Evangelism vs. Church Planting at the Coliseum

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(This post first appeared at Theological Matters)

It’s dark, musty and noisy. All eyes are focused on the boxing ring in the center of the arena. The spectators’ blood lust permeates the air as they anticipate the ring of the fight bell. In one corner stands the well-promoted fighter Church Planting. In the other corner stands the scrappy street fighter Evangelism. The fighters stand ready, muscles twitching, gloves cinched tight, and eyes locked onto each other with laser focus. Who will win the match? Ding goes the fight bell.

Whether intended or not, the ministry world in the past few years has pitted Church Planting against Evangelism and vice versa. The inherent tension is felt at the national, state convention, associational, and local church levels. Which fighter do we root for in the ring? Which ministry do we fund in our church budget? The answer is … both. Continue reading

A Tribute to RTN 2015 Preachers

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As I write this blog, 100 students and professors from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary are traveling to host churches in 37 states to preach 4-day revival services (March 8-11) and to evangelize the surrounding communities. For over fifty years students and professors have spent their spring break going across the U.S. to spark revivals. The result is over 14,000 professions of faith through Revive This Nation (RTN). Praise God for the salvation of so many!

Life circumstances prevent me from joining my brothers this year. Alas, I must live vicariously through them as I watch #rtn15 on Twitter over the next week. To be sure, the enemy does not like RTN. He will do whatever he can to discourage the deployed preachers: unexpected travel woes, sick family members back home, church sound system on the blitz, etc. To encourage my brothers, I provide this Tribute to RTN 2015 Preachers. My 100 brothers have been deployed for three reasons: Continue reading