I finished this book with a real 50/50 attitude. It is a Zondervan book but done by Focus on the Family with which the authors have close connections. I appreciated the emphasis on evangelism in the world, not just in the church. I believe our churches have to realize that people aren’t getting saved just by coming to church and that the church must again go into the highways and hedges and win them. But that is where my positive feelings ended with the book. In typical para-church fashion, the local church (especially fundamental churches) is continually demeaned and blamed for all the failures in today’s evangelism. Examples are given in caricature of people being driven away from Christ because of some silly thing done in the church. Besides this typical (and by now, old hat) blame game, the authors present common sense approaches to reaching out to lost people, but do it as if no conservative person ever considered building bridges with the lost. Frankly, I have much of this material in my Personal Evangelism 101 notes from 1968 (in a fundamental Baptist school no less!). Of course, the authors would never consider their point of view to be judgmental or one-sided.
When God Closes the DoorFebruary 1, 2017
The foremost belief of a sinner who refuses God’s grace is that the consequences of that refusal will never come. Surely anyone who truly understood and believed in what the Bible teaches about heaven and hell would not take such a chance as this. But, of course, the fact is that such a person does […]
Good News & Bad News About Human IdentityJune 29, 2015
There are some things about which the Bible speaks clearly and one of those is the makeup of human beings. Yet it is amazing how far away from the plain language of the Bible our society has moved within one generation. In my youth it was risky enough to refer to homosexuals or lesbians rather […]
The God Who SpeaksAugust 2, 2014
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds” Hebrews 1:1-2 America is quickly leaving a word-based society […]