I just listened to a very useful podcast from Michael Duduit.
It is an interview with George Barna about one of his latest books: The Seven Faith Tribes: Who They Are, What They Believe, and Why They Matter.
The tribe of most concern to me (as a teacher and pastor) is the Christian one (the rest are of secondary interest). Unfortunately, the Christian tribe is split in two: the casual Christians (67%) and the “captive Christians” (only 16%). The former group consists of Christians “who would not cross the street” to share the gospel with an unbeliever. It is a group which “is not excited about sharing their religious belief…” They do not create their lifestyle around their faith, rather let their faith “sip into their lifestyle.”
Wow. What a challenge (weighty errand – to use Spurgeon’s expression) for pastors who stand up in their churches every week and preach to a large percentage of “casual Christians.” The goal must be to get the casual Christians become “captive Christians” (these are Christians who are really serious and knowledgable about their faith). These are the ones “caricatured in the media, for whom their faith is everything.”
But who is adequate for this task? No one. Apart from the grace of God and the power of the Spirit we have no chance of success! How great is the need for prayer before preaching and reaching out! Please pray for your pastor, he needs a lot of help from above!
Which tribe are you from? Listen to this podcast (if you don’t buy the book). It may be eye opening!
Without further comments, I am posting this amazing report from a friend who ministers in the Middle East.
His passion for evangelism is clear and praiseworthy.
Sorry that I have not written for a while. Everything is going well.
Our April/Passover outreach went very well. We had about seven hundred and fifty orders for the Redemption film in Russian and all have been delivered. We worked with a number of congregations throughout the country and now more congregations want to get involved in what we are doing, towards which we hope to have a conference on the 3rd of July inviting all the churches to participate. In addition, we also hope to distribute some good teaching material in Russian by John Piper. Most of the Russian churches don’t really have good teaching so we hope to rectify this problem through fellowship and cooperation. We also want to print in Russian the book ‘Don’t waste your life’ by John Piper and we are in the process of translating another book by the same author into Russian.
I post a message received from our dean JS Lee:
“I would like to share a precious information with you. It is about a documentary movie called, “Calling 소명” which is about a Korean missionary couple. This movie is playing at selected theaters only for a limited time, so I wish you make time to watch this touching story of a Korean missionary couple whose commitment and sacrifice for a small tribe in Amazon area are quite extraordinary. You can find more information at http://blog.paran.com/calling2009 I know Apgujung CGV plays this until May 6, but only once a day. However, 중앙시네마 (near 명동성당) plays several times a day until May 10 (maybe even after that, but I don’t know). I think it would be good to share this information with our students, your church members, and of course your family and friends. This way we may contribute a bit to Christian film makers.”
I hope to go and see it. You should try to see it too!
To most of you (my readers) – it seems that I have been gone for a while from the blogging scene. This is only partially true. I have been gone from my site, but I blogged on other sites. I have spent some time on John Hobbins’ site on ancient Hebrew poetry (http://ancienthebrewpoetry.typepad.com). It is a great site for those interested in Hebrew and related issues (It turns out that John studied with some of my professors from U of T). The website is on my blogroll under “Hebrew Poetry.”
However, most of my blogging time has been spent…on Richard Dawkins’ website….YES, you read correctly, on Dawkins’ site.