How to approach the news.

Where do you get your news from?  Is it really needed?

As an apprentice of Jesus, I recognize that I am sent into the world to join God in what He is already up to.  Therefore, I need to be aware of the mission field right here in my community.  The news of the day is an important tool in discovering the attitudes, perceived needs, and values of my mission field.  So, as followers of Jesus, how should we approach the news?

Theologian Karl Barth recognized the importance of Scripture in engaging the world and news of the day.  He said:

“…take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.”

Barth appears to be saying that we need to be informed in the ways of God and the issues of the day, but that the foundation for our perspectives and opinions should find their roots in God’s Word.

How then should we approach the news?

Here are some questions to intentionally engage the news of the day:

  • How do I feel when I hear this?  Why do I feel this way?  What has shaped my opinion?
  • Are my thoughts and opinions influenced or shaped by God’s Word?
  • Does God say anything about this issue in Scripture?
  • How might God desire to bring grace/mercy to this situation?
  • How might God want to bring justice/truth to this situation?
  • How can I participate in bringing this grace and justice?
  • What does this tell me about the mission field God has placed me in?
  • What need is being highlighted?  How can I be be the presence of Jesus there?

Finally, we can be an activist through prayer.  Jesus taught us to pray: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…”  He is teaching us to ask God to make our lives, our communities, and our world – look more like heaven.

So, here is a little saying to prompt us to be prayer activists as we encounter news:

The news of the day, is an invitation to pray.


A bloke is coming to hang with Watermark

Kim Hammond, an Aussie missionary to the United States will be joinging us this Sunday morning and evening. Kim is serving at Community Christian Church and is the National Director of Forge.

We are excited to have Kim join us this week and I look forward to brushing up on my Aussie slang and learning more about how to be on mission with God right where I live.

Join us Sunday in the flesh or online LIVE at 9:15 & 11 :00 am at Grand Haven High School.
Then join us Sunday evening from 5-7 pm at the Community Center in Grand Haven for Core Focus.

Servant is… as servant does.

Being an apprentice of Jesus means taking on the role of a servant.  So, how can we get started in being on God’s mission through serving in our context?  What can we practically do today to show God’s love with no strings attached?

Sandi, a woman from our faith family, would bring joy as she served the under-resourced in the Laundry Hub (place for folks to do their laundry for free) by bringing milkshakes for everyone.  She had a milkshake ministry and when she arrived people smiled.  Maybe someday Jesus will say to Sandi, (like Matthew 25 says,)

“Sandi, people in the Laundry Hub were having a rough day, but you took the time to buy them a milkshake and make them smile.  Whatever you did for them, you really did for me.  Well done.  PS – I like Strawberry best.”

Here are some small things we can do with great love to help bring change to the world:

  • Buy a stranger’s cup of coffee.
  • Help someone with their yard work or home project.
  • Send an encouraging note to someone who may often go unnoticed.
  • Invite a neighbor over for a meal or coffee.
  • Invite someone sitting alone at a lunch table to sit with you.
  • Take a day and look for opportunities to ask, “How can I help?”
  • Choose to pray for someone regularly.
  • Call your faith community, school, or community organization as ask where you can serve.
  • Really listen to someone and understand without having to blurt out your thoughts.
  • Forgive someone.
  • Clean up an area that isn’t your responsibility.
  • Give something away.
  • When you hear of a practical need – seek to meet it.

What practical ideas do you have to practically be a blessing?