How Education Can Be (Profoundly) Evangelistic

How can Christian churches be an effective presence in a culture and society that seem increasingly hostile to them? It’s a tough question. It’s also one that every single pastor, elder board, and congregation needs to be asking. Here’s the reality: whether we’re aware of it, we are all “missional” now. If we would see [Read More...]

Lance Armstrong Heard the Gospel on a RAGBRAI Trip

My buddy Jed Coppenger, starting a church plant in Nashville, is a bold evangelist. I love it. He once witnessed to Jim Carrey. He’s also witnessed to Lance Armstrong, the figure who’s been justly and publicly shamed for his cheating at cycling. Here’s the story from Baptist Press: Armstrong, who was cycling in the annual [Read More...]

Evangelical Guilt in Evangelism–and How John 3 Helps

Do you struggle with guilt related to evangelism?  Do you feel like you do very little as a Christian to “draw” lost people?  I sometimes struggle with this feeling–and sometimes, it’s justified.  It’s a very healthy thing to examine one’s evangelistic witness, and to push oneself out of one’s comfort zone (read: the evangelical church/parachurch [Read More...]

Live-Blog: Mark Dever at the Gospel Growth Conference

I’m here at the People Growth conference, cosponsored by the Henry Center, where Mark Dever is currently speaking on “The Four P’s of Ministry.”  However, I think that he may have retitled, or subtitled, the message, “The Person and Work of the Shepherd” from 1 Peter 5. Not sure about that. Without further ado, here [Read More...]

David Brooks: Recession Means Cocooning (and Opportunity for the Church)

David Brooks of the New York Times and Bobos in Paradise fame on the social effect of the recession: “Finally, they will suffer a drop in social capital. In times of recession, people spend more time at home. But this will be the first steep recession since the revolution in household formation. Nesting amongst an [Read More...]

Saturday Devotions: Holy Spirit Comfort

Acts 9:31 reads, “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.” Following a section on the difficulties the newly converted Saul faced in joining the church, this verse [Read More...]

Walking the Sawdust Trail: The Altar-Call and its Use in American Evangelicalism

“The pastor closes his sermon: “The Holy Spirit bids you come. The congregation, praying, hoping, expectant, bids you come. On the first note of the first stanza, come down one of these stairways, down one of these aisles. May angels attend you. May the Holy Spirit of God encourage you. May the presence of Jesus [Read More...]

The Gospel for the City: Tim Keller’s “Dwell” Remarks in The City

The first print edition of The City, a journal from Houston Baptist University, is out.  Robert Sloan, the former president of Baylor University and a courageous and visionary Christian leader, heads up HBU and shares a few words about the journal.  The first issue is quite promising and will be of interest to pastors, laypeople, [Read More...]

If Jesus Spent Lots of Time with Unbelievers, Why Do Most of Us Hang Out Only with Christians?

Surfing Vitamin Z’s excellent blog, I came across a thoughtful post on evangelism by Joe Carter this morning that prompted some thinking on my part. Entitled rather provocatively “How Do You Love a Porn Star?”, the piece tackles the following simple but tough question: why don’t many Christians regularly interact with the lost people who [Read More...]

What’s More Valuable: Putting in Time or Preaching the Truth? Kingdom Considerations

The answer to the above question must be carefully qualified, in my humble opinion. Both pursuits, offered out of a redeemed heart, are honoring to God. God has given His creation and His people the opportunity to labor for His glory (1 Co. 10:31). As with all things that we do, we have the opportunity [Read More...]


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