Archive for June, 2010

reason #1 to #lovemanchester

Posted in #lovemanchester with tags , , on June 28, 2010 by timwindsorbrown
‘And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city…’
Jonah 4:11

People don’t love cities, they love what they can consume from cities. A good time, a good buy.
God, however, loves cities even though the city has done JACK to deserve such attention:
‘what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?’
Ninevah was undeserving and God was hooked on loving them. In the same way, Manchester is undeserving and God is hooked on loving them and bringing them into a real relationship with him.
Because of this, God has given Christians his heart, to #lovemanchester, to serve Manchester, not consume it, to bleed for Manchester, as Jesus bled for us.
If  as I do, you are into Jesus and live  in Manchester, do you honestly #lovemanchester?
If not, pray for your heart.

So what’s with the street preachers?

Posted in Uncategorized on June 17, 2010 by timwindsorbrown

Saturday  was roasting.

In the middle of town the lamb-chop clad Presbyterian street preacher was as per usual, surrounded by 100+ scallies, exercising their freedom to spit at him, whilst he persistently told them Jesus is awesome.

It broke me because my life was in no-way that blunt with the gospel: everyone needs Jesus, and I was avoiding God’s call to ‘make disciples’. That said, is this what Jesus meant by ‘make disciples of all people?’ Because open preaching doesn’t work like it did in Acts….

Here’s the problem: Culture.

People communicate values and truth through their culture. In ancient Ephesus  and Jerusalem they had public speaking and debate, in 2010 Manchester we have TV, film, and newspapers broadcasting opinions which we take seriously.

How often do you see ‘everyone is lost and needs Jesus’ in mainstream media? I thought not.

God made our world this way and to transform culture, let’s transform media first.

People of Manchester unsure how to respond.