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Evangelism in the Way of St. Patrick

Mark your calendars now and start making plans to head to Fredericksburg March 18, 2017, for a special event, "Evangelism in the Way of St. Patrick" in which we will look at Patrick's model of reaching beyond the church with courage and a culturally sensitve message. Shamrocks, green beer, great food, and a celebration of Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me - in our time. 

Patrick knew better. In a strange and beautiful turn of providence, he had spent six years among them as a captive, learned their language, and developed a heart for the Irish. Like Joseph sold into slavery to one day save Egypt and his brothers, so God sent Patrick into slavery to ready Ireland for a coming salvation.

God arrested him with severe mercy. He was kidnapped at age 16 by Irish raiders and taken back to Ireland, where he served as a slave for six years under a tribal chief, who was also a druid. While a slave in Ireland, God opened his eyes to the gospel of his childhood. It was as a captive that “he came to understand the Irish Celtic people, and their language and culture, with a kind of intuitive profundity that is usually possible only, as in Patrick’s case, from the ‘underside’” (14). When he eventually escaped from slavery, he was a changed man, now a Christian from the heart. He studied for the ministry, and led a parish in Britain for nearly 20 years.

He wanted to see the gospel penetrate deeply into the Irish culture and produce an indigenous movement. Having lived among the people and gained understanding of how they believed, what was important to them, how they lived, what their issues were, and what they cared about, he was able to show them he understood them and loved them and thus gained their trust. People knew he genuinely cared about them, so they listened to him. And they learned about the God who loves them. 

There is no shortcut to understanding the people. When you understand the people you will often know what to say and do, and how. When the people know that the Christians understand them, they infer that maybe the High God understands them, too.

This event will be held at the beautiful home of Dan and Judith Heinze, just down the road from Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. 

Stay tuned for more details.

Common Descent Debate Video Now Available

If you were unable to attend the Common Descent debate at St. Edward's University on Friday, October 21, you can still watch the debate on video. Dr. Paul Nelson and Dr. Joel Velasco discussed the current status of Common Descent, the claim that all life on Earth evolved from a single organism. Velasco defended common descent; Nelson challenged it. The video is now available here.

A Day With C.S. Lewis

A Spiritual Journey into Fascinating Worlds. Most know of Lewis as the author of "The Chronicles of Narnia". This seminar, led by Dr. Dennis Fisher and Dr. Janet Fisher, will help you see why so many of his other books continue to grow in popularity while engaging hearts and minds around the world. Mark your calendars for November 19 and make plans to join us in Austin, TX. Get more information and purchase tickets here.

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