Contributed by Mark Eberly on Dec 15, 2008
In recent years, there has been a movement of calling people who are not Christians "seekers." It was a way to classify people who come into the church looking for God without labeling them offensively as "sinners." It was a way to try to keep church accessible to anyone and everyone.
Contributed by Mary Lewis on May 9, 2001
Are you a Risk-taker or a safety-seeker?
Responding to the increasing destructiveness of high winds in the Midwest, one developer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, offered an optional tornado-safe room in the new homes he was selling. It cost an additional $2,500 for the room—which can also be used as a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 6, 2006
53% of HR officials claim that job seekers sometimes falsify past salaries and criminal records and ‘stretch’ the impact they had in a previous job.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 10, 2006
Church Loyalty: What keeps members and seekers attending their church on a regular basis? Currently 1 out of 7 adults changes churches each year while 1 out of 6 attends a handful of churches on a rotating basis. Ranked by importance, Barna Research says these are the 10 critical factors in
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 18, 2006
Rural Seekers: Today 52% of rural residents go online vs. 67% of urban dwellers and 66% of suburbanites finds a new Pew Internet & American Life Project study. Rural Internet users are more likely than others to access
1. George Barna notes, “In the 1970’s “seeker churches’ made a strong theoretical argument for the importance of encouraging people to feel no obligation to toe a Bible to church. Their goal was to make visitors feel welcome and comfortable by alleviating the need to locate a Bible, by diminishing
A KEEN EYE FOR STRAY COINS
There was a story from the Week magazine regarding a 67 year man by the name of Roger Pasquier.
He was a retired ornithologist who has a keen eye for spotting stray coins.
In fact, he had found almost two thousand dollars’ worth of coins dropped onto New York City’s
Contributed by Denn Guptill on Oct 31, 2000
Bill Hybels, the pastor of Willow Creek Community Church just outside of Chicago makes this statement. “If you create a loving community,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2007
"Total absence of problems would be the beginning of death for a society or an individual. We aren't constructed to live in that kind of world. We are
Contributed by Jim Kane on May 17, 2007
However, Gordon MacDonald has provided a very clear set of descriptors in understanding what it means to fully follow the Lord.
(10A) The first descriptor is spectator. MacDonald notes that there many spectators around Jesus because they were curious about what He had to say and offer. They were
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 6, 2006
The Barna Research Group recently asked 324,000 Protestant pastors to define their churches. They responded like this:
· Evangelistic 84%
Contributed by David Hoskins on Aug 23, 2006
In his book "Reality Isn’t What It Used To Be" Walter Truett Anderson writes:
"Most of us now are not so much believers as possessors of beliefs. Conversion comes easy and often. The seeker after religious faith
WORLD OF JAMESES AND JOHNS
John R. W. Stott says in his book The Cross of Christ that our world "(and even the church) is full of Jameses and Johns, go-getters and status-seekers, hungry for honor and prestige,
Contributed by Michael West on Oct 2, 2008
Here is an acrostic for Pastors
P-prays, preaches and practices the things of God
A-acknowledges, accepts, adheres to the things of God
S-Spirit filled, Spirit fed and Spirit led into the things of God
T-trusts, tries and teaches the things of God
O-obeys, operates and offers the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 10, 2009
NO CHRISTIANITY WITHOUT THE CROSS
Dr. H. Richard Neibuhr condemns cross-less Christianity, or the evangelical "feel good" seeker-sensitive churches, who refuse to display or talk about the cross. With biting criticism he writes, "Such beliefs as a God without wrath, bringing men without sin into
Contributed by Robert Walter on Dec 24, 2004
The great Anglican Bishop, J. C. Ryle, said of these first seekers of truth (the Magi), “We read of no greater faith than this in all the Bible. It is a faith that deserves to be placed side by side with that of the penitent thief. The thief saw one dying the death of a malefactor and yet prayed to
Contributed by William Norman on Nov 4, 2002
The story is told of W. H. Auden, who in the 1930’s believed there was no such thing as God or absolute truth. But in the aftermath of Hitler’s invasion of Poland, Auden saw a documentary report. He then knew two things. One was that Hitler was an evil human being. And the second was that he needed
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 29, 2010
Quote: Wilbur Rees sarcastically writes in one of his books (to paraphrase):
• "I would like to buy £50 worth of God please,
• Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep,
• But just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine.
• I don’t want enough of him to make
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
JUDGE NOT, EVEN IN WORSHIP - This piece came from Dr. Paul Brand, veteran missionary surgeon: During my life as a missionary surgeon in India and now as a member of the tiny chapel on the grounds of the Carville leprosy hospital, I have seen my share of unlikely seekers after God.
And I must
Contributed by Tony Abram on Dec 2, 2007
A Christmas Parable
A man is climbing a mountain, at the top of which he hopes to find God. By ascending the heights, the seeker expects to leave all the cares and miseries of life behind in the valley. But while he climbs, God is coming down the mountain into the toil and grief. In the mists