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Evangelizing the Unconverted as Enemies of God Print E-mail
Written by Kevin L. Howard   
I recently talked with my friend, a young man living outside the USA, who proudly declared to me that he was an agnostic. He found it difficult to deny God entirely, but was not so sure God existed, or if perhaps he existed, my friend was not sure what kind of a deity he might be-good, tyrannical, hovering force. My friend is happy to rest in his own uncertainty. He seemed to think that issues about God were my concern, since I think a good God, who hates sin, rules the universe. But we discussed how God is my friend's concern if it turns out that the Lord is real. Denying him, or doubting him, does not provide a safe place to rest. In fact, it only makes matters worse to doubt the significance of the most significant person in the universe.
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PARADIGM SHIFT IN AMERICAN EVANGELISM: TIM KELLER Print E-mail
Written by Kevin L. Howard   

The following is my attempt to outline Keller's thoughts:

 

"Gospel Communication," (Jonah 1:1-17) Tim Keller, 2007

(For other related Tim Keller sermons, click here.)

 

Jonah finds himself in a bucket (boat) of pagan idolaters.  He ran away from pagans and is now trapped with them.  Commentary by Hugh Martin speaks of the world rebuking the church.

 

Subtle Theme in Bible: Two ways to run from God.  Rom 1.  Religious and irreligious (or orthodoxy and unorthodox.)

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WHY DO CHRISTIANS FAST? Print E-mail
Written by Kevin L. Howard   
Also see: Review of Clouds of Witnesses by M. Noll and C. Nystrom &

Academic Wordiness: Humility Meets Clarity  

 

Fasting means abstaining from something, typically food, for a certain time to place special attention on God concerning any number of issues.  The New Testament assumes believers will fast (Matthew 6:16‑18; Mark 2:18‑20).

 

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HOW TO KILL YOUR CHURCH Print E-mail
Written by Kevin L. Howard   
What sort of advice do you think Satan would give to someone wanting to sabotage a church?

 

1. Ignore the teachings of Matthew 18:15-20.  Keep handy plenty of excuses as to why no one, no matter how carnal a member is, should ever be ex-communicated as Matthew 18 teaches.

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RETHINKING THE CHURCH: A Challenge to Traditional Ministry Methods Print E-mail
Written by Kevin L. Howard   

PREFACE

 

Many churches in America are finding themselves with little power and joy, but with a growing amount of sin and brokenness. And for many, it is not because they are reaching non-Christians who bring their problems into the church, something we would expect. People who have been in the church for decades are struggling with the same sins as the non-Christians in their neighborhoods. Why are so many churches, especially churches in the Bible belt, riddled with the same problems of divorce and adultery and hopelessness just like the lost world around them? In "Rethinking the Church," I try to answer this question and others.

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