How One Church Fed An Entire Town



Scott and Karen waded around the corner toward St. Paul’s, where they have served for 11 years. “As we walked up the steps, I was prepared for the worst,” Bostwick says, “but as we got to the door, you could see the high water mark was actually…underneath the door. We were literally the only dry spot in down.” It was a miracle.

They turned to social media to let people know the church was dry. At first the response was slow—after all, no one in the town had power. Then someone a 45-minute drive south noticed and offered to donate a generator. Another person further south offered to drive it up. “Next thing you know,” Bostwick says, “we were the only spot that had lights and hot coffee and cell phone charging.” They posted the news on Facebook and put a poster board sign out in front of the church: “Hot coffee, water, charging station. All welcome.”

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4-column challenge

The 4 Column study is a great tool. I recently used it as described by David Watson on prayer where the 4th column is about “How to implement your ‘I will’ statement.” Always a great way to engage scripture. This use of the 4th column is also helpful in the training setting.

uDMMs | urban Disciple Making Movements

The 4-column study is a tool I use to hear from God, and to discover and verify disciple making principles.

I grab my Bible and a notebook, turn the notebook sideways, divide the page into four columns, and then write out:

  1. The passage I am studying in the first column,
  2. My paraphrase of the passage in the second column,
  3. One thing I will do because of what I have read, written and paraphrased in the third column, and
  4. Specific disciple making principles from the passage in the fourth column.

Every time I do this, God shows me principles to incorporate into my disciple making strategy and practice.

Now for the challenge:

1. Over the next two weeks, do a 4-column study on each of the following texts to identify specific disciple making principles:

  • Deuteronomy 6:1-9
  • Matthew 28:16-20
  • John 6:41-45
  • Luke 10:1-22
  • Acts 10
  • John 20:19-23

2. Share what you are…

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When Hippie Evangelists Roamed The Streets Of Pyongyang: The Story of Christianity Before It Went Underground In North Korea

Once, Pyongyang was the “Jerusalem of the East”, home of a thriving Christian community. After the ascendancy of Communism, Christians were labeled as “antagonists” and isolated in much the same way as recently in the United States, military lecturers were telling recruits basically the same thing!

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SUSA-Korean“Professor H” graduated from Seoul USA’s Underground University, our twelve month training program for North Korean defectors called to serve as missionaries wherever North Koreans are found. He recalls a time before the Korean War, before the ascent of Kim Il Sung, before the extermination of Christians and the burning of Bibles, when Pyongyang was the Jerusalem of the East and hippie evangelists freely roamed the streets of the city. Professor H writes:

Once upon a time before the Korean War, there used to be many churches in Pyongyang. I can remember seeing the crosses on the many steeples all over town. Pyongyang was even called the Jerusalem of the East.

We even had long haired hippie Christians in those days! I remember them evangelizing on the main street in the daytime, shouting out “Believe in Jesus and go to heaven!” But then the social and economic reforms of…

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Capitalism, Renewing Culture, and a New Kind of Man: Thom Wolf’s Universal Disciple

Capitalism, Renewing Culture, and a New Kind of Man: Thom Wolf’s Universal Disciple

While the Universal Disciple Pattern helps people study the common apostolic approach to discussing the New Life in Christ as it is revealed in the letters of the New Testament, the pattern has broader social implications.

It turns out that the teaching laid out in the Universal Disciple Pattern in the New Testament is the foundation of what some sociologists and economists call “progress prone cultures”. To the degree that individuals in cultures broadly reflect these patterns, the more likely the people/nation/culture is likely to climb out of dependence and poverty.  The Gospel is indeed transforming on many levels.

Pondering Orality, Creeds, and Disciple Making Again |Disciple Making in the Historic Church:

Pondering Orality, Creeds, and Disciple Making Again |Disciple Making in the Historic Church:

Some more reflections on the creeds as they relate to the missionary phenomenon of orality, disciple making and orality, and the promises of the New Covenant. Some suggestions for movements and churches regaining the vision for disciplemaking. 

When It’s Best To Not Ransom The Captive

“Ransoming the Captives” is one of the 10 “Works of Mercy” that form the broad outline of Rev. Eric Foley’s “The Whole Life Offering”. Rev. Foley’s suggestion is that February through November, churches spend one month on each “Work of Mercy”. January is for preparation and December is for review essentially. Here’s a post on the work of mercy “Ransoming the Captive”.

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Post by Pastor Tim – Ransoming the captive is not something that you can just roll out of bed and do.  It requires faithfulness in all the other works of mercy and a willingness to go where many are not willing to go.  That is precisely why I’ve been praying in regards to this work of mercy.  I knew I couldn’t manufacture a ransoming opportunity on my own . . . I would need the Lord’s direction.

God didn’t bring anyone new into my life, but he did open my eyes to an old friend who needs help.  Ransoming is a spirit-soul-body activity, and my friend certainly needs ransoming in all three areas.

A number of years ago he was convicted of a crime and since that point in time his life has gone in a downward spiral.  He has financially mismanaged his own money (and other peoples’ money as…

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