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Posted April 6th, 2009 by E. Goodman

PREVIOUSLY: What’s Wrong With Pragmatism? The majority of evangelical churches don’t pray prayers written by someone else. Sure there’s the occasional St. Francis quote, or a Puritan prayer used in a responsive reading, but for the most part, we like to pray more personal prayers that express a personal sentiment. Yet when it comes to […]

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Filed under:Church, Misunderstood, Prayer, Trends, Truth Posted December 6th, 2008 by E. Goodman

I’m convinced that ministry these days is far too pragmatic. Missionaries desperate to see tangible results busy themselves searching for “what works.” Missions strategies and approaches to ministry are almost always based on whether or not they seem likely to produce results. On a pretty regular basis, I receive advice from colleagues and supporters on […]

Posted January 30th, 2008 by E. Goodman

A key part of our ministry is building relationships with the people God brings to us. God has often used us in ways similar to His use of Joseph in the Old Testament. Not so much in the “Pharaoh-naming-us-Vice-Pharaoh” sort of way; more in the sense of “I had a dream, what do you suppose […]

Filed under:Communication, Culture, Incarnation, Missiology, Truth Posted December 14th, 2007 by E. Goodman

As I talk with other Christians about life and society and current events, it strikes me how suspicious we are of everyone. The atheists have taken over the public school system. The homosexuals want to turn all boys gay. The Mexicans are invading. The Muslims want to outlaw Christianity. Universal health care is communism. Don’t watch The […]

Filed under:Christianity, Communication, Evangelism, Relationships, Truth Posted November 5th, 2007 by E. Goodman

As a missionary, I am tempted to lie on a regular basis. It may or may not surprise you to read that statement, but it’s true nonetheless. What’s more, I find the temptation strongest when I’m talking with a coworker, partner, or supporter. It all starts out innocently enough; someone asks, “How is your ministry […]

Filed under:Missions, Personal, Planting, Truth Posted September 28th, 2007 by E. Goodman

I often hear believers decry the postmodern focus on experience concerning matters of faith. They usually decry the subjective nature of personal experience, and encourage people to look to the scriptures alone for divine revelation. But life in Christ depends on “experience.” Sin is realized when God’s Spirit convicts. We realize scripture to be true, […]