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Should We Quote the Bible to Non-Christians?

It is rarely talked about, but many Christians today would say that you should not quote the Bible to a non-Christian. They might say that people who quote the Bible to non-Christians are being foolish since we no longer live in a Christian culture. In reflection and response, I would like to offer four comments on biblical evangelism. First, we admittedly live amidst the shards and ruins of Christendom In Christendom, the Bible would have some status and authority in the culture at large. To quote the Bible on an issue would mean that many people would listen. They would...

The Great Good of Bible Memorization

A few years ago a local Youth Pastor had a contest. All the youth and leaders had to take part. First, he asked everyone if they could write down all of the ingredients in a Big Mac. A very large number of the kids and leaders were able to do so. High fives all around the room. Then he asked them to write down the Ten Commandments. Only one person got the answer right, a young teenage girl who was not a leader. No high fives, just some guilty surprise by the room. His point was simple: isn’t there something...

The Poison of Suspicion in the Life of the Church

When my son was only four months old, he contracted a virus that led to him being unable to breathe. In the desperate effort to re-start his respiratory system, medical professionals intubated my son, Will. He started seizing as they intubated him. His pediatrician was flummoxed. Even so, God answered our prayer and my boy started breathing again with manual assistance. When Doctors from Sick Kids Hospital arrived, they were perplexed by the seizing and his resultant comatose state. It was throwing off a diagnosis. After questioning the attending pediatrician and nurses, they thought Will might have been given an...

Gregory of Nyssa and Fathomless Wonder

When I speak with a friend, I cannot fully grasp what he thinks and feels. I do not directly experience their day, their well-being, their slight muscle soreness, their previous conversations, their sleep level, and their past experiences. I cannot fathom someone’s daily experience of work, family, friends, medicine, pain, happiness, and much more besides. I do not know how he cares for his sister and regrets treating his father unkindly. I do not know the thousand experiences that made him what he is today. He cannot either. Our limits are such that we cannot even know ourselves fully. In...

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