Browsing All Posts filed under »Evangelism«

A True Cliché

April 18, 2015


We all get circulars in the post. Pastors usually receive seasonal notices from para-church organizations of a recently released method(s) to congregational spiritual health or growth. When I read them two things strike me: first, the formulaic and methodological thinking in the“if you do this, then this…” or the “A”PLUS “B” will guarantee result “C” and […]

For a Tongue Like Thunder

April 7, 2015


“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of him everywhere” (2 Corinthians 2.14 ESV). I make it my particular intercession from Palm Sunday to Good Friday to pray for all Anglican ministers who are preparing Easter sermons and services, that they will […]

Our Misery

March 26, 2015


Reformed Anglican worship in Morning and Evening Prayer and in the Lord’s Supper keeps to the three-fold biblical pattern that was rediscovered in the Reformation: Guilt, where in preparation to receive Him, we realize and confess our need for salvation and a Savior. Grace, where we hear and understand from God’s gospel Word His provision […]

Stepping Out into Spring

March 24, 2014


Entering North American Anglicanism in leaving the Episcopal Church (TEC) is like stepping out of a dark cellar into the bright daylight of the European spring in 1945. Ruins everywhere point to past glories. There’s a light giddiness in the silence. The shelling has stopped. The war may not be completely over, but it is […]

Lessons for a stronger Christianity

June 7, 2013


Larry Alex Taunton—founder and executive director of Fixed Point Foundation—has a helpful article in The Atlantic on their recent study of college-aged atheists in the U.S. They were surprised by the composite picture that emerged from these interviews, which he summarizes later in the article: They had attended church Most of our participants had not […]

Holy Week, Easter, Prayer and Preaching

March 28, 2013


With sermons for tonight, tomorrow night and Easter Sunday done, my thoughts and prayer turn to those whom our heavenly Father draws to hear the gospel this year – those who only come to church on Christmas and Easter. Do you know what is true about folks who only come to church on Christmas and […]

Seeker, Seeking, Sought

February 16, 2013


Ever met an evangelist? I met one recently in the pages of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. He is simply called “Evangelist” but it would be wrong to impose upon Bunyan’s character a modern understanding of an itinerant, American-style preacher. Rather, Evangelist here represents an important facet of the office of pastor which remains connected […]