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Meet the Farmer Who Scheduled Your Sabbath School

Meet the Farmer Who Scheduled Your Sabbath School Well, that isn’t the actual farmer, but I probably didn’t miss it by much. Let me explain. Last week I posted a casual question on Facebook and the number of responses surprised me. So, I’m pausing my Evange-Living series to explore the

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Don’t KNOW Nobody?? Can’t REACH Nobody!

Don’t KNOW Nobody?? Can’t REACH Nobody! Excuse the bad English in the title, but I’m making a point. Distance is dead in evangelism. If you are going to make an impact on people you must have contact with people. It is arguably the weakest feature of Adventist evangelism. We have

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What’s Missing From Adventist Evangelism?

What’s Missing From Adventist Evangelism? ADVENTISTS!! That’s what’s missing from Adventist evangelism. Adventists. Everyday Adventists. Not celebrities. Not pastors. Not evangelists. Not paid bible workers. But normal, natural, balanced Adventists. Everyone I mentioned above is valuable to evangelism, but the most effective evangelists are not really “evangelists” at all. Let

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The Adventist Branding Problem

What do people see when they hear Adventist? What words or images come to mind? For many years I have asked this very question to Adventists and non-Adventists alike in a word association exercise I use in evangelism. The responses have been fairly consistent: Ellen White, Loma Linda, Sabbath, vegetarian,

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Kim, Kanye, and Adventist Gossip

Kim, Kanye, and Adventist Gossip Oakwood has a Publix!! Well not exactly, but the food store did recently open within walking distance of the school. (The fact that I am so excited about the opening of a grocery store is either a reflection on Huntsville or a childhood issue I

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3 Reasons to Say Thank You!

3 Reasons to Say Thank You! It’s Mother’s Day season and I’m in a “Thank You” frame of mind. We all should be. My mother is a 5’ 3” fireball from Belize. You don’t EVER have to wonder what’s on her mind, because she’ll let you know. (Perhaps this will

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7 Things Praise Teams Should NOT Do

“7 Things Praise Teams Should NOT Do!” You probably know by now that I love hymns. That’s right.  If I hear the number 499, my eyes glaze over and I just start singing “Sound the Battle Cry” at the top of my lungs!! (That might not be totally accurate.) I

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The Great Controversy: Hymns Vs. Praise Worship

“The Great Controversy: Hymns vs Praise & Worship!” Intro: The battle is intense, bordering on comical. Praise and worship has been blamed for everything from declining church attendance to the Kennedy assassination.  And when some people hear “hymns”, they see bonnets and white beards. What’s a church to do? Last

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What Happened to My Hymns?!

What Happened to My Hymns?! I miss my hymns. That’s not nostalgia, that’s a need. “Let the word of God dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs…”  Colossians 3:16 So, I’m preparing for this blog and researching the most

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What Memphis Reminded Me

What Memphis Reminded Me Yesterday brought back strong memories. I can still see the face of the television newscaster fighting back tears and announcing, “Dr. Martin Luther King is dead.” Just 10.5 miles from my home in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. King was cut down by an assassin’s bullet, April 4,

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3 Reasons Adventists Should Celebrate Easter

3 Reasons Adventists Should Celebrate Easter Intro: What are your plans for Sunday morning? Where will you be? In a few hours Adventists across the country will enjoy a special spring weekend. On Sunday we’ll be shopping in malls, watching the Elite 8 of March Madness, or perhaps just relaxing

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