Book Review: Evangelism – How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus

As the pastor of community engagement at West Coast Christian Fellowship, I think about evangelism a lot. I think about it because it is one of the best tImage result for evangelism mack stileshings we can bring to bless the community around us.  I appreciated this book because 1) it is short and to the point 2) it covers a lot of bases. This helpful little book addresses the foundations of defining the gospel and evangelism, it paints a biblical worldview of evangelism, it challenges us to consider how we engage in evangelism as a church, it equips us to cultivate a culture of evangelism and gives helpful tips for communicating the gospel in everyday life.

Regarding evangelistic programs, Stiles challenges us to Continue reading

Book Review: Crazy Busy – A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem

[This is a throwback article from August 3, 2014]

“Pride is the villain with a thousand faces”, says Kevin DeYoung. And fittingly, he starts the book by identifying his own pride and problems in being crazy busy.

It sounds like DeYoung had (and may still have) a very busy life, but through it all, by the grace of God, he seems to be killing his pride, reducing his anxiety, and welcoming Continue reading

Book Review: Good News to the Poor

[This is a throwback article from August 4, 2014]

Book Review of “Good News to the Poor” by Tim Chester

 The subject of justice and mercy for the oppressed is something that has been greatly lacking in my discipleship. Most people I know don’t talk much or know much about this topic. This book has been an ideal read as I seek to find out what the Bible says about taking care of the widow, the orphan, and the alien, as well as what it says about the rich.

Chester, in this greatly helpful and challenging book, gives a thorough and widely-scoped look at what the Good News is for the poor. As I am a conservative and reformed evangelical, taking a course on Biblical Justice at a more liberal and somewhat emergent bible college, I appreciated his balanced approach in urging “conservatives not to marginalize those who uphold the cause of the oppressed and to urge social activists not to go down the blind alley of theological liberalism” (Loc.169).

Chester approaches this issue of justice and mercy from many angles, yet they all go well together to give us a comprehensive understanding of the issue at hand, all-the-while not boring or overwhelming us with a weighty tome to read. He writes this book with sound grace-based, gospel-centered theology, rooted in and elaborated with scripture, looking back at church history and forward to Christ’s return, challenging us with radical commitment to Christ, and providing ample applications and examples for how we can live this out.

This book challenged me, amongst other chapters, in the chapter titled: “Good News to the Rich”. Where Chester confronts our consumerism and lack of contentment: “How we handle our money is vital for our spiritual well-being. Every time we spend money, we are making an ethical decision” (Loc.1759).

This book is for pastors and parishioners, leaders and labourers, pew-sitters and activists; Christians – poor, middle-class, and rich. This book will stir-up thoughts, raise important conversations, evoke praise, and hopefully, challenge and put God’s people to the task.

May it be a blessing to you as it has been to me.

As a part of this review,  Crossway has graciously provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Beyond the Page.

Christ’s Humanity for Your Ministry

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In my last article, I wrote down a few examples of how we shape our ministries by Christ’s full divinity.

“Want to know what God is like? Look to Jesus, the Son. Want to know what it means to be human? Look again to Jesus” [1]. – quoted from previous article.

If Christ is both fully human and fully divine (which he is!), what does it mean to have Christ at the center of our lives and ministries? As Jesus is both fully divine and fully human, He is both the potter (who molds us) and the clay (our model). Because he is fully divine we can trust him. Because he is fully human we can boldly follow.

Because Jesus is fully human, we can boldly follow Him with comfort. Because Jesus is fully human, his struggles become our strength; he becomes a sympathizing priest, able to Continue reading

Christ’s Divinity for Your Ministry

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Dear leaders of the Church,

We are Christ-centered. If Christ is both fully human and fully divine (which he is!), what does it mean to have Christ at the center of our lives and ministries? As Jesus is both fully divine and fully human, He is both the potter (who molds us) and the clay (our model). Because he is fully divine we can trust him. Because he is fully human we can boldly follow.

In the next article, I will cover Christ’s Humanity for your Ministry.

Our ministries shaped by Christ’s divinity: we can trust him

Because Jesus is fully divine, his words are God’s words and we can fully trust them. Jesus’ words are fully divine and are vested with full authority. Before he sent his disciples on a historic movement of making disciples, he reassured them “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me” (Mt 28:18). We do not need to worry about if Christ was aware of all the business models and leadership best-practices of today. His ministry and identity are Continue reading

A Young Theologian’s Christian Convictions

An Explanation of the Hope We Have in Christ

The Journey

We believe that everyone is on a journey in life. We’re all part of a greater story, yet many of us don’t know how we fit into it.Some of us are searching for meaning, wanting to make a lasting impact in the world. Others are looking for answers to deep questions. Still others are experiencing hurts and are longing for healing and hope.

We believe in the story of life as presented in the Christian Scriptures.  We believe that this story is true and it is the best way to make sense out of the world around us. We believe that there are answers and hope for all who search for God with all their heart.  In this post-Christian culture, few people know the Bible or its message. We believe that it is important to explain the foundations of the Christian story to everyone willing to listen. Continue reading