Ben Reaoch | Category: The Church Community
Last week was very encouraging for me. Rob Myroniuk and I drove to Louisville, Kentucky, to attend the Together for the Gospel conference that is held there every other year. It has grown quite a bit since I attended 10 years ago. This year about 10,000 folks gathered in a basketball stadium in downtown Louisville to sing together and learn together from God’s Word. The theme was the Protestant Reformation, since next year will mark 500 years since Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg, Germany, thus kickstarting the Reformation.
Ben Reaoch | Category: The Christian Life
I remember several years ago, in 2010, I was on a trip to Romania to do some preaching and teaching there. It was a great experience. But I missed home, and by the end of the trip I was increasingly eager to get back to my family. Then something happened that you could never plan for. The night before I was to depart, a volcano erupted in Iceland that halted air travel throughout Europe. I was stuck. I had to stay in Budapest, Hungary, for a few days waiting to get on the very earliest flight possible. I remember just aching to be home, to hug my wife and kids, and to sit around the dinner table together and share the stories of what had been happening while we were apart.
Ben Reaoch | Category: Mission
(A new adult Sunday School series began April 3, 2016, on Evangelism, so we've pulled this article from the Archives -- originally posted in the first month of the 3RG blog!)
What comes to mind when you hear the word “evangelism”? A Gospel tract? A rehearsed Gospel outline? These are helpful tools for us when we are seeking to share the Gospel with others. But have you even thought about the role of attentive listening in the context of evangelistic conversations?
When we have opportunities to speak with people at work, in the neighborhood, at the family gathering, on the bus, in the airplane, I don’t think our main objective should be to empty a dump truck load of biblical truth onto the person. We first need to earn the right to be heard. Listening is a good place to begin.
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