Saturday, February 18, 2017

Outreach idea: i'll buy you a coffee

Craig McCourt of New Creation Lutheran Church offers to buy people a coffee as way of meeting them...

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Some Ideas and resources for Ash Wednesday, Lent and Easter

Following are some ideas for Ash Wednesday, Lent and Easter

Textweek resources which includes Exegesis, Sermons, Liturgies, Music and resources for Children

Tim Suttle Paperback theology Ash Wednesday ideas and a discussion of why this day is so important

Lutheran Church of Australia Ash Wednesday resources

Ash Wednesday Service Order:  Portland Heywood Lutheran Church 2016

40 ideas for Lent from Rachel Held Evans

Ash Wednesday for Kids

Weekly Lent Practice

Lent and Easter Infograph

40 Lenten Activites for kids

Visual Prayer for Lent

40 simple Lenten activities for kids

40 ideas for 40 days

If you have more suggestions or ideas feel free to comment

Monday, February 06, 2017

Book: ROFL with Jesus

In sounds and tones that emulate what real teens in Everytown USA face daily, ROFL w/Jesus :) is more than a narrative -- it is a tool. 
The first in a planned Christian fiction series, this collection of stories is written for high school students and follows events in the lives of two high school students living in the same town, while attending separate schools. However, they attend the same church and youth group, and have discovered that they like each other. While trying to be good and do the right thing, it is not always easy in the secular world that surrounds them. The stories in this book are based on actual event - stories that involve peer pressure, drug and alcohol use, destruction of friendships, sexual tension, issues with parents, success and failure in school, responsibility when driving, and much more. Inter-woven into each fictional event, is a real person encountering life and faith in real ways that the author witness in his 30 years of youth work.

The book is available here

Article: Are introverts excused from evangelism?

Two articles in Relevant and YesHeIs address the issue are introverts excused from evanglism?

Devotion: from the cradle to the empty grave

The season of Lent is one of thoughtful reflection. During this time of the church calendar, Christians ponder the unfolding events that led to Jesus’ condemnation and crucifixion: His triumphal march into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; His firm words of warning about the events to come; His sham trial, brutal scourging, and horrific crucifixion. No day could be any darker; no travesty more calamitous than the slaying of God’s own Beloved Son. And yet, that’s what we find on Golgotha: our sins demanding His death on a cross to satisfy the Father’s righteous judgment.

Taken from the cross, the lifeless form of Christ was placed in another man’s tomb. With that action the world thought the ordeal complete, the savagery it had witnessed something it could now put behind it. But God’s work wasn’t quite done. Three days later, out of a sealed tomb—guarded to prevent theft—Jesus rose from the dead. And with that thunderous crescendo, mankind’s disgrace and ruin, which had destined it for eternal slaughter, is forgiven through the blood of Christ.

Lent is when we turn our eyes to the cross. It is there where Jesus, the sinless Son of God, suffered the indignity and shame of dying for our sins. And it is there where God’s wrath was satisfied by His Beloved Son’s supreme sacrifice, winning salvation for all who call Him their Savior.

From Lutheran Hour Ministries available for download and as handout for your congregation

availble here