Don’t accept pat answers

Are you a millennial who is sick of churches trying to attract you with rock bands and coffee bars, tattooed pastors and greeters with nose rings? Had enough of church people who seem to want to impress you with how hip and cool they are? Tired of a watered-down, soft-sell gospel?

If so, you as a millennial might need to take some steps to show those people what you really want and need. Seek out churches where people teach and trust and follow the Bible. (By the way, not all churches with rock bands and tattooed pastors are watered down and soft-sell. But you’ll have to dive in to find out.) Get into conversations with people in those churches about what is important to you – doctrine, scripture, truth. Demonstrate your seriousness about spiritual reality by getting involved in a prayer ministry or a Bible study. Ask hard questions. Don’t accept pat answers. Show the church you are grown up. You might be doing everyone a favor!

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Don’t accept pat answers

About God

2017 03 - book coverWas there a real person named Jesus? If he was God, why did he die? If he died, how can he be alive now? How can one God be three persons? Am I asking too many questions?

Got questions about Jesus? Looking for non-threatening ways to dialogue about him with friends? Enjoy humor with depth? Then you’ll love this book, reviewed by Entrust’s own Deborah Covert.

About God

Reconfigure

This is an interesting map, re-drawing the U.S. to outline 50 areas of equal population. Interesting, but, dare we say it, a little dry. Could be way more cool! How would you re-draw the U.S., or your own country or region, if you could? It might be fun to re-imagine a country or even a continent, outlined entirely differently, according to brand new criteria. Or, for that matter, what about dreaming outside the lines in relation to your life, your use of time, priorities, goals? Maybe God wants you to do that. To really dream creatively with him, the ultimate creator.

Try it! Take some time to re-think. Reconfigure. Go WAY outside the lines. Ask God to show you his dreams for your life or your work or ministry. You might be hugely and pleasantly surprised.

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Reconfigure

More than a Mile Deep

Four key leaders in your church are caring for family members who have HIV/AIDs, while two of your elders have just been diagnosed with the disease. Many of the teens in your church can’t afford to go to school, are unemployed and have lots of time on their hands. Ethnic and tribal strife threaten to undo unity in the congregation.

Sound familiar? Maybe not so much if you live in North America. But for a pastor in southern Africa, this is all too familiar. Entrust’s African ministry partner, More than a Mile Deep (MMD), provides African church leaders with ministry training – training designed by Africans for Africans. Learn more about it.

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More than a Mile Deep

When things hurt

2017 04 18 - sufferingWhy why why why why? When things hurt, all you want to do is shout, “Why?” Why does a vibrant young mom develop cancer? Why is a child born with health problems? Why is Grandpa in so much pain? Why did that horrible car accident happen? Why is my world falling apart?

It’s OK to ask “why.” Lots of people in the Bible, people who really KNEW God, asked him why, without being reprimanded. (Gen. 25:22, Job 7:20, Psalm 43:2, even Jesus on the cross in Matt. 27:46, quoting Psalm 22:1). As you ask, know that your father who loves you still loves you even as you’re crying out to him. He has not abandoned you. Only Jesus has ever known the sense of God’s total abandonment, as he hung on that cross. He was abandoned for a time, so you never have to be. Turn to God. Put your faith in Jesus. He will get you through the pain.

When things hurt