Every evangelistically active church will find itself working all three angles
Did I just stick Jesus onto a Christ-less sermon, to make myself feel better? Or did I actually preach Christ?
When I became a Christian, all I needed to know was in a little booklet called Journey into Life, by Norman Warren. It clearly and simply explained the gospel and how to respond to it. And I did. Many thousands of people became Christians through that booklet. Then there was his follow-up booklet, called The
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I’ve been reminded why we use more than one kind of evangelistic course, in a series, round and round. Just like a carousel on a fairground.
You might not be seeing much gospel growth, but lift up your eyes. The gospel is always growing and converting people, because it is God’s Plan A, and he doesn’t intend to have a Plan B.
How do we give those Christmas truths a cutting edge? How can we be fresh, while still working with the familiar?
There is a small but astonishing exhibition at the British Museum at the moment, Scythians: Warriors of ancient Serbia. The Scythians were a wide-ranging group of aggressive tribes, nomadic because of the inhospitably of their land, and superb with horses. They were also astonishingly artistic and superb at their craft: their abilities with gold and
Our culture is taking story-telling very seriously. For those of us in the West, a few square miles in California have dominated our imaginative skyline in, I think, an unprecendented way. And last night I was at an event where, rarely, the great John le Carré gave an address, and it reminded me of how,
‘Evangelist’ is a role that goes with being a pastor. Here’s how you can tackle it, even if you’re not a natural.
The influnce of a little booklet called Journey Into Life, should inspire us to write new material ourselves
There are many differences between most of us and Billy Graham. But here’s a critical lesson we can all take to heart.
Why ever wouldn’t you want to evangelise? And I know the answer: it’s because of the push-back that we anticipate, brace ourselves for, practice feeling the pain for, and therefore fear. As Bill Hybels puts it, “We say people’s ‘No’ for them.” So what’s the answer?
Another sailing cliché that you can mull on as you still enjoy the remnants of that holiday glow.
How can you tell if you’re positioned to get the best possible amount of energy from the wind, to get where you want to go?
You listen, and you look. Because – ‘a flappy sail is not a happy sail.’
What is the alternative to self-centred, rebellious ambition? Is there a way of rewriting ambition, so that it can appear in a God-centred, passionate, obedient way?
When we open the doors this Sunday, will they come back? Why should they, when there are the options of visiting family, going for a bike ride, hitting the shops – or even just having a lazy day with the papers and some coffee? And what do we do if no-one comes…
There are three basic ways to describe any sin – not three different sins, but three ways to analyse what is going on. I’m increasingly convinced that our evangelistic and apologetic impact will be sharpened if we choose the right biblical language. These three are not in tension, although they give us different biblical language
At our recent new Members class, one of the issues that struck me with great force was how many of those present did not have English as their first language, although it was the language we all had in common. Apparently this is a global phenomenon: while English is not the most widely spoken language
‘Cutting to the Heart’ is now out, and available from 10ofthose here. It is also available as a Kindle edition for both UK and US Overseas, go to Amazon..
I’m delighted to to announce that my next book will be out in the summer. IVP will be publishing it, under the title: ‘Cutting to the Heart: Applying the Bible in Preaching and Teaching.’ The basic argument is that God uses his Word to change us to be like Jesus, and when we preach we should