Evangelism Week

Book Reflection: Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road by Brian McLaren

Every once in a while, you pick up a book that seems to be saying all the things you’ve been thinking. It’s such a wonder to have that kind of experience, such a confirmation and encouragement. In these types of situations, it’s not that you don’t need the author because you’ve got it all figured out. Rather, it is precisely that you need the author to give voice to your thoughts, to help you develop and further your perspective, and to lead you down the paths you were too nervous to traverse on your own. Finding a book that reinforces your own yet-forming thoughts and ideas is a revelation.

For me, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammad Cross the Road? by Brian McLaren has been just such a revelation.   Read More…

Door-to-Door Soul Winning: THIS Is Evangelism?

Thanks to my friend Kathy Compton for sharing this evangelism horror story. 

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My pastor and youth pastor in suburban St. Louis in the  60s decided Jack Hyles and his school of evangelism and church growth were the best things to follow. They actually wanted to BE Jack Hyles and nearly destroyed our church!

I digress.

So they further decided that “anyone who really loved the Lord and wanted to serve Him” should go out witnessing. A few adults, mostly women, and a couple of teens, both girls (one of them me) climbed aboard the 15-passenger van and headed to downtown St Louis on Sunday afternoons.   Read More…

The Evangelism Project

This round of Experimental Collectives at Vintage Fellowship have been focusing on the idea of purpose. The way of Jesus invites us to realize that there is a much bigger world out there than we are used to seeing. So many of us spend all of our focus and energy on ourselves – what we are doing, what we want, what our needs are. Jesus modeled a much different life, a life that focused on the presence and perspective of others. As long as we live life selfishly, we’ll never find our purpose for living.

To get a better understanding of the other people around me and in my area, I joined the Evangelism Project collective. As a group, we visited gatherings at four other faith communities. We went to a Torah study at a Jewish synagogue, a vespers service at an Orthodox church, a Hindu temple, and a Muslim mosque (links below). The name “Evangelism Project” was tongue-in-cheek. We did not go to convert, argue, or protest. We went to watch and listen, to understand.   Read More…

THIS Is Evangelism?

It was a Word of Life Super Bowl. November of 1992. Philadelphia PA.

I was a freshman in college. And I was there with a few guys from my Bible college because I needed evangelism credit for our evangelism class. Yeah, you read that right. We had a 1-credit evangelism class that required us to do 15 hours of “real life” witnessing during the course of the semester. For many of us, the Word of Life Super Bowl was an ideal way to rack up some hours.   Read More…

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