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Telling the Gospel Through Story
Evangelism that keeps hearers wanting more.
Telling the Gospel Through Story

Steve was a house painter from England vacationing at a beach in the Philippines with his family. I happened to be staying at the same resort. One day during a conversation that began to turn toward spiritual things, Steve said, "I've talked to numerous ...

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Christ, Culture, and the Generation Gap
What younger and older Christians get right and wrong about engaging the "world"

Grandma listened patiently as I described the content of the album I was obsessed with that summer. The songs told the story of two brothers. One was the family's shame, an alcoholic in jail for some petty crime. The other was a politician with a promising ...

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Mental Illness Has a Face
What I learned while visiting a mental health facility.
Mental Illness Has a Face

The large door labeled "Mental Health" stood at the end of the hallway. Maybe it really was ominous, or maybe it was just my imagination, but I took a deep breath before pressing the black button beside the door, fully aware that a camera ...

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A Defense of Christianity's Influence on History
Evidence does not support what many secular institutions teach us.
A Defense of Christianity's Influence on History

When it comes to sharing the gospel today, many of us feel somewhat apathetic or insecure. One reason for this deficit is the absence of a clear and accurate picture of the role that the Christian mission and people like us have played in the great sweep ...

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Be on the Lookout for "God Incidences"
The wrong road led to a wonderful witness.

Some people mistakenly refer to inexplicable, uncanny, timely, and/or especially appropriate happenings as coincidences. But Christians need to recognize them as God incidences. Deuteronomy 4:9 backs this idea, "Only be careful, and watch yourselves ...

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Path to a Miracle
Sometimes a leap of faith is one small step after another.
Path to a Miracle

Silvio* sat on the living room couch, struggling to express in English what would have been difficult even in his native Portuguese.

"I-I just can't believe in God," he confessed. "Maybe, if, if he show me just … what the word?"

...

"Yes! That it. ...

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No More "One Size Fits All" Outreach
The New Testament is full of different types of evangelism.
No More "One Size Fits All" Outreach

In the 1990s, Mark Mittelberg, Lee Strobel, and Bill Hybels—wrote a book and curriculum called Becoming a Contagious Christian. The message in this book is that every follower of Jesus is uniquely gifted with a particular evangelistic style ...

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How to Reach Muslims
Find common ground and seek out creative ways to connect.
How to Reach Muslims

Drew Dyck spoke with T.V. Thomas, who is the director of the Centre for Evangelism & World Mission.

How should Christians respond to the growing number of Muslims in North America and Europe?

We need to deal with our fear issue propagated by the media. ...

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Guardians of the Gospel
Only one person holds the title of "evangelist" in the New Testament--"Philip the evangelist" (Acts 21:8)--and he was an outlaw.
Guardians of the Gospel

In Acts 5, Peter and the other apostles were told in no uncertain terms to cease and desist their work. But their desire did not wane, and the men continued to minister. After a stint in the city slammer—and a miraculous jailbreak—the apostles ...

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Help Even the Unrighteous Poor
After all, we are all unrighteous.
Help Even the Unrighteous Poor

My office is located in one of the poorer areas in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. Even as I am writing this, outside my window I can see two prostitutes standing across the street outside a hotel and a homeless man pushing a grocery cart full of cans. ...

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What Is True Evangelism?
Faith comes by hearing.
What Is True Evangelism?

Over the years, I have heard people say things like, "Serving is not evangelism. It is a great thing to do, but serving alone does not present the message of the gospel." Or, "Inviting a person to church or to a Christian concert is not ...

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Grandfather Christmas
What is all this about again?
Grandfather Christmas

We always had to wait. After dinner. After the dishes were done. After dessert. And, after singing. You, Grandpa, with your plentitude of slicked back hair and your gray cardigan sweater, pumping away at the console organ. Your hands flowing back and ...

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The Gift
God's plan for the world unfolds in the first few pages of the New Testament.

We all like the idea of giving the perfect gift. But to find that gift, we need to take time in choosing it, and it needs to be timely. In Christ, we see both.

Many people pass over the first chapter of Matthew but, among other things, we can see the ...

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An Indescribable Gift
4 funny stories that make a serious point about Christmas
An Indescribable Gift

Perhaps you've heard about the little girl who came home from Sunday school triumphantly waving a paper. "Mommy!" she said, "My teacher says I drew the most unusual Christmas picture she has ever seen."

Her mother studied the picture and concluded it ...

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Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith
An interview with Generation Ex:Christian author Drew Dyck
Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith

What prompted you to write about ex-Christians?

My friends started to leave the faith—the first was a friend from high school. We had both grown up in the church. Both of our fathers were pastors. Then a few years after high school, he came to visit ...

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Reimagining Evangelism
Think about these new ways to connect and communicate the Good News.
Reimagining Evangelism

Rick Richardson has written a book called Reimagining Evangelism. He suggests that we imagine the evangelist as a travel guide and define evangelism as conversations with people on a spiritual journey, which will lead to shifts in our pictures and practices ...

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What Do I Say Now?
Responding to the slogans of critics.
What Do I Say Now?

True for You, But Not For Me

Since the church began, objections have been raised to the faith. They have varied according to the beliefs and mindset of the day. To be effective in taking a stand for the truth, Christians have had to know the current questions ...

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Evangelism Takes Time
Evangelism, like sanctification, takes time. Therefore, we must give it time.

A man who liked C. S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters went on to read Mere Christianity and was infuriated. He wrote the author a scathing letter.

Lewis's response, in longhand, shows a master evangelist at work:

"Yes, I'm not surprised that a man who agreed ...

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The Violence of Evangelism
Why, exactly, does the word evangelism evoke such violent metaphors?

Let the record show that, like right-thinking people everywhere, we have been alarmed by recent rumors of people being "beaten over the head with the Bible." We do not endorse, condone, or tolerate the use of the Bible as a blunt instrument. We are shocked ...

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A Community of the Broken
A young organization models what it might mean to be the church in a suffering world.

Several years ago, I made my first trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone, just as that country's civil war was winding down. One of my first stops was a camp for the war wounded.

During the war, nearly 250,000 people had their arms or legs amputated by rebels, ...

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