Posts tagged “Evangelism

A pastoral approach to those who come to church for the wrong reasons

Posted on December 4th, 2012

Many years ago now, in my first parish, I visited a man in the hospital. He was soon to die, and we were reviewing his earthly life as it drew near the end. “I came to the church for [my wife],” he said to me, “but now I believe it for myself.” Easy it is to speculate regarding the motives of others, and tempting to judge: one person comes simply for his girlfriend, another for a tuition discount (so I suppose). Yet often have I been proved wrong, for these who seemingly come under noble purposes prove themselves false, while others who seem to have an impious motive show themselves to be very faithful. I neither know the true heart of the person, nor…

Should We Train “Soul-Winners”?

Posted on June 15th, 2010

Immanuel’s by-laws have a strange reference to “soul-winning.” I’ve always wondered how that crept into our governing documents. The following section from Sasse is enlightening: The optimism and synergism prevalent in America have made such inroads into American Lutheranism that the Augsburg Confession’s ‘where and when it pleases God’ has for practical purposes been given up. Evidence of this is the uncritical taking over of ideas and programs of stewardship and evangelism from such groups as the Seventh Day Adventists. The pastor schools the people so that with the right kind of pious talk they will then be equipped to win other people for the church. In place of the office of preaching reconciliation comes the training of  ‘soul-winners,’ teaching them just the right…

Epiphany and evangelism

Posted on January 7th, 2010

At the time in question, the Wise Men journeyed very far and spared no pains to find Jesus. Now it’s the Christian Church’s calling to make the long journey and spare no effort to reach out to all people with the message of what happened in Bethlehem. The Gospel is for the whole world. -Bo Giertz, To Live with Christ, p805