Galatians: In Defense of the Gospel

Galatians is about the Gospel.  It is about protecting the good news because it is constantly under attack. Paul was ahead of his time when he wrote this letter to Galatia because the same issues they faced centuries ago we face today.  Learn from Paul and the early church how to defend the gospel from…

6 Essentials for Proclaiming the Gospel

I have read dozens of books on evangelism. I have sat in conferences and seminary level courses on how to share my faith. I have equipped churchgoers with tools to present the good news to neighbors, strangers, and foreigners. On paper, I have a lot of knowledge and experience sharing the gospel, but in reality…

Barnabas: gospel encourager

”…and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the…

the gospel without borders

Gospel and missions, which go together like macaroni and cheese. The gospel is simultaneously at work in us and through us. Inwardly, our desires and motives are being changed as we repent and believe the gospel. As we are moved by Christ’s love in this way, we are compelled to outwardly engage those around us…

black friday

There are two Fridays that people reference frequently: Black Friday and Good Friday. How did Black Friday get its name? “Black Friday” had an early meaning of referring to the day that normally retailers “sell in the black” or make a profit from their sales for the year. Religiously, the day after Thanksgiving, we make…

triumphant odiferous sacrifice

Staying on mission is tough. Even, as I prepare for the mission it’s tough. God has used the stories of missionaries like Hudson Taylor, David Brainerd, and Mary Slessor to keep me moving. These men and women lived on the front-lines suffering for the sake of the name of Christ. Today, I will look at…

a short story of the gospel

1. Where sin came from. Holy creator God. Righteous Judge. He created angels (including Satan). Satan was prideful and wanted to be god (Is.14:13-14), but instead became and enemy of God and was cast from heaven. 2. How we became the children of Satan. God created heavens and earth and mankind. Adam and Eve were…

daily responding to the gospel

If there is no invitation to respond to the gospel by living in the light of it each day it is no gospel. If you do not daily respond to the gospel it is wasted. The gospel is not a collectors item or trophy your keep on the shelf or in storage to remind you…

bringing the gospel home (book review)

I ordered this book out of curiosity. Sharing the gospel with family is tough! First, I have unsaved family members that I really desire to share the gospel with, but direly fall short of doing regularly. I really love and care for them and want to see them in heaven someday too. This is a…

thumb licks [6.7.12]

Best graduation speeches. What do introverts think of church? How much do you owe mom since your birth? Is Mormonism a cult? What about a Mormon president? 10 things you have to do if you want the next generation to listen. It Is What It Is, But It Is Not What It Shall Be. Why Bible…

from beggar to worshiper

While visiting the market in North Africa, especially in bigger towns, it does not take long before children come to you begging for money. It is hard to withhold helping them when they are so dirty, skinny and needy. However, to give them money is to give the mosque money. These boy and girl beggars…

the gospel is for grandma’s, too!

From a missionary to central Asia: For the past few months, God has been burdening my heart heavily with the fact that so many of the old people around us are dying without knowing Christ. Usually it is more difficult to bring old people into the Kingdom as they are so set in their ways…

from unknown to renown

Today 2.6 billion people are completely unreached with the gospel. They do not have a church or gospel message in their midst. Nearly 4 billion people are unengaged by the gospel. Meanwhile the world’s major religions—Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam—are making inroads along with a variety of cults and New Age philosophies. People are not shy…

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What’s a good question? How to evoke curiosity the right way. The gospel or Justice, which? Balancing the mission of the church. In defense of Disney princesses. The benefits are more than just their beauty. Three rules for polemics. Tim Keller weighs in on a debated issue. The world is built on discipline.  An open…

thumb licks [9.18.11]

10 Questions Leaders Should Be Asking. Great for leaders and anybody for that matter. Without the Gospel, It’s Not Missions. Why Doesn’t Anybody Talk About Sin? A good question with good insight. Who is Responsible for a Child’s Education? Is it the parent or the school? Lonely Me: A Pastoral Perspective Is Patience Dangerous?