been tearing up the internets with a series of articles on how to minister to the poor.  Alan @ The Assembling of the Church references that post in this blog and he quotes a song by LeCrae that illustrates why church planting among the homeless and poor is absolutely necessary.

Pioneering Blog #6 Living with the Awesome Factor

Shawn is a prophetic voice that has been pioneering a church in L.A. amongst the creative community there.  He’s been posting at Shawnbolz’s Weblog about the difficulties of pioneering, and this post talks about the difficulty of continuing to walk in breakthough throughout our everyday lives.

Training

Guy @ The M Blog writes about the need for continual training as we pursue the establishment of God’s Kingdom.  I think continual training is a must for anyone serious about Kingdom transformation.  Don’t miss the excerpt from Curtis Sergeant’s “What We Can Learn from the U.S. Marines.”

Thoughts…

Len at Next Reformation has been thinking deeply about Ephesians chapter 4.  Here he quotes various authors’ and thinkers’ thoughts on the realities found in Ephesians 4.  What I love about these quotes is how they tie weakness and vulnerability together with displaying the glory of Jesus.

Starfish Files Winter 2011 Edition

Starfish Files is an e-magazine put together by the leaders of the house church movement in Canada.  Don’t miss the feature article: “Repenting of Dead Works for a Great Harvest of Souls.”

Christ is the Gift

Neil Cole teaches on the true place of the five ministry gifts listed in Ephesians 4.  I love Neil’s emphasis on Christ as the source of all the gifts.  There’s a lot to be learned here.

Photo Credit: Design Probes – Food for Thought by centralasian.

How Much Input Do You Need?

If you’re not familiar with Seth Godin, he’s a blogger/entrepreneur/programmer/marketer/genius who daily challenges what you think about everything.

Seth, as far as I know, is not a believer in Jesus.  But what he writes is brilliant and you would have to write off much of the book of Proverbs in order to not pay attention to what he writes.  Often I take one of Seth’s business or marketing thoughts and apply it to my walk in the Kingdom.  The parallels are uncanny.

Anyways, jump over today and read Seth’s short post entitled “In and Out.” It’s worth the read.  Basically Seth asks the question: “How much information do you need before you begin to do revolutionary things?”

Let me rephrase it a little differently, in light of our shared Kingdom priorities:

How many healing conferences are you going to attend before you start to pray for people with cancer?

How many times will you read through the Bible before you start a 2 & 3 or LTG with someone?

How many books on evangelism will you read before you go and start talking to lost people?

Or, if you want to get personal about it: How many house church books and conferences am I going to go to before I start planting and multiplying house churches?

The thing is, in the West, we prefer to know everything and then obey a little.  Jesus would prefer us to obey all of the little we know.

So here’s my impromptu exhortation to you today.  In what area do you know way more than you should but are doing very little with the knowledge?  Obviously we want to wait for God’s sending and there are character issues that need to be addressed.  But is that what’s really holding you back?

Or is it fear?

Photo Credit: Seth Godin by Joi

Food for Thought: New Logo Edition

Every week here at Pursuing Glory I try to bring together the best posts I’ve found that will equip the end-times church to operate in her God-ordained destiny.  These are the best blogs, articles, books and other resources related to our purpose here at this site.  Feel free to visit, comment, and make use of the resources found at each site.

So call me crazy, but I’m really excited this week to include a new piece of artwork here on the blog that I think better compliments the “Food for Thought” feel.  The previous graphic with some guy advertising grilled brain was fun, but maybe it wasn’t quite the “brain food” graphic that I was looking for.  Let me know what you think of the new picture.  Now, with no further ado, your links for the week:

Greek and Hebrew Evangelism Probably the biggest thing that holds back many in the church from missional lifestyles is the fear and confusion surrounding sharing their faith.  This article by Ross contrasts a confrontational, idea-based form of evangelism (Greek) with a conversational, listening-from-the-heart style of evangelism (Hebrew).  Ross’ message is that evangelism can be as easy as pointing out to those we know and love the places in their life where God is already working.  I think this style has a lot of merit and it would be interesting to know how this has worked out practically in the lives of others.  You can catch other great articles from Ross over at thejesusvirus.

Felix: Before and After This post by Keith Giles looks at the writings of a first century pagan and his view of the church before and after his conversion.  While his words before his conversion sound harsh and his thoughts after his conversion sound more complimentary, the interesting thing about both accounts is that they each describe how the people of God should live and operate together.  Get this at-once-unbeliever, now believer’s take on the the first century Jesus movement. Keith is a profound and challenging blogger that you can read more from at Subversive1.

Missional House Churches in America Part 1 Probably the biggest news of the week on the house church front is that the house church movement is big news!  Several articles came out in major newspapers talking about the move of many Americans into house churches.  J.D. Payne, a researcher and mission-minded theologian who has written and researched the house church movement, looks at the missional impact of this flourishing house church movement.  J.D.’s research is deep and thorough.  His case studies highlight the true potential of God’s people living out Christianity together.  He blogs regularly at Missiologically Thinking.

TV Series on “The Kingdom” This is more of an announcement than an article you can read, but it’s exciting none-the-less.  Those of you who have read Houses That Change The World or the Starfish Manifesto know that Wolf has a serious heart for the Kingdom.  An understanding of the Kingdom of God has to be central to anything that God is birthing in this hour.  Wolf has put together a series of television broadcasts that will be aired in Finland and then repackaged for distribution.  Check out the broadcasts and stay up to date with Wolf and his wife Mercy at While We Slept.

Photo Credit: Design Probes – Food for Thought by centralasian.