7 Types of Evangelism to Avoid, and 7 to Embrace

  Types of Evangelism to Avoid 1.  NeedVangelism – Identifying a people or culture’s need and exploiting it so that you can evangelize.  2.  Evandelism – Spraying your version of gospel graffiti, breaking things, disregarding community  3.  CannyVangelism – Tricky, manipulative, bait and switch tactics to trap others into listening to you.  4.  ClingyVangelism – Hanging […]

The Parable of the Sower – Should we Just Let the Birds Come?

The parable of the sower is not supposed to be a critique of the one who sows seed or his agricultural methods.  It’s what happens to the seed afterwards that the parable is concerned with.  Let’s take a quick look: The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside […]

Can a Local church (ekklesia), be Born in a Day?

Can a local church (ekklesia), be born in a day? On the surface this would appear to be a simple question, but unpacking it with our own experiences, assumptions, and theologies can be prove to be a bit challenging. Before you attempt to do that, here’s a brief story. Last week, with a team of short-term missionaries, I […]

24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Keep Doing…

One June 1st 2014, my blog post titled; ‘24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Quit Doing…‘ caused quite the ruckus on the internet and was followed by a barrage of comments on this blog and many others. In fact, of the 800+ articles I’ve written, it remains the most popular ever. […]

The 'Duress' or 'Dark Version' of the Gospel?

Recently, the Huffington Post Religion section made a big deal about the ‘dark version’ of the gospel that has been preached by the ‘establishment’ for the past 1800 years.  It ‘s a quick read, and you can see that article in its entirety here.  The author also states that “Many Christians confuse the idea of […]

Advent Apologetics Day #14 – The Apologetic of Prayer

In an article titled; “Discipleship as a Craft, Church as a Disciplined Community,” Stanley Hauerwas says;  “After many years of vain attempts to “explain” God as trinity, I now say, “Well, to begin with we Christians have been taught to pray, ‘Our father, who art in heaven. . .’” I then suggest that a good […]

Chucky Church – Exorcisms, Evangelism, and Exaggerations

Yeah, ok… Halloween just passed and I’ll admit it, I watched a horror flick. It wasn’t a typical horror flick in the sense of blood and gore, senseless mayhem, and the like, but it was interesting. The movie was called ‘Deliver us from Evil.’ Supposedly based on a true story of a police officer and […]

Mission, The Work of an Evangelist, and Going Beyond Soul Winning

The evangelist is less easy to identify in the New Testament, because almost everyone did the work of evangelism. Philip is the only one actually called an “evangelist” (Acts 21:8)  It often perplexes me how easily evangelism is reduced to ‘soul winning.’ The term “evangelist” comes from the Greek and means “one who announces good […]

She’s Been 'Saved' 4 Times by 4 Mission Teams in 4 Years.

I see her walking around town, in stores, and taking her children to school. I’ve even seen her in church a couple of times. I often wonder “what her angle is,” but I think she’s all too well aware of what she’s doing. It’s the mission teams that I worry about. I often wonder if […]

3 Questions about Evangelization without Manipulation

What will it take  for evangelicals to dispense with the sort of evangelism that seeks to ‘convert’ others through manipulation, fear, malice, threat, or cleverly camouflaged forms of bribery? What will it take to stop promoting ‘christian’ religion by means, methods, and motives that are contrary to the Spirit of the Gospel? What will it take […]