Evangelizing a Crowd                       

Evangelizing a Crowd                       

Posted by on May 17, 2017

  A friend asked me how she should have responded when her non-Christian coworkers “all ganged up” on her at a recent after-work dinner party. She wondered if she could have done things better. One person began with, “You’re a Christian, right? What kind of Christian?” Another one chimed in with, “You’re not one of […]

God’s Override

God’s Override

Posted by on May 10, 2017

Sometimes insurmountable obstacles turn out to be not that insurmountable. Sometimes people don’t really need answers to their questions. Sometimes people’s greatest objections to the gospel dissipate. This sounds like heresy, doesn’t it? And the fact that it’s coming from someone who wrote a whole book about answering people’s questions could be confusing. But I’ve […]

The New Lee Strobel Movie

The New Lee Strobel Movie

Posted by on May 3, 2017

The short summary of this blog is: I highly recommend the movie The Case for Christ. Maybe I should just quit there and call it a tweet. If you have a few more moments, here are my thoughts about the film. This won’t be a movie review, which you can read elsewhere. Nor is it […]

Questioning Evangelism, The 2nd Edition

Questioning Evangelism, The 2nd Edition

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017

I’m excited to announce the release of the 2nd edition of my book, Questioning Evangelism. In his grace, God has chosen to bless that book far beyond my expectations and hopes. Thanks be to God! You might wonder how this second edition is different from the first. The short answer is, “It’s not all that […]

To Feel a Thought

To Feel a Thought

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017

You’ve heard of Yip Harburg, haven’t you? Probably not. But you know his words. He wrote the lyrics to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and all the other songs in The Wizard of Oz. In fact, he wrote the lyrics to hundreds of show tunes, such as “April in Paris,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” and […]

Losing is Gaining

Losing is Gaining

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017

I recently visited Tenth Presbyterian Church for a Sunday morning worship service. It was, for me, both worshipful and nostalgic. I knew it would be. I became a Christian at age 20, as an undergraduate student and started attending “Tenth Pres” on a regular basis. I sat under the expository preaching of James Montgomery Boice, […]

The Pleasures of Poetry

The Pleasures of Poetry

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? I’m not sure what that entails but I’m thankful for the reminder to tap into the unique ways poems move, shape, and delight us. It’s worth reflecting on what poetry does that prose does not. The contrast isn’t as stark as I’ve just stated it but […]

Conversing the Gospel

Conversing the Gospel

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017

  In the previous blog, I mentioned the importance of conversation as a major vehicle for evangelism. Today, people point to interpersonal dialogs more than formal presentations as the significant factor in their coming to faith. In this blog, I want to explore why that might be the case. I want to ask, “What do […]

The Specifics of Conversion Experiences

The Specifics of Conversion Experiences

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017

“How are people actually coming to faith today?” That title of an article caught my eye. When I interviewed 40 recent converts, I learned a great deal about how people became Christians. I’m not talking about the spiritual realities of the salvation experience. We can’t think too highly of the images painted in scripture about […]

The Power and Limits of Natural Beauty

The Power and Limits of Natural Beauty

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017

  Lately, I’ve had the privilege of standing in the presence of natural beauty. I have had my breath taken away. I’ve heard people around me use the words “awesome” and “amazing.” And I have added several “Amens.” Why does beauty, especially large displays such as mountain ranges, move us so powerfully? On one level, […]