Releasing The Fifth Gospel (Introduction)

Beginning a study in Bobby Conway’s book “The Fi5th Gospel” and occasionally going off on my own tangents…

First Samuel 12:24

“There are five Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Christian, but most people never read the first four.” Rodney “Gypsy” Smith, 19th Century Evangelist

We can all admit to the power of the Gospel proclaimed, read, and lived. With a simple sermon, I watched Billy Graham bring a football stadium full of people to Christ. Peter in Acts 2:14-41 brought about 3,000 to Christ. The Good News of Jesus is beautiful in its power to change the lives for anyone who believes, without exception. John 3: 16-18 sums it up nicely from the mouth of Jesus:

 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

“There is no…

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God Needs Workers For The Harvest

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First Samuel 12:24

Ever since I wrote Represent at my Ronin’s Journey blog the burden to equip people to live out their faith has grown. How I try to teach it is by trying to live it myself and share the successes and failures. I picked up The Fi5th Gospel by Bobby Conway after I read a post here at Cold Case Christianity. I was going through the book again with a pen in my hand when I had an interesting night at church…

We had ended the teaching part at FirstNLR and a voice rang out in the lull during the music. Suddenly a man in the back started speaking in an unknown language. I locked eyes on him until he finished, thinking to myself, “now the interpretation” in the pattern that Paul told the church in Corinth. Seconds later another voice carried through the sanctuary clearly as another guy started…

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The Apologist’s Secret Weapon: How humility can become a bridge to the Gospel

Often I see back-and-forths on Facebook wishing I had a response. One of the reason's I'm diving into apologetics more is because I have very smart friends who ask penetrating questions. One it challenges me to look deeper and I want to have a reasoned response. At the moment I am deep in study on … Continue reading The Apologist’s Secret Weapon: How humility can become a bridge to the Gospel

The Deaf Culture: Michele Westfall on being deaf since birth

A good read if you wondered about deaf culture. I’m going to see what thinking in sign language is like to put myself in my wife’s shoes.

The Longform Interviewer

Deaf CultureMichele Westfall was born without hearing. So were her two sons. ITM talked to her about life, sounds and the Deaf culture.

The Deaf culture includes communities affected by deafness, and it’s a natural part of the life of Michele Westfall and her two kids, 8 and 5 years old. In their household ASL – American Sign Language – is the language used to communicate in, and life without sound is no obstacle.

But what’s it really like to never have heard anything, and what is the Deaf culture that seems to be close at heart to Michele and her family?

Interviews That Matter: Do you have any form of perception of what some things might sound like, even if the believed sound is just made up in your mind?

Michele Westfall: Not really. Since I was born deaf, I don’t have the proper frame of reference to know what…

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