Monthly Archives: December 2008

 

Dec

31

2008

Jared C. Wilson|9:55 pm CT

Hope for 2009 and For All Time

This makes my heart hurt in a really good way.

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:

“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

– 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

We will be changed! Yes! Thank You.

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Dec

30

2008

Jared C. Wilson|11:40 pm CT

Resolution for 2009 (and Beyond)

Resolved:
Whether I succeed or fail in my endeavors personal and public — hopefully succeed — I nevertheless intend to decrease.

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Dec

24

2008

Jared C. Wilson|3:45 pm CT

Busy Little Elf

Just a notice that posting will be sporadic between now and the new year. Beck and I are enjoying time in Houston with family.
I’ll have some writing time, but I’ve got a magazine article request, some Docent work, some Element message planning, and two proposals to put together for options on whatever my second book will be. Good stuff and fun work I’m happy to be doing over the holidays. Blogging isn’t impossible, but it’s unlikely.

Hope all my readers have a very merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year’s. Take a moment to reflect at some point on the all-surpassing awesomeness of Jesus.

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Dec

24

2008

Jared C. Wilson|3:39 pm CT

Do They Know it’s Christmas?

A gentle reminder to my preacher brothers on this Christmas Eve: preach Jesus.

Not “hope,” not “peace,” not “joy,” unless it is hope, peace, and joy specifically personified in Jesus.

For he himself is our peace . . .
– Ephesians 2:14a

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Dec

23

2008

 
 

Dec

22

2008

Jared C. Wilson|10:37 pm CT

Jesus Book Has New Title

My book initially titled “The Unvarnished Jesus: 12 Portraits of Jesus as He Was and Is” as of 2 hours ago has a new title: Your Jesus is Too Safe: Outgrowing a Drive-Thru, Feel-Good Savior.

As far as I know, it is still scheduled for release by Kregel in Fall 2009.

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Dec

22

2008

Jared C. Wilson|4:09 pm CT

Pray for David Wayne

You may recognize him as The Jollyblogger.

I’ve never met David in person, but I consider him a friend. He is one of the best bloggers out there, and not for no reason is he one of the most popular and respected. He is a blessing to all his readers and online hangers on, as I know he is to his family and the community he pastors.

David recently announced he has colon cancer. Please pray for him and his family and his church.

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Dec

22

2008

Jared C. Wilson|4:06 pm CT

Congrats, Jeremy

My newly thirty brother Jeremy has been accepted to Southern Seminary.

Congratulations, bro.

Now transfer to Southwestern and help us minister out thisaway. ;-)

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Dec

18

2008

Jared C. Wilson|8:58 pm CT

Year-End Giving Suggestions

Please don’t mind these three suggestions for your year-end charitable giving.

1. Mosaic

Mosaic is a missions agency that implements and sustains indigenous relief projects in Uganda and southern Sudan. This is not a hands-off charity. They partner and network and work in these places and support and train people on the ground in these troubled regions. They focus on a few strategic projects so that they may do all things well, particularly mosquito nets to prevent the malaria epidemic (did you know one African child dies every 30 seconds from a freakin’ mosquito bite!), a ministry to girls and women abducted by the LRA, a women’s shelter in the Sudan, the Street Corps children’s health care programs, and church supports.

In addition to all the great, direct work Mosaic is doing for Jesus’ fame, one of the most unique things about this organization is that they maintain 0% overhead. That is not a misprint. 100% of your giving to Mosaic goes directly to the people/programs in need. Zero is eaten up by administrative costs. That is virtually unheard of even in charitable organizations, where 15-20% overhead is considered “ideal.”

I have the privilege of working with/for Mosaic founder/director Justin Holcomb as a researcher/writer for Docent; he is also a professor of religion and sociology at The University of Virginia and is in these troubled regions of Africa as often as he can be. I have found Justin to be a fantastic guy and a servant-hearted follower of Jesus.

2. Cottage Cove Urban Ministries

Cottage Cove is a Nashville after school (and beyond) program (but more than that) that is cutting off poverty, illiteracy, hunger, and self-disrespect at their roots in our inner city. The kids who go through the Cottage Cove system and get ministered to by Brent, Angie, Barry, and Sarah (the only 4 staff members, one of whom works for free) come out having been drenched in the gospel. They aren’t giving handouts; they’re nurturing.
Our community has served Cottage Cove in various work projects since we began, and I volunteer there myself usually once a week. It’s a great place doing great work, and your money would be put to great use helping the least of these.

3. Element

Had to recommend this great little gospel-driven church in Nashville, Tennessee. :-)
If you’ve got some disposable income you’re interested in investing in grassroots missional ministry in the “cultural Christian” environs of the Bible Belt, look no further.
If it helps, we pay no staff and have no building and 60% of all income goes right back out the door to foreign and local missions (including Mosaic and Cottage Cove) and church planting/support. 40% goes into sustaining the unique ministry of Element.
If you’re interested, you can give online here.

Merry Christmas!

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Dec

18

2008