Evangelism

Last Tuesday night, Dwayne and I wanted a pizza.  We have “pizza” on speed dial and called to order a pepperoni pie.  There was no answer.  I called again, and the ringing went on and on and on.  Why?  Why wouldn’t the pizzeria pick up?  We thought, maybe they’re very…

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What about a Biker Missionary?

Throwback Thursday a day late.  This is an article I wrote in September 2009 and was published in the October issue of “Connections,” the newsletter of New Covenant Presbytery.   I share it here, because this story will be featured in the fourth chapter of the book I’m currently working on, “Twenty-eight…

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Zero Moment of Truth for the Church

I’ve been enjoying the benefits of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).  Most recently I’ve been taking courses in a specialization in Digital Marketing through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The course is focused on the influence of the technology specifically the connectivity of the internet in our pockets (or…

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Evangelism is NOT Marketing!

A few years ago I was flying out of Chicago towards Houston.  This was one of those flights where the man sitting in the middle aisle next to me really wanted to talk.  And soon enough the question came: “So what do you do?”  At the time I was the Associate General…

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Why I’m Presbyterian

I was born asking the question, “Why?”  My father tells the story of driving the three-year-old-me miles to the local electrical sub-station all the while tracing the wires from our house, because I asked “how come?” every time I turned the light switch on and off.  As a preschooler, I drove my…

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Awkward Story … Unexplainable Truth

“Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey … do you know what a donkey is?”  “A little horse?”  Close enough, I think.  I was trying to explain what Palm Sunday was to our Chinese guest.  I had taken a couple extra palms at church in order to make  palm crosses….

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What would a Martian Say?

  This week commemorated the 75th anniversary of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast.  I drove through Grovers Mill on the way home from worship this morning in Plainsboro, after Anita Milne told the story as background to her sermon.  She retold the story of Zacchaeus as a parable…

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Next Church … Just Whelmed

  I attended the Next Church conference in Dallas this week and, I have to admit, I am just whelmed … Not overwhelmed, not underwhelmed. Worship was well crafted, musicians good, preachers excellent … but I felt a kind of “status quo” in the room. The speakers we heard said…

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Christmas Eve Visitors

  Church growth guru, Bill Easum, says that Christmas Eve is the most important night of the year for the “unconnected”.  How many of our churches, though, design Christmas Eve worship for the first-time visitor, for the person who is not connected to a community of faith or to a…

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