Toward a ‘By the Book’ and ‘From the Heart’ Kind of Evangelism

Seventeen years ago, David Beck, a New Testament and Greek professor at Southeastern Seminary, used his sabbatical to address his concern that “evangelism is often recognized as the heartbeat of the church, yet it is rarely the focus of serious research amon... Read More »

Evangelism is not a Spiritual Gift

The 1939 film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz portrays the fantasy tale of Dorothy Gale’s journey to the Emerald City in order to inquire of its wizard the way home from Oz to Kansas. While on the yellow brick road to the city, she... Read More »

Can We Talk about the Gospel without Telling It?

Words such as Gospel, Great Commission, evangelism and mission are rising in popularity. Influential blogs, books and conferences alike utilize these terms and their cognates (e.g., Gospel-centered, missional, etc.) in their titles and themes. As much exciteme... Read More »

Ann Coulter is almost right. Missionaries are “idiotic” fools … for Christ’s sake.

Christian narcissism annoys Ann Coulter. In a recent column, “Ebola Doc’s Condition Downgraded to ‘Idiotic,’” Ms. Coulter opines about the missionary work of a Samaritan’s Purse affiliated doctor and a SIM USA affiliated nurse in Africa by asking: ... Read More »

Intentional Evangelism: Approaches & Strategies for Sharing the Gospel

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of Southwestern News magazine, which gives churches and individuals strategies for sharing the Gospel. Most Christians recognize the importance of evangelism, but they are at a loss when... Read More »

I Question Your Evangelism!

A lady once criticized the evangelism methods used by Dwight L. Moody, famed 19th century American pastor, to win people to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In response Moody replied, “I agree with you. I don’t like the way I do it either. Te... Read More »

Spiritually Ripened Fields

The Harvest tells the real-life, inspired story of a family on a North Dakota farm. The short film opens with a father and his three young sons surveying wheat fields stretching as far as the eye can see. The father explains to these would-be farmer boys, R... Read More »

Is it Biblical to Pray for the Salvation of Unbelievers?

God has honored, and in many instances has answered, the fervent prayers of believers for the salvation of unbelievers. Concerning his own salvation, L. R. Scarborough, the second president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and inaugural occupant of... Read More »

Remembering Roy J. Fish: Legacy Lessons for Evangelism and Ministry

During his lifetime, Dr. Roy J. Fish pointed scores of people to Jesus Christ and to heaven. On Sept. 10, 2012, Jesus Christ and scores of people welcomed Dr. Fish to heaven. If any, very few people possess the accomplishments in the field of evangelism, as we... Read More »

Soil-Speculative or Soul-Driven Evangelism?

Accompanying your father on a fishing trip brings fond memories to mind; that is, as long as he isn’t always catching more fish than you. I have the “blessing,” as Dad calls it, or the “curse,” as I refer to it, of having a father who alw... Read More »