Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Drunken Spider-Man Heckler

This weekend I had an unlikely heckler. The hero of my youth Spiderman, who apparently likes to drink allot on the weekends, webbed down to the corner that I preach on. Now usually you can find Spider-Man fighting the forces of evil, but evidently the alcohol hindered his “Spidey senses” and he mistakes The Gospel for the enemy.

I didn't have my camcorder or camera to take pictures, but when searching through youtube I discovered that Spidey had an accomplice who was recording his wild Saturday night antics. I am going to hesitantly post the video with this warning, Spidey is not as good of a citizen on his off time as one would imagine and there are some graphic images in the first few minutes. If you want to see our feature in this film fast-forward to the 3:05 mark.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

J.C. Ryle on Open Air Preaching

Let us never be moved by those who cry down the preacher's office, and tell us that sacraments and other ordinances are of more importance than sermons. Let us give to every part of God's public worship its proper place and honor, but let us beware of placing any part of it above preaching. By preaching, the Church of Christ was first gathered together and founded, and by preaching, it has ever been maintained in health and prosperity. By preaching, sinners are awakened. By preaching, inquirers are led on. By preaching, saints are built up. By preaching, Christianity is being carried to the heathen world. There are many now who sneer at missionaries, and mock at those who go out into the high-ways of our own land, to preach to crowds in the open air. But such persons would do well to pause, and consider calmly what they are doing. The very work which they ridicule is the work which turned the world upside down, and cast heathenism to the ground. Above all, it is the very work which Christ Himself undertook. The King of kings and Lord of lords Himself was once a preacher. For three long years He went to and fro proclaiming the Gospel. Sometimes we see Him in a house, sometimes on the mountain side, sometimes in a Jewish synagogue, sometimes in a boat on the sea. But the great work He took up was always one and the same. He came always preaching and teaching. He says, "That is why I have come." ~ J.C. Ryle

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Heading out to Savannah, Ga.

Savannah, Georgia

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I just returned from Atlanta and haven't even had anytime to post an update on the Kobalt 500 outreach and now I’m on the road again. This time I’m heading out to Savannah, Ga. to hit up one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the south.  There is going to be an estimated 400,000 people at this annual event.

I'm heading up there with 13 other evangelists to pass out tracts and do some open air. Please be in prayer for our safety as we travel and that God works through our efforts to save at least one soul!

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

What can an Evangelist do in 1 minute?

A good question was asked by one of our readers in the comment section. I thought it was a great question so I wanted to post it here followed by a short answer,

Since I started following your blog I've been encouraged by your passion to spread the gospel and inspired by your attempts to do so at large civic events. I'm curious though...you're obviously planting seeds, but do you ever have an opportunity to do more than that? Do people stop and engage you? Do they respond with deeper questions that allow you to go further than passing out a tract? Also, I would imagine that many of the tracts you pass out end up in the trash and even on the ground as litter. Do you have concerns about that? I'm not trying to bring you down or belittle your efforts. I'm just curious because, as I said above, I have been encouraged by your posts and I would like to get my family (wife and 5 kids) started in something similar. Whenever I start a project I immediately think, "Is this the most efficient way to do this?" and "Am I maximizing my time, energy, and resources?" Any thoughts you have on this would be greatly appreciated.

This is a really good question from someone who just wants to “maximize his time energy and resources.” as any good Stewart should.

When I do large events I know that a lot of the tracts will be thrown away, but I also know that a lot of them get read, sometimes on the spot. I've walked by and heard people reading them to there kids or discussing what it says with their spouse. I also see them stuffed quickly into pockets. I know that when they get home they will have to empty those pockets and may have time to read it then. "Tracts make it into homes when we can't. They find their way onto dashboards, sun visors, wallets, night stands and desks long after we've handed them out. They are an essential tool in our evangelism to "speak" after we've gone home for the night."*

One of the main things I use tracts for is to break the ice to lead into a one-to-one conversation as my friend demonstrates in the video below.

The story of the old man who passed out tracts on George street is a legendary example of what tracts can do.

You can also read some tract testimonies here

Hope this helps some

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Kobalt Tools 500

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In 2007 Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag at the Kobalt Tools 500. In 2008 it was Kyle Bush! This year a new a driver is up for a prize who will it be? You could almost smell the exhaust as you ponder on all the possibilities this race brings. Not for entertainment but for the spreading of the gospel. Well This year Bring The Noiz Ministries will be among the estimated 105,000 race fans to attend the Kobalt Tools 500 Race at The Atlanta Motor Speedway. But there will be no shouting and cheering for any driver from us, only shouting and preaching the word of the Lord!
There is even bigger news going on behind the scenes at this event and could lead to more evangelism at future races. I will give you the details upon my return.
Please pray for our safety and that we are used by God to further his kingdom.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Humanity’s Pretense of Goodness

Romans 8:7 “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.”

“Although most human beings give the appearance at times of being confused seekers for truth with a naive respect for God, says Edwards, the reality is that unless they are moved by the Spirit they have a natural distaste for the real God, an uncontrollable desire to break His laws and a constant tendency to sit in judgment on Him when they notice Him at all. They are at moral enmity with the God revealed in the Bible. Since His purpose crosses theirs at every juncture, they really hate Him more than any finite object, and this is clearly displayed in their treatment of His Son. They are largely unconscious of this enmity. It is usually repressed through their unbelief, their creation of agreeable false portraits of God, their sense of His distance from us, their fear of punishment or their lack of awareness of the magnitude of their guilt. They are conditioned to pay their respects to some vague image of the Deity, and this is reinforced by fear and self-interest.

Fortunately Gods common grace reaches down through unregenerate humanity like a hand through a glove, revealing us of our own evil through constant acts of love and mercy that seem to originate in man. But only in Christian believers is man’s willful ignorance disarmed and his goodness rotted in worship and love of God rather than covert self-interest or the service of idols such as the human race. When the scriptures say “God is angry at the wicked every day” (Ps 7:11 AV), it is because the unregenerate are constantly (if unconsciously) angry at God and are daily expressing this anger and contempt toward those who represent Him on earth, toward one another, and even toward inanimate nature because God has made it. Every day the crucifixion is re-enacted in innumerable attacks upon the purpose of Christ. Even creation, suggests Edwards in another famous sermon, groans under its subjection to human misrule and would spew us out if it were not restrained by God.

In light of this analysis, what is remarkable is not the intensity of Gods wrath against sin but the magnitude of His patience and compassion in sparing and redeeming those who are His enemies.” ~ Richard F. Lovelace, Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal pg. 86

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