Not all of us enjoy discussing the weather and the state of the roads. But what if small talk really did have a purpose? What if...what if it actually mattered?
His was the natural response of us all, sinful rebellion in its classically arrogant form. It was upsetting to remember a time when we were exactly the same, and to know that we of all people, weary but persistent, might have been the last gesture of mercy extended to this man in his lifetime.
Every JW you will ever meet was someone's best pal in primary school. Every Catholic has a favourite movie they could watch over and over and still find funny. Every Mormon gets homesick at some point on their two year mission. Every single one of them needs the gospel.
In evangelism we are, to some extent, looking for the elect but the other part of the quest is to be warning everyone else along the way. It would be cruel not to. They're not coming. They wouldn't come even if they knew to.
If God could and did save Saul of Tarsus then he can and does save Millennials. But we need grace to reach our generation. And we need the help of those who have come before us.
Sometimes you just want to get on with your work. But the nurse on duty was being polite and asking what I studied. Then his moustache twitched excitedly and his eyes lit up and out poured a tale of world travel and priest training and the joy of hermeneutics. A discussion of Mary as co-redemptrix … Continue reading On Being Heard
Every culture and sub-culture has its own unique language. Each uses words and phrases which either mean something different to their normal usage or simply don't exist outside of that particular circle. Evangelism is no different. *Note: Evangelism is a form of culture but that's a discussion for another day* There are phrases and abbreviations … Continue reading The Complete Tracter’s Dictionary (Abridged Version)
It began with books, it always does. And then things happened and time passed and another book proved the catalyst, culminating in a throwaway comment by a man in a blue shirt which finally consolidated my thinking on the matter. Over the years I have been noticing a gradual disconnect amongst my generation. There is … Continue reading Raising Servants
One of the things I love about the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew is verse five. This random woman pops up, not even Jewish. Not only was she a gentile though, she was a prostitute originally too. But there she is in the family tree of the Messiah no less. Her name is Rahab. x … Continue reading Searching for Rahab
Old women slammed doors on eternity. We paced the streets, handing out gems to the blind and deaf. The preacher raised his hands and called us to Christ.