There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

Archive for getting the Word out

what can “knowing that you know” free you to do?

Die without fear.  Gayle Williams was 34.

Siberian Summertime

Here’s the latest from Siberia and some of our friends there.

west and east

If ever you think of the Gospel as a “western” phenomenon,

or if you find yourself a bit confused on what it means to “follow in His steps” (I Pet 2:21). . .

have a look here.  

(HT: Robert Bobo)

simplest terms, fullest sense

Mark’s been reminding us the last couple weeks (here, and here) that, though evangelism may not be your gift, it’s everyone’s calling.  

Interestingly, the most common google search phrase that ends up leading people to this blog is “fear of evangelism.”  (yesterday even, the search phrase that led them here was “I don’t want to evangelize!”) Google leads them to this post most frequently.

Well, if you’re wanting to take Mark’s instruction from Acts to heart, here’s where you can find your marching orders: an attempt at summarizing the Gospel in its simplest terms but without reducing it from its fullest sense.  Keller outlines the Gospel’s two foci: individual and corporate transformation, the former being in service of the latter. To emphasize one to the neglect of the other can lead to a misshapen, misleading Gospel.  As they say, you can’t have one without the other.  

Read and then see if you, too, can be simple without being reductionistic.  Use God’s word but find your own voice.

It’s high time to address your calling.  What’s the worst that could happen?

shamelessly exploiting you as a focus group

what questions does this text create for you?

Acts 5:12   Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed. Read the rest of this entry »

so evangelism doesn’t always provoke perseuction…

…apparently it can sometimes prevent it.

YouTube – Elderly woman witnesses to man trying to rob her

Perfect love casts out all fear. . . of evangelism

Mark Dever has just released a book entitled The Gospel and Personal Evangelism. He’s the pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist in D.C.

In his chapter entitled Why Don’t We Evangelize? he speaks candidly about his own conflictedness in being more forthright with the Gospel, but he also gets at the heart of perhaps why we–why I–don’t learn how to explain the Gospel in this postmodern setting: it’s due to a lack of love. If we loved them, we’d be willing to stumble over sentences, we’d be willing to acknowledge ignorance on some issues for which we don’t have answers, we’d be willing to risk taking the relationship in a different direction than just the comfortable acquaintance we’ve come to appreciate.

Here’s an excerpt Read the rest of this entry »

and now for something completely different

ist2_189792_union_symbols_vector.jpgso we’re sitting in Panera’s recently–me and the fam, and some friends–and we’re having a nice lunch, and I can’t help overhearing a foursome (three guys and a woman–all in their 20s) talking about, I think, their time over at Cathedral of Hope, which is the de facto mothership of the Metropolitan Church, the largest homosexual church in America.

They spoke of their parents reaction to their orientation, the confusion among friends about who was dating whom, and what improvements they might make to the interior of the Cathedral.  (Since I only heard little phrases here and there, my assumptions about their topics of conversation might be skewed.)

And I couldn’t help wondering on the way home, Read the rest of this entry »

Good Works

After meditating on how we should be moved to good because of the good God has done towards us, we have an opportunity to give to the AIDs Service of Dallas.  Perhaps you’ve considered helping out with the supper club, but can’t make it.  You can also help us reach out to their community by spending a couple extra bucks and bringing one of these items with you this Sunday.  We will have a box to collect donations for them in the 20+ classroom.

Needed Items: 

*Toilet paper

Facial Tissue
Paper Towels

this just in from China….

Here’s an update from Erika in China….makes you glad there are diapers in the world

Daily Schedule:


Our days start at 7am with breakfast in the cafeteria.  I usually make a cup of coffee in our community kitchen in the dorm, then walk across campus to breakfast (a very American thing…walking with coffee that is).  I usually eat an egg mcmuffin type sandwich, but they also offer a rice porridge with vegetables.  After breakfast we head to a large room in the library that is reserved for the program.  We have training on various topics from 8-12.  We are being trained by year-long teachers who have decided to stay after and support the program, most will return home this week.

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