Revive Our Hearts: His Name is Wonderful: Isaiah 9:6
Ponder several names of Jesus, and discover how the One who is the Prince of Peace, the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, and the Everlasting Father still works in our lives and meets our needs today.
Revive Our Hearts: A Vision of the Glorified Christ--Revelation
Nancy begins a study in Revelation and helps us understand that it isn’t a puzzle we’re supposed to put together but a revelation of Christ that we’re supposed to obey. As she points to the future promise we have in Christ’s return, you’ll be encouraged, blessed, sobered, and challenged to let this book affect the way you live today.
Was H L Mencken right? Humor and Christians.
H L Mencken defined Puritanism as ‘The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.’ How sad it is that Christians in general, and the bible in particular, have been frequently perceived as humorless. In fact, the bible, and the ministry of Jesus, are full of humor, and we are therefore mandated to use humor in evangelism and ministry. Check this CT article on Understanding Humor and James Watkins writings, many of which are very accessible to not-yet-Christians. IE Day’s page about humor includes a free download of a classic book and a more recent title on Christianity and humor.
Principles of evangelism: communicating the gospel to a secular postmodern culture & worldview
As secular culture has moved further and further away from Christianity, it has become increasingly necessary to change the traditional evangelistic approach in order to communicate the Gospel. On the whole, we can't earn an opportunity to be taken seriously when talking about Jesus or God until we have connected with people on issues they are already interested in. We have to earn the right to be heard.
The Parable of Parable - why story communicates the Christian gospel effectively
Once upon a time, Truth went about the streets as naked as the day he was born. As a result, no-one would let him into their homes. Whenever people caught sight of him, they turned away and fled. One day when Truth was sadly wandering about, he came upon Parable. Now, Parable was dressed in splendid clothes of beautiful colors. And Parable, seeing Truth, said, “Tell me, neighbor, what makes you look so sad?”
Are strategies biblical? Why do we need strategy to preach the Gospel?
Some people might ask, “Why do we need evangelistic strategies at all? Surely we are just called on to preach the Gospel, plain and straight, and leave God to do the rest?” Even the words ‘communication strategies’ may seem to imply worldly marketing methods rather than a dependence on the power of the Gospel through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus the Communicator - how Jesus met the felt personal needs of individual people
Down the long, dusty road on their way from Jericho to Jerusalem, almost two thousand years ago, trod Jesus with His motley band of twelve disciples, followed by a huge crowd. Because of their long journey, they were all hot and sweaty. The dust clung to them. They were weary, but Jesus was at the height of His popularity and the great crowd of people pressed close to Him. They were jabbering endlessly. Asking questions. Seeking favours. They could be heard a mile away.
The Engel Scale - a detailed explanation of spiritual journeys towards Christian commitment
There are few online resources explaining the Engel Scale and similar concepts of Christian communication. This page draws together a range of resources and links.
Recommended best books for Christian leaders, pastors and evangelists
This priority list has been chosen, not as representing the best Christian or web books of any sort, but because they have special significance for evangelism and ministry in our rapidly-changing world. Some of these books are virtually the only ones to offer their particular insights.
Book review: Christianish: What If We're Not Really Following Jesus at All? by Mark Steele
Somewhere between cold faith and hot pursuit lies lukewarm spirituality. And in the median between the wide path and the narrow road we find the middle ground of the spiritual walk. It’s something not quite Christian. More like... Christianish.