So why is it that American political candidates believe that door-knocking is a viable and, yeah, necessary tactic for a winning campaign, but American churches say that this same door-knocking is no longer effective in evangelism?

The super PAC has had upwards of 250 people canvassing the state, targeting the homes of persuadable Republican voters. Thus far, they estimate they’ve knocked on more than 93,000 doors. And by Election Day, they’re shooting to have knocked on 100,000. In any given week, they say, 100 to 150 individual people spend eight-hour days doing the door-knocking. And most of them get paid.

Or maybe door-knocking for evangelism doesn’t work any more because the door-knockers have lost faith.

A nice image along with some important verses for the Christian mission.

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“I am not praying only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their testimony,that they will all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me.The glory you gave to me I have given to them, that they may be one just as we are one—I in them and you in me—that they may be completely one, so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me” John 17.20-23 NET. Continue reading

A good brother made a comment on Facebook about my post, “People who come to Christ must first count the cost,” made a couple of days ago. I’m assuming he read my post and didn’t just react to the title. (Though on FB that can be a big assumption at times.)

He questioned whether Peter preached the sacrifice and commitment of discipleship to the Jews in Acts 2. He also wondered if all this is not more of a gradual aspect of Christian growth. At least, that’s what I understood him to say.

Here’s how I responded, with a few tweaks. Continue reading

The young man I was studying with before our trip to the US has decided to be baptized. After some hurdles at finding a place to baptize Washington, we heard his confession at 1 p.m., US Central Time, today.

Some neighbors down the street were kind enough to lend us their pool. More on that later.

Washington came to us from the state of Bahia. He’s here for a year to work and then return home, in June. His fianceé is a Christian.

For now, please pray for Washington’s decision, that the Lord will give him a clean conscience and that he will see not only the forgiving power of God but the empowerment to do his will and be a beacon for the gospel as well.

 

The student who set up with me to study last night at the office didn’t show. So that was a dry run. I’ve had a hard time getting things going with this fellow. Seems to be a nice kid, early 20s, from another state, fianceé is a Christian. Somehow we’re just not getting it into gear.

Monday night, Francinete and Gustavo requested baptism. We set it for Saturday. We’ll have another study Friday night to help them to consider the cost. Pray they remain firm in their determination. Continue reading