this went thru my mind

 

Discipleship: Did We Just Discover Discipleship? by Dan Bouchelle

“The informal models of discipleship that happened naturally in smaller, more rural communities, and within small family-based churches, did not require the kind of structural programing we just assume is mandatory today.”

Evangelism & outreach: The Dangers of Evangelism by Christian Piatt [required reading]

“Sometimes our zeal for sharing something that’s important to us blinds us to the havoc we can be wreaking in the process.”

Income inequality: How Income Inequality Is Damaging the U.S. by Frederick E. Allen [note]

“New research indicates that growing income inequality isn’t just unpleasant; it is seriously hurting the U.S. economy. And economists are figuring out just how the damage is done … The Congressional Budget Office recently reported that between 1979 and 2007 the top 1% of households doubled their share of pretax income while the share of the bottom 80% fell.”

Ministry: * Lessons from the Joshua Tree by Bert Crabbe; * Growing Problems … Old Wineskins by K. Rex Butts

* “Our team learned early on that if we didn’t establish clear boundaries to protect family life and personal health, the church would swallow every waking minute.”

* “To try and live out the good news in our old ways rather than following Jesus in his new ways is to sew a new patch on an old garment…to pour new wine into old wineskins.  This just will not work and ultimately it is a failure to follow Jesus in his new ways.”

Sexual orientation: Sexual Orientation: It’s Not a Sin by Kathy Vestal [required reading]

” … I am saying that sexual orientation, whether homosexual or heterosexual, is not a sin. What is done with that orientation is indeed a choice and can certainly lead to sin, for both homosexual and heterosexual people. Promiscuity. Adultery. But not mere orientation.”

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