Month: July 2019

Pastor Eric Geiger on His New Book ‘Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development’

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Ed Stetzer: Recently, I invited my friend Eric Geiger, Senior Pastor of Mariners Church in Irvine, CA, to join our Wheaton College Every Nation Graduate Cohort to talk about both leadership in the church and his book, Designed to Lead, co-authored with Kevin Peck. Our interview is below.


Ed: Could you give us a brief overview of the book?

Eric: There’s one chart in the book that’s my go-to chart that I use if I’m ever asked to speak about leadership in a non-Christian environment. It’s from Dave Ulrich and all the research he did about the common characteristics among leaders in the book The Leadership Code.

It’s a chart later in the book where there’s a circle in the middle, and it’s four different domains, and he says all leaders have to be a strategist, executor, talent manager, and then human capital developer. The…

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True Evangelism: Winning Souls Through Prayer [Book Review]

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I actually read this book several years ago, but these were thoughts I wrote then for a class. True Evangelism: Winning Souls Through Prayer by LS Chafer, original copyright 1919, but still in print. I read this addition.

The book True Evangelism by LS Chafer is a critique of the techniques of persuasion and coercion that can be used (by some) in the presentation of the gospel. While written nearly a century ago, the concerns shared in True Evangelism remain relevant. Chafer presents a solid case that the true means of bringing people to genuine faith in Christ is through prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit. This does not mean we never verbally share the gospel – of course, we do – but what are we relying on? Our ability to persuade, or prayer and the Holy Spirit?

Page 58 made a key point when it compares…

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Graceful Evangelism, book review

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P1070618Graceful Evangelism, Christian Witness in a Complex World by Frances S. Adeney. Baker Academic, 2010.

I won this book in a book giveaway from The Baker Deep End Blog in…2014! Finally, I read it this year! This informal blog, associated with Baker Book House, has giveaways of Christian non-fiction books – mostly academic or of a more thoughtful nature. I won another book recently, and hope to read it before 2020 (haha).

First off, this is an academic book. It is not a practical “how to” book about sharing Christ with your co-worker or neighbor. Rather it is about the theology that underlies evangelism and the history of evangelism over the last 2,000 years – with the ultimate focus on approaches to evangelism today. I think its primary use would be as a textbook in classes on evangelism, outreach, and missions. If I was teaching such a class, I would…

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Three Things I Learned From A Semester of Walk-Up Evangelism — The Ben Smart Blog

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I plan to edit and abridge an old post of mine about evangelism methods. Look for it soon. But meanwhile I hope you’ll read this post by another blogger. He is in Australia, a country I’d consider a bit more secular than the US. This blogger found his pre-conceived, negative ideas about “walk-up evangelism” (approaching strangers to talk about spiritual matters) to be, well, completely wrong – and he was pleasantly surprised by how open to discussion many people were…

This year I started a new role doing ministry on university campus, which meant doing something very new for me: walk-up evangelism. You know, the thing where you accost a random stranger and try tell them about Jesus. And I’ll be completely honest. When I first heard I was gonna be doing it, I was…

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Prestonwood Baptist Church Ministers to Migrants and Border Patrol Agents Through “Operation Border Blessing” in Texas

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Members of the Prestonwood Baptist Church’s mission team at the border in Texas. | Twitter/Mike Buster

As the debate over conditions at Border Patrol facilities and how best to address the crisis continues, Southern Baptist pastor Jack Graham and his Texas church are ministering to both migrants and patrol agents.

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“A Prayer For Incidental Impact”

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Father, You have a set purpose for every one of us, as You have called us out of darkness and into Your wonderful light. Because we now have the light of Christ within, we want to let our light shine so that others may see our good works and glorify You, our Father, which is in heaven. As we toil and labor here below, help us not to dread or whine about the circumstances, but work heartily as unto You, rather than man, so that we might be a positive influence to those whom we see day in and day out. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

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“A Prayer To The God Who Is Able”

A Daily Prayer

Father, how wonderful it is that nothing is
impossible with You. There is nothing You are unable to do except that which is
untrue to Your divine nature. You are able to do immeasurably more than all we
ask or imagine, according to Your power that is at work within us. To You,
Father, be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations,
forever and ever! Amen.

(See Ephesians 3:20)

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