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Christian Hospitality Is A Reflection Of The Gospel (Nick Kennicott at The Christward Collective)

All Christians are part of the household of God.
All Christians were once welcomed to that household by God’s grace.
All Christians have a role in welcoming visitors to that household as an expression of the grace we’ve received.

From Nick Kennicott at The Christward Collective.

To be hospitable is to welcome a person with open arms, with an open heart, and with an open door; it is an openness to care for and love others, putting their needs before our own to ensure, at the very least, that they feel welcome in our midst. Fulfilling the Bible’s command to be hospitable in the local church is a responsibility of every Christian.
The motivation for Christians to be hospitable is to remember that we are the recipients of God’s hospitality. We were once strangers, wanderers, orphans, and aliens, but by the grace of God, we were made alive together with Christ. Thus, Christian hospitality is a reflection of the gospel. The ultimate hospitality was Jesus Christ dying for sinners to make all who believe, not only visitors, but members of His household.

Read the whole post here.

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Why Evangelicals Should Care More About Ecclesiology (via Tish Harrison Warren at Mere Orthodoxy)

Modern evangelicals are often a reflection of the individualism and cynicism of the present age in their attitudes to institutions or denominations.
As celebrity leader models collapse, and as expectations of accountability as protection against abuse grow, the benefit and necessity of denominations and institutional linkages is becoming more apparent.
These structures don’t exist for their own sake though, and if they do they become their own snare.
From Tish Harrison Warren:

If individuals and societies are to flourish, we need healthy institutions. But institutionalism, an idolatry of institutions, where the preservation of an institution is it’s only end, is, in no uncertain terms, evil. Though Christian leaders need to be (overtly) institutionally embedded and accountable, we cannot embrace a kind of institutionalism that overlooks justice, accountability, and the weak in order to gain ecclesial power.
We must seek just and good institutions and systems of accountability, yet there is no ecclesiology, there is no church structure, that will save us from sin. In the words of Artur Rosman, “there are no silver bullets against the werewolves of faithlessness.” Any institution or system we form, no matter how wise, will be sin-soaked. We do not simply need better institutions; we need atonement.
Yet, because ecclesiology won’t rescue us from bad things happening does not mean that wise structures of accountability are not important for a just and faithful church.

Read the whole post here.

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Sunday Night In Adelaide (Part Two)

This is how we roll.
Wayville Baptist Church.
An opportunity to see an old friend.

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Sunday Night In Adelaide (Part One)

Trinity 5.00pm.

A recently departed friend of mine would surely approve.

(even if they did sing the wrong last verse of Amazing Grace 😉)

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Five Prayer Ministries (via Thom Rainer)

Thom Rainer shares five prayer ministries that would be new to many, but are good ideas.

  1. Prayer over the facilities
  2. Senior adult/retirees guided prayer ministries
  3. Worship service prayer ministry
  4. Prayer over guest cards
  5. 24/7 prayer ministry

He talks about them in this 12 minute video.

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We Belong To The Day – Sunday Songs (Queensland General Assembly Opening Service)

A wonderful service at a great facility to hear a clear message about the urgency of responding to Jesus’ call that prayer be raised up for workers to be sent to a waiting harvest field.
The opening of the Queensland Assembly at the Queensland Theological College saw the installation of Rev. Mike O’Connor as Moderator by outgoing Moderator Rev. Greg Watt.

Mike preached from Matthew 9 and reminded everyone present (and himself) that the call to reach out starts not with strategy or persons, but with prayer. Strategy and persons flow from God’s answer to that prayer.

Mike O’Connor (r) and Greg Watt

One of the songs was Michael Morrow’s We Belong To The Day.

The lyrics:
We belong to the day
To the day that is to come
When the night falls away
And our Saviour will return
For the glory of the King is in our hearts
On that day we will be seen for what we are
We belong to the day
Let us journey in the light
Put on faith, put on love
As our armour for the fight
And the promise of salvation in our eyes
On that day the proud will fall, the faithful rise
Strong as a mighty rock
Our refuge in the coming wrath
The heart of the bride belongs to Jesus, Jesus
The earth in its turning stops
To marvel at the Son of God
And all of that day belongs to Jesus, Jesus
We belong to the day
We were bought with Jesus’ blood
Soon he comes as the judge
In the power of his word
We must tell of his salvation while we wait
For the day when Jesus comes will be too late
Oh, if ten thousand years go by we will wait
Let us tell of his great love, he will come
For his patience means salvation!

© 2006 Michael Morrow

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Why Did Jesus Make So Much Wine? (via Erik Raymond)

If you’re preparing to gather for corporate worship tomorrow there’s encouragement in Erik Raymond’s answer to his rhetorical question about why Jesus turned so much water into wine at the wedding at Cana.

Jesus made so much wine to show the long-promised age has arrived and the blessings that accompany his kingdom are overflowing.
Gathering week by week may be like a taste, but there’s so much to partake of.
Read the whole post here.