Category: Evangelism

Lessons from Flight 1380

If you have been near a car radio, a smart phone, or a computer in the last couple of days, the phrase “Flight 1380” will not be foreign to you. This innocuous flight number of a Southwest Airlines plane traveling from LaGuardia airport to the Dallas Love ... Read More »

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 »

Seizing Moments that Shape Eternity

The account in Acts 8:26-40 of the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch through the witness of Philip fascinates me every time I read it. There are so many surprise factors in the story. I’m surprised by an angel commanding Philip to go to the desert road that... Read More »

You are beautifully made by God

This summer, I was visiting my son Thomas and his wife Holley, who are missionaries in Belgium. Besides longing to see them, I was interested to see a local expression of the European attitude to Christianity and religious belief. Thomas and Holley had already... Read More »

Reflections on Las Vegas: Would you leave behind a spiritual massacre?

The mass shooting in Las Vegas elicits many appropriate biblical responses – anger over the evil actions, grief over the assailant’s lost soul, compassion for the dead and surviving victims, and urgent prayer. There is one additional reaction that has grip... 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 »

Why I Practice Cold-Call Evangelism and Why You Should Too!

Many of us have received a phone call from an unknown number and, upon answering, found out that the person calling is a random salesperson from a different state attempting to sell the next revolutionary product on the market. When these calls come to our cel... Read More »

The Power of Evangelistic Questioning – George Whitefield

George Whitefield (1714-1770) was arguably the greatest preacher of the 18th century. Converted as a university student at Oxford, the young convert devoted himself to knowing God by committing himself to intense spiritual discipline and Christian service with... Read More »

Pokémon Go Puts Pikachus In The Pews

Dear Pastor: Pokémon Go brought more visitors to the church door than your sermon.  As of early last week, iOS and Android users within the United States are able to download an app that is taking the country by storm. From the mid-‘90s to late 2000s, Po... Read More »

Back to the Basics: A Model for Preaching from Acts 2

The acumen of a head coach often determines the success of a team. A head coach is to a team what a doctor is to hospital patients. That is, a football coach is a physician on the field. A basketball coach operates as a cardiologist on the court. A baseball co... Read More »