Mr. Rogers Deserved Hell

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Yes that Mr. Rogers, Fred Rogers, the star of the iconic PBS children’s show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Mr. Rogers (he is so iconic as that character, I don’t really think calling him Fred is right, and I don’t know what else to call him).

When I was a small child my father would occasionally take me with him up his paycheck. My father worked night turn (10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.) and paychecks were delivered on Tuesday afternoon, which was his day off so he would usually swing by pick up his paycheck so my mother could do the banking the next day, that wasn’t unusual for the time (the 1970’s).… Continue reading

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It’s Not Just Theology

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A few weeks ago I was blessed to be able to take in a major league baseball game in the most beautiful ballpark in America, Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. It has become somewhat of a tradition over the past few years for one of the men in the church and I to make the 3 ½ hour trip to Pittsburgh to take in a day game. So when the year’s schedule comes out I look at the season’s weekday day games and we pick one for the trip. When you are picking a baseball game to travel to one day from April to September in March, there is always a risk because there are variables, most notably the weather.Continue reading

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Follow-Up: Be Ready for the Excuses

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I am so thankful to be writing on this blog with these faithful, godly men. They challenge me, encourage me, and stir me to be a better minister of the gospel.

Yesterday, Zach wrote an excellent post on Evangelism (go back and read it — you won’t regret it, even if you have already read it). Zach’s thrust was offering “five simple ways to become more faithful in the work of evangelism.” Today, I want to give you a sixth: be ready for the excuses.

You will find (or maybe you have already found) that when you do evangelism, many people will have already had some thought about this whole Jesus and gospel thing.… Continue reading

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Becoming More Faithful in Evangelism

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Evangelism. Though it is the means God uses to make Christians (Romans 10:17), for many Christians, evangelism is a strangely intimidating word.  In fact, I’d suspect that most Christians (including me) feel inadequate when it comes to the work of evangelism and would likely admit that they are not nearly as committed to that work as they know they should be.  How about you?  Is there any room for you to grow as an evangelist?  In this post, I’d like to offer five simple ways to become more faithful in the work of evangelism.

First, make sure you are walking with Jesus. Continue reading

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Why I Present The Gospel

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Every time I preach I make sure to include one thing, an express presentation of the gospel. When I say I include an express presentation of the gospel what I mean is that I succinctly describe the incarnation, perfect life, sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ, and the implications of His birth, life, death and resurrection for both believers and unbelievers (often quoting Rom 10:9). I often use the exact same (or at least very similar) words. No one has ever complained to me, and even if they did, I wouldn’t change what I do. That every sermon contains a succinct presentation of the gospel is a nonnegotiable for me.Continue reading

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