I lost my job today. They called it “a reduction in force” which means I’m not totally worthless; I was just doing a job that’s no longer of any value. I guess that’s supposed to make me feel better, but it doesn’t. They gave me a few weeks pay, but I have to pay for my own health insurance and I have to look for work.Read on
I searched Google for terms like “workplace ministry ideas” and “marketplace faith.” Many marketplace people and pastors work to take their faith into the marketplace. At Follower of One want to help.
However, our first step can’t be that we either 1) tell everyone we meet or that we try to 2) shut our faith off. No one wants to talk to someone who incessantly steers conversations. At the same time, we can’t shut our faith off, either. We can’t be something we’re not.
Most Christians in the Western world experience the Christian faith on Sunday at a worship service or small group meeting that fits a particular pattern. Some denominations take different forms, but for many the experience takes much the same form each week. Some people preach or sing or play music from a stage. We follow an order of service. Everyone appears to be pretty much what we’d like to be. They don’t seem to have any problems. They look “fine” and sound “fine.”Read on
Every Sunday millions of people flock to buildings or people’s homes to worship Jesus Christ. Many of us believe the primary purpose of our faith in Christ is to attend those meetings and become better people in this life.
1. We know we’re supposed to become more Christ-like.
Before I became a Christ-follower, I thought of myself as a Christian. I had never killed anyone. I felt like I was basically a good person. I wasn’t Jewish or Muslim and I believed God created me and the universe. I figured if I left God alone, He’d leave me alone.Read on
The term “full-time minister” has always sounded wrong to me. Only recently have I begun to embrace my challenge with it. When a pastor or a missionary says they’ve been called into full-time ministry, I understand they decided to pursue a career working for a faith-based service organization such as a church or para-church organization. When we decide to follow Jesus, we receive the Holy Spirit and we begin the process of bending our entire life to Jesus.
When a pastor or a missionary says they’ve been called into full-time ministry, I understand they decided to pursue a career working for a faith-based service organization such as a church or para-church organization. But careless use of the term suggests that anyone else must be a part-time ministers or a no-time minister.Read on
The word “relevant” seems to be both overused and misused quite often lately. It even made it on to the list of “Christianese” terms in Micah Tyler’s funny ad for Rosetta Stone – Christianese. But what role should cultural relevance have in how we share our faith?
According to Webster, relevant means…Read on
We share a common mission, following Jesus. But for most of us, our past, our circumstances and our stories lead us to carry out that mission differently.Read on
We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. We believe God is powerful enough to get his point across. Biblical authority is described withing scripture. “All scripture is inspired by God is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 1 Timothy 3:16-17Read on