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post #41 of 469
About a year ago I wrote that I really needed a friend....WELL I found one. I'm so HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!!! PTL.

A woman in my church needs your prayers....Amy.
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post #43 of 469
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Originally Posted by BarefootScientist View Post
Right now we are looking at a United Methodist church...does anyone have any experience with that denomination? What are the best and worst things about it?
hey everyone! crunchy christian here. i have never seen this tribe before. very cool.

we currently attend a methodist church. check out the document entitled, "the social principals of the united methodist church." here is a link.
http://archives.umc.org/interior.asp?mid=1686
be sure and read the sub categories: the natural world, the political community, etc. you can likely get a hard copy at your local umc.

when i first read "the social principals", i cried. so thoughtful and compassionate. and wayyyyyyyy crunchy. they even support sustainable and organic farming. after reading this document, i was very much won over by the umc.

that said, individual churches embrace these principals in varying degrees. i have yet to find a umc as crunchy as the social principals themselves. it seems that the leadership sets the tone. our pastor is fairly crunchy (more likely crunchy by proxy as his wife is a slingin, breastfeeding, recycling, organic eating, ap'er). it is very cool having a spiritual leader who embraces similar lifestyle philosophies.

nice to find this group!
post #44 of 469
Hello, I am Pia. I am Christian and kind of Crunchy. I breastfed (and supplemenetd) for 8 months until DS weaned himself, babywear, shop organic, wear my hair natural and we do not have a television. Though I really do want a flat screen to watch movies. I can't fathom hooking bunny ears to a flat screen television. My son is a pescatarian, and my husband and I are on the slow rode to joining him. We do not purchase any meat for the home and we rarely ever it in restaurants.

We moved to Houston in August of 2007 and I have yet to fell motivated to find a church home. I do not like it here so I am am hesitant to put down roots. My son attends a Lutheran Day School, but DH is Baptist and I am Catholic, with a Baptist, Mehodist and Seventh Day Adventist Backgroud. I am not wanting to a join a church of any particular religion. I just want to find the perfect church for my family. Not a perfect church, but one that fits our needs.
post #45 of 469
Hi! My name is Natosha and I am Christian and semi crunchy! I cloth diaper, baby-wear and breastfeed for 11 months! Trying to go organic and eat healthier. I also recycle and try to use my reusable shopping bags (We I remember) We are currently looking for a new church! I haven't been in a while. I don't know any other crunchy mamas! Christian or not.

Hope I fit this category?!?!
post #46 of 469
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Originally Posted by binxsmom View Post
our pastor is fairly crunchy (more likely crunchy by proxy as his wife is a slingin, breastfeeding, recycling, organic eating, no circ, no vaxer). it is very cool having a spiritual leader who embraces similar lifestyle philosophies.

nice to find this group!
That is so neat for you !!! i would love to find a church like that - the one we are at, and do love, the pastor says something slightly sarcastic about spakings (how he learned the fear of God from his fathers spankings or somethin)
post #47 of 469


I'm tb and I'm sprinkled with granola.

Just popping in.

I am trying to lurk more than I post these days.

Hello, mom2tigNroo...I see you.

And hello to everyone else!
post #48 of 469
Hi!

I thought of a question for this week if anyone wants to participate.

~How do you feel about witnessing to non-Christians?~

I am not quite sure how I feel about this. If someone asks me about my beliefs or specifically asks about Jesus, I am more than happy to talk with them about that. But should we seek people out to tell them about salvation through Jesus, as some Christians and churches do? How do you tell someone that they are going to hell if they do not accept Him into their heart and lives? I just can't bring myself to say that to someone. What about Jewish people, Muslims, Pagans? None of them will have salvation unless they accept Jesus? I know that is what I have been taught and there are references to it in the Bible, but lately I am having a little bit of trouble with it. I really need to get into a Bible study class, I have so many questions! (although I know we will not know the answers to some questions until we are in Heaven)

Any thoughts? Sorry for rambling, these are things I have been thinking about for a while now.



Hope you all are doing well!


~Michele
post #49 of 469
~How do you feel about witnessing to non-Christians?~

This is a really good question. I guess it would depend a lot on your interpretation of the Bible and your Christian walk. You see, if you believe the Bible at face value, Jesus instructs us to teach, preach, and make disciples of all nations. Also, if you believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven, it makes it imperative to share the Good News of Jesus to everyone we meet with the hopes of "saving" as many as possible.

The way I see it is that if you believe that there is a Heaven and a Hell, and you believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven (and of course, Hell is a bad place), then you will naturally desire to tell as many as you could about Jesus and Heaven.

I know there are many churches that tend to do this the wrong way, being pushy and even "holier than thou". This is wrong, IMO. However, I do believe that Jesus is the ONLY way, that there is a Heaven (which is God's home, thus only His family can live there) and there is a Hell (where everyone that does not go to heaven will go). I also believe that man was created to worship God and bring glory to Him and have fellowship with Him. That is our purpose. So, thus, I believe we should be sharing God's word of salvation to everyone we meet. However, we have to meet physical needs as well as spiritual needs. If we show the kindness and lovingness of our Saviour to those in need, they can see Jesus in us without us getting in their face and telling them they are going to hell. The we can gently lead them to Christ without being condescending or arrogant. Because that is what Jesus did, He met their physical needs, by healing them and feeding them, THEN He taught them about the way to God. And by this many came to Him and believed in Him.

This is what we should be doing, IMO. Meeting the physical and emotional needs of those around us and THEN meeting their spiritual needs.
post #50 of 469
~How do you feel about witnessing to non-Christians?~


I wish I could say that feel comfortable doing it but the truth is I am not they type of person to get into a debate with. I think it is very important but I have to say I don't do it very often. What I do is try to invite people to church and let the minister do the work.
post #51 of 469
I'm Emily, a semi-crunchy (and crunchier all the time) Christian mom. I'm married to Graig and our boys are Levi (2.5) and Patrick (almost 4 months).
We attend a non-denominational church which is where I came to the Lord. Our church is centered around small groups and we have just joined a new one. We are still getting to know everyone there.
I do believe in telling the world about Christ. To me, it is like having the cure for cancer, and keeping it to myself. I do believe that there are many ways to go about this and that we have to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit when dealing with non-Christians. Some people will be moved by a debate, while others will be moved simply by being loved as we are called to love them.
post #52 of 469
How do you feel about witnessing to non-Christians?

I guess my question is how do you define "witnessing"? For me, witnessing is nothing more than telling my story. In that sense my very life is a witness to my faith. If people know me they also know my faith. They know something about my spiritual journey.

I do not believe that others who believe differently are going to hell, nor do I believe that Christianity is the only way. It's my right way...the community of believers that I belong to. It's not for me to judge whether what another person believes is right in God's sight or not.

So yes, I do witness to others. My own story is a powerful testimony and in being in relationship with others I can only be true to myself.
post #53 of 469
Hi- Subbing since I missed it when we switched threads

John Wesley said : "You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work."

My MA is in World Mission and Evangelism, so I had better think it's a good idea However, it's not the confrontational thing people seem to think it is. We witness all the time whether we plan to or not. Our actions show whether our beliefs are real and communicate to the world if we really do believe and value what we claim to.

When we witness effectively and have an opportunity to share what we believe it doesn't have to change into a debate. Love is the key to keeping the conversation going in the right direction.

A great book on evangelism as a way of life is Out of the Saltshaker & into the World by Rebecca Manley Pippert (Intervarsity Press just released an updated version). In it are a lot of good insights into good interpersonal communication and how to relate to others naturally and with love.

There are also quite a few encouraging anecdotes about her first attempts to witness- disasters where it became obvious that God is at work when we share and He can win their hearts even when we think we've lost it all.
post #54 of 469
Morning mamas! I wish I had more time to post, but I'll come back later to answer the question. Have a wonderful and blessed Tuesday!!!
post #55 of 469
Hi, I just joined the whole forum and I'm finding my way around.

My name is Maria, I have 4 babies (ages 3,2,1 and 5 months).

I live in a pretty small town and it's very hard to find other Moms who share both my liberal political views and my strong christianity (nearly impossible, in fact). So this sounds like the PERFECT group for me.

I can't wait to get to know you ladies better!
post #56 of 469
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Originally Posted by Kidzaplenty View Post
~How do you feel about witnessing to non-Christians?~

This is a really good question. I guess it would depend a lot on your interpretation of the Bible and your Christian walk. You see, if you believe the Bible at face value, Jesus instructs us to teach, preach, and make disciples of all nations. Also, if you believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven, it makes it imperative to share the Good News of Jesus to everyone we meet with the hopes of "saving" as many as possible.

The way I see it is that if you believe that there is a Heaven and a Hell, and you believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven (and of course, Hell is a bad place), then you will naturally desire to tell as many as you could about Jesus and Heaven.

I know there are many churches that tend to do this the wrong way, being pushy and even "holier than thou". This is wrong, IMO. However, I do believe that Jesus is the ONLY way, that there is a Heaven (which is God's home, thus only His family can live there) and there is a Hell (where everyone that does not go to heaven will go). I also believe that man was created to worship God and bring glory to Him and have fellowship with Him. That is our purpose. So, thus, I believe we should be sharing God's word of salvation to everyone we meet. However, we have to meet physical needs as well as spiritual needs. If we show the kindness and lovingness of our Saviour to those in need, they can see Jesus in us without us getting in their face and telling them they are going to hell. The we can gently lead them to Christ without being condescending or arrogant. Because that is what Jesus did, He met their physical needs, by healing them and feeding them, THEN He taught them about the way to God. And by this many came to Him and believed in Him.

This is what we should be doing, IMO. Meeting the physical and emotional needs of those around us and THEN meeting their spiritual needs.
: I completely agree! Now I'll introduce myself... My name is Braann, We are christian and fairly cruchy. I breastfed ds1 until he was almost 2, ds2 weaned himself at 11 mo, and I'm still nursing ds3 who will be 1 tomorrow!
I babywear, we don't circ, vaccinate, and we try to eat as healthy as possible. We are going to grow our own garden this year so that we can have clean veggies! I can't wait 'till spring!
I'm looking forward to getting to know you all!
post #57 of 469
Where I live, it's not really easy culturally to share anything of importance with someone until you are their friend. Sharing here is based on relationships. It's taken a long time to build them and it's so hard to be patient!



OT... I was thinking today, that I'm the only Christian IRL that thinks/does things the way I do. There are many many missionaries here but almost all do opposite of AP. And don't even get me started on gentle discipline... I'd probably get shunned from playgroup if I mentioned we're not spanking!
post #58 of 469
[QUOTE=Natural Mommy*J;10347682]Hi!

I thought of a question for this week if anyone wants to participate.

~How do you feel about witnessing to non-Christians?~





I like St Francis' idea..."Preach the gospel always, If necessary use words."

At times I know that my actions are much more powerful than my words, as in the case of my atheist father. Even talk of Jesus or anything to do with Christianity angers him. It's not easy though...

I read something recently about this idea. It said if we really believe that non believers are going to hell why aren't followers of Christ more proactive in sharing their faith... something to think about.
post #59 of 469
Morning mamas! Welcome to everyone!

My answer to the question:
For me, I am not one to get into a great Christiananity debate, not my style. Plus, I don't feel very confident of my knowledge in the Bible, I'm still learning. But I feel like I witness all the time to my friends, and even people I meet by talking casually about my day, "I love to workout, and then I can pray, and do my daily devotional then too..." Or I will talk about something funny in Church or Sunday School. I also have my Bible and devotionals out on the end tables, and I have people look at them and comment on how neat it looks. I have a big red wooden sign above our front door that says, "As For me and my House, we will serve the Lord". I love that verse. I always have Christian music in the van too. So I feel like my presence, the things I do, help to witness to others.
post #60 of 469
Hello everyone! I believe I posted in the old thread, but it's been a while since I have read here.

I have been a devout "born again" Christian for 12 years. I started out in a pretty scary, cult like church, from there I went to an assembly of God, then a couple of baptist churches (one I really miss, the pastor was well educated, & it was the first time I heard the word "canon" in terms of scripture. It was a stepping stone for me to know that true Christianity is not a brainless belief with a bunch of sheeple).

Now, we attend another Assembly of God church, but not very often. Hubby works Sundays, & there is no way I can handle my kids myself with check in, etc.

We did some major church shopping, & I'm still not 100% happy with the church we go to now. I have read a lot about various denominations, & wish I could find a good church that focuses on the essential beliefs. I'm very picky, for example, I will not attend a church who believes I am not baptised with the Holy Spirit just because I don't speak in tongues. That is a major pet-peeve of mine.

The church we attend does not push those issues, even though it's in the Assembly of God's statement of beliefs. I love their praise & worship. The teaching is good, but, I wish it was a bit more theological, a little more deep.

I would love to go to a church that is a community type church, non-denominational, & has excellent teaching. Having some crunchy people there would be wonderful, & I would BOLT if the parenting philosophy is the same as other conservative churches. :

I was raised in a semi-Catholic home. I loved going to church with my Grandma when I was a kid...it was so beautiful....all the pews, stained glass, candles, incense. I wish contemporary churches looked like like that...sorry, but these churches are cold & ugly!

Enough babbling for now. I could use some prayer though....DH's & my walk has stumbled to a major crawl. I don't open my Bible like I used to. We are under a lot of stress, my DH has very annoying, immature behavior.

I have been praying for a close Christian friend for a very long time. One Christmas eve about 11 years ago, I was envious that my sister was leaving to go to a church friends house to have some pie & coffee. I remember being sad that I haven't made any new friends since becoming saved. On the way home, a car pulled out in front of us & the license plate said "TrustNGod".

Well, I'm still trusting. I'm not expecting a friend to drop out of the sky, I have been involved, invited people over, etc. But nada. It's been really getting me sad. Sigh.

Sorry for the book.
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