The Heart of Evangelsim

I just finished reading The Heart of Evangelism by Jerram Barrs, founder and Resident Scholar of the Francis Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theological Seminary.  This is perhaps the best and fullest piece I have read on evangelism. Woven throughout the book is what Barrs feels to be the seven principles of communicating the gospel.  They are: showing respect, building bridges for the gospel, understanding what others believe, speaking the right language, reasoned persuasion, clarifying the good news, and challenging the heart and mind.  Don’t let this list fool you.  This isn’t just “Seven Steps to Convert a Non-Believer.”  Barrs is … Continue reading The Heart of Evangelsim

Seeing the Gospel in Good Books

I’m reading The Heart of Evangelism by Jerram Barrs, founder and Resident Scholar of the Francis Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theology Seminary.  A few days ago, a quote caught my eye.  The funny thing is that it has nothing to do with evangelism, but about how good books point us to Christ: Great literature deals with the human condition in all its sorrow and in all its joy.  It asks the difficult questions that confront all human beings and sometimes answers those questions accurately.  This is so whether it is a Christian or a non-Christian who is writing the book.  … Continue reading Seeing the Gospel in Good Books

God Tends to Use Failures to Show His Greatness

God is so merciful and gracious to provide his Son Jesus as the atonement for our sins.  Certainly, God could have written us a Bible with one statement that said, “It’s your fault you are sinners, so get back on your feet by yourself.”  I’m so thankful he doesn’t say that.  For those who have faith in Christ as the payment for their sin, they are perfectly accepted by the Father.  Romans 8 says that “nothing in all creation” can separate us from God’s love if have been justified by Jesus’ death.  The body of Christ is made up of … Continue reading God Tends to Use Failures to Show His Greatness