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Monday, June 27, 2011

He was between me and the edge all the time.

Giulian and I begun awhile ago reading through The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis for the very first time. We're about half way through and one section from the installment The Horse and His Boy has run through my mind continuously since then. Do you have those thoughts? Certain ones over the course of your life that replay in your mind over and over throughout your years. I was just chatting with my neighbor about a crazy event in her life that displayed God's sovereignty, and I was reminded again of the following scene.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Child Evangelism in Italy

We want to highlight for you what our friends are doing to reach out to the kids in their neighborhood in Umbertide, Perugia, Italy. They are German church planting missionaries to Italy and their dedication to and zeal for working for the Lord is a constant encouragement to us. Click here to see what they did last week at their neighborhood park.

Photo courtesy of their blog ItaliaNews

Monday, June 20, 2011

Engaging Children During Sunday Gathering

We are currently thinking through how to equip parents of kids six and older to teach and disciple their children through the Sunday morning service. Cornerstone Kids is only offered for kids ages six months to six years old because we believe that parents are the primary disciple-makers of their children (Deut. 6:5-9). Kids can learn a mighty lesson by worshiping together with their parents in the service, but we also understand that it can be difficult. For this reason CK wants to partner with parents to create tools for active listening as well as pre- and post-service conversation. Please click below to see how one DCC couple (who are also CK teachers) are currently interacting with their six year-old daughter during Sunday gathering.

-Christy

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Worldview

Worldview: Your interpretation of reality.

Is Christianity just a set of spiritual truths that has nothing to do with our lives, or could it be something so interwoven into the world that it is the proper lens by which to interpret reality as we know it?

Francis Schaeffer comments:

Christianity is not just a series of truths but Truth -- Truth about all of reality. And the holding to that Truth intellectually -- and then in some poor way living upon that Truth, the Truth of what is -- brings forth not only certain personal results, but also governmental and legal results.
 -G

Monday, June 13, 2011

Steve's Story

We met this guy on the bus the first week we were in Seattle. He had a huge lump of potter's clay in his arms because he was going down to the Mission for pottery class. Now he's our neighbor.
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Steve's Story from Seattle's Union Gospel Mission on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Christians: Desire Jesus or Desire Morality?

William Wilberforce opens his book A Practical View of Christianity by describing the weak "Christian" culture that he witnessed in the 1700's:

If we listen to their [nominal Christian] conversation, virtue is praised, and vice is censured; piety is perhaps applauded, and profaneness condemned. So far all is well. But let any one, who would not be deceived, by these “barren generalities” examine a little more closely, and he will find, that not to Christianity in particular, but at best to Religion in general, perhaps to mere Morality, their homage is intended to be paid. With [True] Christianity, as distinct from these, they are little acquainted; their views of it have been so cursory and superficial, that far from discerning its characteristic essence, they have little more than perceived those exterior circumstances which distinguish it from other forms of Religion.

They desired morality as the end goal of their religious search. Contrast that with the view of true Christian desire from Philippians 3:7-10: