Life As a Mission Trip

When our daughter and son were 15, each respectively left the country on a mission trip, Josh to Costa Rica, and then Hannah to Thailand a few years later. They have since been on many, and Josh has led more than one as a student pastor. Have you ever been on a mission trip? If […]

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When Freaking Out is Ok

In October 2014, I visited San Francisco for the first time.  The first place I had to go was the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets. This street corner represents the epicenter of the hippie culture of the 1960s, and there was a hippie playing a guitar when I arrived, right on cue. This is […]

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The Tension of Evangelism

Tension. What does this word conjure up in your mind? I asked a class this week whether their immediate response to the word “tension” was positive or negative. Almost all said negative. We see tension as something bad, something that’s a nuisance at best or a hindrance at worst.  I would beg to differ. Our […]

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Cold Call Evangelism

REPOST(TOP 10 POST OF YEAR) #9 This Fall I’m enjoying something I couldn’t do for a season because of back issues: take students out to knock on doors and do some cold call evangelism. I actually enjoy this; however, in a Post-911, post-Christian America, the way I do cold call evangelism (unannounced gospel-sharing to strangers) […]

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Creating an Evangelistic Church

I recently enjoyed attending and leading a breakout at Amplify, an evangelism conference hosted by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. One of the speakers there was my friend Lee Strobel. I first met Lee at Willow Creek 25 years ago when I taught at Houston Baptist University. Now, Lee is a professor at […]

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