Shouldn’t We Be Terminating Life Support for the ‘Sinner’s Prayer?’

A resolution was presented at the Southern Baptist Convention a few years ago which contained the following: WHEREAS, God desires for every person to be saved and has made salvation available for any person who hears the Gospel (John 3:16; Romans 10:14-17; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2); and WHEREAS, A free […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why I'm No Longer the Sort that "Closes the Deal," in Evangelism… Part I

  I used to be the sort that asked others to raise their hands in the pews (with all heads bowed and all eyes closed of course)  after a sermon to “accept Christ.”  I used to be the sort that went to “serve” at Christian concerts and other events as an “altar call counselor.”  I […]