Reviews: Have No Fear and Sharing the Gospel with a Jehovah’s Witness
Posted by Ed Loane and Alex Keen, 3 Jul 2020
Ed Loane and Alex Keen review two short books on evangelism.
This little book has been produced to help Christians have the confidence and tools to witness to those around them about Jesus Christ. Lennox, as a leading apologist, has written a simple and clear account of the why and how of personal evangelism. This is not a book that claims to give all the answers; rather its main aim is to encourage Christians to action. More than this, the book paints a picture of evangelism as a joy rather than a duty to be undertaken begrudgingly. The tone and anecdotal writing style add to this outcome.
Lennox begins by encouraging Christians to begin conversations with other people. This may sound simple, but I certainly found it a refreshing encouragement to take some initiative rather than just retreat into my own little world with earphones in and head in a book. Lennox illustrates with many ways he has begun conversations, for example with people he was sitting on a train with. He then demonstrates ways to turn the topic from general chit-chat to the Christian hope in a natural way which engages people and gets them thinking. Lennox discusses how to use Scripture in evangelism as well as the importance of behaviour in conveying the message. He gives simple demonstrations of ways he answers common questions like all religions being equal and he also gives a straightforward way to lead someone into taking the step of commitment to Christ.
Using Technology to Make and Mature Disciples
Posted by Jonathan Pountney, 2 Jul 2020
Jonathan Pountney shares some new apps designed to help Christians connect with old resources.
If there is one thing that the last few months have taught me, it’s my dependency on technology.
That might sound rather trite, but whether it’s the old-fashioned landline or state-of-the-art online video conferencing software, technology has made communication and human connection possible. For all its flaws and frustrations – and, no doubt, there are many – the accessibility of technology has enabled me to keep in touch with family, work from home, and even – despite never having imagined this would ever need to happen – worship with our church family. Which is all to say that, along with the common graces that we regularly give thanks to God for, technology ought to be included.
Don’t mishear what I’m saying, there are some things that technology cannot compensate for, and I don’t mean to be an advocate for replacing the reality of human contact with virtual connection. But as the lockdown continues and, by God’s grace, begins to ease, let us heed the Apostle Paul’s direction in Philippians chapter 4 to avoid grumbling and reflect on the good things that technology is able to do to help make and mature disciples. For if we truly believe, as Colossians chapter 1 teaches us, that Christ has supremacy over all of creation, then doesn’t He have supremacy over our technology, too?
Communion: Where should we look?
Posted by Marc Lloyd, 1 Jul 2020
As new guidance allows for the possibility of communion in some form, Marc Lloyd continues his series of blog posts on the subject.
Some people have been looking at Communion services online. As part of our series on The Lord’s Supper, following on from our post on the Supper as a visible and edible word, when we are able to gather again around the Lord’s Table, where should we look?
We look back
As the Prayer Book and Common Worship both stipulate, the service of the Lord’s Supper will rightly involve confession of sin. We will want to look back over the last week and repent of all that we know to be wrong. As our parents taught us, we ought to wash our hands before we come to the table.
But above all in the Supper we look back to the great events of salvation history. They are the essential grounds of this meal. They celebrate a historical reality: the mighty deeds of God on behalf of his people.