Church, Culture, Meanderings, Practices

Tell the story to the ones who will listen …

The market isn’t always ‘right’, if right means that it knows how to get what it wants in the long run. Too often, we are confused, or misled, or part of a herd headed in the wrong direction.

It’s almost impossible to bring the mass market to its senses, to insist that you know better. What you can do, though, is find discerning and alert individuals who will take the time to understand. And then, if you’re good and patient and lucky, they’ll tell the others.

Which is why, over the last thirty years, farmers markets and other entities have slowly grown in influence. Because happy customers tell stories about remarkable products and services.

When you see the corn paradox, label it and act accordingly. Tell stories for the few, help them to spread.

via Seth Godin’s post “The Naked Corn Paradox

Reflections

Going Public with Your Faith

Going Public with Your Faith: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work, by William Carr Peel and Walt Larimore (Zondervan: 2003).

From the authors:

Our proposition is simple: For most Christians these days, the workplace — not the church or a foreign mission field — is the primary setting for effective kingdom work. … We contend that the primary historical means God uses to spread the Good News and extend the influence of faith is to “send it to work” with ordinary people.  This was our premise when we teamed up to develop “The Saline Solution,” with the goal of teaching doctors how to talk about their faith with their patients (p. 13).

Evangelism is organic, not mechanical.  Interestingly, the Bible consistently chooses an agrarian model to describe evangelism.  Evangelism, after all, is a process comparable to growing a crop: cultivation + planting ==> harvest.  It takes time to cultivate a relationship in which seeds of biblical truth can be planted and can grow, resulting in an eventual harvest of eternal life (p. 14).

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Meanderings

Scriptural Christianity

This week at Pinehurst UMC we will be reading pages 21-28 from A Wesleyan Spiritual Reader.  You are encouraged to read from either the book or the links below.

Weekly Scripture Sentence:

There
is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your
calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is
above all and through all and in all (Ephesians 4:4-6, NRSV).

Daily Scripture Readings

John Wesley’s Sermon on "Scriptural Christianity"

Hymn Portion:

The
meek and lowly heart that in our Savior was,
to us that Spirit doth impart and
signs us with his cross.
(Charles Wesley, "How Can We Sinners Know," verse 5).

Scripture Affirmation:

Come
to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s
sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:4-5, NRSV).