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Missions Update: We are launching in one week!

Missions Update: We are launching in one week!

Hello, friends!

I am excited to announce that I am officially launching my Worldview website one week from today. If you haven’t heard about this before, here is a quick rundown of what I am trying to accomplish.

Update on the past four months:

In late December 2016, I was praying over the new year. Now that I am out of college, I am regularly encountering people and situations that break my heart. I am still struggling to relate to non-believers at work and around the city, but I want God to use me to further His kingdom in the Twin Cites and in America as a whole. In the first week of 2017, I felt God calling me to build a website. I had no idea what I would talk about, but I thought I would give it a shot. After a few weeks, I had a coherent vision. I am beginning to understand the power and truth of the Gospel as well as the deceptive philosophies of this world. What’s even more exciting: I think that I know how how God is calling me to bring the Gospel to lost millennials.

My mission:

The primary defense that the Western World has against the Gospel is the idea that all beliefs are personal. It is considered rude to discuss religion in public. This makes it very difficult to share what we know in a way that leads others to Christ. I will make every effort to make Christ known in my personal relationships, but I want His name to be great to more people than the handful of souls I will personally touch in my lifetime. This is why I am starting an online ministry. I am embracing the assumptions of postmodernism in order to win the hearts of postmodernists for Christ. It’s not a novel idea, I am just following the example that Paul set in 1 Corinthians.

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

What is postmodernism and why am I happy about it?

I personally think that we are living in a very exciting time in the history of our nation and the world. For the past 150+ years, naturalism and “science” have been the primary adversaries of the Gospel. Americans couldn’t believe in miracles or a God that created the world in 7 days because science seemed to say otherwise. In the past 20 or so years, Atheism has been losing its grip on the West. Advances in subatomic theory and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle have begun to open the door once again to the supernatural. If we don’t know how electrons (one of the most fundamental building blocks of matter) work, then maybe science alone is not enough to explain our world to us.

Not only is the notion of the spiritual beginning to return to the postmodern generation, but the appeal of religion is returning again. Of course, I do not mean organized religion. There is a strong distrust of all institutions. Yet, we are searching. Every child today is told that he is nothing more than a complex machine. We know better in our hearts. We long for the voice of God to whisper over us: It is very good. That is why we stopped searching for mere truth. If the truth tells me that I am worthless, then I might as well believe a lie. We are searching far and wide for someone to affirm us. The Gospel can meet this need like no religion can.

The heart of my ministry

At its core, the Gospel is not about Heaven. It’s not about being a good person. It’s not about going to church or tithing or charity. It is about Jesus! God loved us so much that He died for us! There is power in this story. The Gospel does not need to be sugar-coated, it is sweeter than any story we can try to tell. I don’t want to re-spin or rephrase it, I just want to share it with those who need it most.

The things I am writing are addressed to the heart, not the mind. I will share a philosophical proof for the Gospel here, but I only expect it to matter to those who want it to be true. This is where God is leading me. I am stepping into the land of relative truth in order to share the love of Christ with those I find there. I want to build a stage and gather an audience so that God can speak. My prayer is that many who read this will realize that they want the Gospel to be true. Once hope has taken root, then truth can begin to tell its story.

I say all of this because my website does not look explicitly Christian. When Christ rose from the dead, He appeared to two disciples as an ignorant outsider. I love the part of the story when He breaks bread and the disciples realize what just happened. “Did not our hearts burn within us?” I am going behind enemy lines, so to speak. I am letting religions speak for themselves because I know just how different Christianity is. If an agnostic person reads through every post I write on the Tales of the Poet, then they will know that God loves them. They will know that Jesus died for them. They will know that good will win, death will die, and evil will be punished. Moreover, they will know that there is no hope in naturalism and no security in religion. Those truths are powerful enough to make a difference without the help of my commentary.

Please help me with this ministry

Ever since 11th grade, I felt called to missions in America. I know that there is a lot more ahead of me, but I am being faithful to this small call now. If it makes no difference in the long run, I will thank God for the experience anyways. However, I do want this to make a difference if it can. There are a few things I need from each one of you.

  1. Please pray for me and this effort. I can work my life away on ministry assignments, but only God can make it fruitful. I need your prayers more than anything else.
  2. Please be prepared to share and promote this. On Easter Sunday, I will officially launch the ministry. I know that the website is still in its infancy, but I want to start strong. I plan on adding a post to either Tales of the Poet or Tales of the Sage every week or two from here on out.
  3. Please take a look at what I have so far and provide feedback. If you are willing to keep up with me during this endeavor, please hit the subscribe button in the footer. I don’t have it set up quite yet, but I will at least get your e-mail so I can manually put it in the system when I get that working in the next week.

Please follow the link below to the main page. There isn’t too much material yet. Thank you for your support. May all of the glory and honor and power be to Christ alone.

 

~Matthew

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