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Back in black

21 Mar

back in blackI have been away from posting anything for quite some time. As the title says I’m back in black …and white actually (the printed text). I was away because I have been busier and to some degree a bit discouraged by something someone said. But I thought about it and prayed about it and decided that God has allowed me to find this medium for me to think through things, personally and theologically. So I am returning, to the glory of Christ I will be posting my thoughts again.

Quite a lot has happened since my last posting. I have been to Shepherds’ Conference in sunny, southern California. I will post some thoughts about that trip in the days to come. Right now I am finishing up a book by Mark Driscoll. He is a very controversial person who has some controversial ideas about evangelism. Driscoll suggests that Christians invest into getting to know the culture in which God has placed them in. In his situation God has placed him into a culture in Seattle, Washington where folks are pretty culturally diverse. He describes some of his members as body pierced, gothic, and fully tattooed. A culture which would most likely be foreign to us Midwesterners. There are some of Driscoll’s ideas that I think are just too radical. I think he gets a bit too extreme with the movies, and television shows he consumes in order to understand his culture. But as a whole I agree with the things he writes about. If you think about it where did Jesus go with His ministry on earth. He associated with those who needed a doctor not the ones who were healthy. He associated with the sinners such as tax collectors and prostitutes. He went to places most religious people of that time would not be caught dead in.

Christ has given me a heart to reach folks for His name so I have been reading about reaching folks in the culture. We have a place, where folks similar to what Driscoll describes, congregate. Our local church has a ministry leader who regularly goes there. I am challenging myself this spring and summer to go there with him and engage folks for Christ.

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3 Comments

Posted by on March 21, 2007 in Personal, Praise

 

3 responses to “Back in black

  1. Seth McBee

    March 22, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Barry.
    Good to see you post again…

    I don’t know if you know this, but I live up here in Seattle…interesting to say the least, as far as culture goes.

    I am also about to attend Mars Hill for a conference this weekend where Bruce Ware will be speaking.

    I used to attend Mars Hill about 6 years ago. I like Driscoll’s preaching CONTENT but sometimes it is too edgy for me…

    anyways…I am interested to see all the changes that have taken place since I have left…

    Keep your head up and eyes on Christ…

     
  2. Barry

    March 22, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    Seth,

    Thanks for the encouragement dude. I would love for you to write me back and let me know about the conference. I am indeed interested to see how Driscoll is doing now. I am pretty sure he has been through a bit of a maturing process.

    Rock on!

    Barry

     
  3. Seth McBee

    March 26, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    Barry,
    Just posted on the conference…

    http://contendearnestly.blogspot.com/2007/03/resurgence-conference-review.html

    Also just posted a book review of Dricoll’s “Confessions of a Reformission Rev”

    http://contendearnestlybooks.blogspot.com/2007/03/confessions-of-reformission-rev.html

     

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