3 Things that Impact Personal Evangelism


86500320Personal evangelism is probably one of the most ignored spiritual disciplines in the life of a Christian. There are many Christians who are faithful in attending worship services and Sunday School classes. There are many Christians who are faithful and active in serving in various ministries in the local church. There are many Christians who diligently study the Bible and even have a disciplined prayer life. However, many of these same Christians who are faithful in nearly all areas of the church fail to share the gospel in their day-to-day lives. In fact, many churches do not practically emphasize personal evangelism. The most that many churches do in this realm is command believers to share the gospel without tangibly equipping them to do so.

So, a combination of neglect from both individual Christians and churches has led to scarce practice of personal evangelism. This is not only true for distant Christians and churches, but for myself as well. I have been guilty of neglecting personal evangelism while hiding under the excuse of busyness or the guise of being the one who prepares others to evangelize while I sit back and watch. Over time, I have learned many things about personal evangelism, how to implement it in my daily life, and how to encourage those in my local church to actively evangelize on a daily basis. There are three things that have especially impacted my own evangelistic efforts: (1) setting the stage for evangelism, (2) the life of Jesus, and (3) the use of personal testimonies.

1. Setting the Stage for Evangelism

In order for evangelism to be effective, there is some necessary groundwork that needs to be laid. It is tempting to think that evangelism is simply telling the message of the cross with everyone we come in contact with. In fact, I know a guy that used to hang out at the local movie theatre walking around telling people about Jesus. However, his work has proved very ineffective. He has turned more people off from Jesus than lead them to him.

I think the reason for this is that he has not considered the state of a lost person and how to interact with those who are lost. There are many things to consider before evangelizing someone. Firstly, it is important to have a biblical understanding of what a lost person really is. This should create a proper sense of urgency in evangelism. Lost people are under the wrath of God. Lost people are dead in their sins. Lost people are far from God and the things of God. Lost people do not hate sin. All of these things must be on our minds as evangelists.

Another important preliminary issue before evangelism can effectively take place is for the message of the gospel to be clearly grasped by evangelists. We cannot presume to think we can be effective in sharing the gospel if we are not clear on what the gospel actually is! This means that in order to share the gospel effectively, it is important that we know our Bibles well. It is important to meditate often on the gospel and it is all but vital to be able to clearly articulate the basic message of the gospel before personal evangelism can happen. Nothing can turn a lost person away faster than communicating a message that you are not sure about. Most people can tell when you have no clue what you are talking about.

A final preliminary issue to set the stage for effective evangelism is to know where lost people are coming from. What is their story? This point is simple, yet profound. Evangelism has the potential to be ineffective when we ignore the background of the people we are talking to. If we do not show interest in a person, he or she will not be as willing to listen to us. This should cause us to evaluate our own hearts. Do we really care about lost people as individuals or do we care most about boasting in a large number of baptisms? As you prepare to evangelize, consider these preliminary issues.

2. The Life of Jesus

The way Jesus dealt with people teaches us a great deal about personal evangelism. Looking at the life of Jesus shows how people typically respond to evangelism and how people view things like righteousness and Jesus himself. An invaluable point to remember with regard to evangelism and discipleship is the fact that Jesus never argued with those he confronted with the truth of Scripture. It is highly possible that when you share the message of the gospel, which denounces a person’s sinful lifestyle and is “foolishness” to the world, you will be faced with opposition and argumentation. This is especially true with regard to those who have deep religious traditions and a false understanding of righteousness.

The life of Jesus also teaches the importance of everyday situations. Jesus took advantage of everyday situations to interact with people and witness to them. As witnesses of Christ, we to should take advantage of normal and seemingly insignificant settings. Evangelism doesn’t solely take place in evangelistic events, church events, or special programs. Evangelism is to be a way of life for the Christian. The Christian should always seek opportunities to share the gospel. As you prepare to evangelize, consider the life of Jesus.

3. Personal Testimonies

Finally, understanding evangelism and improving evangelistic techniques also depends on making effective use of personal testimonies. In the past I have shied away from personal testimonies because I have feared they have the potential to stray too far from the gospel message. Sharing the gospel becomes a variety hour of my life. However, personal testimonies flooded with the gospel have true and genuine impact on those without Christ. Sharing our stories can even be influential in leading people to trust Christ. Seeing the power of the gospel in someone’s life can be just what someone needs to believe the message itself. Personal testimonies do not save, but when rightly crafted, they can be used as helpful supplements to accent the gospel, which is the power of God for salvation (Rom. 1:16). As you prepare to evangelize, consider your own personal testimony.


396110_519885398036913_1852978654_nMathew Gilbert is a student at Boyce College (B.A. Biblical and Theological Studies). He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God (CrossBooks). Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their dog, Simba. You can follow him on Twitter @Mat_Gilbert.

Morning Mashup 12/17


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Bye-Bye Bible – “A curious feature of church history in the West over the last 200 years or so is that theological leadership and pastoral training have increasingly fallen into the hands of figures and schools of thought that reject the Bible’s veracity.”

The “Celibate Gay Christian” Movement – I am intrigued by this discussion. When Denny Burk speaks to sexual ethics, we would all do well to listen. He writes, “The defining element of same-sex attraction is desire for a sexual relationship with someone of the same sex. Once that desire is removed, it is no longer SSA. It is just friendship. In that sense, same-sex attraction is not a means to better, more holy friendships. It is an impediment to them. When one feels himself desiring a sexual relationship with a person of the same-sex, the only appropriate response is repentance from sin (2 Tim. 2:22). It is not right or helpful to think of that sinful attraction as the foundation for building holy friendships. It is not.”

The Sport of Headis – Ever wanted to combine ping pong and soccer? Me either. But in Germany the sport of headis has combined the two into a bizarre, yet awesome game.

5 of the Best Free Bible Study Tools – As you consider reading through the Bible in 2015, check out these valuable and FREE resources.

15 Right Responses to Our Christian Celebrities – “Ever since Whitefield, the church has wrestled with what to do with her own celebrities. Should we embrace them as gifts from God, or reject them as products of the world? The question has been on the minds of Christians in the United States since before there were United States.”

Christmas Traditions for Progress and Joy – “Enjoy a cherished tradition. Develop a new one. And as you celebrate may your Christmas be with filled with progress and joy in the faith!”

Football and the Value of Humanity – “Comparing modern American football to barbaric gladiatorial culture is misguided at best and outright deceitful at worst.”

Where the gospel is not cherished, the Spirit will not be experienced. –J.D. Greear

Review: Preaching the Farewell Discourse


51g+wB6H6yLPreaching the Farewell Discourse was published in 2014 by B&H.
Scott Kellum is an associate professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He also coauthored another fantastic book called The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown. 

Preaching the Farewell Discourse is an extremely helpful book for pastors. It is a “walk-through” for teachers/pastors of the Word (pg. 2). This work discusses the importance of expository preaching and the attributes of expository preaching. In the case of the farewell discourse, it is located in the book of John. The author advocates that preachers and teachers should be familiar with the book of John, its overview, and understanding the focus in the text.

Kellum defends the importance of the Farewell Discourse, that it is the Word of God, and it should be preached. He gives helpful outlines for the pastor to equip him to preach the text faithfully. The structure of this work makes it very readable and comprehensive for the teacher to walk through in grasping the text. When you walk away from this book, you will grasp the text in John 13-17 more clearly which will be a benefit for you and your congregation. The appendixes are helpful as well. Kellum discusses how one will prepare for study and what should be discussed when going through a sermon series on the Farewell Discourse. Preaching the Farewell Discourse is a helpful, step-by-step, take of the text of John 13-17.

Friends, You only get one life and it will soon pass. Only what is done for Christ will last.


1557562_10153227664651515_1796309980_nEvan Knies is an undergraduate student at Boyce College where he studies Biblical and Theological Studies. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife, Lauren. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.

Ministry is not Missions


Global Missions - web imageMissions is not the same thing as ministry. Ministry includes missions, but the two are not one in the same. Just because one is working cross-culturally or ministering to people in one’s own community does not mean that one is doing missions. Ministry includes all the activities of the church carried out ‘in the name of Jesus,’ attending to the entire range of needs of people—social, physical, emotional and spiritual. Missions is focused specifically on the discipling and churching of the people who have not had the opportunity to hear the Good News.

According to Paul, the work of missions comprised of three things:

1. Preaching the gospel message to persons with intent of leading them to repentance and, thus, salvation

2. Planting of bodies of believers (churches) who were actively involved in ministry to one another and outreach

3. Cultivating these churches until they reached a point of maturity in Christ.

In Romans 15:19, 23, Paul said that he had fulfilled the ministry of the gospel from Jerusalem to Illyricum and that he no longer had any room for work in these regions. Paul had at most been in these regions for 15 years, so what did he mean?

It is conceivable that Paul’s meaning here was that he had left behind a number of churches in key places now capable of completing the work of evangelization and discipleship in the region (Timothy in Ephesus, Titus in Crete).

It is also conceivable that he meant all the existing people groups within the region now had a viable church or churches among them such that these churches could now finish the task of reaching their own people.

John Piper is very insightful on Paul on this point:

In fact, [Paul] goes so far as to say in Romans 15:23, ‘But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions…I hope to see you as I go to Spain.’ This is astonishing! How can he say not only that he has fulfilled the gospel in that region, but also that he has no more room for work? He is finished and going to Spain (15:24). What does this mean? It means that Paul’s conception of the missionary task is not merely the winning of more and more people to Christ (which he could have done very efficiently in these regions), but the reaching of more and more peoples or nations. His focus was not primarily on new geographic areas. Rather, he was gripped by the vision of unreached peoples. Romans 15:9-12 shows that his mind was saturated with OT texts that relate to the hope of the nations” (Let the Nations Be Glad!, 194).

If Piper’s interpretation of Romans 15 is accurate then it seems that missions is about laying the foundation among a people group—that is, the aim is to see spiritually mature, reproducing churches planted in strategic locations among a people group so that these churches themselves are capable of completing the task of evangelization among their own people and even moving beyond.

Ministry is not missions. Missions is taking the message of God’s purpose for humankind and proclaiming that message to the nations, specifically to the nations that have never heard. Missions goes beyond mere conversion of individuals to the planting of bodies of believers that are marked by outreach to the world and mutual ministry within the body.


396110_519885398036913_1852978654_nMathew Gilbert is a student at Boyce College (B.A. Biblical and Theological Studies). He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God (CrossBooks). Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their dog, Simba. You can follow him on Twitter @Mat_Gilbert.

Morning Mashup 12/15


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A Response to Gay Christianity – Owen Strachan of SBTS and Boyce College responds to “Wheaton College’s gay celibate Christian.”

The Gospel in Puerto Rico – An interview with an evangelical church leader in Puerto Rico on how the gospel is thriving in a place where prosperity theology was prominent for years.

Unseen C.S. Lewis Letter Found in Book – This letter expresses Lewis’ thoughts on joy.

Five Reflections on Failures in the Young, Restless, and Reformed Movement – D.A. Carson: “Yes, let us beware of the elixir of celebrity status, but let us thank God for gifted leaders; yes, let us not become snookered by ratings and digital reach, but let us use all lawful means to spread the gospel; and so forth.”

To the Dad Looking at Porn – An open letter from a daughter to her porn-watching father.

Moses Without the Supernatural – Al Mohler’s review of the new blockbuster movie, Exodus: Gods and Kings.

I believe that love to God, and to man for God’s sake, is the essence of religion, and the fulfilling of the law. –John Newton

Floating on Clouds: Reflections on the Physical Realities of the New Heaven and New Earth


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One of the most common things I see on social media sites on the anniversary of a particular person’s death or even days after someone dies is something like this: “I know my guardian angel is looking down on me,” or, “Heaven gained another sweet angel today.”

I am honestly not trying to be snarky or disrespectful because I know that the people who say, tweet, and post things like this are trying to find some way to honor their loved one who has passed away. I get that. I really do. But when I see these kinds of posts and tweets, I cannot help but think, “Do you really think your loved one transformed from a person into an angel?” But then I think, “No, surely not. They are simply searching for words to describe the intermediate state of believers awaiting the final resurrection of their bodies.”

But in the end, it really doesn’t matter. Whether these posts come from the errant notion that people actually become angels or from an incorrect expression of a true biblical reality, I think ignoring the physical dimensions of the new creation robs us of some incredibly sanctifying and fun thoughts.

When we think of what happens to Christians when they die, we typically think only of the intermediate state when the soul or spirit of a Christian is away from the body and present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8). We think of Christian’s who have died to be currently floating on clouds, possibly with wings, flying around from cloud to cloud as they listen to harps play in the background. Truly it doesn’t surprise me to see “Heaven gained an angel” posts because when we try to envision what life will be like in this spiritual state, we have no idea what to think because we have nothing to compare it to. Granted, this is unnecessary knowledge that speculation can take to unhealthy extremes (see Heaven is for Real).

This kind of thinking causes us to focus most of our post-physical death attention on the spiritual aspects of that time. We limit our understanding and thinking of life after death to the time before Christ returns. By doing this, we tend to see tremendous value in spiritual matters while (possibly unintentionally) ignoring physical matters. The truth is that our redemption is not complete until we enjoy the eternal bliss of being in the presence of God with our new glorified bodies. IMB president, David Platt, once said,

Heaven is not a place where we have nothing to do but float on the clouds, but a new earth where we have everything to do: a God to worship, a kingdom to rule, a universe to explore, work to accomplish, and friends to enjoy.

This is what we ultimately long for. This is why we cry, “Maranatha!” In that day, Randy Alcorn posits, “Not only will we see his face and live, but we will likely wonder if we ever lived before we saw his face!” The physical dimension of the final blessedness of heaven brings not only incomparable joy, but highly relatable joy.

While it seems trivial to point out an ignorance of one single aspect of life after death, I believe it dramatically impacts the way we live. In fact, after just recently being reminded of the reality of the overtly physical realities of the new heaven and new earth, it has caused me to deeply reflect on the way I treat my own body by overindulging in food. There are innumerable practical implications connected to the physical realm of the final new creation. And to be honest, I see a direct correlation between the lack of emphasis on the physical side of eternal life and the lack of emphasis on care for the body before death.

Think about it. One of the most common criticisms that Christians in the American South face is that we love to point out sins like homosexuality, we love to ignore sins like gluttony. While such claims are invalid, as others have shown, there is some truth in them in that if you want to find an obese or overweight pastor, a good place to look would be churches in the southern part of the country. In this same region, life after death is spoken of often and almost always in spiritual-only terms. You will likely hear the famous C.S. Lewis quote, “You are not a body with a soul, but a soul with a body.” True statement. Just incomplete. Could it be that we have indirectly, maybe even subconsciously, excused poor treatment of our bodies because we know that our bodies will pass away and the true us is found in our spirits? I am not so much as making a claim as much as I am asking a sincere question…of myself.

Like many of you, I have been mostly exposed to the spiritual, non-physical aspects of new creation theology. It is very sanctifying to start thinking of the certain eschatological future residence of believers as being physical. Though there is no absence of joy whatsoever in thinking of our future eschatological home in terms of being in God’s presence outside of an actual physical place with a physical body, there is almost a special feeling of joy that can be found in realizing that this home in God’s presence will be somewhat familiar to the place we call home now. Randy Alcorn’s words on the doctrine of the New Earth make total sense and speak directly to my heart on the matter.

The biblical doctrine of the New Earth implies something startling: that if we want to know what the ultimate Heaven, our eternal home, will be like, the best place to start is by looking around us. We shouldn’t close our eyes and try to imagine the unimaginable. We should open our eyes, because the present Earth is as much a valid reference point for envisioning the New Earth as our present bodies are a valid reference point for envisioning our new bodies.

I have resolved to think more about the physical realities of life after death. While I rejoice and anticipate the day that I will be in the presence of the Lord without my body, I desperately long for the day when Christ receives the final fruit of his work; a fully redeemed creation full of wonder and majesty. In thinking about these glorified physical realities, I pray it serves as a grace to cause me to think and act rightly with regard to my body before I die.

Christian, you will not be an angel when you die. You will be much greater than an angel. You will be an incomplete being in the perfectly joyful presence of God awaiting complete redemption when your new, glorified body is given to you. With this perfect and flawless body, you will reign with God forever. And when that day comes, unimaginable physical joys will be at your fingertips. Wonder with Alcorn when he dreams,

Skydiving without a parachute? Maybe, maybe not. Scuba diving without an air tank? I hope so. Will we be able to tolerate diving to depths of hundreds of fret without special equipment? We know that our resurrection bodies will be superior. Won’t it be fantastic to test their limits and to invent new technologies that extend our ability to explore and enjoy God in the mighty realms he makes? Those who know God and believe his promise of bodily resurrection can dream great dreams. One day we will live those dreams.”

Dream today about what a perfectly glorified physical world will look and feel like. How will we experience this world? The confidence we have in the work of Christ on our behalf grounds our confidence to biblically speculate about the specifics of this place. I look forward with great hope to this day and instead of closing my eyes to imagine being in God’s presence outside of a physical place, with eyes wide open I will anticipate standing, crawling, walking, running, jumping, flying? in an abundantly joyful, satisfying, and perfectly redeemed earth with the God whose glory shines in it all.


396110_519885398036913_1852978654_nMathew Gilbert is a student at Boyce College (B.A. Biblical and Theological Studies). He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God (CrossBooks). Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their dog, Simba. You can follow him on Twitter @Mat_Gilbert.

Morning Mashup 12/12


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Theology and Pastoral Ministry – An excellent piece on the relationship between theological study and the pastorate.

7 Errors to Avoid in Following Christ – Each of these are very helpful.

7 Things Christians Should Know About Torture – This is a great post to help Christians think through the Senate report on the torture of terrorists following 9/11.

The Gospel According to Peanuts – How the Charlie Brown Christmas Special almost didn’t happen. Don’t miss this!

19 Secrets of UPS Drivers – I came across this interesting article on Challies’ blog. I’m glad I did. Lists like this one are too fun.

How Reading Fiction Can Help You Live a Better Life – The kids I minister to hear me advocate for the reading of fiction, a lot! Some of the reasons are found in this article.

Why It’s So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos – Anyone other than me have this problem?

To come to Thee is to come home from exile, to come to land out of the raging storm, to come to rest after long labor, to come to the goal of my desires and the summit of my wishes. –Charles Spurgeon

Review: Entrusted with the Gospel


51nOOLeXRSLEntrusted with the Gospel: Paul’s Theology in the Pastoral Epistles was published by B&H in 2010. This book was written with many contributors. Andreas Kostenberger and Terry Wilder served as editors for this work. Dr. Kostenberger is professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Wilder is currently professor of New Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

This book contains a collection of essays from great scholars covering different attributes of the Pauline Pastoral Epistles. The aim of this work is to engage readers and inform them on the current scholarship in the epistles. It is a scholarly work, but it is a very engaging work! This book will help lay men and women in the church grasp the importance of the epistles better. These scholars hold that Paul the apostle wrote the epistles as well provided by internal evidence (pg. 8). The scholars show the sovereign Christ in the epistles, and as a result, readers should proclaim the sovereign Messiah! They also show the importance of doctrine and how it relates to the life of the Church. We need sound doctrine in our churches, and need to guard it closely.

If you have neglected the epistles in the past, this work is for you. If you’re a pastor and struggling preaching from the epistles, this book will help you. If you’re a scholar, reading this book will not just want you to pursue the King more, but also care for the church more as well.

Friends, you only get one life and it will soon pass. Only what is done for Christ will last.


1557562_10153227664651515_1796309980_nEvan Knies is an undergraduate student at Boyce College where he studies Biblical and Theological Studies. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife, Lauren. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.

The Uncomfortableness of Bringing Bad News


sweep-under-rugGood news carries little significance unless it is on the heals of bad news.

My wife and I have a few TV shows that we watch regularly (other than sports, which I watch and she sleeps to). We love Criminal Minds, which we look forward to every Wednesday night. But we also love to watch reruns of The King of Queens, because, well, Kevin James. The dude is just too funny. The more of the sitcom that you watch, the more you learn about Kevin James’ character, Doug Heffernan, and his family. One thing that you begin to realize over time is that Doug and his parents cannot handle bad news.

In one particular episode, Doug and his wife, Carrie, visit Doug’s parents in Florida. While there, the couple is greeted by a lively and beloved family dog, Rocky. The mini family reunion is going well until they all begin watching home videos from when Doug was a kid and you start to realize that the old family dog is, well, just a little too old. In the video, the family is celebrating the Bicentennial with a backyard barbecue featuring, you guessed it, Doug and Rocky. The problem is that if the dog in the video was the same as the dog in Doug’s lap, the dog would be over thirty years old!

Evidently, Rocky had died, but not only that, his replacement dog had died two times over! The Rocky he was playing with in Florida was the third replacement of the original Rocky! Carrie learns very quickly that the Heffernans hide bad news in order to avoid awkward conversations and keep from upsetting anyone. They sweep everything under the rug, or in this case, bury everything in the backyard!

It is tempting for Christians to take this same sweep-under-the-rug mentality when it comes to sin. Evangelism is hard because it involves telling someone that he or she is a sinner. This is why evangelism is often defined as a “conversation between two nervous people.” The awkwardness involved in sharing the gospel is so thick you could cut it. I have at times felt so awkward while sharing the gospel that I could barely stand up after the conversation was over. It felt more like torture than the positive spin we often try to put on evangelism.

If I can be honest for a minute, I must admit that telling someone that without Jesus they will remain forever lost in their sin is not as appealing as, say, talking about how dominant UK’s defense is. I honestly don’t wake up saying, “Yes, a new day to go tell some friends and strangers that their throats are an open grave and the venom of asps is on their lips (Rom. 3:13). But oh how necessary is this to realize before the gospel can be cherished!

Evangelism is the daily outworking of grace in a child of God to share grace with an enemy of God. It occurs in daily life. From the body shop to the beauty shop, the glory of God’s grace in the gospel extends to sinners. But as glorious as this is, the message of the gospel never reaches the ears of the mechanic or the hair stylist because of a desperate fear of bringing bad news.

Like the Heffernan family, bringing bad news is so uncomfortable that we would much prefer to sweep it under the rug and just focus on positive things. In fact, we are so allergic to bringing bad news that we try to find creative ways to share the gospel without even one mention of sin. We will talk about how God loved us all so much that he sent his Son to die for us. However, if we forget to mention the purpose in this sacrificial love and death, we miss the point of the gospel. If you leave sin out of the equation, you must leave the cross out as well.

The gospel cannot be received as good news until it is preceded by the bad news. Only when we see how dreadful our condition in sin is will we desire a Savior. So, in one way if your experience with evangelism has led to some awkward conversations, you should be encouraged. More than likely, you brought up the reality of sin. The gospel makes no sense without lovingly and winsomely confronting people with the truth that they are sinners in need of a Savior.

Don’t take a sweep-under-the-rug approach to sin. Bringing bad news is incredibly uncomfortable, but it is eternally significant. What does it profit a man to see his friend lose his soul because he gained comfort by not talking about sin? Like a raving maniac waving his arms, running, and yelling to warn drivers of the turned-over semi around a curve, we must willingly risk looking or sounding awkward for the sake of the salvation of lives. The message of the gospel is important enough to sacrifice your sense of comfort. Be awkward for the sake of Christ. Bring bad news to your lost friends because you know how indescribably good the Good News really is.


396110_519885398036913_1852978654_nMathew Gilbert is a student at Boyce College (B.A. Biblical and Theological Studies). He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God (CrossBooks). Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their dog, Simba. You can follow him on Twitter @Mat_Gilbert.

Morning Mashup 12/10


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I Don’t See You as a Black Friend – Garrett Kell with an enlightening and emotional discussion of his friendships with black Christian men in his life.

Why I Think the Christian Ought to Care About Race – Friends, listen carefully to Trillia Newbell: “Here’s the thing, you don’t have to agree with all of the issues surrounding the case. We can all disagree about how the case was handled. We can disagree with intent of the officer, etc. But what we can’t ignore is that there is an entire community of people of all colors (but majority Black) who are mourning and grieving. We can’t ignore that.”

Who Was St. Nicholas? – Kevin DeYoung discusses who the real St. Nicholas was. Whether you teach your kids about Santa Claus or not, this article will be to your advantage.

Abortion is Out; Single Moms Are In – “New data show fewer abortions and marriages, meaning many more single moms.Those who love life should start supporting good marriages and parenting.”

How Do You Sleep? – Hm. A question you probably haven’t asked, but probably should be.

The Pastoral Ministry of Shaking Hands – H.B. Charles Jr.: “But I contend it is a good thing for a pastor to hang around after services to shake hands with church members. It is not just a courteous thing to do. You should consider it further ministry to the people you minister to in the pulpit.”

Five Things I’ve Learned From Kids with Autism – Honest and helpful post from Cameron Doolittle.

The History of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree – Read about one of the most iconic symbols of the Christmas holiday.

Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor. –Charles Spurgeon