What do horse blinders, suffering, and Easter Sunday all have to do with eachother?
Behind the scenes of the more visible work of the church is the question, “How do we relate to the realities around us?” A related question is, "What difference does the timeless Gospel make in the time and place where we find ourselves?"
When prayer moves from "getting God to do the things we think God should do," towards the kind of communication that happens in an intimate relationship, Jesus offers some instructions that can in effect be like zooming out on the GPS.
I recently attended a church service and one of its elements communicated the following message: “People all over the world are hungry to hear about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.” Is that statement true?
The approach that a missionary or evangelist employs can be greatly influenced by their home culture. Imagine two missionaries: the first from a culture that values respect at all costs, and the second that values success at all costs. How might this show up in their approach? What if the elements of speed and novelty are added to the mix? These questions are not just rhetorical, but occur in real life. This article will examine how Matthew 24:14 has been used to justify the need for speed in missions.
This is an educational resource I prepared and have used primarily as an introduction to how we have understood and practiced evangelism compared and contrasted to a more Biblical perspective.
Last year was the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordrecht which produced the Canons of Dort. One of the areas it addressed was the question "Did Christ die for everyone?" This question is answered in the blog below.
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The second post in a series of three on Reformed evangelism, focusing on the teaching of J.H. Bavinck in his book, An Introduction to the Science of Missions.
This Christianity Today article by Calvin C. Ratz explores what it takes to have newcomers stay connected to your congregation.