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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Friendship on the Field

REPOST(TOP 10 POST OF YEAR) #10 For missionaries, there is a common cliché “the only constant is change.” This statement could even be restated as “the only constant is difficulty,” as this reality often rings true on the mission field, at times on a daily basis! Preparations and debriefings alike seek to help missionaries—new and seasoned […]

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Lottie Receiver Gives Thanks

Give to Lottie Moon Today We often ask you to pray for our students and missionaries serving overseas but rarely are we able to update you on their behalf. During this time of the season every year, the terms Lottie Moon and Christmas Offering ring loud in the Baptist churches around the nation. If we’re […]

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Engage the Next Generation in Sharing Christ Now

One of the most historic and delightful Southern towns you will ever visit is Charleston, South Carolina. On my first visit to Charleston years ago the heritage, charm, and beauty gripped me. If you want a sense of early America you must visit Charleston. I visited to speak at a church where one of my […]

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Can you Worship Jesus with a Human Leg Bone? Part 2

The kangling/femur flute situation has been left unresolved in the first part of this discussion, so that you strive on your own to think through both the given situation and the overall framework. The goal goes beyond merely proffering a right or wrong resolution: in fact, the brothers and I were not looking for only […]

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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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Can you worship Jesus with a Human Leg Bone?

When the subject of contextualization arises, conversation takes on a theoretical tone. God’s people bringing the gospel message to the ends of the earth eventually face real life issues of living and communicating in all new contexts. So rather than belabor the point of this discussion, I offer a personal instance for discussion, which remains […]

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Five Features of Evangelistic Leaders

How do you define leadership? Leadership is defining reality. The reality is the North American church must do better at evangelism. Here are five practical ways church leaders—pastors, staff, key laity, and denominational or parachurch leaders—can define ways to lead others to share Christ: 1. Model witnessing personally. I am afraid too many pastors today […]

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#30DaysofGoing

Throughout the month of September, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is challenging all students to actively engage in Gospel conversations and evangelism everyday of the month. The following list is extracted from my Evangelism Handbook which expresses many ways to share Christ with the lost. Will you go? Will you join us these 30 days? 59 Ideas […]

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