Family: The Key to Spiritual Growth

Family: The Key to Spiritual Growth

What is the Family's Job? In his book, Think Orange, Reggie Joiner begins chapter three with a warning  to parents: Don't live  just to make your kids happy. Of course, parents don't usually start out that way. We want what is best for our kids. We want them to grow to be healthy and responsible. However, sometimes the line is crossed. We're become so busy with possessions and experiences that sometimes the truly important things in life slip from view. How do we prevent this in our … [Read more...]

The church’s role in spiritual development?

The church’s role in spiritual development?

What is the Church's Responsibility? In his book, Think Orange, Reggie Joiner paints a beautiful picture of the nature of the church, drawing examples from the Old Testament tabernacle and temple as well as the letters to the churches in Revelation. No matter where it is discussed, the Bible makes it clear that the church is to function as a lampstand, a light which points to Christ. The Job of the Lampstand In the Old Testament tabernacle, Reggie explains, the lampstand was located in a … [Read more...]

Putting “Thinking Orange” into Practice

Putting “Thinking Orange” into Practice

Talking with a Parent I've been thinking about praying a lot about this "Think Orange" book.  I've often tried to include parents in the ministry, but only if they came to the church already.  Sure if guest parents showed up for a special function I would make my way over (often with high anxiety) to say hi and thank them for coming.  However, I never really sought them out in any other way.  We're starting an Appleseeds program (mentoring group for preteen girls) and one church member … [Read more...]

Think Orange by Reggie Joiner: Book Review

Think Orange by Reggie Joiner: Book Review

I recently started reading the book "Think Orange" by Reggie Joiner.  It talked about the power of combining church (yellow) and family (red) to produce a more powerful force (orange) than either could be alone.  After a funny and offbeat introduction, Reggie begins his dicussions with some "Orange-ology".  He explains that "The premise of this book is simple: As long as churches do only what they are doing, they will get only results they are presently getting."  The same goes for the family.  … [Read more...]