this went thru my mind

 

God & natural disasters: * What Jesus Might Say About Sandy by Mark Galli; * 5 God Excuses to Avoid After a Natural Disaster by Kent Annan [required reading]

* “”Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”

* “‘We might not understand, but it’s all part of God’s plan.’ Or ‘It was meant to be.’ … do we want the kind of God that the logic of our straw-patched statements creates?”

Millenials: The Care and Keeping of 20somethings by Nicole Unice

“…  how does a leader of any age work with 20somethings? What do they offer us, and what can we offer them? In my own practice of counseling and ministry, I’ve found there are four essentials to understanding the next generation.”

Latter Day Saints/Mormons: Ministering to Mormons

“If we are going to be effective in reaching this culture, we can’t simply try to change people’s doctrine. While doctrine is important, reaching Mormons is not primarily a doctrinal issue. Mormonism affects a person’s entire worldview. So we have had to think deeply about how we address their culture, not just attack their beliefs.”

Muslims & world population: The Future of the Global Muslim Population

“The world’s Muslim population is expected to increase by about 35% in the next 20 years … Globally, the Muslim population is forecast to grow at about twice the rate of the non-Muslim population over the next two decades.”

Sharing the good news: Evangelism with the Never-Churched by Jack Jackson

“When evangelism is seen as a journey lived in relationships, never-churched persons can address their questions, hear the gospel articulated, and then respond to the invitation to take the next step in faith.”

it’s time to be civil (13)

 

4. Listen. ‘Much of the conflict in our lives can be explained by one simple but unhappy fact: we don’t really listen to each other.’ ( Michael P. Nichols) …

“We are ineffective listeners when we let our past experiences interfere with the attention we should give to our present moments. For instance, we often let what we already know – or believe we know – of others alter our perception of what they are telling us at this very moment, in this unique set of circumstances. …

“Oftentimes it is not the past but the future that makes us poor listeners. When we listen with the future in mind, we are focused not on the speaker but rather on the outcome of our verbal exchange. We let the pursuit of our own goals take precedence over everything else. …

“Now, I am not suggesting that we should completely ignore past experience and abstain from pursuing personal goals when we interact with others.That would not only be impossible but unwise. I am saying that as listeners we have an obligation to concentrate on just listening before doing anything else.”

Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni (St. Martin’s Press, 2002); pp. 48,50-51