Review – Burning Questions and Faith: Exploring Where the Evidence Leads (DVD)

Burning Questions is a new six-part DVD series produced by Talon Productions and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and is hosted by Dr. Andy Bannister, the Director for RZIM Canada. In this very informative and thorough series, Dr. Bannister takes us on a journey to three countries and asks representatives from the major world religions, as […]

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In this short video clip, Jon Tyson asks a number of questions about local church discipleship –

1 |  Are we creating disciples to fit into and reflect the image of our local congregational brand or the image of Jesus? There can be a huge difference.

2 | Are people in the church being discipled more by consumerism, and if so, what does this look like?

Jon brings to our attention a number of significant concerns related to local church discipleship initiatives that we all must pay careful attention to.

If we are all being discipled by something, whether it be the culture of consumerism or the image of a particular congregational brand, we need to isolate these various other sources that compete for our attention and once again re-center our focus on creating disciples exclusively in the image of Jesus.

What are your thoughts? Ideas?

What dynamics lead to rapid, indigenous multiplication of the gospel? In this video series, Alan Hirsch introduces the DNA of Gospel Movements. This Missional DNA, or mDNA, is made up of 6 elements, each working together to bring about the advance of the gospel. In the first video, Alan gives an overview of each element and explains how they all work together. Subsequent videos spell out each component in greater detail.

The basis for the book, The Forgotten Ways, Hirsch defines the different elements of a movement, how they interact, and how we in the West can recover this ethos.

These videos are in their proper order according to Alan’s diagram he describes in the first clip, Missional DNA.

 

Are there ideas, lessons and other inspirational impulses you derived from these very important videos? If so, please share them in the comment section below.

I can give you no greater advice than these reflections from Tom Wright —

Jesus is absolutely in the middle

If you want to know who God is, look at Jesus

If you want to know what it means to be human, look at Jesus

If you want to know what love is, look at Jesus

If you want to know what grief is, look at Jesus

And go on looking until you’re not just a spectator, but you’re actually part of the drama which has him as its central character

Google, Story and Action: Adapting to Change in a Constantly Changing World

Chapter seven in Leonard Sweet’s book, Viral, is the first of three chapters that begins section three on the topic of Google. In it, Sweet demonstrates the ultimate difference between how a Googler and Gutenberger responds to information. The latter has tended to focus on information as facts to be attained with sometimes little practical […]

‘Viral’ by Leonard Sweet – Chapter Four – Technology and the Reshaping of our Relational Dynamics

Martin Cooper’s invention of the cell phone in 1973 changed everything. It has become, for many, to be the dividing line between the BC (before cells) and AC (after cells) generations. Referring to it as a “transformational device,” Sweet contends, and I agree, that “these technologies are radically reshaping our relational dynamics in both the […]

‘Viral’ by Leonard Sweet – Chapter Three

If I could choose one word to characterize chapter three it would be – change. Sweet outlines for us the need for a ‘living faith’ to be ever adapting to the simplicities and complexities around us; what we refer to as culture. Other synonyms come to mind: translation, incarnation, and contextualization. While Christian faith will […]

‘Viral’ by Leonard Sweet – Chapter Two

Chapter two is a relatively short chapter, but Sweet managed to squeeze in a number of significant points. The main thesis in this section centered on owning the time and place in which you live, and doing so in such a way that your faith consistently seeks to adapt to the context; not only in […]

‘Viral’ by Leonard Sweet – Chapter One

Essentially, Leonard Sweet’s latest book, Viral: How Social Networking is Poised to Ignite Revival, is about a tale of two cultures, the waning of one, and the rise of another. The first he refers to as the Gutenbergers, named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented the first printing press in the 15th century, forever changing the […]