A few days ago, I was asked in a comment if I could republish the articles I originally wrote about Bill Fay and his approach to evangelism. All of these can be found on the BLOG but some are scattered over the last 8 years and so I told the commenter that I would gather … More The “Bill Fay” Collection
Four books on evangelism recommended by Matt Chandler, Mark Dever and Darin Patrick. Coleman’s book is a classic and Mark Dever’s book is very good. Mack Stiles book is both funny and instructive, a good combination. All of these are short and helpful. The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever The Heart of Evangelism by Jerram … More What and Who to Read if You Want to Learn How to Share the Gospel More Clearly
Passionate Proclamation People are starving for the grandeur of God. And the vast majority do not know it. . . . If God is not supreme in our preaching, where in this world will the people hear about the supremacy of God? If we do not spread a banquet of God’s beauty on Sunday morning, … More Passionate Proclamation of the Gospel is Not the Job of the Pastor (only)
Monday Discussion (Fay: Part 4) On Thursday of last week, my good friend and fellow blogger, Matt Stephens, made some thoughtful comments on the first post in what has become a four part series on the five questions that start the evangelistic process of Bill Fay. Bill’s book is called Sharing Jesus Without Fear, and … More Overt Hostility to the Gospel’s Proclamation is No Excuse for Not Proclaiming the Gospel
Third day on Bill Fay’s 5 questions. We might title this one: Are Bill Fay’s 5 Questions Relevant in North America? (Part 3) On Thursday, my friend Matt Stephens suggested that Bill Fay’s five questions may not be effective in cultures that have no Judeo-Christian heritage. Here’s the paragraph. Matt is a young thinker that … More Irrelevant and Insensitive Evangelism Efforts?
(Bill Fay: Part 2) This post continues yesterday’s discussion about Bill Fay’s 5 questions. Short story: Yesterday afternoon, I went down the street to a neighbor I have been seeking to influence for Christ. A tree in my backyard had broken off in a wind storm and I wanted to borrow a ladder so that … More Can Five Questions Change Your Next Conversation with Your Neighbor?
As promised, Bill Fay’s five questions: Bill Fay wrote a remarkable book some years ago titled, Share Jesus Without Fear. In it, he shares his testimony and the way that he goes about moving conversation to the gospel. We always want balance between sensitivity, warmth, and compassion on the one hand and bold, authoritative, clarity … More Train Everyone to Proclaim the Gospel (Fay: Part 1)
Ideas for recruiting for a church plant: or as my friend Frank Abt phrased it —“How do you go about recruiting for a church plant?” For an intro to this post see yesterday’s post. 1. If you are going to try to start a church by gathering Christians to help you: Pray that God … More Recruiting Tips for Church Planters
Wednesday is for Prayer Before I became the pastor of Trinity Church, (and before I even knew Manchester Creek Community Church existed) my intention was to plant a new church in the Vernon Hills/Mundelein area of IL. God changed those plans and I don’t need to go into that here. But part of the strategy … More Boys Night Out with Six Residents of Vernon Hills