I agree with Dave on this.
It is all too easy to “minister” in a detached and sanitary manner … to “help” people to the extent that it doesn’t overly involve or inconvenience us. Not so Jesus. As vv. 35-36 illustrate, He was very present … mindful of the people He ministered to in an intimate way.
Rosaria Champagne Butterfield:
I’m grateful that you trusted me with your secret.
Sitting across from me at the kitchen table this afternoon, you poured out your heart. When you married your high school sweetheart at 19, you never once suspected you would be in this place. Now, at 39, after twenty years of marriage, you call yourself gay.
I’m convinced that passing technique only scratches the surface of what our malodorous group might have learned by sharing more time with Mr. Reaves. In response to my pastor friend, and others who share his concerns, here are 4 biblical reasons for pursuing intergenerational relationships in the church.
That this article has to be written says a lot about the state of our society (Ed did a great job with it).
We measure by size. One of the first questions we ask about a church is how many people attend. Size, though, isn’t what’s most important. We won’t be measured by the size of our work one day, but by the building materials we used. Some materials will endure; others will be consumed.
“It is possible to ‘build the church’ with such shoddy materials that at the last day you have nothing to show for your labor,” cautions D.A. Carson.
A favorite from the archives:
Now, when friends are reading crazy bad books, should we be concerned? Yep, absolutely. If we’re not, we’re probably not the best friends in the world. But what should we do, since grabbing the book out of your friend’s hands and setting it on fire probably isn’t the best solution—unless you don’t really want to be friends with that person anymore, that is.
Rather than the “smash and grab” approach, I recommend a different take, which is to do as the Bible encourages: correct with gentleness and patience (2 Timothy 2:25; Ephesians 4:2). Here are a few recommendations as to how to do this well.