Who sinned, this man or his parents? You may remember the story. Jesus and his disciples are walking along and see a man who was blind. In fact he had been blind from birth. So they ask Jesus “Whose fault is it that this person is blind?” “Did his parents do something that caused him to be born without sight, or did he, somehow, do something that brought this about?”
As we have spent time over the past 2 years dreaming about this new community and what it will look like, some key themes have risen to the top. This section seeks to outline some of these core ideas: We will focus on discipleship above church planting. We believe that when you focus on making disciples, a church will be a natural outflow.
Over on our family blog (TheWilsonsInDublin.com), I've started a series of posts explaining how we got from Ithaca to Ireland. In one of last week's posts I talked a bit about a very difficult time our family went through from 2007 to 2009. In recounting that period, it got me thinking about how God has worked in my life repeatedly. I think it is how he works in the lives of most people. And for lack of a better phrase I'll call it the "carrot & stick method."
If you've been at the Vineyard over the past couple of Sundays, then you've probably heard that we are taking this next week as a week of prayer & fasting. While we're sure some of you have had some experience with prayer & fasting in the past, we recognize that for many people this may be the first time, they've actually had an opportunity to be part of something like this. So, I thought I'd take a few minutes, explain why were doing this, & then give a bit more information on what fasting involves.