By Joe Thorn
As the church is faithful to the mission given to her by Jesus Christ she will, out of necessity, “engage culture.” Of course, engaging culture is not our mission, but “making disciples of all nations” is what our Lord has called us to do. Yet, this sacred work cannot be done in a vacuum, outside of the cultural milieu in which people live.
Paul’s experience in Athens (Acts 17:16-34) is helpful as it demonstrates how he approached people and ministry in a particular culture.
The Apostle found himself in Athens, not through the careful planning and execution of a detailed ministry strategy, but in the providence of God as he encountered opposition to his ministry. And, while he was there, Paul was not idle. He was led by God to push forward with ...
Acts 29 is characterized by and committed to theological clarity, but what about the hard, confusing, troublesome, jarring parts of the Bible? In this podcast Krish Kandiah, principal of the London School of Theology walks us through what he's come to refer to as "Paradoxology."
1:50 — What do you mean by paradoxology?
6:50 — The Joshua Paradox & the attributes of God
18:55 — How does paradoxology help us in our evangelism?
21:28 — What are your hopes for people who read Paradoxology?
The Acts 29 podcast hosted by Alex Early, pastor of Teaching & Theology at Living Stones Churches in Reno, Nevada. He is also the Director of the Acts 29 West Academy.
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By Pastor Doug Logan
Our mission was to plant a church in Camden and to engage people for conversions (one of our core-values) and to infuse Christo-centrism into the culture (another core-value) (Romans 15:17-21). In a city of 79,000 people, about 98% are unreached with the gospel, with only 1% attending church. We came in with the hope and the vision to reach unbelievers and ecclesiologically disconnected people with the gospel of Christ.
We sought to connect with unbelievers in multiple regions throughout the city, especially in our target neighborhoods: Fairview, Parkside, and Whitman Park sections of Camden. We sought places in those neighborhoods where the least, the last, and the lost of the city get their daily grind, daily coffee, daily drugs, and their daily idolatry on. Like ...
Once in a while you meet someone who really gets the gospel and is a ninja in applying it to relationships. Ken Sande, founder of Peacemaker Ministries and Relational Wisdom 360 (RW360), is one of those people. I recently spent the weekend with him in preparation for his speaking engagement at the Acts 29 Network Conference on the Gold Coast in Australia, February 27-28. The focus of the conference is on Building Healthy Churches and we couldn’t have picked a better speaker to be in the line-up.
After 30 years of helping churches resolve conflict, Ken shifted his focus to helping churches prevent conflict by building healthy relationships. Relational wisdom is the outpouring of the gospel in our relationships and the understanding of how to apply the gospel in our everyday lives. ...
“These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.” Acts 17:6
In the days of the apostles, outsiders disparaged the church, but they couldn’t ignore the church. Today, here in the Bible Belt, our task is to re-create those conditions. We want to be a force for wonderful gospel upheaval. How? By planting so many gospel-centered churches that the blessing of God cannot be ignored. Being spoken against, as ones who turn the world upside down, is not a problem. Being ignored is, because this isn’t about us. It’s about Jesus.
In the corporate psychology of every city there is a threshold of non-ignorability. Here in Nashville, many things can be ignored. But the Tennessee Titans football team cannot be ignored, country music cannot ...