Outreach in Today’s Culture

Evangelism and Outreach in Today’s America

A recent trip to Orlando found me in my favorite restaurant—the one with the golden arches. While stuffing my face with a Sausage McMuffin, I hummed to the piped-in music. Connecting the sounds with the auditorium where I spoke the day before took a while. The “Aha, these people are bringing Jesus into McDonalds” soon …

Evangelism: We can do better… Read More »

I’ve been taking some heat lately. A few weeks ago I published a free book – How Nearly Anyone Can Start a Microchurch. That triggered frustration in several people who judged the book by its cover. “You’re saying just any person who wants to leave our church and pull a bunch of people can just …

Little Foxes and Other Legalisms Read More »

We live as “sojourners” in this world. Even as “strangers and aliens.” I find that alien word a little–well, alien. But we are outsiders to our culture. This positions each of us as everyday missionaries. My overseas experience suggests that we learn to address a foreign culture with humility and grace. We need to consider …

Becoming an Everyday Missionary Network Leader Read More »

Evangelism has become a negative word both inside and outside the church. Outsiders get angry when they perceive Christ-followers, or anybody else, trying to push something onto them. When people inside the church think they need to go to war to “win” someone to Christ, they usually don’t open their mouths. Making war means having …

Evangelism: War or Diplomacy? Read More »

I’m scared! I want to host a block party but don’t know what to serve. Most of my neighbors are second-generation Iraqis. Their culture, customs and foods are foreign to me. The mix includes many African Americans and Asians. We’re all different, which is good! However, my wife and I hope to know them better, …

Making Friends in the Neighborhood Read More »

Part of our job as leaders is to mobilize God’s people as everyday missionaries. To be ambassadors for Jesus where they work, play, drink, grab a coffee in the morning. In short, where they live. Many have been burned trying to repeat a sermon or even when inviting someone to church (which is deemed irrelevant …

Lighten Up; It’s Just a Conversation Read More »

The book was a best-seller for many weeks, so I read it as a 20-year-old hoping to understand business. Titled “Winning Through Intimidation,” it was all about gaining a power position over your “adversaries.” The author, a high-end real estate broker, viewed every relationship as adversarial. He’d lost a series of deals when buyers and …

Safe Places Read More »