Thursday, February 23, 2006

Something worth talking about...

Evangelism makes me shudder. I'm a scared introvert so starting conversations with people about anything isn't exactly my idea of fun. Jesus is sufficiently amazing that much of the fear is overcome, but if I'm honest I'm poor at it most of the time. iMonk is getting to the core of the theology of things.... Considering Calvinist Evangelism.

God's word is more powerful than my weakness, and is even displayed in my weakness. Its when I stand in the shadow of guys like these, and sit at their feet that I hear my creator speak, through them.... Calvinists all. I've not spent all that much time with the works of Driscoll and Keller, but Mahaney and Piper have been of great benefit.

Nonetheless my confession is that even in a Christian Union mission week, and with theology that drives me to speak I still find it really difficult to actually do. What I do find much easier is talking with people where some relationship is already established, gathering and growing church.... maybe my part is not to be the Evangelist, but a pastor.... but I still want to speak of what I have seen and heard, of Jesus in his word. The honest reality is that its wrong of me not to speak more.

As Joe Thorn says: "Our problem, both for the Calvinist and the non-Calvinist, is a lack of “heart religion.”. Graham Daniels reminded us, at our event (John 4- Confessions of a Man-Eater!), that Jesus knows us for who we are. My confession may not be considered that vile a sin (though I think it is). Nonetheless, Jesus is not unaware of it. He knows everything I ever did. And yet he offers me forgiveness! That is worth talking about...