7 Aspects of Christ’s Present-Day Ministry

We just published the 94th episode of the podcast.

In it, I outline the 7 distinct features of the present-day ministry of Jesus Christ.

At the end of the episode, I climb on a limb and start sawing hard . . . I took a phone call from someone who was very distraught.

They solicited my advice on their situations and I gave it.

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The Gospel of the Kingdom

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

~ Matthew 24:14

“He [Paul] proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ–with all boldness and without hindrance!”

~ Acts 28:31

The 88th podcast episode of the “Christ is All” podcast just launched this morning.

Warning: This message is among the most weighty I’ve ever delivered. For that reason, the Holy Spirit has used it as heart-sifting tool.

So listen with an open and prepared heart.

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On Orphans & Widows

“The spiritual service which is pure and stainless in the sight of our God and Father is to visit fatherless children and widowed women in their time of trouble, and to keep one’s own self unspotted from the world.”

~ James 1:27

In line with my previous posts on helping the poor and oppressed, I want to introduce you to Mike Krick of World Orphans. Here’s my interview with Mike.

What is a unique aspect of World Orphans that sets you apart from other worthy orphan care organizations?

Mike Krick: When a typical American hears the word “orphan,” most automatically assume we run “orphanages.” I personally used to combine the two words.  But this couldn’t be further from the truth.  We don’t run orphanages, and quite frankly we don’t think that an “orphanage” is what God intended for His children.  The biblical model of orphan care, we believe, is family.  God designed children to thrive in families, which we believe is the best way to holistically care for them.

World Orphans cares primarily for orphans by partnering with international churches around the globe.  These churches vary in size, have national pastors and leaders who have great knowledge of their culture, know the language, and have healthy relationships established in their communities.

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4 Ways in Which I Help the Poor

Before I plunge into today’s topic, I want to give a report that’s both sad and encouraging.

I’ve been blogging since 2008 and my recent post, Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & the Sickening Response of Some Christians was the most viewed article that I’ve ever written, by far and away.

At the present time, that post has had over 4k Facebook shares.

The reason why this is sad is because of what I felt forced to write in that post. I was once again addressing the sickening behavior of “Christians” who eat their own. That would include the act of judging, misrepresenting, and even lying about their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

The encouraging part is that more and more evangelical Christians are fed up with the ugly behavior of their “professing” Christian friends who don’t wince at attacking other followers of Jesus. And they are no longer standing for it. See my post Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another, another article on the topic that has had massive views.[Continue Reading…]

For God So Loved the World vs. Love Not the World

In this conference message (uploaded to the podcast), I address the paradox in the New Testament concerning the world.

On the one hand, Christians are to love the world because God loves it. But on the other hand, we are exhorted to love not the world.

The message resolves the paradox and explores our relationship to the world. You can listen to it in the following ways:

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Blessed Are the Undesirable

Unless you’re new to the blog, you are aware that my focus in ministry since 2012 has been exclusively on two things:

* In writing and study, it’s been on historical Jesus studies, deeper life themes, Christology, and apologetics. My book Jesus: A Theography and my Answers to Skeptics series are two fruits of that effort.

* In practical ministry, it’s been a complete focus on developing relationships with non-Christians (some of whom are agnostics and atheists) on the one hand, and walking along side of and aiding the poor and the afflicted on the other. For that reason, I spend very little time on the Internet these days.

I’ve not written on organic church since 2009 and haven’t been involved in it for several years now. Though I still stand by everything I’ve written on the subject.

I’d like to share on the present focus of my ministry.

At this moment, I have in mind the faces of the poor and afflicted whom I’ve worked with in 2012 and will continue to, God willing, this year.

Some of them have very few friends. Some of them are living in poverty. Some of them have mental illnesses that regularly torment them. Some of them have legal problems. Some of them have gone nose-to-nose with suicide. Some of them are incredibly needy.

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What is a Christian?

The following post was written by T. Austin-Sparks. I’m publishing it on the heels of my Answers to Skeptics series because it’s a natural progression. The term “Christian” was first used in Antioch in the first century to describe the early followers of Jesus. Sparks does a great job redeeming the original meaning of the word in a day where the term has become quite murky.

“And Agrippa said unto Paul, With but little persuasion thou wouldest fain make me a Christian” (Acts 26:28).

Let us say at the outset that we are using the word “Christian” strictly according to what is found in the New Testament, and it is assumed that this will be accepted. Our enquiry will take the form firstly of a process of elimination, and we shall observe

What a Christian is Not

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