Irreconcilable Differences

Sharon Evangelism, Marriage, Relationships 4 Comments

“Irreconcilable differences.” That seems to be one of the most common reasons for divorce that you hear today. And I really have no idea what it means. I sometimes wonder if it’s a generic way of categorizing more specific problem, ie. “I want my wife to stop cheating on me but she would prefer not to” or “I want to …

Redefining Missionary Dating

Sharon Dating, Evangelism, Relationships 4 Comments

I have decided to reconsider the whole missionary dating strategy….but probably not in the way you’re thinking. Before I explain, however, let me back up a bit… This weekend I traveled to the remote reaches of Arkansas to participate in my college roommate’s wedding. She’s an incredibly godly woman who works in youth ministry, and her husband is about to …

Indiscriminate Evangelism

Sharon Evangelism, Ministry 1 Comment

Today I read a deeply tragic news story that has given me a great deal of perspective on my approach to ministry. The story was about a teenage girl who hung herself after receiving a mean message from a boy on MySpace. Apparently the girl had engaged in relatively innocent conversations with the boy for some time, but another girl …

As a Lover to the Beloved

Sharon Evangelism, Ministry 2 Comments

In 1942 a man named Karol Wojtyla joined the Nazi resistance movement in Poland. During that time, Nazi racist theory taught that non-Germans did not need higher education, so the Nazis closed all the universities in Poland. Fortunately, a network of underground schools developed throughout the country, and Wojtyla joined this movement. More specifically, he enrolled in an underground Catholic …

What is "Half the Gospel" Anyway?

Sharon Evangelism, Social Justice, Theology 9 Comments

I’ve recently found myself in a number of situations in which preachers and Christians speakers were conveying what, I would call, “half of the Gospel.” By this I mean that they teach parts of the Gospel perfectly, even brilliantly, but also fail to mention key parts of the Gospel. It’s not that these teachers were saying anything wrong, but they …

The Delicate Dance of Evangelism

Sharon Discipleship, Evangelism, Ministry 1 Comment

Over this passed weekend, my grandmother passed away quite suddenly. She was very healthy for her age but life is fragile, so now I find myself in Florida, preparing myself for the funeral I will attend in the morning. Because I just graduated from seminary, I am the token “minister” of the family, and given that hardly any of my …

A Trail of Empty Tombs

Sharon Evangelism, Relationships 2 Comments

Over this past weekend I had the privilege of being in a wedding for one of my very best friends, and although being a bridesmaid is not as glamorous as it looks, I actually LOVE weddings. There’s something about watching two people stand in front of an entire church and commit to one another for the rest of their lives …

Why Pick-Up Lines Almost Never Work

Sharon Evangelism, Ministry 3 Comments

Today I realized something interesting about typical strategies of evangelism. The realization came after spending a couple hours at UNC tonight handing out free lemonade as an exam outreach initiative. We weren’t asking students to sign up for anything or come to church in exchange–we were giving the lemonade out with no strings attached. Surprisingly, the students were still very …