Gardening? Recently we looked at a Gospel: Jesus sent out 70 missionaries: all unbelievers would meet A TERRIBLE END! My old lab mate often gave "wicked" answers: someone asked: "Was that text CRUEL?" He grinned: "Mustn't blame missionaries! Blame the listeners!" Naughty, perhaps - but I'm still asking myself beginner's questions ... Some insist that each Scriptural word is "Inerrant, no argument, proof in itself!" Diﬃcult for newcomers. Some learned folk study culture, language etc., and scan wider contexts to get the meaning. Some Bible verses are TRICKY FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL KIDS! Death penalties for work on Saturday (Ex. 35), no lighting ﬁres on that day, pork, no women's voices in Church (1 Cor. 14), etc., etc. Yes, experts explain these to us, but we'd better not show them to "children" carelessly!
tiny bit fuzzy about? Then our listener might not stay for long. John 4 says: "One sows and another reaps." Do you think that some folk must be cultivated gently, like garden plants, before they are "ripe to be harvested"? (What happens when preachers knock on your door unexpectedly?) I read that "cultivation is hard work, but ripe fruit just falls into your basket!" Your comments on this? I googled for "evangelism", etc. Oh, there's SO MUCH! Have your say! Today's world is tough for missionaries. (Help! Are we all called?) Pray. The poor workers need amazing strength, tough training, our support ... and LOTS of help from on High. Phil French
As I've said, childhood memories can muddle me. If outsiders feel muddled, they might turn away. Sometimes I have an empty feeling. I might feel: "Oh, dear, it's no good ... ": or, on a very good day, the emptiness is ﬁlled with something new!! What are outsiders hoping for? If we challenge ﬂat-earthers they can get stroppy. Evangelists are more convincing if they're very calm and loving, if they understand their faith AND their opponent's ideas. "Be prepared!" Diﬃcult points pop up suddenly in discussion, perhaps problems we're a
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