My enthusiastic congratulations on your recent CT Institute on evangelism in the nineties [Dec. 16]. The whole series of articles is excellent, but three key points merit special emphasis.

First, the introduction states that “evangelism is the business of the whole church, rather than a special calling for a few.” If only more folks would believe that!

Second, in the middle of his interview, Michael Green makes the observation that “You can’t have evangelism without renewal, and if you’ve got authentic renewal, it’s going to overflow into evangelism.” My evangelistic team has seen that proven again and again over 25 years of ministry.

Third, at the end of Christopher Hancock’s article, he observes that “Evangelism is not, finally, about a forced choice between converting souls or changing social systems, but is about the grace that saves sinners, and the truth that transforms societies.” Exactly!

I am proud to preach the gospel, which is the power of God, because nothing helps people more than introducing them to Jesus Christ. Evangelism saves people not only from dying without Christ, but also from living without him.

Luis Palau

Luis Palau Evangelistic Association

Portland, Oreg.

I have talked with many Christians who do not witness and heard many excuses. Examining their excuses for the real motives, I made up a list of what I believe are the nine major causes that Christians do not confess Christ before unbelieving associates.

Prize-winning Providence

I get this idea every year about this time. It comes to me in a friendly, yet authoritative baritone voice: Ed McMahon’s. “You may already be a winner,” he says, “of $10,000,000.”

Now let me be clear: I don’t approve of gambling. But I figure that laying down a 29-cent stamp to return ...

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