Spiritual Conversations Last week I watched again Kevin Harney’s teaching on “Engaging in Spiritual Conversations.” Harney believes spiritual conversations don’t have to be forced and uncomfortable. God wants our faith to overflow into our daily interactions in organic, natural ways. Tim Keller, pastor of an influential church in New York City, says, “We could do a far better job of patiently listening. And we should not talk until we can represent the skeptic’s viewpoint with empathy so that a skeptic friend says, ‘Yes, that is my hang up; I couldn’t have put it better myself.’ Only then should we try to recommend the Christian faith to them.” Keller echoes the conventional evangelical wisdom: “You can’t argue someone into the kingdom.” Both common sense and research confirm this is true. But it doesn’t stop people from trying! From Facebook to family gatherings, our disagreements regularly erupt into......
This is the way we roll in Northeast Oklahoma… Every person waking up each morning praying, “God, if you can use me anyway today, I’m available!” God can use us wherever he has planted us, whether in an office in Muskogee, a school in Miami or a battlefield around the world. I read this week a story of an Iraqi Interpreter assigned to the Army’s 82nd Airborne division in 2007. There he met Sgt. Scott Young. Abbas Hameed writes, “ I realized there was something different about him. He had a book in his knee pocket all the time. Every time we had a break, I observed him reading, and I was intrigued. Scott told me it was the Bible, and I started to read it every day for myself. I kept going back to Scott to ask questions about what I was reading.” A few months later, Abbas......