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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Your Judgment and Salvation Hinges on How You Receive The Message (Of The Gospel)

When it comes to judgement and salvation, no human will ever be able to say that they did not believe the message (Of The Gospel) because of the contradictory behavior of Christians (the messengers). Hypocrisy, mediocrity, and a paradoxically portrayed faith IN Jesus by others is not a valid excuse for rejecting the message OF […]

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 […]

The Slow Evangelism Blade Penetrates The Shield

Pope Francis recently said; “Going out to others in order to reach the fringes of humanity does not mean rushing out aimlessly into the world. Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and […]

2 Statements On Church Unity – Which One Is Better?

   Which of these 2 statement regarding the unity of the Church is better?  Why?   1.  “The Church unites in order to advance the gospel and God’s mission.” or 2.  “God’s mission and the advancement of the gospel unites the Church.” Don’t cop out by stating it’s a “both & and” thing.  Take a […]