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My personal Lord and Saviour?

by Kim on February 7, 2011

I have a problem with some kinds of Christian evangelism. Especially the kind that invites people to take Jesus “as your personal Lord and Saviour”, to have “a personal relationship with Jesus”. It makes our Lord sound like a made-to-measure suit. What’s wrong with a one-size-fits-all Jesus? As the character Cheryl [...]


The ‘Altar Call’

by Richard on July 7, 2010

Following on from the conversation about outreach methods, I found this interesting quote on the ‘altar call’ from LLoyd-Jones

Early in the 1970s Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones was the speaker at a ministers’ conference in the USA and at a question session was asked the following question:
Q During recent years, especially in England, among evangelicals of the [...]


Evangelical universalism

by Richard on October 23, 2009

That splendid fellow Will Grady has an excellent post under the headline the evangelical universalist. I suspect it’s a theme to which he’ll be returning.
(For what it is worth, Will, my conclusions are similar to yours. What’s more, PamBG approves. So we must be right. )


A reluctant universalist

by Richard on March 30, 2009

It’s strange, isn’t it, how sometimes what appear to be very different thoughts end up pulling in the same direction? I’ve been meaning to write this post (or one much like it) for quite a while, and have been unable to find the way to start it. This week, various things have prompted me [...]


A day of meetings

by Richard on March 25, 2009

The “more later” I promised never materialized, but here’s what I intended…
Yesterday started with our Circuit Staff Meeting. Normally we’d have this in one of the manses, but this time we had a change of venue meeting in Starbucks instead. It was a very positive experience . First off, I went to order the coffees. [...]


Church marketing

by Richard on January 13, 2009

There’s a worthwhile article over at Christianity Today. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson argues with the conflation of evangelism and marketing in Jesus is not a brand.
The difficulty with the pro-marketing arguments, however, is the failure to recognize that marketing is not a values-neutral language. Marketing unavoidably changes the message—as all media do. Why? Because marketing is the [...]


A blowhard of a blogger has recently borne false witness and scurrilously misrepresented and rubbished Richard for saying that that “although I’d rather see a full church than an empty one, we really do have to give up the notion that the church with the most members is the one that’s transmitting the gospel most [...]


Empty talk

by Richard on November 18, 2008

Perhaps it isn’t obvious after all.
The other day I wrote: “…although I’d rather see a full church than an empty one, we really do have to give up the notion that the church with the most members is the one that’s transmitting the gospel most effectively.”
I didn’t think that was particularly noteworthy, but it has [...]


Church marketing

by Richard on November 16, 2008

This video has popped up in a number of different places. It gave me a smile.
What if Starbucks marketed like a church?
But Ken Lowery is right
There is a certain point at which the “church” and “corporate enterprise” comparison breaks down, and it should. A church should be welcoming and comfortable, yes; but it should not [...]


Evangelism: telling the good news

by Richard on June 6, 2008

Three stories caught my eye today, all evangelism related.
Bene Diction has all you need to know about my staple late-night entertainment, God TV. If I wasn’t blogging, I’d be watching now. It isn’t as much fun as it used to be, though. When it got to 10:30 at night, I used to be able to [...]


Sharing good news

by Richard on October 10, 2007

A brief guide to evangelism, more-or-less reblogged.
1. You can’t share what you haven’t got.
Church needs to focus on prayer and spiritual growth before even contemplating evangelism. An obvious point that most of us overlook most of the time..
2. Church health is more important than church growth.
But healthy things grow naturally.
3. Becoming a Christian is like [...]


Halo? Hul-lo!

by Kim on October 8, 2007

The Independent today reports that “Evangelical Christian groups in the US have seized on an unlikely recruiting tool to attract teenagers to the church: a violent, shoot-’em-up video game.
“Church groups across the country are increasingly holding special ‘Halo’ gaming nights for youngsters, tapping into the phenomenal success of the Microsoft Xbox video game series …
Jane [...]


Sharing good news

by Richard on January 31, 2006

Another public lecture at the university tonight, unpromisingly titled “Anglican models of evangelism”. The lecture was given by Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Reading.
But do you know what? It was a really splendid lecture, delivered with passion and warmth, engaging and accessible. We had an audience of about 120, but I wish more had been there.
I [...]