Was There Evangelism in the Old Testament?

In order to consider Old Testament Evangelism properly, we’ll have to define “evangelism.”  Evangelism is not soul-winning.  Evangelism is simply announcing, declaring, or preaching the good news, glad tidings, or the person of Christ Himself.  The Gospel is sometimes expressed as a person, Christ, bet never expressed apart from him.  The God Message and the God-Man are […]

‘But as Many as Received Him’… Did Ali?

“Jesus came to the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to his own people, but his own people did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…” […]

What are God's Doctrinal Deal-Breakers?

A couple of days ago, I posted this article; “Doctrinal Deal-Breakers Dissociative Disorder in The Church.” It opens up a conversation about perceived and justifiable reasons to dissociate with other Christian believers over doctrinal issues. Feel free to read that short post before continuing… This is the second part and primarily focuses on the relationship […]

'Working Out Your Own Salvation' Happens Through Mission.

“So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12) I often hear this verse being misappropriated and see it being misapplied.  To equate this call with mustering up our own sanctification, […]

What Does 'Condemned Already' Mean?

Everyone, or so it seems, knows John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Seems simple enough, but even Nicodemus, the Pharisee and Teacher of Israel couldn’t immediately wrap his head around it. (John 3:1-21) The next […]

To Hell With Discipleship?

“Any interpretation of the afterlife that negates evangelism & discipleship in this life is erroneous & egregious.” That’s what I tweeted earlier today after yet another discussion about the afterlife, hell, salvation, etc. As Dallas Willard states; “Scripture tells us that “it is not his will that any should perish.” But he does permit it. […]

The Idea That 'I AM saved, am BEING saved, and WILL BE saved,' and its Relationship to Disciple Making.

Have you ever heard anyone say, “I have been saved; I am being saved; and I will be saved?”  Have you said it?  Do you believe it’s true?  It can get a bit tricky to explain how salvation “works,” but it often goes something like this: God HAS saved us (regeneration) – Ephesians 2:8 “For […]

Make Disciples… Sure, But What Ever Happened To Seeking The Lost?

The dialogue about the word “Go” in the Great Commission continues.  Whether one should Make Disciples “as you go” about your daily life, or assume a posture of “having gone,” or even maintain an attitude of urgency and intentionality by getting up off your butt and “going” all the time, it’s go, go, go… I […]

I didn't ask Angelica to Pray The Sinner's Prayer. Should I have?

This post was originally written on July 23rd, of this year.  It is being updated and reposted with some Great News.  If you read the whole piece, you’ll see what I’m talking about.   It’s a little town called “Guadalupe” at the edge of the Cloud Forest. We’ve been going there for a while, bringing […]

If Everything is Gospel, then Nothing is Gospel

Jerry Ranking, former president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, once said, “In reality, if missions is everything, then it is nothing.”   Is it possible to apply the same philosophy to source of mission?  Can we say of the gospel that “if everything is gospel, then nothing is gospel?   Let’s […]