Education in or modern world has become a highly technical discipline. In the ancient world education was more like an apprenticeship which involved a personal encounter with someone who was a master of a skill or unique kind of knowledge. To be a disciple in the ancient world meant something rather different from being merely […]
The call to discipleship begins with conversion. But what does it mean to be evangelized and converted? The National Directory of Catechesis defines conversion as, “the acceptance of a personal relationship with Christ, a sincere adherence to him, and a willingness to conform one’s life to his. (NDC, p. 48). To put it more simply, […]
What does it mean to be a ‘missionary’ disciple? Why is the Church emphasizing the word missionary? Isn’t a disciple just a Christian who has agreed to follow Jesus? In this sense the term disciple as bland as white bread. We see it everywhere and we all assume we know what it means. But why […]
The approach taken to evangelization in the past few decades has been to try to repair peoples faith with knowledge. On the theory that the disease is ignorance, we have tried to give people the vaccine of truth. Now let’s be clear, many people would admit that they don’t know much about their faith, but […]
“No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” These are the famous words quipped to Scarlet, by the character Rhett Butler in the 1939 film adaptation of Gone with the Wind. Perhaps beginning […]
Why is it so hard to share our faith? A short video by outside da box.
Recently the Barna Group conducted a survey of attitudes about the Bible: The State of the Bible: 6 Trends for 2014. The research from this survey shows that “skepticism toward the Bible continues to rise.” Skepticism is obviously going to have a negative impact on belief and practice. They note that “Bible skepticism is tied with […]