In this episode, we look at some scenarios where we might be challenged to share – either the good news, or from our pockets! Previous episodes in this ‘mini series’: Faith as a Force for Good – TEP96 A History of Faith in Action – TEP97 Social Action – a ‘Flow’ not a ‘Balance’ – TEP98 Links: Glen’s website; discussing the mission of the Church. Glen’s posts on Theology Network about Mission and Evangelism here and here.
What exactly is the Mission of the Church? Are we trying to re-create the serenity of Eden as in Genesis, or is Evangelism something more? In this episode, we continue looking at social action, and ponder the nature of God, and how His ‘sending out’ should inspire our ‘going out’ in Evangelism.
Last week we discussed the Cinnamon Network’s recent faith action audit, and we go on to talk about the work of Christian action in general, and how it fits with Evangelism. Glen takes us through a short history of Social Action, and along the way, we clarify what we mean by a ‘social gospel’.
The Cinnamon Network have produced their report on the social action of Faith Groups (90% of which, Christian). What does the Word say about social action. Is it opposed to the work of the gospel, and what should our Christian attitudes be? Andy and Glen discuss.
On this podcast, we’re still looking at the subject of Apologetics, following Glen’s online discussion on twitter and debate on the Premier Christianity Blog. This time, we look at some scriptures that usually come up when thinking about Apologetics.
Glen has a discussion on twitter and gets asked to take an ‘Anti-Apologetics’ position on the title: ‘Apologetics sermons rarely work’ – True or False? on the Premier Christianity Blog. Glen and Andy discuss the definition of ‘Apologetics’ and ‘Preaching’, with Glen clarifying his position.
Concluding a series on ‘Power Evangelism’, Andy and Glen discuss the Power of Weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). It’s not a contradiction, as Glen will explain. So how do we engage in WEAK power-evangelism?
This is our 7th in an 8 part series on prayer! Is prayer an afterthought in evangelism? Shouldn’t this have been the first episode? Sometimes we feel guilty about not being more prayerful and we decide to “give prayer a go” to increase our effectiveness. Is that what you’re talking about? What kinds of prayer should we be praying as evangelists? What difference does prayer make to our evangelism?
In a series on Power Evangelism, Andy and Glen discuss the ‘Power of Stories’: Is using stories in evangelism just a way to manipulate emotions? What is a Biblical case for stories? What types of stories can we use? Why is telling a personal story so powerful? How would you tell your own story?
In a series on Power Evangelism, Andy and Glen discuss the ‘power of illustrations’: Why do people discuss the illustrations in a sermon more than the theology? How should we use them in evangelism, and what is the Biblical use of them? Can we overuse illustrations? Glen also takes us though some illustrations to help respond to people such as: How do we know Christianity is true? Is the Bible trustworthy? What about Suffering? I wish I had your faith Doesn’t free grace lead to sin? How can someone else pay for my sin? Why isn’t being good, good enough for God? Are Christians homophobes? Are Christians anti-Science?
Is preaching is the opposite of personal evangelism? Can we have both? How can preaching be powerful, when it often looks the opposite? Looking at 1 Corinthians 1, Andy Brinkley and Glen Scrivener discuss the Power of Preaching.
Are Evangelists a christian version of the SAS, that swoop into dangerous territory and rescue sinners, bringing them back to church? What is the role of church in evangelism? What exactly are we inviting them to? Andy and Glen discuss the idea of inviting people to the body of Christ.
When questions come our way, sometimes we look for a ‘silver bullet’ response or we try to ‘crowbar’ Jesus into our conversations. But is that they best way? Instead of ‘spiritualising’ the odd conversation, perhaps we need to be ‘humanising’ all our connections with non-Christians. This episode – the first in our new series called “Power Evangelism” – is about being a witness for Jesus in the context of ordinary life? Also: 321 IS NOW AVAILABLE!
We’re given the impression that Christmas is a time when everyone should be happy and everything should be perfect, but that’s often far from the reality that many people face at Christmas time. For many people, Christmas is a dark time. In this sermon, Glen Scrivener looks at the connection between the darker side of Christmas, and the original meaning.
‘O Christmas Tree’, is Revival’s Christmas video that looks at the contrast of decorating a dying Christmas tree, with the planting of an eternal one in Christ. The audio version of the this podcast episode contains an introduction and explanation, and then the sound track.
This week, Glen talks to Stephen Harper from YesHEis YesHEis is “a powerful tool to help you share the gospel online in a way that is as natural as everything else you do.” Have you ever wanted to share a Christian Video on a social network, but have been struggling to find anything? Well look no further, YesHEis.com has loads of resources to discover and share!
This week, Glen talks to Carl Laferton about his new book ‘Tricky‘. Carl wrote ‘Tricky’ with Michael Dormandy, and it answers nine of the hardest questions about Christianity in an engaging, biblical and straightforward way.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, many thousands of students will attend Christmas Carol services up and down the country in Universities. Glen caught up with Adrian Holloway, and asked him about his work, his background, and what’s in store for students at Christmas time. We also talk about Remembrance Day, and Glen reveals his video offering to mark the occasion.
Andrew Wilson has written several books, the latest of which is called ‘Unbreakable – what the Son of God says about the Word of God’. Glen talks to him about his book, and what it means to be real in the Christian life.
Last episode, we started talking about the use of ‘Apologetics’ in Evangelism? This time we respond to questions raised from that episode. Also, a look at an article by Crispin Sartwell, admitting that his Atheism is not based on rationalism. Feel free to upload a picture of yourself listening to the Evangelist’s Podcast!
Is it right to use ‘Apologetics’ in Evangelism? Listen as Glen Scrivener talks to Barry Cooper and Nate Morgan-Locke, about what Apologetics means, and how it might not be the most affective method. Also listen out for a cameo appearance of cosmologist and presenter, Brian Cox. Ooh, and upload a picture of yourself listening to the Evangelist’s Podcast!
How do we get people into church? Do we advertise fun and games, without promoting Jesus? Using a method, sometimes called ‘Bait and Switch’, are we being insincere we invite people to something? Barry Cooper and Nate Morgan-Locke from Christianity Explored talk with Glen Scrivener about this. Andy Brinkley also has the results of the recent Evangelist Podcast giveaway! If you missed out on the books, here they are: “On the Incarnation ” (with CS Lewis’s intro), by Anthanasius “Freedom of a Christian” by Martin Luther “Table Talk” by Martin Luther “The Bruised Reed” by Richard Sibbes “Christ’s Glorious acheivements” by Charles Spurgeon “Christ our Life” by Mike Reeves On this episode, we also mention Glen’s Halloween video, which is nominated for a Jerusalem Award!
Coming on for the second time, Peter Mead talks to Glen Scrivener about preaching, it’s value and purpose. Peter is the Director of COR DEO, which runs Biblical Training Programmes. He also blogs at pouredout.org.
Peter Mead is the Director of COR DEO, which runs Biblical Training Programmes. In this episode of the Evangelist’s Podcast, Glen speaks to him about COR DEO, becoming a Christian, and his new book, called “Pleased to Dwell” Click here to enter the giveaway of the 6 books mentioned in this episode: “On the Incarnation ” (with CS Lewis’s intro), by Anthanasius “Freedom of a Christian” by Martin Luther “Table Talk” by Martin Luther “The Bruised Reed” by Richard Sibbes “Christ’s Glorious acheivements” by Charles Spurgeon And of course, Mike’s own book: “Christ our Life” by Mike Reeves A random subscriber will be selected at the end of September.
Rev Dr Mike Reeves is a theologian and author, who loves Jesus, and is passionate for sharing the good news about him. In this episode of the Evangelist’s Podcast, Glen speaks to him about his new book, and also gleans some helpful evangelism tips from some memorable names from Christian history. Click here to enter the giveaway of the 6 books mentioned in this episode: Giveaway ended! “On the Incarnation ” (with CS Lewis’s intro), by Anthanasius “Freedom of a Christian” by Martin Luther “Table Talk” by Martin Luther “The Bruised Reed” by Richard Sibbes “Christ’s Glorious acheivements” by Charles Spurgeon And of course, Mike’s own book: “Christ our Life” by Mike Reeves A random subscriber will be selected at the end of September.
Roger Carswell has been an Evangelist for 32 years, and shares stories, tips and advice from his life. Click here to download the main takeaway points from the interview He has written more than 70 tracts. Find a £4 sample pack here Roger also authored “Grill a Christian“, which answers 65 questions commonly asked of Christians. His new book is called ‘Before you say “I don’t believe” ‘ We also talk about the up and coming “3 2 1 GO course”.
Richard Dawkins got himself into hot water recently for advising someone on twitter to have an abortion, if they became pregnant with a child with Downs Syndrome. Glen got in on the conversation. In this podcast, Andy and Glen discuss how we can give a deeper and better answer than just the other side of the conversation. Giles Fraser makes some good points here We don’t have an answer, but perhaps suggest a good starting point.
In this third and final section, Glen Scrivener and Rev Dr Paul Blackham conclude talking about about sharing the Gospel in three steps, using the 321 structure. This is taken from the audio of the video below. This time they focus on the ‘ONE’ section of 321.
Barry Cooper is the face of Discipleship Explored, and he’s joined by Nate Morgan-Locke who is presents the Soul Course for Christianity Explored Ministries. He’s also a Children’s and Youth Ministry. Barry’s book ‘Can I Really Trust the Bible’ looks at questions people have about scripture: The Bible makes big claims for itself. But do those claims stand up? Aren’t the stories just legends? Hasn’t the information been corrupted over time? Isn’t the Bible full of mistakes? And isn’t it culturally outdated? In this absorbing little book, Barry Cooper explores these questions – and many others – with warmth, wit and integrity.
Often we may feel that Evangelism is a big burden, and we need to have a polished rehearsal of conversation. Evangelism happens above our heads, and below our feet. Andy and Glen have a quick chat about Glen’s schedule, and then listed to a sermon Glen preached about how God works despite our feeble efforts.
There are stages of starvation when you don’t feel hungry. Some people are similar, in that they don’t want to bother with God, as if Christians have a ‘hobby’ that they don’t. How do we communicate to people who couldn’t care less? How can we explain the essential nature of the good news? Again 321 helps answer the question.
Christopher Hitchen’s wrote the book “God is not great”, and blames religion for many of societies problems. Is there truth in that, and in what way is Christianity NOT like a religion? We talk about: What do we mean when we say Religion? Is Christianity a ‘Religion’? Jefferson Bethke’s video Jesus Vs Religion. Religion is only the cause of 7% of wars, historical. Again 321 helps answer the question.
What do you say if someone asks “What about other faiths? Are they all wrong?” Glen Scrivener and Andy Brinkley look at the comparative religions, and asks if Christianity is one of them. How does Christianity stand out from the crowd? Again 321 helps answer the question.
Hasn’t Science disproved the bible? Do we need God? Glen Scrivener and Andy Brinkley look at the interaction of Faith and Science. Some people may hold Science as the rule by which we judge everything – including the spiritual. Is this the right way round? Again 321 helps answer the question.
In this podcast episode, Glen and Andy look at the *truth* of the Gospel. How do Christian’s really know the Gospel is true? Is it just a fuzzy feeling, or is there more to it than that? Again 321 helps answer the question.
Suffering is something that affects us all. Is it something that we should just shrug off and say ‘that’s life’, or should we be upset in it all. We also look at the question of where is God in suffering. Again 321 helps answer the question.
In our series of “hot topics” we’ve talked about Homosexuality, Hell, and now we look at Hypocrisy. Have people said to you: “I don’t go to church because it’s full of hypocrites?”. How should we answer? 321 helps answer the question.
In our series of “hot topics” we talk about God’s judgement. In particular, how can a loving God send people to hell? We see how 321 helps answer the question: THREE: Judgement is not original to God – love is. TWO: In Adam, we’re already in the pit – hell is this disconnected life. ONE: Eternal life is a connection to Christ. Armed with these truths we see how hell is not opposed to a God of love. Madly, we are opposed to a God of love – hence hell!
Though not a usual subject first addressed in Evangelism, people do often ask questions about Christians and Homosexuality – how should we respond? Sometimes reading about David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel 18:1-4 shows very close, no-erotic love. What’s our reaction? We ask the questions Are Christians against Gays? and Is the Bible anti-Gay? We talk about a photo history of male affection which has photos of male platonic friendships. Glen’s blog – a response to the question “When did you choose to be straight?”
In this episode we talk about Easter. In particular we spotlight our latest spoken word video: “Bread of Heaven.” link We also speak about Easter preaching. Here’s a selection of 8 Easter sermons I’ve given in other settings. Nothing a resurrection won’t fix (Job) (featured in this podcast) The Suffering Servant Rises (Isaiah 50) Why the Cross? (Matt 26:36-46) The Power of the Cross (Mark 15:21-41 ) The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) Come and have Breakfast (John 21) Two Cups / Maundy Thusday (Matthew 26:17-46) All Age Easter (Matthew 28) And… Easter songs and resources especially for all-age services.
In this series about Evangelistic Speaking, Glen and Andy discuss 10 ‘commandments’ to adhere too. Here they are: Thou shalt worship Christ from the pulpit. Thou shalt communicate the newness of God’s revelation. Thy tone shall be declarative and devotional. Thy method shall be expositional and christocentric. Thou shalt not preach “the passage” thou shalt preach Christ from the passage. Thy fevered entreaty shall not be ‘DO’ so much as ‘LOOK’. Thou shalt not apologize for the word Thou shalt not be clever Thou shalt not go searching for illustrations. Thou shalt not go searching for jokes. And how can you tell if you’ve done a good job? Ask yourself these questions: Have I communicated JESUS? Have I used or abused the passage? Have I encouraged confidence in the flesh or faith in Christ? Have I taken people on a journey from Adam to Christ? Have I offered promises or simply stated truths? (In other words, Have I offered Christ?)
In this series on Evangelistic Speaking, Glen and Andy discuss 10 steps in preparing and evangelistic talk. Here are the ten steps: STEP ONE: Read, Read and Read again. STEP TWO: Write an initial SUMMARY STEP THREE: Make notes on each and every verse. STEP FOUR: Consult the Wisdom of Others. STEP FIVE: Return to the SUMMARY STEP SIX: Shape it for your audience STEP SEVEN: Make an OUTLINE STEP EIGHT: Write it STEP NINE: Add colour. STEP TEN: Final form. We also discussed blueletterbible.org
Find out what happens when you speak to people about the Good News. It’s more than just passing on information, something is going on spiritually… Join Glen and Andy as they continue to talk about 2 Corinthians 4.
Giving an evangelistic talk is more than just sharing a few thoughts about a Bible passage! Evangelistic speaking is a spiritual event – does that mean it’s without error? Join Glen and Andy as they talk about 2 Corinthians 4, and the act of sharing God’s Word!
Crossing London is a big city wide mission that will be happening this year. At a recent meeting, Glen got to talk to Martin Durham about his work – just one of the people/teams that will be taking part.
Glen traveled to Edinburgh to speak at the Christian Unions mission week at Edinburgh Napier University but something amazing happened before he arrived! Today we look at top tips on how to prepare for missions week, and gives some practical tips so it doesn’t just end up being a shotgun mission!
Too often, we’ve turned evangelism into a chore, or duty, rather than an opportunity of giving! God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9: 7) Can we apply that to evangelism too? Can we say that it’s a joy to speak to people about the good news?!
Have you heard people say they are too bad for God, that He would never forgive them? Or, on the other hand, they’ve never done anything wrong? The thing is, no matter what we’ve done, we’re condemned already. Is that bad news though? To those who know they are sinners, it’s GOOD NEWS! Yea!
On this episode, Andy and Glen talk about the Christmas break, look to the future, and discuss the way how Christians are perceived. We discuss Evander Hollyfield’s reprimand by Channel 5’s ‘Big Brother’: Glen mentions the Living Out website in the podcast: livingout.org
On this episode, Andy and Glen talk to Dai Woolridge and Andy Toovey about Spoken Word videos. Since recording this interview, Dai and Andy have WON ITV’s Nativity Factor 2013 with their video on Joseph: Last year they produced The Chord.
Tim Chester is the author of numerous books on subjects ranging from church planting to mission and social action to the Trinity. He recently wrote “Will you be my Facebook Friend?” where he raises vital questions about our online presence. Andy and Glen ask him questions such as: Are we creating false images of ourselves online? Are we substituting online community for face to face fellowship? Are we spending too long on social media? Is our online engagement properly Christian? Twelve Guidelines for Social Networking 1. Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say were the people concerned in the room. 2. Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t share publicly with your Christian community. 3. Ensure your online world is visible to your offline Christian community. 4. Challenge one another if you think someone’s online self reflects a self-created identity rather than identity in Christ. 5. Challenge one another if you think someone’s online self doesn’t match their offline self. 6. Use social networking to enhance real world relationship not to replace them. 7. Don’t let children have unsupervised internet access or accept as online friends people you don’t know offline. 8. Set limits to the time you spend online and ask someone to hold you accountable to these. 9. Set aside a day a week as a technology “Sabbath” or “fast”. 10. Avoid alerts (emails, tweets, texts and so on) that interrupt other activities especially reading, praying, worshipping and relating. 11. Ban mobiles from the meal table and the bedroom. 12. Look for opportunities to replace disembodied (online or phone) communication with embodied (face-to-face) communication.
Matt Rich runs a chat helpline website that connects with hundreds of people a month, answering questions about the Christian faith, and pointing people to Jesus through their local church etc. He speaks to Andy and Glen. If you’re interested in helping out, you can go to http://groundwire.org.uk/index.php/item/get-involved If you’re looking for videos that are good conversation starters to post on your social networks, http://www.yesheis.com has the best!
In 2011, Gavin Tyte won ITV’s Nativity Factor with the video shown below. Far from being new to the world of beatboxing, Gavin started when he was still at school! Andy and Glen talk to Gavin about his faith and beatboxing! Check out Gavin’s beat boxing bible website at beatboxbible.com
This week, Andy and Glen discuss the reasons why to share the Gospel in the 321 way. Are you interested in doing the 321 course? http://321.revivalmedia.org/would-you-like-to-run-321-as-an-evangelistic-course/
Sometimes we are stopped from sharing the good news when we fear how we will be perceived. We may fear rejection or looking a fool. Andy and Glen discuss several fears that hinder us sharing the good news, and see how we can better model our outreach on Jesus.
If we spend more time with people outside church, do we become less spiritual than if we dive deep into church and church activities? Thinking so, can impact the way we share the good news. Andy and Glen discuss several issues that hinder us from evangelising, and see how we can better model our outreach on Jesus.
This week, Andy and Glen continue looking at issues that hinder people coming to Christ. Things discussed on this episode: When answering questions about God it’s often helpful to: Reframe it Reflect it Reveal Christ through it Instead of offering them Cool Credibility Creeds or Courses instead, offer them CHRIST!
This week, Andy and Glen start a series looking at issues that hinder people coming to Christ. Today they discuss issues of the mind. What is the place of reason in evangelism? Can we fully satisfy people’s intellectual objections?
On this episode, Glen and Andy cover hot topics that often arise from discussions about God’s existence. Douglas Adams is quoted at the beginning of ‘The God Delusion’ saying “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” Who made God? Miracles break the laws of nature Doesn’t Science rule out God?
Andy and Glen discuss 6 errors that Atheists make. Atheists are believers too Non-miraculous account of reality is impossible Materialist undermines itself Goodness in the world Goodness in us Atheism isn’t a complete description of the world.
Andy and Glen discuss things that Atheists get right in talking about God. Some of the things Atheists get right are: We’re all atheists with regard to the vast number of deities ever proposed A world with God is different to a world without God Being good only to get into heaven is perverse (Jim Al-Kalili) Suffering is REAL – All things bright and beautiful Religion is a terrible slavery “God” is a monster (Hitchens’ god anyway!) But the gospel of Jesus frees you!
There’s more than one type of Atheism! Last month, atheismresearch.com reported on a questionnaire with over 1100 participants, and they found 6 different types of Atheist: Academic – 37% – Educated, often belonging to sceptic society, freethinking groups, read books on non-belief and might well be somewhat versed in theology Activist – 23% – evangelistic atheists, seek promotion of secularism, etc Agnostic (Seeker) – 7.6% – embrace uncertainty Antitheist – 15% – religion is bad, they want to find the cure. Non-theist – 4% – just not bothered Ritual Atheist – 12.5% – yoga but also Atheist Church: live better, help often, wonder more.
What comes to mind when we mention Slavery? The African slave trade? ‘Upstairs Downstairs’? Imperialism/Colonialism?
There are many ways in which we face slavery today. Some might say if we didn’t have the Bible, we wouldn’t have slavery. Is that right?
“Why did Jesus only appear in the last 2000 years?” some might ask. Look again and you see Jesus is found in the Old Testament too! Listen to Glen Scrivener and Andy Brinkley as they talk about how and where Jesus is in the Old Testament.
All other religions don’t lead to God, but do they have truth in them – what did Jesus have to say about it? Glen Scrivener and Andy Brinkley talk about some of the big questions people have. This episode looks at other religions.