A few days ago, I was asked in a comment if I could rebublish 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
“Evangelism is not a matter of . . . imparting information (only). Evangelism includes the endeavor to elicit a response. . . . It is communication with a view to conversion . . . not merely informing but also inviting.” J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God “To evangelize is to present Christ Jesus … More Great Quotes Series — June 2017
A Monday Musings The gospel is a proclamation, not a sales pitch. Jesus called people to repent and believe. And he commissioned us to do the same. Some will, and sadly, some will not. I have been reflecting on this for a couple of days (honestly, for years) but recently two different authors have fueled my … More The Gospel is a Proclamation, Not a Sales Pitch.
Please read the whole post slowly. Withness in the ministry of proclamation: Jesus and Paul invited those they wanted to be with them in evangelistic ministry. Purposeful for the ministry of proclamation: “Time with” was going somewhere. Jesus was going to send the twelve and the seventy-two. Paul was going to send Timothy, and Titus, … More Why Did Jesus Disciple the Way He Did?
Preaching is important. People need the sustaining Word of God not the tepid moralizing of topical advice, but the authoritative preaching of the living Word of God. for more see: Passionate Proclamation of the Gospel is Not the Job of the Pastor (only).
Monday Preaching Reflections I have noticed a tendency in many young preachers, church planters, youth pastors, new communicators to embrace an “I need to be funny” mentality. Listening to them, one get’s the impression that they agonize over how they need to “connect” with people at some “funny-bone” level in order to prove themselves or … More You Don’t Need to be Funny. You Need to be Passionate and Dependent.
A. W. Tozer’s Corner Tozer contends for the priority of spending time with God, knowing God, passionately pursuing God, resting in God–is the best preparation for powerful preaching of the God of the gospel. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” –Mark 16:15 Recall what … More The Best Evangelists are the Best Worshipers
Friday Musings A truly converted life is a life that is infused with the missio Dei. Being on mission for God is always word and works, proclamation and compassionate action, herald and healer. If we care only for social justice and never give voice to the Jesus Story—the gospel narrative of redemption and the call … More A Truly Converted Life
Thursday is for Discipleship A few months ago, I had a conversation with a woman who had some serious questions about evangelism and discipleship and how the two worked together. If you have spent any time reading here in the blog, you know that my own perspective is that dividing the task of “making disciples” … More “Why Do We Need Words for the Gospel?”
Tuesday is for Preaching Commenting on Jesus quoting Isaiah 61:1f where both kerussein and euaggelizesthai both appear in the LXX, Friedrich states: “He proclaims, like a herald, the year of the Lord, the Messianic age. When heralds proclaimed the year of jubilee throughout the land with the sound of the trumpet, the year began, the … More Proclaiming Like a Herald