Hospitality and the Great Commission

The twelve of us sat in silence, on the edge of our seats. You could have heard a pin drop. I had pilgrimaged from Minnesota to muggy Orlando, and her stifling August humidity, for a weeklong intensive course on evangelism with Steve Childers. Fortunately, Reformed Theological Seminary is as air-conditioned as it is Reformed.

With only a dozen students on board for five 9-hour days with one of the country's top church-planting strategists, it was a rich week, to say the least. During these precious hours, the Beijing Olympics were playing second fiddle to learning about the advance of the gospel around the world and in personal conversation.

Time and again Childers had thrown us curveballs. He knew how to keep us on our toes. But now he had us nothing short of captivated.

The Key to 21st-Century Evangelism

"You know what the key to evangelism in the 21st-century will be, don't you?"

He wasn't talking Global South, but the Western hemisphere -- and America in particular.

I'm sure he could see on our faces how eager we were for his answer. Wow, the key, we were thinking. This is huge.

[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]