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
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
There has never been a time when the world has become more “globalized” than it has right now. For the most part the church in the west is still treating the world in a 18th century mindset of engagement of spreading our religion. The way the church is and will engage the world will be very different from how it has in the past – even the recent past. Secular books help us understand the world – few Christians write on this and when they do, they do so from a “take it over” mindset. You will hear from top leaders around the world who are not Christians – but some are – yet want to have a healthy relationship with us. They want relationships more than sermons. They want development more than charity. They want people to people diplomacy not just an elite few connecting at the top. Read more
Moses – it’s what your mom and dad wanted to call you. I heard them discuss a few names had you been a girl – but not if you were a boy. The first Moses had an identity problem – he was Jewish and that wasn’t a good race to be in his time. All the little Jewish boys were put to death during his time of birth because the Egyptians feared they were multiplying so much they would take them over and since they had become slaves – they would have no labor. His mother looked at him and saw he was beautiful so decided to try to save him – good thing he wasn’t an “ugly” child! She makes a basket of papyrus leaves and tar and sets him on the water not far from where the Princesses were, and had his sister go watch. Sure enough one of them sees him and takes pity on him. Moses name was probably a first – it means “from the water” which is what she named him. He became a Prince by human accident yet divine intervention. Read more
My mind was spinning with excitement as I read Glocalization: How Followers of Jesus Engage a Flat World by Bob Roberts Jr. Bob clearly understood the unique challenges of living out one’s faith in a post-9/11, interconnected, pluralistic world. I had found a soulmate – someone serious about following Jesus and someone who at the same time understood the tectonic communicational shifts impacting our world. Read more
Recently I met with a group of pastors and we prayed for God to move in us, our churches, our cities, and our nation. It made me think deeply about what we were doing and how we should pray and especially me, personally.
All throughout world history and American history God has moved. Some movements lasted longer than others – some have been more impactful. Columbus believed when he discovered America that it was for some divine purpose – at the same time the Protestant Reformation was beginning in Europe. The Puritans came for the express purpose of religious freedom. The Great Awakenings have become a part of American history. Church planting exploded with the western movement of the US. Revivals became common place. With the Azusa Street revival there was a new found power in worship. Read more
People from all over the US and all over the world are gathering November 14-16, 2013 at NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas (a suburb of DFW) for the second Global Faith Forum.
Princes, Presidents, Pastors, Ayatollahs, Businessmen, Humanitarians, Journalists, Media Mogols, Rabbis, Politicians, Parliamentarians, Men, Women, Red, Yellow, Black, White, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Atheists, Agnostics, Secularists, from all over the world are gathering to talk about faith, the world and how to make a it a better place. These people are my friends and they’re all coming at no charge, otherwise we couldn’t do this – they want to meet you, and you really need to meet them and listen to them. Otherwise, we are all on this same earth and speaking past one another. Instead of talking about one another and labeling each other – we need to sit down and get to know one another and listen to each other before we can speak clearly, glocally. Groups and people from churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, universities, public schools, diplomats, and many countries will be present in the audience – enbling you to visit one on one and build relationships. Read more
It’s interesting how some things change an area of our life and affect other areas indirectly. When I began running long distances years ago, it affected not just my running – but my eating, my sleeping, and even my thinking because when you run like that, your brain oxygenates like no other time. When I began to learn consistent execution, I learned management and realized it had to be tied to vision, values, and processes that fulfilled those things, and metrics that told you how you were doing. I could go on and on – but nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, has changed me like my understanding of the Kingdom of God – and I still don’t get it all, I’m still learning.
The Kingdom changed me from seeing faith segmented beside society, to seeing it integrated within the broader society in the public square. The Gospel of salvation meant getting everybody “saved” and if we just got enough people saved we’d change our city. That has yet to work in the U.S. The Gospel of the kingdom sees people transformed, not just their “heaven ticket” stamped, and then living out their faith with their neighbors, their city, and with all who are present. It’s being salt and light integrated with everyone else. Read more
You’ve heard about all the world leaders from business, government, and faith leaders that will coming to the Global Faith Forum - but there will also be many practitioners as well. There will be evangelical pastors and ministries that will tell their stories of how they engage with the world and people of other faiths. I will be writing about some of these so that those of you that are coming can get a feel for them before you come to the conference. I want to encourage you to register as soon as possible – everything is in full gear and moving forward and I’m really getting excited about this thing more and more every day as it comes near. Read more
I’m excited that there is movement taking place in the US in terms of reaching out to people of other faiths from evangelicals. Three years ago, as a pastor, I felt very alone. There were western missionaries around the world encouraging me to reach out to people of other faiths. They got it, they understood how the world sees evangelicals from America – and their work paid the price for it. They explained it would help their work in those countries and show the world that evangelicals really did care about and love people of other faiths. One of them challenged me, “It’s hypocritical for us to say we love Muslims around the world but want nothing to do with them in America.” BUT, things are changing and they will continue to change. I’ll be writing about some of these things as I can and introducing to you some of the people involved. Most of them will be at the Global Faith Forum and you can hear them. Read more