First Things First

First Things First

When you’re networking, you carry an elevator speech in your virtual pocket. Just enough words to introduce yourself in the time it takes to ride an elevator. Just enough words to say who you are, what you do, and why your new acquaintance should care. So when Jesus...
Mary’s Song of Praise

Mary’s Song of Praise

“Just say the first thing that comes to mind,” say the counselor, the chaplain, professionals of all kinds. Urging people to let go of inhibitions, they literally urge words out of us without judgment. With support and encouragement, we ask each other to just blurt it...
Tract Evangelism II: A New Four Spiritual Laws?

Tract Evangelism II: A New Four Spiritual Laws?

I’ve already written in Tract Evangelism I about little, lurid, hellfire-and-brimstone tracts, so hot they warmed the hip pockets of the worn Levi’s that carried them. But they weren’t the only tracts we used. There were the teaching tracts. The Roman Road. Lay...
Tract Evangelism I: Little Lurid Booklets

Tract Evangelism I: Little Lurid Booklets

I was a kid in the Seventies. The Seventies followed the Sixties- said captain obvious- and suddenly there was a revival of Christian fervor among young people. Young white people who had been inspired by civil rights and antiwar action, then disillusioned at the pace...

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