Category Archives: Evangelism

Boring Them to Death

“Long boring sermons just don’t work.” It was the one common denominator on almost everyone’s paper. I just spent two weeks speaking to young people and training youth workers in Uganda… and their kids are just like ours. The training … Continue reading

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Missing the Ball

The night I arrived back to the US after two weeks from Uganda, I had a dream. I was playing soccer (football, if we’re in Uganda) and was the left wing—that’s the forward on the left side. My friend Marko … Continue reading

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The Popularity of Unaffiliated

A new year brings new trends, and one of these growing trends just might be claiming “unaffiliated.” On December 18th, The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released their newest Global Religious Landscape study. In other words… who believes … Continue reading

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When Words and Actions Collide

What is evangelism really supposed to look like today? Feeding the poor? Knocking on doors and sharing the Gospel? I’m amazed how polar Christians become when discussing evangelism methodology. Half the group is passionate about sharing the Gospel with words; … Continue reading

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More Than Just Method

Yesterday Todd sent me this and I couldn’t help but share it with you. (I love his honest “skepticism.”) Many of you might recognize his name… Todd Pearage is a full time youth pastor and father of three, who also … Continue reading

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More Radical Than Jesus Graffiti

This morning I was running on the paved bike trail by my house and I ran across a new piece of graffiti. It was a picture of a cross and then the words “JC rules!” How sad! Yes… how sad. … Continue reading

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Greg Stier on “Real Conversations”

When I think of evangelism, I think of my buddy Greg Stier. Greg is the type of guy who can start a conversation with a cab driver, and the guy will put his trust in Christ before dropping off Greg … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Scare Off Pushy Salesmen

How come our evangelism techniques sometimes feel like door-to-door “sales” trickery? I’ve been thinking a lot about evangelism lately, with the release of my new “Real Conversations” evangelism curriculum. In that curriculum I talk about how often our evangelism methodology … Continue reading

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Four Numbers That Will Always Matter in Youth Ministry

Life is full of over-reactions…but they are abundant in youth ministry circles. Have you noticed these swings of the proverbial pendulum? “Outreach is needed!” “Wait, now we’re ignoring our believers!” “Outreach is bad!” “We could use events and programs to … Continue reading

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Ponytailed Pastor

I’ve never heard of a “ponytail” being used for the kingdom. But in the case of Mick… it’s the truth. Mick was nothing like I expected when I was introduced to the senior pastor at this small town Nebraskan church. … Continue reading

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