The Acid Test

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Here’s why I think “midreach” (speaking to Christians and nonChristians at the same time—see my last three posts below) is so profound: It revives the idea that public speaking (or interactive presentation) is a true art form—carefully crafted, thoroughly prayed over. It is audience-centered. It takes account of who’s listening as the speech act is designed. It tends to avoid …

Teaching an early Creed

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Apologists often point to 1 Cor 15:3-4 as an early creed that was in use among Christians shortly after the resurrection of Jesus (within 2-5 years). You may remember that the text speaks of Christ’s atoning death, his resurrection and appearances to the twelve. If the creed goes back as far as we think, it works AGAINST the argument of …

Midreach part 2

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Here is an example of what I call “midreach” (see last week’s post for more context): The gospel writer Mark presents Jesus to his audience in a way that hardly distinguishes between believers and non-believers. Believers can find comfort in a series of healings and exorcisms in the first few chapters: Ch 1: Simon’s mother-in-law and a leper are healed. …

Midreach

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“Inreach” is fairly well defined in my mind as ministry that seeks to bring believers to spiritual maturity. “Outreach” is also fixed in my thinking as ministry that extends the gospel to the surrounding community and nations. What I’m trying to figure out, however, is “midreach.” Thus far, I’ve come up with this: Midreach is both. It’s communicating Biblical ideas …