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Converting People: I Don't Buy It
Originally Posted: 12/23/2014 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

To be more specific, I don’t believe in people converting people. Conversion, obviously, happens. And other people may be there, even standing by and handing the convert a pamphlet. The convert may even be say ...

Deconstructing God's Mission
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

All people in all places are missionaries, for all people in all places participate within a particular mission in some shape or form. Missionaries are as diverse as the human community itself. ...

How I Kissed Evangelizing Goodbye
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

What I came to discover is how much the world craves a listening ear. The biggest problem I have with evangelizing is that you enter into a relationship with a prescribed intention, and that stands in the way ...

Nursing Home Evangelism: Preaching at the Last ‘Bus Stop to Eternity’
Originally Posted: 07/24/2014 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

Welcome to the world of nursing home evangelism, where teams of lay evangelists target senior citizens for one last chance in this life for glory in the next. ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Rh ...

VIDEO: The Good News Club
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 12:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Why is the Good News Club threatening children with hellfire and damnation? In public schools acr ...

'Get Them When They're Young!'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 9:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Asra Q. Nomani The Child Evangelism Fellowship targets children as young as 4—threatening them with hellfire and damnation—and runs &quo ...

GO: The Biggest Word in the Great Commission
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn’t command his disciples to stand behind a pulpit and preach to make disciples of all nations. He didn’t suggest we threaten them with the prospect of eternal exile and damnation from their church co ...

Go and Make Disciples — Not Converts
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

You might be surprised to find that he isn’t telling me to share the Gospel with all who will listen (although, that is part of it); rather he is telling me (and you) to go and make disciples. The former is re ...

Bearing Burdens: From Evangelism to Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Without actually changing the system at the upper levels of political power, undocumented people across America will continue to remain in the “ready-made pool of victims” (as a policeman friend put it) as the ...

To the Dying Church: Do What You Came Here to Do
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

Instead of hiding from issues that might send members out of your pews, wrestle with the implications of the Gospel for the environment, for the death penalty, or for immigration. Trust in the mysterious, magn ...

To the Dying Church: Use Your Words
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

There are people dying physically and spiritually because the church has neglected the good news of the Gospel. If we truly believe that God can transform lives and resurrect the dead then why aren’t we scream ...

You Can’t Point a Person to Christ with a Gun
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

A growing trend in evangelism among some more conservative churches is to promise people a gun in exchange for attendance. During the Crusades, conversion by the sword was a commo ...

Radical Ruptures and Rhetorical Questions
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

In all my followings, I rarely encountered a Christian leader who dared to enact Augustine's famous words and turn the Truth loose, trusting that it will defend itself. ...

Christmas Needs a New Tagline
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

Unfortunately, we have yet to find those few, powerful words to create a tagline worthy of Christmas, a tagline that will connect “consumers” with the promise of Christmas. This is not to say we shouldn’t try. ...

'Like If You Love Jesus!' The Gospel According to Facebook
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

It is one thing to have a faith and have that faith inform your life, but it is another to have a faith and guilt trip others into following your actions. Christ did not call for us to plaster our faith across ...

Do Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor: The Surfer Boy and the Receptionist
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

What’s sinful is comparing Christianity with other religions in a way that is dishonest, untrue, or misrepresents other religions or the followers of those other religions. In other words, it is a sin to bear ...

When Doing the 'Christian Thing' Isn’t the Right Thing
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

I believe that the problem evangelicalism faces today is that we have forgotten the very example that we claim to follow: the example of a servant, preacher, and prophet who was a friend of those who religious ...

VIDEO: Rethinking Evangelism
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:29am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors In “ Waiting on God ,” from the July 2013 issue of Sojourners magazine, Episcopal priest Linda Kaufman shares how she fell in love with Jesus all over again. ...

Why John Calvin is Shaking Things Up for Southern Baptists
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Nearly 35 years after conservatives launched a takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention, a new divide is emerging — this time over the teachings of 16th-century Reformer John Calvin — that threatens to upen ...

Waiting on God
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Linda Kaufman A story about falling in love with Jesus all over again. WHEN I FIRST started attending the Chu ...

Ultimate Passion: Q&A With Ultimate Frisbee Star Brodie Smith
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Even with the infiltration of high school sports, college teams, and semi-professional clubs, Ultimate is, for the most part, faceless, with the exception of one man: Brodie Smith. ...

Catholics Try Their Hand at Old-Fashioned Evangelism
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

On a recent rainy Saturday, about 125 Catholics packed a basement conference room, many of them older, most of them lay people. Many were representing their parishes. On a recen ...

Getting Ahead of Ourselves? (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 7)
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Nuanced or not, are Christians, especially evangelicals, perceived as being against things like peacemaking? (The Controversial figure Rob Bell has created another firestorm wit ...

Brazilian Evangelist Has Big Plans for U.S.
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Fourteen years after he started out in the countryside outside Sao Paulo, Apostle Valdemiro Santiago sits at the helm of a booming Pentecostal church in Brazil, the world’s fastest-growing evangelical country. ...

On Door Prizes, Pony Rides, and a Gazillion Eggs When the Gospel Ought To Be Enough
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

Easter is often referred to as the Super Bowl for Christian churches. As expected, a great amount of time, energy, ideas, and resources are invested into this weekend. And I get it. And I agree with it – in pa ...

Saint Patrick, Druids, and the Snakes: The Truth is in the Middle
Originally Posted: 03/17/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

Interestingly, the last glacial period (some 10,000-100,000 years ago, depending on whom you ask) beat St. Patrick to the snake banishing. But, Christian tradition has given Patrick all the credit. So, if ther ...

Spiritual But Not Religious: Oswald Chambers
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 1:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Modern passages from Oswald Chambers' classic devotional reader My Utmost for His Highest. L ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live & Die for Bigger Things by Ken Wytsma / Girl Rising / Summoned from the Margin: Homec ...

Faith to the Utmost
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ronald Osborn Today many people identify as "spiritual but not religious." Before it was trendy, Oswald Chambers, the man behin ...

To Comfort the Afflicted
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger If we read 1 Peter's message to immigrants, exiles, and foreigners only as a metaphor, we risk missing the poin ...

Evangelicals' Answer to Newtown Should Be Evangelism
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

Absent from all of this analysis is any consideration of our own failure to do exactly what evangelicals should be all about: Evangelism, in the form of reaching out and giving meaning to lost souls like the l ...

BREAKING NEWS: Pastor Nadarkhani Acquitted of Apostasy Charges in Iran, Released from Prison
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

According to a report late Friday from Christian Solidarity Worldwide, an international organization devoted to issues of religious freedom, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, a Muslim convert to Christianity who has b ...

Mission: Transformed
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle Garcia The Street Psalms community pursues theology from below—and that changes everything about how "missionary" work ...

Debate Reignites Over Religion at Air Force Academy
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

The long-smoldering debate at the U.S. Air Force Academy over the role of religion in cadets' lives has reignited, just as a new class arrives on campus for basic training. T ...

New Trial Date for Iranian Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

Youcef Nadarkhani, the 35-year-old Christian pastor has been imprisoned in Iran since October 2009 after protesting a law that all children read the Quaran and being charged with evangelizing to Muslims. The trial date has been set for Sept. 8.  From ...

Ten Cliches Christians Should Never Use
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

In no particular order, here are ten phrases Christians should lose with a quickness. We Christians have a remarkable talent for sticking our feet in our mouths. When searching th ...

I Have Met The Stranger, and He Is Me
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

To believe is easy. You can fill stadiums with people wanting to believe, either to solidify what they already think or to grasp hold of something because they feel cast adrift and lost at sea. To doubt, to in ...

Susan Isaacs Anwers "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 1:31pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes I wonder if all the denominations in Christendom are merely a list of the nomenclature we’ve used to separate Us from Them. When someone asks me if I’m an evangelical, I ...

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: Justice Groups Start Work On 'Common Good' Platform For 2012 Election With the first votes ...

Boo! It's Jesus!: Halloween and Evangelization
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

Is Halloween a prime time for evangelism? Are religious tracts passed out along with (or in lieu of) "treats" really the best way to spread the gospel message? Is ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

Andrew Marin answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:35pm | Type: Blog

To me, reclaiming the word evangelical starts with how Christians see their call by Jesus in Matthew 28 as the Great Commission. To me, reclaiming the word evangelical start ...

Caryn Rivadeneira answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:34pm | Type: Blog

On my first day as an editor at Marriage Partnership magazine, I slipped into my office, pulled the pocket door closed and grabbed the phone. On my first day as an editor ...

Do Evangelicals Hate Smart People?
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Do Evangelicals hate smart people? No. But it is such a persistent rumor that it might take something as momentous as another Protestant Reformation to see it die. Why? Do Evange ...

We Must Continue to Stand with Pastor Nadarkhani
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

The news cycle often moves so quickly that very often big news stories are forgotten within a day, sometimes even more quickly. The news cycle often moves so quickly tha ...

Kevin Palau answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:32pm | Type: Blog

"Although Portland is hardly the only place where evangelical Christianity is evolving (and making new friends in the process), there is little doubt that evangelicals here are on the front-end of a d ...

David Vanderveen answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 9:29pm | Type: Blog

The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. "The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. His books ...

The Conservative Radical: An Article by John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: Rev. John Stott, one of the world's most influential evangelical figures over the past half-century, died this Wednesday at age 90. Rev. [ Edi ...

What's in a Name?: Campus Crusade for Christ Becomes 'Cru'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Maybe, but a Stink Rose by any other name (say... garlic?) might get more play. Shakespeare said a rose by any othe ...

10 Ways to Revive a Dying Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

You don't need a ton of proof to know that more and more churches are struggling to survive. It seems churches that are in this predicament have one of two options: revive or die ...