Today is Nikki’s xxth birthday. I’ve learned a few things in 33 years of marriage – one is not to tell how old your wife is or how much they weigh! But today, December 8, is the day she was born on. She’s had quite a life. I was recently asked how to spell her name because someone saw it “N I K K I” in one place and “N I K I” in another place. Her family spelled it one way, but the birth certificate said another. Her mom was killed in a car wreck when Nikki was 5 – which is how her family had spelled it – but the birth certificate they presented when she went to school said “N I K I” and with her mom gone no one knew the exact way it was to be spelled. Read more
The Global Faith Forum was profound for all who came. The emails, tweets, cards, notes have all been encouraging as people reach out to the other side of different faiths to build relationships with each other. Some of the speakers wound up staying over Sunday and coming to our worship service. You can listen to that service at www.northwoodchurch.org go to media and click the November 17 date to hear the sermon. Some of you might be interested how I preach when there are people of other religions present – it’s not that much different. I do explain things a little more.
by Bob Roberts, Jr.
I have this dream deep in my soul that I cannot let go. It’s a dream that sees men, women, boys and girls, sweating side by side.
It’s a dream where followers of Jesus hold tightly to their faith but don’t fear or ignore the Muslim, the Jew, the Hindu, the Buddhist, or the atheist. They are secure in their faith and are neither intimidated nor quickly confused, because they are tied to the Author of life. They can discuss their faith openly and without hesitation, and they can live it out in the presence of other faiths because their own faith is secure.
It’s a dream where followers of Jesus are known more for hope, love and service than for fear, doomsday pronouncements, and isolation from the rest of the world.
It’s a dream where not only individuals live, but also entire communities begin to undergo transformation because followers of Jesus are serving without expecting anything in return. Read more
By Bob Roberts Jr
Because of everything involved in the Global Faith Forum, I’ve not been able to blog a lot and probably won’t as much as I’d like the next ten days. For the next few days life will be fun, exciting, challenging, and probably exhausting. I’ll be hosting the forum, Thursday through Saturday. Sunday I preach then off to Vienna where I’ll be at the King Abdullah Interfaith Center, then to Toronto at the Church Planting Congress – then home!
It’s not too late to register. We have a few hundred that have pre-registered and are getting lots of calls from people from various places of worship, diplomats and American Congressman that are inquiring and some are coming. Read more
Next week we will host the www.globalfaithforum.com - and I”m excited about it. One reason I’m excited is because it’s about people engaging their city. This is one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard on city life – it took only 7 minutes.
Listen to this speech by Mr. Bass of Fort Worth and the unveiling of the new Sundance Square. It’s an incredible speech and has 7 things that you do to make a city great. I highly encourage every pastor, church planter, church member – anyone who cares about their city to listen – it’s awesome. He got this from Jane Jacobs & William White. . . Here’s a recap:
Main Session #5 November 16, 10:30am
So, we don’t agree theologically, does that mean we can’t do anything together? We go to the same public schools, have the same government, follow the same traffic laws, use the same healthcare – there must be something we as people of faith can do together? There is! Together, we can serve the common good, our city. Read more
by Bob Roberts Jr
HOW IS IT POSSIBLE IN OUR CONFLICT DRIVEN WORLD?
November 15, 2013, 7pm
At the www.globalfaithforum.com we will be exploring how to reconcile. This week I’ve been blogging about the main sessions and telling you who will be speaking. Many of these you can Google and hear their talks at other places, at other events. I’m especially excited about this session.
HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal will keynote. There will be an interactive panel, where each panelist will speak for ten minutes and then go back and forth with one another. The panel will be made of Iranian Ayatollah Ahmed Irivani, who is teaching at Catholic University in Washington DC, President Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal & founding UN High Commissioner of the Alliance of Civilizations, Special Counsel Rashad Hussain the US representative to the Organization of Islamic States, and Tom Dine who is an advisor a the Israel Policy Forum and past President of AIPAC. It should be exciting, information, and challenging. Read more
by Bob Roberts Jr.
MAIN SESSION #3
Friday November 15, 1pm
Have you ever wondered if people understand what you’re saying? Are you getting your point across? What do you do when others are twisting what you say? How do you share the “hard truths” of what you believe in a loving and Jesus like manner?
The third main session of the Global Faith Forum will deal with this. You will hear from Pastor Kevin Brown of the Perfecting Church in Philadelphia along with Suhail Khan on how they crossed traditional lines of relationships. There will also be a panel made up of Orthodox Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein of Los Angeles, Larry Ross, spokesman for Billy Graham and other high profile Christian leaders, Mark Galli, head editor of Christianity Today, Rick Love of Peace Catalyst, former Governor David Beasley of South Carolina and US special envoy Rashad Hussain. Read more
by Bob Roberts Jr
Main Session #2 November 15, 2013 8:30am
There is no doubt about it – women historically have not always had the same advantages as men, regardless of the religion. Whether it’s the right to vote or drive a car or work outside the home, there have been and continue to be challenges. How does this relate to faith? What do the different faiths teach about women? How does God see a woman in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? What are the differences? What is the future?
I remember meeting a top Islamic leader in the U.S. and introducing him to several pastors. He has lived here since the 60s and is a very successful man who has very successful children – 2 sons and 2 daughters. One is an engineer, a doctor, a professor, and a film maker! Someone once asked him, “If you want to be a Muslim why not go back to one of those Middle-Eastern countries?” He responded, “I want to be a Muslim where there is freedom so my sons AND my daughters can be educated and have opportunities to grow and thrive – I love America and our freedoms and our values.” Wow! What an answer. Read more
Does your faith allow you to go to war? Under what circumstances is war acceptable in your faith? How do you respond to the killing of innocents in war? What does God think of war? How does Jesus view war? Is there a disconnect between what you believe about war and how you view specific nations?
The world is boiling with war with no end in sight. Sadly, often those wars are driven or supported by religion. What do the faiths really teach about war and how do we use our faith to prevent them, instead of promoting them?
At the www.globalfaithforum.com we will not ease into it – we will tackle big issues from the very beginning. The very first night, Thursday, I will bring a brief overview of multifaith and why we are gathered. We will then have Orthodox Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger from Jerusalem, Imam Zia of the Irving Islamic Center, Rev. Doug Skinner of Northway Christian Church, and Dr. Nguyen Quoc Tuan of Vietnam give their philosophical and theological view on war. Read more