Extending the invitation before the lesson, etc.

So far, six or seven writers have sent in their 100-word paragraph about 9/11. We expect more tomorrow, so Sunday’s collection of perspectives ought to make for an interesting read on Forthright Mag. Don’t miss it!

People must think I’m an expert. I’ve gotten queries about Internet software and apps from webmasters for well-known brethren’s sites. I’m by web knowledge like I am by Koine Greek: I know enough to be dangerous. But I may have actually helped someone somewhere. To God the glory!

As a member of a dwindling subset in the church — of missionaries who actually reside and speak the language of the people where they serve — I feel like something of an oddball. You ever get the feeling there aren’t many places you actually fit in? Maybe the sensation will pass by morning.

Unrelated to the above sensation, somebody discovered I don’t belong to their group. They weren’t happy, but I’m pleased. Sorry to be vague, but you really don’t want to know more.

Isn’t it encouraging to see good works go forward? Like the Christian Worker going online? I’ve received it by email, in PDF, for a while, and appreciate that solid effort.

Someone once recommended extending the invitation (sans song) before the sermon rather than afterwards. The writer thought it avoided manipulation. Since in our congregations we don’t use the invitation song, at times I’ve offered the invitation on the front-end. It worked well when I did. Helps people to think, it seems, that the lesson is for acting upon, and not just for listening. Try it, since having one before and after certainly can’t hurt. Consider it the pre-invitation.

 

#911, #missions, #sermon-invitations