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TOWN CRIERS, STREET PREACHERS AND EVERYDAY DISCIPLES PREACHING IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE!

by Bob Roberts Jr

Preachers talk a lot about preaching the “gospel”.  They also make sure when at churches and other conferences they talk a lot about “the gospel” and they preach “the gospel” at their churches and at conferences.  This is good, but God had more in mind than just that, especially when you read Acts and look at the ministry of Paul and the early church.

This is heavy on my mind and heart, because this past year I’ve been to so many places that are not “Christian” nations, or worship centers or areas.  It’s because of global humanitarian work and global interfaith (I like multifaith) events I’ve been invited to speak. I’ve always done this, but this was an exceptional year that allowed me to see patterns and put things in perspective, outside of just moving in a flow I hadn’t thought a huge amount about.  Yet, in those places I’ve been asked to explain what a Christian is, often an evangelical Christian.  It gives me an opportunity with leaders that are not Christians, and opens the door for other forms of media with interviews in print, radio, and television, to talk about Jesus.  Christians are often shocked when they hear I was in country X and there’s a newspaper article, or internet story, or something else where I’m literally explaining the birth, life, death, resurrection of Jesus and what he’s done for me and why I believe it, and why I want to bless all of humanity in the name of Jesus whether they follow him or not.  I’ve actually been invited to teach “Christianity” by non-Christians in nations that are not “Christian” nations in the least, some of which have Christians in jail.  It’s unusual to our Western religious culture, but not to Acts.  Read more

Blog: God’s Promises Every Church Planter Should Know

By Bob Roberts Jr.

SO YOU’RE GOING TO START A CHURCH!!! HALLELUJAH!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! No doubt, you’re reading books, heading to some great conferences, in a cohort, talking to former church planters and pastors, gathering all the information you can to plant a church that glorifies God, extends the kingdom, and reaches your city and the world. There are some things that are very important to understand, to the degree that if you don’t – you could “lose” you’re soul in all the stress, challenges, and learning you’re about to do.

First, stay obsessed with Jesus! Read more

Blog: 10 Marks I Look for in Exceptional Church Planters – Part 2

By Bob Roberts Jr.

6. An exceptional church planter knows their context. Len Sweet says, it’s “knowing your zip code”. Who lives there, education, background, history, culture, values, traditions, nuances . . . all of these things are critical. There is always a growing church somewhere because someone doesn’t just love Jesus, they understand the people and have the ability to think deeply and design communication in light of who is present. It isn’t enough to know what is, but what’s coming. What’s coming, in terms of demographic shifts, psychographic shifts, economic shifts, racial shifts, etc? Another key issue is, what are the questions that the broader culture is asking? Thirty or twenty years ago, those questions were easy to ignore if you wanted to. Read more

Blog: DOES YOUR LIFE DEMAND COURAGE? DOES IT MATTER?

By Bob Roberts Jr.

There are some things that simply will not develop in our lives until we are faced with crisis, danger, or hardships. Most people live lives trying to avoid pain and hardships- it’s normal, who wants to suffer? When a situation comes uninvited, we see what we are made of. In our heart we desire to answer the challenge with faith and courage – sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t. No one gets off free, but this is where character and integrity are developed. In the past few weeks I have watched people get bad doctors diagnosis, lose their jobs, struggle through a divorce they did not want, get a bad report on a child they love with all their heart. Generally, everyone has tried to “do the right thing” even though that can be confusing at times. Read more

Blog: WHAT NORTHWOOD TEENAGERS LEARNED ABOUT THE WORLD PRAYING FOR AN AYATOLLAH

by Bob Roberts Jr


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.

 
Ayatollah Irivani asked me a thousand questions after the conference on Saturday about the verses about Jesus being the only way to God and why I believed that.  It was an incredible day.  I told him I had 1000 questions for him as well, next time we’ll do those.  
 
We had a time of commissioning and prayer for church planters and others on that Sunday at Northwood – I had Ayatollah Irivani come and told him if he wanted we would pray for him as well.  So he came, I asked him a couple of questions.  I then called up the youth and we began to pray for him.  I was incredible moved on two fronts.  First was how all the youth crowded around him and laid hands on him, and began to pray out loud for him.  Second, as red, yellow, black and white youth crowded around him, a young Vietnamese boy who is an exchange student laid his hands on his head and began to pray for him with passion.  I don’t know the spiritual state of this young man, other than he was willing to pray.     Read more

Blog: For Global Faith Forum – My Dream For My Tribe

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

Blog: Global Faith Forum is Almost Here! Tips for Coming to the Conference.

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

Blog: Cities Matter – How Do You Make a Great City

by Bob Roberts Jr
 

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: 

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Blog: Reconciliation

by Bob Roberts Jr

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE IN OUR CONFLICT DRIVEN WORLD?

November 15, 2013, 7pm

Northwood Church

www.globalfaithforum.com

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

Blog: Women and Faith

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