Tag Archives: evangelism

Satisfying hungry hearts

We’re hungry. I am, and I think you are, too. It’s not a hunger that can be satisfied by a piece of the strawberry-rhubarb pie Sheryl made last week. We’re hungry because we’re dissatisfied with life and want something more. Polling by the Gallup organization consistently shows that in the United States we’re less satisfied […]

Come and see

“Come and see,” Jesus said to those would-be followers who wanted to know where he was staying, and they came and saw, or so the story goes (John 1:39). But often seeing is not as easy as that. I can look and look at what is obvious to someone else and not see a thing. […]

Becoming the Word

We’re still close enough to the season of commencement addresses to remember the advice of Ray Bradbury: “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. . . […]

Language of the heart

Every Christian, and every congregation that professes to be part of the body of Christ, is ultimately concerned with two things. There are many other particular concerns, but I believe it’s absolutely necessary to be able to make a direct connection between each one of those other concerns and the first two. If we cannot […]

Chasing the rabbit

Following my message last week, someone wrote, “You always leave me with more questions than answers. I can’t wait to see where you are taking us.” People have been saying that to me in one way or another for a long time. After one of my sermons years ago, someone who was obviously frustrated came […]

A new paganism, or the new Jerusalem?

Is the church in this part of the world (North America) verging toward a new brand of paganism? One of my colleagues wrote recently that “many (if not most) American churches emulate the ancient pagan religions in one regard: we neglect mission.” “The American church,” he wrote, “approaches evangelism, mission and outreach pretty much the […]