The Bad News of The Gospel

Lately, I’ve been initiating gospel conversations with Matthew 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”  When circumstances permit, and are prudent, I like to ‘field test’ different approaches to relay the gospel to see if perhaps one is more effective than then others.  By ‘effective,’ I mean resulting in […]

Evangelism is NOT about GOING to heaven or hell, but about being BROUGHT into Christ’s Kingdom

Any evangelism that has as its expressed objective to “get its audience to heaven” or and evangelist who holds out the prospect of proverbial “pot of gold at the end of a Gospel rainbow,” in whatever terminology it is couched, must immediately be viewed with deep suspicion. Regrettably all too many evangelists have fallen victim to an approach […]

When No One Wants To Listen… To Your Gospel

Old Testament prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel faced the daunting task of speaking God’s words even though they knew in advance that people wouldn’t listen. God told Isaiah that even if he did preach the Word as he was instructed to do so, no one would listen. (Isaiah 6:8-10) In the beginning of his ministry […]

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 […]

Over 1100 People Highlighted This Quote About The Gospel On This Kindle Book!

One of the cool things about Kindle books is the ability to highlight, write notes, and share sections of any book on social media.  I was checking out some books on evangelism, and I noticed that this book: “Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism [Kindle Edition]” had zillions of highlights.  It’s got nearly 500 reviews […]

The 'SHUT YOUR MOUTH' Church Pew

Today, I was tasked to teach on the role, function, and characteristics of Pastors in this church era.  We discussed various Old Testament passages like Jeremiah 3:15,  Jeremiah 10:21,  Jeremiah 12:10, and  Jeremiah 22:22.  We asked the questions like; “What provoked God to promise to give the people good pastors? What was wrong with the ones […]

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 […]

'We Need to Discover What it Means to be the Church in Our Time.'

In the context of a much larger conversation about Homiletics (The art of Preaching), the usefulness of the same, and more specifically,  the Festival of Homiletics, Michael Frost made the following statement: “We need to discover what it means to be the church in our time, rooted in the traditions in the past, but not limited to them, […]

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 […]