Following Jesus near and far

FIRST THE FAR

In Matthew 28:19, Jesus told His disciples that they (we) were to “make disciples of all nations.” Then in Acts 1:8, He told them that they (we) would be His witnesses…”to the uttermost ends of the earth.” It goes without saying that we have been involved in making disciples in the uttermost parts of the Earth. For the first decade plus of our ministry we reached and discipled students in the U.S. Then, for many years we planted and led the planting of churches in Europe. In recent years, we have sought to leverage our previous years of ministry experience by training networks of leaders in places like Uganda, South Sudan, and Brazil.

This August we will train leaders in four cities in Brazil. In September we will help lead a retreat for “at risk missionaries” in Europe. In October we will continue our training in Uganda. Please pray as we seek to equip leaders in these places to multiply viral, missional, church planting movements.

NOW THE NEAR

While much of our focus has been international, Sharon and I have had a growing passion to make a difference for Christ and His kingdom in our own country. In a recent “Breakpoint” article, John Stonestreet wrote the following excerpts:

The post-Christian culture that Francis Schaeffer and Chuck Colson foretold is now reality. 

For many Christians, it’s as if American culture has changed in the blink of an eye. And for most, it’s for the worse. Each month, it seems, America becomes more secular, less morally literate, and noticeably more hostile to Christianity.

In the space of just two years, we’ve seen marriage laws that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support during the Clinton Administration wither beneath activist outrage. What President Obama professed to believe just three years ago—that marriage is the union of one man and one woman—has today become the definition of bigotry—so despicable it’s compared with Jim Crow-era racism.

What happened? According to columnist and author Rod Dreher, this overnight revolution in Americans’ opinions on marriage and religious freedom is no mere moral slide. It’s actually nothing short of a “cosmological shift.” 

BIG ISSUES WE FACE TODAY
Big Issues
Big Issues

It is this “cosmological shift” that we feel compelled to understand and address.  I (Linus) lead a Bible study when I am not traveling called the NO BS BS. Over the years we have studied multiple books of the Bible, and recently spent two years going through the Old Testament prophets.

Our current undertaking is more apologetical, examining “The Big Issues We Face Today,” or the cosmological shift. Here is a partial road map of what I hope to cover:

Worldview Map #1
Worldview Map #1

My aim is that we will grow in our appreciation of “such a great salvation” (Hebrews 2:3), be able to give a reason for the hope we have (1 Peter 3:15), bring every thought captive to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5), and love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds (Matthew 22:37). My aim is also to equip those in the study and those who receive the NO BS BS notes to be able to present the good news with conviction and compassion.

Following is a draft of some of the more specific issues and questions we will tackle:

Worldviews and Some Big Questions
Worldviews and Some Big Questions

Ambitious? Yes!

Fruitful? Trusting so!

Faithfully seeking the glory of the King and His kingdom, because of your partnership and His great grace,

Linus and Sharon
P.S. Please let me know if you are not receiving my NO BS BS notes but would like to.

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