For me, perhaps the absolute highlight of student ministry with CUs is getting to attend a baptism of a student who has come to faith, and for whom the CU has played an important part in their conversion. It’s been a tremendous blessing to have attended many of these over the years. Getting baptised and … Continue reading How do we get new believers reading the Bible for themselves? – introducing the Bible Course
The Sri Lankan bishop D. T. Niles famously wrote that, “Evangelism is one beggar showing another beggar where he has found free bread.” It’s a beautiful statement of how a heart that has been satisfied in grace in Christ rightly responds in pointing others to that same source of grace. I recalled Niles’ statement as … Continue reading Evangelism and the smell of freshly-baked bread
Yesterday I started a two-part review of Sam Chan’s brilliant new book on sharing the gospel, Evangelism in a Skeptical World. Here are some further thoughts. One of the questions Chan poses is this: under God, why are more Asian Americans professing faith in Christ than Caucasian (white) Americans? No doubt, to adequately answer this … Continue reading Review: Evangelism in a Skeptical World (Sam Chan) – Part 2
For quite a while I’ve been searching for a book to recommend that both captures some of the challenges and opportunities for evangelism today within post-Christian cultures, and which offers some practical steps forward. Many books either remain academically insightful but frustrating in application for the practitioner, or are so pragmatically shaped that they lack … Continue reading Review: Evangelism in a Skeptical World (Sam Chan) – Part 1
I took a slightly different apologetic approach in the lunchtime messages I brought at Human Durham last week. All week, we were emphasising that human experience cannot be reduced to just one aspect – we’re not, for example, brains on legs. And so I wanted my apologetic approach to be holistic too. Whilst the approach … Continue reading Putting together a lunchtime message for Human Durham – a worked example
One of the amazing things about last week in Durham was the high level of engagement that many students made with the gospel. Each day I was overwhelmed by the number and quality of questions asked. Here's the list of the 164 or so questions that were texted in for me to respond to after … Continue reading What spiritual questions are today’s students asking?
Apologies for the lack of recent updates to this blog – a combination of being on compassionate leave and preparing for Human, hosted last week by Durham CU. It was an overwhelming week. The total attendance for the week was more than 4,000, but aside from raw numbers the quality of engagement was unlike any … Continue reading Ten ingredients of high-quality student mission (with thanks to Human Durham)