Break in Blog Posts

This summer (2023) I will be taking a break from writing new posts for my blog. I intend to focus on other writing that I have neglected. My hope is to resume the blog in the Fall of 2023. If you want to continue to read posts from me, there are well over 100 previousContinue reading “Break in Blog Posts”

Faithfully Communicating the Message

1 Corinthians 1:18-25. I am both thankful for and concerned about all the talk about relevance today. On the one hand, there is a real danger that Christians may lose touch with society. We don’t want to become like the Amish who seem quaint and irrelevant to the real world. There is value in observingContinue reading “Faithfully Communicating the Message”

Thinking Through the Matter of Results—5

Conclusions. I have noticed that anytime people talk about a method or approach to telling the good news, someone inevitably asks what results that approach has gotten, and I have done the same. But the more I have thought about results, the more questions it has raised. Why do we ask? What are we thinkingContinue reading “Thinking Through the Matter of Results—5”

Thinking through the Matter of Results—4

Rejection. In this series of posts we are considering what we might learn about approaches and methods to sharing the good news from the results that come from them. So far we have noticed that, in the New Testament, sometimes the results to the gospel message have been overwhelmingly favorable (conversions) and sometimes mixed. InContinue reading “Thinking through the Matter of Results—4”

Thinking Through the Matter of Results—3

Mixed. We are exploring the question of what we can learn about a method or approach to evangelism by the ways people respond to it. Our common practice of asking about results indicates we think this will tell us something. Currently we are focusing on the various responses we see in the New Testament, andContinue reading “Thinking Through the Matter of Results—3”

Thinking Through the Matter of Results—2

Conversion. In this series of posts, we are thinking through what we learn from the results achieved by a particular method of reaching out or actually teaching the gospel. Any method for reaching out will yield some kind of results, even if it is no result. The fact that American Christians so often ask aboutContinue reading “Thinking Through the Matter of Results—2”

Thinking Through the Matter of Results-1

The Phenomenon. If you are interested in reaching out to others with the good news about Jesus, you have probably been in classes or discussions about how we might do so. In those settings people usually share various approaches to outreach or methods of actually teaching people that they have used or heard about. ItContinue reading “Thinking Through the Matter of Results-1”

Empowering Subjects of the King to Change the World—15

Ongoing. In this series of posts we have explored a number of aspects of Christ’s mission to change the world and parallel ways we are seeking to follow his example in Empowering Subjects. It is good when we choose to focus on this mission through doing good deeds, telling good news, and providing good teaching,Continue reading “Empowering Subjects of the King to Change the World—15”

Empowering Subjects of the King to Change the World-14

Substantial. Another aspect of how Jesus changed the world is that the training he provided was substantial. He didn’t merely preach on it. It wasn’t a class once a week. There were no slogans. Instead, he called a few men to leave everything behind and follow him constantly for two or three years. Specifically, heContinue reading “Empowering Subjects of the King to Change the World-14”

Empowering Subjects of the King to Change the World-13

Variety. We’ve been exploring various aspects of the mission God has called us to and how Empowering Subjects seeks to incorporate those matters. Today we will consider variety. In the New Testament we see a variety of approaches to carrying out God’s mission and to equipping others for it. There is no one, single wayContinue reading “Empowering Subjects of the King to Change the World-13”