Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Spread of the Gospel Map

This animated map is a powerful visual depiction of the most important movement in history: the spread of Christianity. Every frame is one year in the last 2000 years of the Great Commission. It does not show only nations that have declared Christianity to be the national religion, or even areas where professing Christians are the majority of the population.  It shows everywhere the Gospel has been preached, where churches and Christian gravestones first show external evidence of that work, and where churches and Bibles are accessible today.
For contrast and context the map shows also how Islam, Roman Empire, Byzatine Empire, Mongol Empire and Communism spread and decreased.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Book: The illuminated Catechism

The Illuminated Catechism is more than just a coloring book: Bible passages, short devotionals, complementary hymns, selections from Martin Luther, and delightful illustrations invite you to reflect on God’s grace, pray, and deepen your understanding of the Christian faith. There are also blank spaces for your doodling, journaling, and reflection.

This coloring book encourages active interaction with Luther’s Small Catechism; with each stroke of your colored utensil of choice, you’ll grow closer to your Savior. And, after you’ve worked your way through the book, you’ll have a beautiful treasure to admire and read again and again.

Perfect for new confirmands or any Lutheran interested in coloring, The Illuminated Catechism will inspire meditation on God’s Word and application of the catechism to daily life.

Book: Will the real Jesus please stand up

In our culture of personalization, where everything is customizable, Jesus is often reworked into what each individual wants Him to be. Jesus is aligned to a person's agendas and dreams, making it easier for him or her to agree with Him.
Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?: 12 False Christs, aims to address the many incorrect versions of Jesus present in today's culture. 
Whether Jesus is seen as a patriot, a social justice warrior, a therapist, or a giver of bling, these many false christs diminish the real Christ - the Savior of the world who defies our culture's standards. 
This book looks to the Bible to reveal that the real Jesus is already standing, while the false christs are not able to stand on their own.

Matthew Richard helps us understand who Jesus really is by unpacking some of the forms of Jesus we endeavour to create including

  • The Mascot Jesus
  • The Option Among Many Jesus
  • The Good Teacher Jesus
  • The Therapist Jesus
  • The Giver of Bling Jesus
  • The National Patriot Jesus
  • The Social Justice Warrior Jesus
  • The Moral Example Jesus
  • The New Moses Jesus
  • The Mystical Friend Jesus
  • The Feminized Jesus
  • The Teddy Bear Jesus

Will the Jesus please stand up is available here

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Ebook: Bring Jesus

Bring Jesus is a series of Mission focused articles with study guides that appeared in  The Lutheran magazine (Australia) (2014-15) written by the Lutheran Church of Australia's, South Australian and Northern Territory District Mission Director, Steen Olsen.   
Articles include:

  • Wherever I go I bring Jesus
  • God at work
  • It doesn’t depend on you
  • Inviting others to believe
  • No clones here!
  • What are we waiting for?
  • Evangelism must die!
  • Let Jesus speak!
  • A welcome peace
  • We want to grow!
  • Christmas at the margins
  • I am making all things new!
  • Prayer: As individual as you are
  • Gospel glimmers in unlikely places
  • Making room for more people
  • Welcoming the stranger
  • Pregnant congregations bring life
  • Dare to be different
  • Set free
  • Christmas blows away the fog about God

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

500 years of Global Protestanism infographic

Center for the Study of Global Christianity has developed a 2 page infographic focussed on the 500 years of Protestanism.   This is available from here