Category: Evangelism

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 »

Evangelism vs. Church Planting at the Coliseum

It’s dark, musty and noisy. All eyes are focused on the boxing ring in the center of the arena. The spectators’ bloodlust permeates the air as they anticipate the ring of the fight bell. In one corner stands the well-promoted fighter Church Planting. In th... Read More »

Spiritual Neurosurgery: Islamic Traditions, Discipling Converts, & Missionary Theological Education

“Jesus existed as God the Father, sir. Then He ceased being the Father and became God the Son. Finally, He ceased being God the Son and now in the world today He is God the Holy Spirit.” Innocently, a new disciple of my former student was trying to express... Read More »

The Blinding Friday Night Lights

We’ve just moved from Middle America to Texas. To say there is a bit of culture shock is an understatement. Things are a bit different down here. Don’t get me wrong. I love Texas. I married a Texan. I’m a Spurs fan. I remember the Alamo. We e... Read More »

Should I get a PhD in Apologetics?

The short answer is “no.” The longer answer is “for almost everyone, still no.” The even longer and needlessly provocative answer is that “any PhD gained by a Christian has (or should have) Apologetics in it.” I often get asked the title question, ... Read More »

If you never swing the bat, you will never hit the ball

My 10-year-old son Will and I share a common love—baseball. While he’s not naturally gifted at playing the game, Will loves to be part of the team, and as with most kids his age his skills have progressed each year through repetition and practice. This pas... Read More »

Everything Rides on the Reality of the Resurrection

Everything rides on the reality of resurrection. A general belief in the resurrection at the end of days is present in the Old Testament. For example, at the end of Daniel’s visions, there is a scene that seems very familiar to readers of the book of Revelat... Read More »

Preaching Tools: Jonah

A call from God. A disobedient prophet. A great fish. A miraculous repentance. The biblical story of Jonah is familiar to pre-schoolers and adults alike. A powerful picture of God’s great love for the world, its simple yet powerful storyline captures att... Read More »

The Church’s Great Design

The church doesn’t exist for Christians. The church is designed for those who are not members.... 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 »