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Toby Frost

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FIRST-PERSON: Making evangelism good news again

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--"The world I learned to reach in seminary 20 years ago no longer exists!" These words from a pastor friend have riveted me since I first heard them last year.

FIRST-PERSON: Making evangelism good news again

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--Dr. Chuck Kelley of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary states, "Southern Baptists are a harvest-oriented denomination living in an unseeded generation." What if 16 million Baptists consistently and faithfully engaged everyone they encountered with a positive touch in the name of Jesus Christ? The multiplied effect would be powerful!

FIRST-PERSON: Making evangelism good news again

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--"Go ye therefore and make converts, recording their decisions in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit." This is how many Baptists have begun to read the Great Commission of late. But true Great Commission evangelism emphasizes disciple-making over conversions, and baptisms over simply recording decisions.

FIRST-PERSON: Making evangelism good news again

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--John Avant and I had heard the "all-religions-are-basically-the-same" comment at least 100 times before. This time, Austin, our waiter, was passing this tidbit of conventional wisdom onto us with sage-like seriousness -- like a treasure hunter who had just discovered the mother lode.