December 2018 Issue

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

Welcome to the December 2018 issue of the Organic Outreach International newsletter! Pastor Adam Barr shares the final installment in the Redeeming Words series with a focus on the definition of Authentic. It is not that our culture fails to grasp the basic meaning. We all know that “authentic” means “real, true, not counterfeit.” The problem is this: Our world …

Redeeming Words: Authentic

In Uncategorized by Robin Maguire

This is our final installment in the Redeeming Words series. Along the way, we have been asking and answering a simple question: How are world-shaping words defined differently in the Bible and in our post-Christian world? We have looked at words like Faith, Truth, Heaven, Tolerance, and Compassion and have seen how the Bible defines such words in a very different …

Intentional Invitation

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As I engage in conversations with pastors and church leaders around the approaching (Whoops! – already upon us!) Christmas season, invariably the question is asked – “How can we most effectively engage this Christmas season to achieve the greatest outreach impact?” I have two responses that immediately come out. The first one is directly applicable to how we handle this …

Organic Outreach Podcast

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We’ve published Episode Six: Praying with Eyes Wide Open, featuring an interview with Sherry Harney, the co-founder of Organic Outreach International. At the very center of Organic Outreach is a priority on prayer. That is where our hearts are joined to God’s heart, receiving his passion for reaching lost people. The question is, how can we make prayer a bigger …

November 2018 Issue

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Welcome to the November 2018 issue of the Organic Outreach International newsletter! Pastor Adam Barr presents his sixth article in the Redeeming Words series.  If we want to reach into this society that seems incapable of putting itself in each other’s shoes, it will take a healthy dose of compassion. It will not be enough to know we have been …

Redeeming Words: Compassion

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As the story of Jonah—the reluctant prophet—unfolds, we are not really sure whether to laugh, to cry or to jeer, are we? God calls this man to travel 500 hundred miles east, to the city of Nineveh. Instead, Jonah hops on a ship to travel to a city 2,500 miles west—Joppa. When God acts, sending a storm to stop the …

Increasing Your Ability to Influence

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Getting Your Board on Board with some Pre-planning I was coaching a visionary executive director and she was telling me about her upcoming board meeting in two days. She was about to propose a new vision and a much larger budget to support a new five-year plan. My next question stopped her like a deer in headlights: “So what have …

Broken by Lostness, Proclaiming the Whole Truth

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Coming to Terms with “Lostness” Lostness is something we rather not think about, perhaps because it forces us to deal with the transcendent. Our general tendency is to live in the reality of this world. Indeed, our faithfulness is measured by our loving obedience to God in “this life”.  But the Bible is clear that the transcendent should drive our …

October 2018 Issue

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Welcome to the October 2018 issue of the Organic Outreach International newsletter! Pastor Adam Barr presents his fifth article in the Redeeming Words series. As we have seen, these words can be barriers or bridges to understanding, depending on whether we take time to make sure we’re speaking the same language. If we are not careful, confusion will prevail. The …

Redeeming Words: Tolerance

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In our post-Christian context, the words Christians use might not mean the same thing to us as they do to our unsaved friends. As believers, if we come to adopt a cultural understanding of certain words, we open ourselves up to confusion and even false ways of thinking about the Gospel. That is why we have been looking at some …