Monday, January 31, 2011

Summary of posts for January

Here is a summary from my blog of the posts for January. The main theme is the gospel illustrated from images used in the promotion of commercial products. Do you have any examples to add to this collection?

Work on my book on the Primitive Methodist movement continues. Each chapter title begins with the letter M. I am currently working on chapter 15, Movements that Change the World, where I compare the Primitive Methodist Movement with the characteristics identified by Steve Addison in his book of the same name.

You cannot be serious! - Jesus adhesive bandages

Eternity - for men

Heaven - three steps to ...

Truth - is found in Jesus, not Calvin Klein

Washing away sin - requires far more than Nestle tea

Happy New Year for 2011 - a round up of posts from 2010

Quotation from John Wesley - How to shake the gates of hell

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Commercial gospel?

Here is the complete set of images from the gospel according to commerce. I leave you to make your own assessment.

Jesus


Jesus

Jesus

Eternity for men

Eternity

Heaven

Heaven

Heaven

Heaven

Truth

Truth

Wash away your sins

Wash away your sins

Friday, January 21, 2011

Washing away sin

This is the last post from the world of commerce illustrating the gospel, Jesus, eternity, heaven, and truth.


Our response to Jesus, is to take the steps to heaven, to repent, confess and believe.

And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’ (Acts 22:16)

This is the last of five posts using product images to illustrate the gospel. Do you have more examples?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Truth

Following my previous posts on Jesus, eternity and heaven, from the commercial world, today we are reminded there is only one way to heaven. Jesus came as the one who claimed to be the



Jesus, not Calvin Klein said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

Tomorrow, how to deal with our sins.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Heaven

Following the previous post on eternity, Jesus shows us the way to ...

...

There are 3 steps to heaven - repent, confess, believe

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)

... if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)



For a very helpful message on the subject of heaven, click here.

Tomorrow ... truth

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Eternity

Following on from yesterdays post here is the next installment of the gospel illustrated from the world of commerce.



He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

There is within each of us a God shaped hole, a longing for eternity.

Tomorrow, the steps to get to heaven.

Monday, January 17, 2011

You cannot be serious!

Three of our grandchildren came to stay last weekend. Here is what they brought with them ...

.....

Yes, these are band aids. I know it's crass commercialism, but it set me thinking about telling the gospel from some product promotions I have observed.

Tomorrow ... I focus on on the idea of eternity.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year for 2011

May I wish you a truly happy and blessed New Year?

As we begin 2011 with it's challenges and opportunities, here is a selection of posts from my blog in 2010.

What if the church met in a pub? Just suppose the church met in a pub. What name would you call it? The name would have to be quintessentially English. Here are six suggestions. You may like to add more.

How the Primitive Methodists sent a missionary to Australia and New Zealand

Methodist church 'prepared to go out of existence' Is the Methodist church in England coming to the end of the line?

On getting to heaven ... a children's story

Reflections from a lighthouse - how a powerful can one individual life be?

Simple Gospel or Social Gospel? Liberal theology is alive and well today.

The story of Willie Wilkinson, the Duke of Cleveland and the Agent ... or the butler is more fierce than the king

Practicing a shout Church planters in the Western suburbs of Melbourne put a Primitive Methodist shout into action.

Paris Hilton and Primitive Methodism What is the connection between Paris and Primitive Methodism?

We need heroes not celebrities A reflection on our obsession with celebrity culture.

Drifting is easy - Drift can be spelt A.B.C.D. Here are four possible causes of spiritual drift.

Six trends emerging in 2010 The Barna research report for 2010 makes challenging reading for church leaders. The report identifies six crucial themes.

By the rivers of Babylon - a reflection on the contribution of Boney M after the death of lead singer, Bobby Farrell.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

John Wesley

December 14th, 2010 by Bob Logan


John Wesley

As many of you who know me are aware, one of my personal heroes is John Wesley. I love it that not only did he lead evangelistic meetings that brought thousands to Christ, but that he also created a follow-up system for the post-conversion period. In doing so, he retained a much larger share of the harvest than had he simply left his converts to their own devices after conversion.

One of the other elements of Wesley’s ministry that I appreciate so much is his reliance on lay people to carry out the important work of the ministry. I recently ran across this quote: “Give me one hundred… who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell.”

When I read that I felt an internal sense of “yes.” That’s what matters—the heart of a person, not the degree or the seminary or the training. The heart for God is what will shake the gates of hell.

This is a post from Bob Logan's Leadership blog. Used by permission and well worth following. Here is the RSS feed