Evangelism bad, evangelist good?

  1. Ironic that many in the church think it’s wrong to do evangelism (that old postmodernist view) while the word “evangelist” has become a popular secular term.

  2. Prayer sites, more than Bible-related sites, are problematic. It’s one thing to filter through denominational language and doctrines while reading, quite another to do it for prayer.

  3. This is not a bad description of God’s jealousy: “God’s passionate commitment to God’s people.”

  4. The Taizé people sing, “God is nothing but love.” God in our own image here? God is love, certainly, says 1 John 4.8, 16, but he is more than love.

  5. Create a Now page. Cool idea.

  6. An original verse: From now till then, from here to there, / With thumbs on a phone glued to your chair.

  7. A Bible verse: “The voice of the Lord is powerful. The voice of the Lord is majestic” Psalm 29.4 GW.

Outward from Jerusalem

The same is true of Philip the evangelist, who was called “the evangelist” not merely because he was a passionate preacher, but also because he understood that God’s purposes were outward from Jerusalem, not inward to Jerusalem. By contrast, the apostles remained in Jerusalem, probably because they saw the Holy City as the center of God’s end-time universe (52). Barnett continues: “The notion of Jerusalem as centrifugal and not centripetal in God’s mission to the nations, which became so much associated with Paul, had its seeds in the vision of Stephen and the activities of Philip” (53).

Don Garlington, review of Paul Barrett, Paul, Missionary of Jesus