Do preaching and apologetics go together? In a post-everything age where doubt is enshrined as a hallmark of truth and any claims to truth are highly suspect, how is a preacher to reach those with questions about the reliability of the Bible, the goodness of God, or the resurrection of Jesus? These questions and more are answered here, and a practical, workable method is provided for preachers who seek to bring together the pulpit and apologetics for both evangelism and discipleship.
Christians must evangelize, but many don't. These brief pastoral reflections can help. Chapters include a consideration of how evangelism changes the evangelist, the role of evangelism in broadening one's view of the kingdom of God, and how process and moment relate to evangelism. Readers will find encouraging stories, practical advice, and immediately applicable strategies for enhancing their individual and congregational evangelistic vision and practice.
What happens when Christians die? Some conclude that purgatory—a place of final purging and purification—is what awaits most believers after death to prepare them to fully enjoy God in heaven. But is purgatory what the Bible teaches? Rather than anticipating a time of future purgation, the joyful expectation of every Christian is that, at the moment of death, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.