Sowing Seeds or Wild Oats?

How often have you heard it said about evangelism: “We just sow the seeds, and we’ll never know how they might grow. We may never see those people in our particular church, but that doesn’t matter.” It sounds noble and is usually said unapologetically. But it sounds like very poor farming to me. (more…)

Why the reluctance to call for a response?

There’s a popular saying often repeated by Christians. Maybe you have even uttered these words, commonly attributed to St Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel. Use words if necessary.” As Christians, we should live in such a way that our lives point to the person and work of Jesus. However, good intentions cannot overcome two problems with this quote. One, St Francis never said it, (more…)