May 22, 2017
We marginalize evangelism when we say the good news is social action.
I’ve read many mission statements of churches and faith-based ministries during my four decades working with evangelist Luis Palau. Most of these statements declare that one of the reasons why the church or mission exists is to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.
May 21, 2017
Measure outcomes, not activities.
A few years ago I was part of a breakout group at a church planting roundtable where we discussed the question, “What is church?” The group was comprised of international and regional directors of church planting organizations. About fifteen minutes into the discussion ...
May 19, 2017
mass incarceration, criminal justice
NORP = Normal Ordinary Responsible Person
The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration. Although America is home to only about 1/20 of the world’s population, we house almost 1/4 of the world’s prisoners.
Criminologists have coined the term “mass incarceration” to capture the ...
May 18, 2017
Reformation, Five Solas, Lord's Supper
The Roman formula is for the faithful to receive the bread and for the priest to drink the wine.
I sat in the church where Martin Luther preached some 2,000 sermons, imagining the impact his short life had on the world. Sitting in a pew, taking in the sights of The Town Church (Stadtkirche) of Wittenberg, I could almost hear his thunderous insights mixed with stories and ...
May 17, 2017
Rural Church, church planting, Amplify
If millions of Americans still lived in rural areas, surely God cared about them too.
We’ve all heard it: “Go big or go home.” It’s the phrase we used in high school after we succeeded in eating 66 chicken wings—one hugely important wing more than our best friend. It’s the phrase we used in college to commemorate basically ...
May 16, 2017
evangelism, church planting, gospel saturation
The Directional Team of Christ Together Network talks "God's Gospel Saturation."
Ed: Scott, what is Christ Together? What are you trying to accomplish?
Scott Chapman: Christ Together is a network of local churches that band together to reach every man, woman, and child in their city with the Gospel. The idea is that when the churches of a particular area ...
May 15, 2017
Evangelism isn’t what it used to be and is uncertain of what it should be.
I get it. Culture is changing rapidly and radically. The methods we have used successfully for decades have become ineffective, even counter-productive. Heaven? Spiritual laws? Bible verses? These no longer spark spiritual interest. Evangelism training isn’t what it used ...