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November 17, 2014

King James Study BibleIn a time when most people were ignorant of the Bible, William Tyndale resolved that if God would spare his life, even the boy plowing the fields would know the Scriptures better than the typical priest of his day. He also fervently promoted the teachings of the Reformation such as justification by faith in Christ alone. In 1536, the authorities condemned Tyndale as a heretic, strangled him, and burned his body, but not before he had launched the first English translation of the Bible from its original languages.

Seventy-five years later, a team of forty-seven highly trained biblical scholars released a careful revision of the English Bible, using eighty percent or more of Tyndale’s translation. The Holy Bible published in 1611 came to be known as the Authorized Version or King James Version (KJV). It became a powerful vehicle to spread the doctrines of the Reformation.

Today The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible carries on Tyndale’s vision to spread the knowledge of the Scripture to all people. It combines the text of the KJV with thousands of concise notes, introductions to every book of the Bible, fifty articles on major teachings of the Christian faith, and an overview of church history by Sinclair Ferguson.

Why publish a Study Bible on the KJV? Millions of English-speakers read the KJV with profit and delight. A recent survey indicated that of the Americans who regularly read their Bible, over half read the KJV. The Authorized Version continues to be treasured by many in the United Kingdom and other English-speaking nations around the world as well. In an age of dumbing-down, this version of that Bible that profoundly shaped our language and literature continues to lift up the minds of those who read it.

The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible is also a valuable resource for people who regularly read another translation. It offers practical help with personal and family worship. Many people have experienced the frustration of reading a chapter in the Scripture and having no idea how to apply it to their lives. With every chapter in this Study Bible come brief devotional thoughts to shape your mind and direct your life. Thirty-six articles in the appendices address questions of Christian living, ranging from how to kill our pride to finding contentment. Pastor and theologian Mark Jones said, “The KJV is not my primary Bible. But my family and I will be keeping this new KJV Study Bible close by…. A Study Bible for the heart and mind.”

This Study Bible also offers Reformation insights into biblical doctrine. The concise study notes reflect a deep commitment to the biblical truth taught by the Reformers and Puritans. Many of the doctrinal articles scattered throughout the Bible were adapted from the writings of people like John Calvin, William Perkins, William Ames, John Owen, and Jonathan Edwards. The appendices include nine creeds, confessions, and catechisms affirmed by the ancient and Reformation churches. Douglas Kelly, professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, says, “I commend wholeheartedly The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible…. Indeed, I am so convinced of its usefulness that I intend to get copies for my five adult children!”

The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible combines the classic English Bible text with solid doctrine and warm, experiential application. Whether you read the KJV every day, grew up with it but now read another translation, or never really looked at it before, consider this new Study Bible from Reformation Heritage Books as a helpful resource for your spiritual life. (For a free sample, please go here.)

Joel R. Beeke, General Editor

Consider watching this short introduction to the new King James Study Bible:

November 10, 2014

Interactive

Keeping up with your Bible study, let alone keeping it rich and exciting, is a daily struggle for many people.

Whether you’re a pastor tired from late-night sermon prep, a seminary student buried under tedious tasks, an academic lacking the resources to make new discoveries, or a layperson wanting to be more confident in your biblical knowledge, there will almost always be roadblocks in your Bible study.

Fortunately, these are the exact roadblocks Logos 6 was designed to alleviate. The new Bible study software from Faithlife comes with brand-new tools, smart resources, one-of-a-kind Interactive Media, and beautiful Media Collections—all created to help you gain fresh insights and share your findings in engaging ways.

Simply put, Logos is the best Bible study software ever, and it keeps getting better. With Logos 6, you can save time, be confident in your findings, and get excited to share incredible insights with your community.

Context

Explore the Biblical World

Understanding cultural concepts from biblical times is integral to understanding the Word—you can’t truly wrap your mind around the imagery and practices referenced in Scripture without understanding what they meant to the author. That’s why Logos 6 comes packed with new tools and resources to help you study Scripture in context.

The new Cultural Concepts tool identifies over 1,000 cultural concepts throughout the Bible, like religious activities, food, music, birth and death practices, marriage rituals, and economic structures, so you can derive greater meaning from biblical events and imagery. In seconds, explore all the cultural concepts expressed in a passage, then connect those concepts to ancient texts.

With the Ancient Literature tool, you can get a clear view of the Bible’s background by exploring ancient texts side by side with Scripture. This tool links Scripture to ancient texts based on shared themes, references, allusions, and more.

With Atlas and the interactive Biblical Event Navigator, you can connect Bible narratives to their geographical context with professional maps and 3-D tours.

Logos 6 takes you deep into the biblical world so you can better understand the cultural perspective from which Scripture was written.

God Is Love

Craft Better Sermons—Faster

No more late Saturday nights frantically preparing for Sunday morning—Logos 6’s new tools equip you to build beautiful presentations while you study. With the Visual Copy tool, you can transform text selections and images into perfectly formatted slides in seconds. Just right click your selection, choose from premade templates and beautiful art, and send your slide straight to your presentation.

Logos 6 also comes with massive collections of stunning artwork. Just enter a query into the new Media Search and get every relevant map, family tree, 3-D infographic, and photo, in your library and online.

Engage your audience and save yourself the stress of last-minute presentations: Logos 6 streamlines your workflow and equips you to be a better preacher and teacher.

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Engage the Word with Interactive Media

Logos 6 unveils the next generation of Bible study innovation: Interactive Media. Interactive Media are new resources that help you explore both the biblical world and the Bible’s original languages, as well as perform complex tasks in seconds. Get into the Word with new calculators and text converters, virtual tours, interactive infographics, and helpful tutors. Use this media to engage your students or congregation, or for your personal study.

In seconds, convert Greek and Hebrew into a variety of transliteration schemes with Text Converter, find every time a specific lemma formation is used throughout the Greek New Testament with Morphology Charts, learn to read and write Greek and Hebrew with interactive tutors, explore the Psalms with a colorful browser that lets you filter the Psalms by order, genre, book, author, and theme, and better understand biblical measurements by instantly converting them into modern examples.

Interactive Media equip you for deeper, more engaging study. (And, let’s be honest … they’re pretty fun, too.)

Get Logos 6 Today!

For a limited time, get 15% off Logos 6. Plus, depending on how much you spend, you may qualify for free gifts! The more you spend, the more gifts you get.

So, what are you waiting for? Start gaining incredible insights: get Logos 6 today.

November 03, 2014

Hard to Use
Do you often feel confused or stupid (“Apparently I don’t know how to use the Internet!”) when trying to buy something online or trying to do research on a Web site? You’re not alone, and it might not be your fault. Most sites are unnecessarily difficult to use, and there is one core reason for this.

Consider this illustration:

A Story About A New Library

Across the street from my office, the Ames Public Library just finished a massive renovation. Lasting almost two years, costing around $20 million dollars, the project more than doubled the space inside the building, seeking to “create a comfortable, flexible, and efficient space for Ames to learn, imagine, gather, and share in the 21st Century.”

Now imagine that when the renovation was complete, the library staff brought the books back in boxes and stacked them haphazardly on tables. Perhaps they would separate the tables by some quickly conceived set of categories: kids, adults, scientists, periodicals, videos, audiobooks…

A state-of-the-art bank of new computers would sit in an artfully decorated nook, a cafe would serve refreshments, and new releases would be carefully arranged near the front entrance. Fancy new scanners would make it effortless to check a book out.

But trying to find an older book you are looking for amongst the boxes piled on the tables (the most common thing done in a library)? Impossible. What would the renovation actually have accomplished? A step backwards in the usability of the library.

This illustrates the problem with almost every Web redesign I’ve seen.

The architects, general contractors, landscapers, interior decorators, and IT teams would all have done a masterful job, but the most important component would be missing.

Library Science

All libraries have rows upon rows of bookshelves, carefully arranged according a precise code: the Dewey Decimal Classification System, or the Library of Congress Classification System. These make it effortless to locate a single volume inside a sea of books.

These systems are vital to all libraries. And thankfully the Ames Public Library followed them.

The Problem: Bad Architecture

Information architecture is a design discipline closely related to library science. It involves the structure and hierarchies of the contents of a Web site and the labels and taxonomies (categories, tags, etc.) chosen for navigation and archiving.

Information architecture is to Web sites what the Dewey Decimal System is to libraries. It is also a much neglected aspect of the Web design profession, because these things (deceptively) feel intuitive to many people.

Why It Matters

For the average user of the Internet, poor architecture means wasted minutes adding up to wasted hours of frustration, trying and failing to find what you are looking for on a Web site.

For business owners, poor architecture means lost revenues when users are unable to find what they are looking for on your site.  (Note: users care about what they are trying to find and not what you want to show them.)

For churches and ministries, poor architecture means lost opportunities to spread your message as people are unable to learn about your ministry or find the resources you have that will address their questions.

The Solution

The next time you find yourself frustrated with the site you are on, remember that it probably isn’t you. Take a minute and gently let the site owner know that their site is hard to use.

If you are ever given charge of a Web site project, make sure you hire an expert Information Architect as part of the team. More importantly, make sure that as a project leader you value and understand the basics of it yourself.

Information architecture is our core speciality at Mere Agency. We are a full service Web design and development agency but we understand that IA is the foundation of an effective and usable Web design. We’d love to help with your project.

Matt Heerema is owner and Web Strategist at Mere Agency and a Pastor at Stonebrook Church where he focuses on music ministries and theological training. Follow Mere on Twitter @mereagency, and visit mereagency.com for more information.

October 27, 2014

By Micah Carter

When it comes to the translation of God’s Word, we live in an unprecedented time in human history. In the last 40 years, English-speaking Bible readers have benefitted from both the continuance of translations in the KJV tradition (like the ESV) and new, original translations for contemporary readers (like the NIV).

The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is part of this incredible history of Bible translation in the English language. Released in 2004, the aim of this new translation was simple: to blend an accurate, trustworthy translation of the original languages with the way we speak in contemporary English. More than 100 scholars from 17 denominations came together for this project and produced a Bible translation that could be trusted by scholars and pastors, and enjoyably read by everyday people.

The HCSB employs a translation philosophy known as “optimal equivalence,” which seeks to achieve an optimal balance of linguistic precision with contemporary clarity. In the majority of places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering is clearly understandable, a “formal” translation is used. In places where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, a more “dynamic” translation is applied.

With these commitments in view, the HCSB seeks to achieve the following goals:

  • To equip serious Bible students with an accurate, trustworthy translation for study, devotion, and memorization
  • To inspire English-speaking people across the world with a clear, faithful, and easily comprehensible translation
  • To affirm Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and to champion its authority over cultural influences that may compromise its truth

Most translations have scholars and pastors who function in some way as an “oversight committee” that helps identify future opportunities to make the translation stronger and clearer, as language changes occur and biblical scholarship advances. The HCSB has its own translation oversight committee as well, including the following distinguished members:

  • Dr. David Allen, co-chair
  • Dr. Dorian Coover-Cox
  • Dr. Andrew Das
  • Dr. Iain Duguid
  • Dr. Darian Lockett
  • Dr. Brian Rosner
  • Dr. Tom Schreiner, co-chair
  • Dr. Andrew Steinmann

Over the next several weeks, we at B&H Publishing Group have the privilege to be here at challies.com to provide a deeper engagement with the Holman Christian Standard Bible. It’s our joy to commend it to you and to see God’s Word transform lives around the world.

Dr. Micah Carter is the HCSB Translation Spokesperson for B&H Publishing Group in Nashville, TN. Follow us on Twitter @HCSB and visit www.hcsb.org for more information.

October 20, 2014

Rainer
By Thom S. Rainer

I have a great love for local congregations. To be sure, I’ve never been in a perfect church. They just don’t exist.

But I still love local churches.

One of my greatest joys in the past several years has been to see and work with churches that have experienced significant turnaround. While that turnaround is typically evident in attendance numbers, it is much more than that. 

I recently categorized those reasons some churches experience revitalization. I then compared them to churches that have not been revitalized. I found seven differences between the two sets of churches. These are the seven traits unique to the revitalized churches:

  1. The leaders and members faced reality. One of the reasons most churches don’t experience revitalization is their unwillingness to “look in the mirror.” Denial leads to decline which leads to death.
  2. Many in the church began explicitly praying for God to revitalize the church. I know of a leadership group in one church that prayed every week for over two years. The church is now in true revitalization.
  3. The churches had an explicit and clear focus on the gospel. Preaching became clearly gospel-centered. Ministries became gospel-centered. And many members began intentionally sharing the gospel, which brings me to the next reason.
  4. Members did not just talk evangelism; they did evangelism. I did not see a specific approach or methodology to share the gospel in these congregations. It was clear, however, that there was a more focused intentionality on sharing Christ than in many previous years.
  5. Many members in these churches began focusing on serving Christ through the church rather than seeking their own preferences. Another way of stating it is that these members became other-focused rather than self-focused. This attitude seemed to be directly connected to their prayers for revitalization.
  6. These churches raised the bar of expectations. Thus membership in these congregations became meaningful. Members moved from spectators to participants.
  7. The churches developed a clear process of discipleship. The members became more immersed in the Word. There was a clear and cogent plan to help members grow in their walk with Christ.

Do not count me among those who have their heads in the sand about the state of congregations in North America. As many as 100,000 churches are very sick or dying. Many more also need revitalization.

I hope you can join me for a video consultation on church revitalization at RevitalizedChurches.com. It will almost be like I’m at your church offering you guidance and hope toward the future. You can click here to sign up for the four-part overview of the series at no cost.

Yes, I remain an obnoxious optimist about local churches. I am seeing too many indicators of His work to believe otherwise. Let me hear from you. And I hope to see you in the video consultation on church revitalization.

What are your perspectives on the need for church revitalization? What do you think might be missing in many churches?

October 13, 2014

Truth Remains is a church history ministry endeavoring to remind believers of the great sacrifices that faithful men and women made in previous generations so that we could have access to the Word of God.

The halls of church history are covered in the blood of countless martyrs who gave their lives to defend, proclaim, and preserve the very same Bible that we hold in our hands today. Truth Remains teaches that history through educational media and interactive events featuring a rare collection of first edition 16th – 17th century Bibles.

Truth Remains

Why Study Church History?

Robert Shindler, a close associate of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, noted, “It is all too plainly apparent men are willing to forego the old for the sake of the new. But commonly it is found in theology that that which is true is not new, and that which is new is not true.”

In the minds of many, church history is a dry subject to be tolerated if necessary. This attitude comes from the belief that the past is irrelevant and only what is happening now is worthy of consideration. But Solomon stated in Ecclesiastes 1:9-10, 

“That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one might say, ‘See this, it is new’? Already it has existed for ages which were before us.”

Several times in Scripture we are told to learn from the things done in the past (1 Corinthians 10:11; Romans 15:4) and this is especially true regarding church history. In a day when much of the contemporary church is enamored with new innovations and discoveries, even when it comes to theology, a study of the past brings valuable perspective to the present. There is much to be gleaned from a history full of battles for the truth.

Truth Remains

English Bible Translation

One of the most thrilling stories in church history is that of the English Bible. The men who gave their lives to translate the Bible into English are not household names but the bloody price they paid fueled the Reformation and shaped the modern world, enabling countless Christians to enjoy the privilege of owning and studying God’s Word in English. 

Out of Darkness; The Story of the English Bible is a four-part mini documentary, produced by Truth Remains, that tells the story of God’s careful preservation of Scripture through the centuries. You can watch part two on the 1560 Geneva Bible below, or you can take a few minutes to watch all four parts here.

In just a few weeks, the Truth Remains rare Bible display will be hosted by Southern Seminary for The Expositor’s Summit. If you are planning to attend, be sure to stop by and touch the very pages William Tyndale and John Rogers died for.

For more information about Truth Remains, visit our website or contact us here.

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October 06, 2014

Books at a Glance

Our staff of highly-qualified pastors, professors, and theologians reads and summarizes 1 – 2 books every week and will give you the 7-10 page book summaries so that you can learn the main points, arguments, and lessons from each book in the time it takes you to read a 7 – 10 page article! If you’ve ever wished that you had more time to read, then this is a perfect fit for you! Click Here to Get Access to These Book Summaries: www.BooksAtaGlance.com

We All Know that You Should Read More Christian Books…If Only You Had the Time, Right?

You’re busy…we’re all busy! But you also feel this constant pressure or guilt that you really should be devoting more time to learning, studying, and reading more quality, Christian books that will help you grow in knowledge and in your walk with the Lord. Now, with our book summaries, you will learn from these quality Christian books…without making your already busy schedule busier at all! With our mobile-friendly website, you’ll easily be able to read these summaries from your smart phone or iPad while you’re on the train, at the coffee shop, on your lunch break, or while waiting to get your oil changed! Click HERE to learn more, in less time!

With Books At a Glance, You’ll Stay Up to Date with New Books!

Keeping up with all the new books that come out is a daunting task, for sure! And for those of us who are always eager to keep current with the newest and best of Christian literature, it can often feel like you’re fighting a losing battle…but no longer! Because Books At a Glance stays on top of this for you, we are your one-stop-shop for all things “Christian Books.” You can now easily keep current and not miss out on any of the new, good Christian books out there. Go to www.BooksAtaGlance.com right now to start getting these notifications of new books and our book summaries!

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September 29, 2014

Michael HortonMichael Horton is the author of over thirty books and this excerpt which comes from his new book, Ordinary, releases October 7. You can now follow Michael on Twitter. 

Download a free study guide at ordinarybook.com.

Think of the things that matter most to you. How do you measure your relationships? How do you “measure” your marriage, for example? When my wife and I talk about our relationship, we often have different takes on how things are going. Looking back over the course of our married years, we have seen many ways in which the Lord has bonded us together since our first year together. We can see steady growth and identify ways in which we’ve deepened in our relationship.

But when we shift our focus to the short-term, the week-to-week, it becomes harder for us to get an accurate gauge on how we are doing.

And it’s those ordinary moments filled with seemingly insignificant decisions, conversations, and touches that matter most. This is where most of life is lived. The richest things in life are made up of more than Kodak moments.

Is it any different when you are raising children? The mantra among many parents today, especially dads, is “Quality Time.” But is that true? Think about all that happens in those mundane moments that are unplanned, unprogrammed, unscheduled, and unplugged. Nearly everything! Nicknames are invented, identities and relationships are formed. On the drive home from church, your child asks a question about the sermon that puts one more piece of the puzzle into place for an enduring faith. Everyone in the car benefits from the exchange.

The problem is, when people enter adulthood, they soon discover that a memorable experience will not compensate for a shallow understanding of what they believe and why they believe it—over years of everyday exposure to and participation in the communion of Christ with his people. Nevertheless, it’s precisely the ordinary ministry, week-in and week-out, that provides sustained growth and encourages the roots to grow deep.

In many ways, it’s more fun to be part of movements than churches. We can express our own individuality, pick our favorite leaders, and be swept off our feet at conferences. We can be anonymous. Yet this movement mentality keeps us restless and makes ordinary life in and submission to an actual church seem intolerably confining.

OrdinaryAnd terribly ordinary.

We need to recover not only sound doctrine, but sounder practices that serve to deepen us—and succeeding generations—in the new creation that God has called into being. We need to question not only false teaching, but false values, expectations, and habits that we have absorbed, taken for granted, and even adopted with a veneer of piety.

And who knows? Maybe if we discover the opportunities of the ordinary, a fondness for the familiar, and marvel again at the mundane, we will be radical after all.

Learn more about Ordinary or download a free study guide at ordinarybook.com.

September 22, 2014

Memorizing Scripture has become a bit old fashioned in recent years. With smartphones putting every Bible translation at our fingertips, we can simply search for a passage when we need it. But having the Bible at our fingertips is different from having it on our minds and in our hearts. 

Have you ever gotten a song stuck in your head and didn’t know why? Often a single word or phrase is all it takes. From there, the song just seems to spring forth. That same thing can happen when the cadences of Scripture are running through your head.

Growing in ChristYour mind uses the tools it has available. As a child, it’s the vocabulary you acquire—gaining new words for objects and experiences. As we grow older, we use stories and metaphors to make sense of our lives. And with age, we have the opportunity to choose what tools we add to our mental toolbox—God’s Word is one of them.

When we memorize Scripture, we make it available at any time, not just at the swipe of a smartphone. God’s words can be on our minds and in our hearts when we wake and when we lie down, when we go for a run and when we stand in the shower. Scripture can permeate our thoughts at times when smartphones can’t. If we choose to memorize them, God’s words can accompany us as we walk down the street, and our thoughts can meditate on them as we drive down the highway—all while keeping our eyes up.

Thinking biblically means having God’s Word working in us and through us. When we memorize Scripture, we invite God to speak into our hearts in times of both joy and sorrow, excitement and struggle. God’s Word goes to work, humbling us and encouraging us, and straightening us out when we get crooked.

But memorizing Scripture also becomes a blessing to others. When God’s Word is in us, God can encourage others through us. When we find ourselves talking with friends and neighbors, God’s Word is readily available, not at hand, but at heart. Not in our pockets, but on our lips. We can speak God’s words readily and with love, not while fiddling with a smartphone. Scripture has the potential to become a part of our everyday conversations, making us a blessing to others.

Figuring out how to memorize Scripture is where most people give up. That’s why The Navigators developed Growing in Christ and the Topical Memory System. They don’t push rote memorization. They are designed to immerse you in Scripture by studying each memory verse. You won’t simply memorize the words, you’ll wrestle with the meaning. You’ll be able to quote the verse, but you’ll also know the verse’s context. That way, God’s Word isn’t simply in your head—it’s in your heart.

If you’ve always wanted to memorize Scripture but don’t know where to start, take a look at Growing in Christ. If you want to dive deeper into God’s Word but don’t have a good strategy, the Topical Memory System can get you going.

Memorizing God’s Word is a secure investment. It can’t be lost or taken from you. It won’t grow old or become outdated. And unlike your smartphone, it will never be obsolete.

September 15, 2014

Jonathan K. Dodson is the founding pastor of City Life church in Austin, Texas. His new book is The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing (resource website here).

In the Huffington Post, writer Cindy Brandt recently declared she “kissed evangelism goodbye.” Many have joined her in the break up. According to one survey, two out of every three active Christians today have all but abandoned evangelism. In slight contrast, another study noted marginal rises in evangelism but concluded, “we need a lot more evangelizing going on…” Regardless of how the statistics shake out, many people find evangelism hard.

Good Reasons Not to Witness

The typical evangelical response to an ebb in evangelism is to beat the evangelistic drum louder. Leaders preach the Great Commission more, tell us to value comfort less, and ask us to consider the cost by “considering people’s eternal destiny.” But appeals to guilt, sacrifice, and an “eternal perspective,” even if biblical, often fall on deaf ears. These responses are superficial.

The fact is people often have really good reasons for not evangelizing. Some of those reasons include the evangelists. The popular impression of evangelism isn’t positive—impersonal and uncaring, preachy and self-righteous, bigoted and hateful. None of those impressions would stick with Jesus.

If we are going to experience a renaissance of evangelism, we must treat people less like projects and more like persons, distinguish evangelism from proselytizing, and value others’ perspectives instead of rejecting them out of hand.

An upside down triangle symbolizes the downward
pull of the defeaters and the urgency of addressing them.

Defeating Defeaters

However, evangelistic concerns can quickly turn into evangelistic defeaters. Good concerns to not come across as impersonal, preachy, intolerant, or shallow can defeat us from sharing good news. As a result, people don’t get to hear about the victorious work of Christ to defeat sin, death, and evil to make all things new.

There is a defeater underneath the defeaters—fear of what others think of us. “The fear of man is a snare but the one who trusts in the Lord is safe” (Proverbs 18:25). We can avoid all the evangelistic pitfalls and still refuse to speak about Christ because we are afraid of what people will think about us. Instead, we can preach a fresh gospel by using gospel metaphors—personally discerning and culturally sensitive ways to communicate grace.

Seeking Intimacy, Tolerance, Approval

Our search for intimacy in relationships seems to never end. Even the best friendship or marriage isn’t enough for our insatiable demand to be noticed, loved, and cared for. We all want a place where we can be ourselves and know that we are accepted. When we begin to discern that a person is seeking intimacy, we can explain that, through union with Christ, people can enter into the most intimate, loving, unbreakable, fulfilling relationship known to humanity, which can bring deep healing and joy.

Many people are seeking tolerance. Classical tolerance says every belief has a right to exist. New tolerance says every belief is equally true. Classical tolerance is spot on. New tolerance is inconsistent. This discussion alone can be an illuminating conversation that deepens mutual respect and admiration between people.

Others will simply not like the exclusive claims that Christianity makes. However, before scoffing at their perspective or trying to crush their worldview, ask questions to get on the inside of their perspective and appreciate their views. Build bridges not walls.

What my dad and mom thought about me as I was growing up meant a lot. Their thoughts and opinions could crush or lift me in a moment. The truth is that we seek approval from others all the time. As you get to know someone, you might pick up that they need to hear the gospel of adoption, that God the Father offers an undying approval in his Son Jesus. This can radically change people’s view of God, and thrill them with the hope of a Father’s love.

Don’t kiss your evangelism goodbye; just give it a facelift.

Get Jonathan’s free ebook “Four Reasons Not to Share Your Faith.” 

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