Evangelism by syllogism and the problem of false...
Tonight I attended Florida State University’s first ever Veritas Forum. If you don’t know what the Veritas Forum is, it is (on a local level) a speaker hosted by several Christian agencies seeking to provide information that proves that Christianity is a reasonable thing to believe in. It started at Harvard in the early 1990’s, and has since spread to campuses throughout the...
Defining Against and Defining Self
The Emerging Church movement has splintered and now using the term “emerging” is even more nebulous than what it ever was before. Today’s Emerging church movement is analogous to the word “protestant” - a wide reaching term that includes all sorts of groups, just as long as they aren’t protestant. The emerging church as a term basically (but not completely)...
100,000 Atheist Britons Seek 'De-Baptism' from... →
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit - Now with a certificate…
Is it time for glory in your life?
This text seems at first to jump from a story about the Greeks asking about Jesus to a monologue from Jesus, but in the midst of the disambiguity, we see something about Jesus - and the glory He has called us to. Text: John 12:20-33 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to...
Palm Sunday Readings B
Procession of Palms: Mark 11:1-11 (ESV Study Bible Link) Old Testament: Isaiah 50:4-9 (ESV Study Bible Link) Psalm: Psalm 31:5, 9-16 (ESV Study Bible Link) Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV Study Bible Link) Gospel: Mark 15:1-39 (ESV Study Bible Link) Image: Palm Sunday Cross by RogueSun Media at Flickr
March 31: Deuteronomy 4, Psalm 83, Acts 6 →
March 30: Deuteronomy 2-3, Psalm 82, Acts 5 →
March 29: Deuteronomy 1, Psalm 81, Acts 4 →
March 28: Numbers 35-36, Psalm 80, Acts 3 →
March 27: Numbers 33-34, Psalm 79, Acts 2 →
The Neubs Initiative
I recently was able to join Triiibes, a social network powered by Ning started by one of my favorite marketing thinkers, Seth Godin. Triiibes is a complicated thing to explain but what it should be is a group of people interested in how ideas can make a difference in the world. In the world of Triiibes, I’m a freshman. There have been other people that have been on the site longer than I...
March 26: Numbers 32, Psalm 78:40-72, Acts 1 →
When your leadership is dead
In the world of business and to some degree in the world of the wider/newer Church, new leaders and heroes get a lot of attention. Just check Amazon.com’s best seller list in those fields. The newest thought is considered the best, even if it isn’t necessarily spectacular. Years from now we might think that Seth Godin was an idiot and we’ve already seen what a flash in the...
March 25: Numbers 31, Psalm 78:1-39, John 20-21 →
paid4u - Your debt has been paid. →
A pretty sweet idea, paying debt in order to tell of the One who paid all our debt
Marketing questions for the LCMS
Paul McCain wrote a sort of snarky post about how Lutherans (especially those of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS)) shouldn’t be mimicing broader evangelicalism but rather being themselves. You can read it here. I think it has worth. As I was reading through the comments I found something that was positively engaging. Since the poster - a Ryan R. Mueller - didn’t have a...
Alas, my brain is dead
Sad news. My brain is dying. It’s not as fast as it was just a matter of years ago. Sigh. At least my vocab will stick until I’m 60 or so. Actually, I’m wondering if the slowing of brain process actually has to do with taking time to process more fully. Cultures have normally acknowledged older people to be “wiser” than younger ones with quicker minds. What do...
Jay and Liz's Engagement pictures →
(Warning: May be slightly nauseating, but Liz and I don’t care.)
Lent 5 (B) - Readings
This coming Sunday, March 29th, is the Fifth Sunday in Lent in series B. That means that we will be looking at the following readings at University Lutheran: Jeremiah 31:31-34 (ESV Study Bible Link) Psalm 51:1-12 (ESV Study Bible Link) Hebrews 5:5-10 (ESV Study Bible Link) John 12:20-33 (ESV Study Bible Link) Resources: Working Preacher Text Week Lectionary at Lunch Image: When I...
March 24: Numbers 29-30, Psalm 77, John 19 →
March 23: Numbers 27-28, Psalm 76, John 18 →
Are you not going to church because you're single?
Skye Jethani, in a recent blog post, questions a guy named Al Mohler who believes that the reason people are not going to church is because the average age of getting married is going up. “In his March 19 blog post, Mohler also contends that “delay of marriage is a primary driver of secularization.” He believes that most adults are driven to the church to seek support for their marriages...
March 22: Numbers 25-26, Psalm 75, John 17 →
March 21: Numbers 23-24, Psalm 74, John 16 →
I will donate a food item for every comment
Discussions are better than monologues. In order to promote discussions here at jWinters.com, I’m stealing an idea from the Marketing Edge podcast. Every month I will “Tally” up the number of comments on jWinters.com and will donate one food item to a Tallahassee area food bank. One comment = one food item for someone who can’t afford food. I also hope that the process...
Facebook Applications? How-to?
Does anyone out there know anything about how to create facebook applications? A student on the National Lutheran Student Fellowship board thought it might be a good idea to have a Lutheran Student Fellowship app. Image: Facebook T-shirt by beFitt at Flickr
The Pastoral Aesthetic →
My friend Chris put together an interesting blog reviewing books and movies from a Christian and Lutheran perspective. Check it out.
Tabling and touch
I came in to work early to get a couple of things done and they went faster than what I expected. That gives me a little bit of time to write a little something and ask a question. Later today I will be “tabling”. That’s campus minister lingo around here for manning a table provided by Florida State in order to meet students. This morning its meeting Preview Students (who...
March 20: Numbers 21-22, Psalm 73, John 15 →
University Lutheran Enews - 3/19 →
Why don’t we hear “what’s your story” in churches?
Podcasting on the cheap (n' easy)
As of last night we started to record the sermons at University Lutheran and upload them to a podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast here (opens iTunes). I had been wanting to do this for a long time, but didn’t necessarily know how to go about it. About a year ago we had hooked up a desktop PC to our soundboard, but it was complicated and nobody really knew how it worked. Some of...
How much have you sacrificed for someone? Have...
March 19: Numbers 19-20, Psalm 72, John 14 →
Lent 4 - Readings
Numbers 21:4-9 Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21 (Readings from Revised Common Lectionary, Lutheran Ed., Series B) Image: Hermano Leon Clip Art
March 18: Numbers 17-18, Psalm 71, John 13 →
March 17: Numbers 16, Psalm 70, John 12 →
Are you a spiritual person - Seesmic conversation →
You may find this at least somewhat interesting, hearing people talk about what “spiritual” means to them as opposed to religion.
Community Colleges Get Attention
The economy may be affecting where college students take their classes. According to a February 9th article by the Associated Press, community colleges are seeing a spike in enrollment numbers. “A number of students decided to leave four year institutions after the economy tanked at the end of the semester, trading loans and debt for more affordable classes,” says the article. ...
Teams instead of groups
I’m not sure how many of you use small groups in your churches or are even interested in doing that. At University Lutheran we “sort of” have small groups. We had one that was for young adults and grad students. It went fairly well, but then I got swamped. I had started it off with the idea of having it led not by me but by some lay volunteers. When all of the potential...
Information and People
There are two things that the local church needs in order to adqueately inform people: + Information + People Without information, the process of informing becomes obviously haggard. What happens in churches without information is that folk tales, traditions, and gossip become substitutes for information. While not devoid of a certain amount of truth, these things tend to be more...
Dust Corpse Life - the informing process
The etymology of the word “inform” is taken from the Latin roots of the word. At its basic level it meant to form or shape into something. You had the basic stuff, but it needed to be formed into something usable. I don’t think it’s a mistake that this is the very picture that we are given of the creation of human beings by God in Genesis 2. He took some raw material...