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Topic: Urban Nations    
Roll Your Own  

November 1, 1997
by Steve M. Schlissel

Start your own Urban Nations (UN) ministry. Read this informative article to find out how!


Doorkeeper Blues. Part III  

November 1, 1997
by Steve M. Schlissel

We’ve been speaking about the challenges facing those responsible for admitting people into the church. We noted that some sort of standard and procedure for church membership are necessary: without a standard you could find everyone claiming membership, without a procedure no one could claim membership. We know that membership is a Biblical concept because the Bible provides for being put out: you can’t put out what was never in.


Doorkeeper Blues, Part II  

November 1, 1997
by Steve M. Schlissel

In our last UN update we began to frame the problem of “doorkeeping.” We noted that there must be some mechanism whereby church membership is regulated, else anyone could, with impunity, claim to be a member or, alternatively, no one could legitimately claim to be a member. Let’s talk now about who determines admission and next time how that determination should be made, that is, by what standard.


Doorkeeper Blues, Part I  

November 1, 1997
by Steve M. Schlissel

 First, let's clear up a misconception. When the Psalmist says, I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness (84:10), he was not making reference to an official position. The word there is saw-faf and it refers to someone at the threshold of the tabernacle, somebody just peeking in on the fly or perhaps begging for alms. The Psalmist's sentiment, then, is that the most marginal position in relation to the house of God is more to be desired than the most central position in the dwellings of the wicked.


Babel and Pentecost  

October 1, 1997
by Steve M. Schlissel

At the Tower of Babel, God permanently judged man's efforts to achieve any unity outside of and/or opposed to his government and covenant. All such efforts must end in chaos and confusion.


The Dark Side of the Dream  

September 11, 1997
by Steve M. Schlissel

We know that most immigrants are coming to America for economic reasons: there's far more opportunity to earn far more money here than they could ever have dreamed of having back home.



August 1, 1997
by Steve M. Schlissel

The official number of immigrants in New York City is just over two million, but those of us with two eyes and two ears open know the number is closer to three. One only has to add up various New York Times estimates of this and that ethnic group to come up with a much higher total than that provided by the U. S. Census Bureau.


Knock, Knock!  

July 11, 1997
by Steve M. Schlissel

 Who's there? You never know. When I walk out my front door in New York City I'm as likely to meet a person from around the world as from around the corner.


Here They Hear  

June 1, 1997
by Steve M. Schlissel

 A prime element of that unique set of circumstances which Urban Nations seeks to exploit is the capacious freedom we enjoy to disseminate the Word of God. In no other nation is this liberty as large as it is in America. In no other city are as many nations represented as are present in New York.


Not Quite Wildfire, but Spreading  

May 1, 1997
by Steve M. Schlissel

 Urban Nations seeks to seize the mission opportunity given by God in His bringing millions of immigrants from all nations to our city (New York). We can fulfill the Great Commission, representatively, in a single generation, with His blessing.


Loving or Resenting the Alien  

April 1, 1997
by Steve M. Schlissel

As Israel was about to enter the promised land God was emphatic that they were to love those who are aliens ( Deut. 10:19 ). He also gave them a reason: for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt.


When You Christian Me?  

March 1, 1997
by Steve M. Schlissel

 The custom of Russian women is to take their husband's name at marriage and adjust it for gender. Thus, when Irina Arshanska married Vladimir Morozov, she became Irina Morozova.


Of Pounds and Chips and Lines  

December 1, 1996
by Steve M. Schlissel

Our middle child of five (four svelte girls and a gezunteh boy), Leah Love, recently told us at dinner that she had gotten on the scale.

How much do you weigh, we all asked, practically in unison.

I don't know, Leah answered. I covered my eyes. I was afraid to look.


Let's Talk About Jesus in Spanish  

August 1, 1996
by Steve M. Schlissel

 By the grace of God, Urban Nations has now launched a ministry among the Spanish-speaking community of New York City. Phase One is teaching Bible-based English as a Second Language. Phase Two will be a correspondence course in the Reformed faith, operated in cooperation with a Dutch ministry.


A Fit Ark for This Flood  

March 1, 1996
by Steve M. Schlissel

Neil Diamond may be Andrew Sandlin's second-favorite Brooklyn-born Jew, but The Jazz Singer is a movie Diamond should have left as part of the legacy of Al Jolson. That is, except for the redeeming feature of Diamond's otherwise tedious remake: the visually and aurally stunning opening/credit montage. While Neil'eleh belts out They're Coming To America, a flood of images of NYC immigrant enclaves and neighborhoods, close-ups and pans, pours out on the screen.



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