What I Read Online – 09/26/2013 (a.m.)

26 Sep
    • Outtakes of Our Mock Interview
    • A (Slightly) Awkward Interview on Crazy Busy
    • In recent weeks there has been a spate of arrests of Christian brothers in the UK involved in street preaching and other open-air witness.
    • For the record, I do this because I think that it is a legitimate and potentially profitable way – one of many – of going outside the walls of our building to reach men and women, boys and girls, who have no appetite at present to come inside to hear the Word of God being proclaimed. I think we need to make a distinction between what we do in trying to gather a crowd to hear that gospel and what happened in, say, the Scriptures, when Christ had a crowd gathered with an appetite to hear him, or in the days of men like Whitefield when they were – initially – forced outside, and then had ready-made congregations. I also think we need to accept that, unlike somewhere such as the Areopagus, public discourse is no longer, in the culture of most in the modern West, an accepted mode of discussing and pursuing truth.
    • Rights and liberties
    • Appearance
    • Personally, I would avoid amplification: it tends to deaden the nuance of the voice, is difficult to judge, can be objectionable in itself, and is – in some instances – easily challenged as to its legality or appropriateness
    • This is an arena in which, if not your sins, at least your foibles and idiosyncrasies will find you out.
    • Go where there are people, but do not make yourself unnecessarily obnoxious by assaulting a captive audience.
    • Those with you can pray, take turns preaching, hand out leaflets, head off trouble, and all other kinds of good things.
    • Pointed and engaging illustrations and a bit of genuine wit will get you far. Get plenty of Bible into your words.
    • ome brothers seem persuaded that aggression is a sine qua non for street preaching, but that is far from the truth. There are some who appear to labour under the conviction that they are called to make a scene rather than move a soul
    • Brothers, when we preach, let us preach the gospel!
    • The way for a person to develop a style is


      (a) to know exactly what he wants to say, and


      (b) to be sure he is saying exactly that.


      The reader, we must remember, does not start by knowing what we mean. If our words are ambiguous, our meaning will escape him.


      I sometimes think that writing is like driving sheep down a road. If there is any gate open to the left or the right the reader will most certainly go into it.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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