I’m convinced it’s better for your church to have an evangelistic culture than just a series of evangelistic programs.
In a church with a program-driven approach to evangelism, sharing the gospel can become something mostly for certain people at certain times, like when the evangelism team goes out visiting.
But in a church with an evangelistic culture, each member is encouraged to play a role within the larger church’s effort to reach the people around them with the message of salvation in Jesus. It becomes a part of every believer’s life.
I found this interesting:
Bezos instead requires that employees compose 6-page narrative memos, and he starts meetings with quiet reading periods—“study halls”—in which everyone reads the memo from beginning to end.
So the company that is devoted to helping customers do things quick-quick-quick—“1-click ordering,” same-day delivery, the instant download—creates an environment where employees take the time to write and think slowly.
Kindle deals for Christian readers
- Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus’ Name by Bryan Chapell—$3.79
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The following from Kevin DeYoung are still on sale:
- The Hole in Our Holiness—$2.99
- What Is the Mission of the Church?—$2.99
- Don’t Call It a Comeback—$1.99
- The Holy Spirit—99¢
Cruciform Press’ summer Kindle sale continues until September 4th. The following books are a steal at 99¢ each:
- The Organized Heart by Staci Eastin
- But God… by Casey Lute
- Modest by R W Glenn and Tim Challies
- Intentional Parenting by Tad Thompson
- Awaiting a Savior by Aaron Armstrong
- Getting Back in the Race by Joel Beeke
- Torn to Heal by Mike Leake
- Reclaiming Adoption by Dan Cruver
- Licensed to Kill by Brian Hedges
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Finally, while it’s not a Christian book by any means, but Mark Stein’s book, How the States Got Their Shapes, looks intriguing and is on sale for $2.99.
I hate getting things wrong, and I’m gripped at really odd times by a certainty that I’m about to publicly do something incorrect. When I preach at church, for example, I check about ten times that the Bible reading is actually the one for which I’ve prepared. Perhaps you don’t share quite that level of obsession, but I don’t know many people who really embrace being wrong, or relish having it pointed out by others.
Too many preachers are at their best when they are telling a personal anecdote or ripping into some sacred cow or riffing on in a humorous fashion. There is a time for all of that, but we ought to beware if those times are when we are at our best. We can be orthodox preachers of good, gospel truths and still tickle people’s ears. If we’re not careful, we’ll train the large conference audience and our local congregation that the time to really pay attention is when we start drifting not when we start digging.