Tag Archives: evangelism

Co-opted

Co-opted

Too many of our churches function as secular entertainment centers with religious morals slapped on top, when they should be functioning as the living, breathing Body of Christ. Too many churches have succumbed to modernity, rejecting the wisdom of past ages, treating worship as a consumer activity, and allowing parishioners to function as unaccountable, atomized members.… Continue Reading

A Philosophy of Police Chaplaincy

A Philosophy of Police Chaplaincy

Roy Beacham Having described in the previous essay how God directed me into police chaplaincy, I would like to follow with a personal philosophy of the chaplaincy. As God providentially opened the door for me to enter this ministry, so also my daily tasks as a chaplain are determined by God’s providence and opened doors.… Continue Reading

Answering Paige Patterson’s Suggestions for Worship in Song

Answering Paige Patterson’s Suggestions for Worship in Song

In 2013, Paige Patterson, President of Southwestern Baptist Theologian Seminary, wrote a kind review in Artistic Theologian of my first book, Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship (2009). Ever since I first met Dr. Patterson, I’ve known that he has a deep interest in and concern for biblical worship. This is one reason,… Continue Reading

All Things to All Men | Part 5: What the Passage Means (vv22-23)

All Things to All Men | Part 5: What the Passage Means (vv22-23)

This entry is part of 6 in the series All Things to All Men You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part of 6 in the series”All Things to All Men”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.In 1 Cor 9:22, Paul says, “I have become all things to all men that by all means I might save some.” This should not be seen… Continue Reading

All Things to All Men | Part 4: What the Passage Means (vv21-22)

All Things to All Men | Part 4: What the Passage Means (vv21-22)

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series All Things to All Men You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series”All Things to All Men”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.I am writing a series of posts on the meaning of 1 Cor 9:19-23, in particular his comment in verse 22, “I have become all things… Continue Reading

All Things to All Men | Part 3: What the Passage Means (vv19-20)

All Things to All Men | Part 3: What the Passage Means (vv19-20)

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series All Things to All Men You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series”All Things to All Men”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.In 1 Cor 9:22, Paul writes, “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” This is series… Continue Reading

How to Pray for Yourself and Others to Give the Gospel

How to Pray for Yourself and Others to Give the Gospel

Paul asked for prayer multiple times in multiple letters. Here are two passages that act as examples to instruct us how to pray for ourselves and others to give the gospel. Ephesians 6:18–20 Pray for the words to say when giving the gospel. Paul encouraged the Ephesians to persevere by “making supplication for all the… Continue Reading

The significance of worship for the Great Commission

The significance of worship for the Great Commission

This article first appeared on The Artistic Theologian, the online theological journal of Southwestern Seminary’s School of Church Music. The Lord Jesus Christ gave the church its commission before he ascended to his Father: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of… Continue Reading

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 13)

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 13)

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 I have been arguing that Paul’s method of ministry deliberately avoided attempts to… Continue Reading

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 12)

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 12)

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 The first three chapters of 1 Corinthians debunks the importance of the modern crutch… Continue Reading

How does the church’s mission relate to worship?

How does the church’s mission relate to worship?

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Worship and the Missio Dei You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series”Worship and the Missio Dei”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.In this series I have been exploring the relationship between worship and the mission of God. I have already established that the mission of God… Continue Reading

The mission of God and the mission of the church

The mission of God and the mission of the church

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Worship and the Missio Dei You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series”Worship and the Missio Dei”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Last week I argued that a biblical understanding of both worship and evangelism will understand evangelism to be subservient to worship; the gospel creates worshipers.… Continue Reading

God’s Mission: Worship

God’s Mission: Worship

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Worship and the Missio Dei You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series”Worship and the Missio Dei”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.I have attempted in this series to provide a framework for evaluating the relationship between worship and mission. Using Jonathan Edwards’ categories of “Ends” helps… Continue Reading

The Relationship Between Holy Culture and Unholy Culture Should be One of Witness

The Relationship Between Holy Culture and Unholy Culture Should be One of Witness

This entry is part 18 of 20 in the series Christ the Sanctifier of Behavior You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 18 of 20 in the series”Christ the Sanctifier of Behavior”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.The sixth conclusion drawn from the idea that culture is behavior is that the relationship between holy culture essay order and unholy culture should be… Continue Reading

Relevance is irrelevant (Part 4)

Relevance is irrelevant (Part 4)

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series”Relevance is Irrelevant”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 I believe that the first three chapters of 1 Corinthians ought to guide our thinking concerning the relationship of our efforts to… Continue Reading

The Good and the Bad of Missional Worship

The Good and the Bad of Missional Worship

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Missional Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series”Missional Worship”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. There is little doubt that the missional church movement has been influential in evangelical churches, and that it continues to grow. Having surveyed the history and theology… Continue Reading

The Missionary Imperative of Missional Worship

The Missionary Imperative of Missional Worship

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Missional Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series”Missional Worship”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Part of the difficulty in attempting to synthesize a philosophy of missional worship is that many different groups have adopted the term missional to describe their approach to… Continue Reading

The Missionary Imperative of the Missional Church – the Church as Sent

The Missionary Imperative of the Missional Church – the Church as Sent

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series Missional Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series”Missional Worship”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Flowing naturally from the idea that God has an overarching mission for mankind, thus rendering that mission God-centered, is the assertion that the church, as one component of… Continue Reading

The Missionary Imperative of the Missional Church – Missio Dei

The Missionary Imperative of the Missional Church – Missio Dei

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Missional Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series”Missional Worship”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.The first principle that drives the missional church is what it considers the biblically-mandated missionary imperative. But while the evangelical church has traditionally considered evangelism and missions a… Continue Reading