careynieuwhof.com had an interview with Brian Dodd talking about leadership trends. Dodd makes two points about Jesus,
1. Growing churches teach about Jesus. “When I look at the growing churches…the number one thing they all have in common, it’s all about Jesus, Jesus Jesus, and when you’re tired about Jesus, talk more about Jesus.” It’s the churches who are Christ centred that are growing.
2. If your church is stuck, the question to ask is: “How passionate are you about Jesus and how much are you promoting Jesus?”
I teach a course on the life of Jesus. I am often amazed at the ignorance of students when it comes to Jesus. The prevailing attitude appears to be,
Jesus loves me this I know for the bible tells me so…
Rarely do I meet a student, faculty member, or come to that church member, who is fascinated and obsessed by this King and Lord.
I read an article simply because I found the title interesting, What if Jesus was Al Qaida terrorist? Let me quote two things,
I have studied the events of September 11, 2001 very closely. What amazed me is why these dozen or so men have spend years in flight school. They did not care about the average $165,000 a pilot makes. They lived for something better than that…When you really look at the missiology of Al Qaida and the wider Islam following; you find something odd. They are more committed to evangelizing their cause than we are ours. The sad truth is Muslims like their Messiah more than we love Jesus. It hurts but it is true. In America, Islam is outgrowing Christianity.
I have been known to find the ‘normal’ Christian life boring. In fact if I lived anything like the ‘normal’ life Jesus intended for me I would never be bored. My conclusion: I am often found lacking in faith, looking in the wrong places, asking the wrong questions, and doing the wrong things; it’s time to look at Jesus.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him…Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…