Is 'Listening' The New Holy Grail of Evangelism?

I breezed through this article on the Huffington Post’s religion section last night before I went to bed and it gnawed at my conscience all night.  It’s called “How I Kissed Evangelism Goodbye,” and it is a REALLY GOOD article.  But, I think it’s full of bad assumptions and reflects a poor missiology & ecclesiology. […]

Being 'Missional' Must Include Engaged Conversations That Point People To Their Need of Jesus Christ.

“Proclamation, proclamation…proclamation! Enough already!” I heard this spoken at a gathering of missional folks last year.  The person speaking was referring to what he presumed was the incessant verbalizing, ‘preaching,’ and vocalizing of the gospel without demonstrable living proof of the same.  In other words, and from his point of view, Christianity’s walk wasn’t lining […]

Plowers, Planters, Waterers, Growers, and Harvesters – Who's Who in God’s Kingdom?

“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:7) I’ve been thinking  about workers in the harvest. Jesus told his disciples; “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers […]

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

  1.  Talking about your “rights” in our country. 2.  Making sure we understand how privileged you are compared to us. 3.  Act like you know more about our country, city, town, or neighborhood, than we do. 4.  Make us feel like we’re getting a free ride, free lunch, or the free offer of the […]

Church 'Frames' Evangelism, or Evangelism 'Frames' Church?

William J. Abraham, author of the book, The Logic of Evangelism and Professor of Theology and Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology poses the following: “A robust ecclesiology is needed to frame the church’s ministry of evangelism.” In other words, a proper understanding of church leads to and fosters an effectual manner of evangelism.  I’m thinking it […]

A Prayer To Use BEFORE You Evangelize

The Church is infamous for using what some call “The Sinner’s Prayer.”  It is often a prayer used to “seal the evangelism deal.”  While extremely effective in producing short-lived converts, it remains disastrous in making life long disciples.  In my upcoming book “The Gospel Rock in my Pocket,” I use an unconventional process for beginning […]

70 Effective Evangelism Episodes

As someone very dear to me pointed out yesterday, it’s easy for the church to tip the scales into acting like theological think tanks devoid of action. Sometimes we, and I, can write more about what we’ve done than what we are doing. Sometimes we act like mere humans. (1 Corinthians 13:3) Here in the […]

Should Non-Evangelists Share The Gospel With People They Don't Know?

Have you ever heard this phrase? “You have to earn the right to evangelize someone.” What is usually meant by this is that you need to first develop a relationship with someone before you speak to them about the things of God. Developing relationships WHILE evangelizing is certainly biblical, Jesus befriended sinners (Luke 7:34).  He […]

7 Ways to Make Sure Your Short-Term Missions Trips Suck.

1. Make yourselves the primary beneficiaries of the trip. ~ It’s not exactly new, but it’s becoming ever more prevalent that short-term missions serve to benefit the ones going on mission more than the ones being ministered to.  There are at least three possible beneficiaries:  People being ministered to on the field, those who go, […]

The Quintessential Gospel Moment

It’s not optional.  It’s not a Christian elective.  It’s the trans-generational, ultra dimensional, and transformational command of  Jesus the Christ to PREACH THE GOSPEL. “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)  This command is inseparable from the command to “Go therefore and make […]