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July 31, 2018
What about “Sheep-Stealing”?
Our recent post about proselytizing has gotten me thinking about "sheep-stealing." One kind of proselytizing...
July 30, 2018
In Defense of Proselytizing
Fellow Patheos blogger Mark Driscoll has written a long and thoughtful post on the teaching...
April 02, 2018
Good Advice vs. Good News
The essence of Christianity is not good advice, but good news. And there is a...
February 22, 2018
Graham’s Passing as the End of an Era
In addition to being the supreme evangelist, Billy Graham did much to establish evangelicalism as...
February 05, 2018
Why Don’t Churches Try to Reach the Biggest Demographic of the Unchurched?
My granddaughter invited a friend to church yesterday. She was nine years old and she...
January 25, 2018
How Should Churches Respond to the New Findings about American Religion?
In our recent post "Only Moderate Religion Is On the Decline," we reported on new research...
September 22, 2017
On the Threshold: Religious Liminals
Religion surveys ask you to check a box that describes your religious beliefs. But that...
September 18, 2017
A Reformation best-seller to read and give away
Luther's Small Catechism is a marvel of clarity, depth, and spiritual insight. Used for centuries to...
February 16, 2017
A new approach to evangelism
The traditional approach to evangelism, according to Ed Stetzer of Christianity Today, has started with presenting...
October 29, 2016
Subverting people’s need to constantly justify themselves
In the discussion of Michael Lockwood's new book The Unholy Trinity: Martin Luther against the Idol...
October 27, 2016
Reaching today’s idolaters of the self
How do you proclaim the forgiveness of sins to someone who doesn't think he has...
September 28, 2016
Don’t give them the Gospel?
We often assume that if we could only find the right way to reach those...
March 15, 2016
How Inner Mission evangelizes
As I've explained with my first trip to Scandinavia, Christianity in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and...
January 14, 2016
How Americans protect themselves from Christianity
Another brilliant analysis of the challenges facing American Christianity by James R. Rogers, Texas A&M...
November 05, 2015
State church says not to evangelize Muslims
The Protestant state church in the Rhineland has issued a statement saying that Christians should...
September 08, 2015
Muslim refugees converting to Christianity
Thousands of refugees from Syria--as well as Iran, Afghanistan, and other Islamic countries--have been pouring...
March 26, 2015
Who the Unchurched Really Are
Most evangelism programs, church growth tactics, and other attempts to reach the "unchurched" concentrate on...
August 28, 2014
Evangelizing the condemned Nazis
Last year almost to the day we blogged about Rev. Henry Gerecke, the LCMS military...
July 07, 2014
Igniting a second Reformation
Check out this new website, which, in turn is a forum for a new ministry...
March 03, 2014
How George Herbert’s poetry converted an atheist
I throw out opinions on all kinds of topics, but my real area of expertise...
February 24, 2014
“Scare the living daylights out of nonbelievers”
Final: The Rapture is another end times movie. It's billed as a "Christian horror movie." ...
December 03, 2013
Do church growth tactics attract the unchurched?
The best argument for adopting the techniques of the Church Growth movement--contemporary worship, non-traditional styles,...
November 07, 2013
You know about speed dating. A man and a woman sit down together for 3-8...
October 15, 2013
“Evangelization” and “Evangelism”
Pope Francis has said that he is against "proselytizing." But he is also speaking on...
August 29, 2013
Evangelizing the Nazis
Chad Bird tells the story of Henry Gerecke, a pastor of the Lutheran Church Missouri...
June 10, 2013
Roman Catholics have been launching a major world-wide evangelism effort. It includes "witnessing," knocking on...
May 06, 2013
Military will allow evangelism but not proselytizing
Responding to the uproar about the prospect for court martials for evangelism that we blogged...
May 02, 2013
Court martial for evangelism?
How persecution begins: The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted...
July 09, 2012
The latest mission strategy: “Insider Movements”
We've blogged about those translations of the Bible for Muslims that avoid little terms like...
March 15, 2012
If you died tonight, do you know you would go to heaven? Or do you not care?
"If you were to die tonight, do you know for sure that you would go...
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