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November 13, 2018 by Joe Barone 0 comments

Guest blogger: Joe Barone

Do you have a friend, relative, or co-worker who you’ve shared the good news of the gospel with? Have you witnessed Christ’s love to them? Did they appear curious and welcoming of additional information? Then, after all your efforts, did their interest wane and did all seem for naught? Are you frustrated? Confused? Ready to give up? There is help, and it’s closer than you think. First, let me tell you my story about a little, lime green train engine....Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, Faith

April 17, 2018 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

We need your prayers!

It was 1872, and D. L. Moody decided to go to England for a time of learning from the great English preachers of that day. He had decided to merely sit and listen, and not do any ministry of his own. One pastor named John Lessey, upon hearing that Moody was in town, begged him to preach in his pulpit on both Sunday morning and Sunday night. Reluctantly, Moody accepted the request of this pastor of a medium-sized congregation in London. The morning sermon did not go well...Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, Prayer

April 25, 2017 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

If I could go back to college...

In the years after I graduated from UConn, I found myself wishing that I could go back to some of my classes and defend my faith against some of the messages I heard from my professors. I became a follower of Jesus right at the beginning of my freshman year at UConn, and although I was an eager learner when it came to my newfound faith, I had no idea how to answer many of the criticisms of Christianity I heard in my classes. For example: “Missionaries are arrogant, evil, and ethnocentric.”...Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Evangelism, Apologetics

May 26, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

It is a loving thing to share your faith with others

One of our priorities this year as a church is to increase our prayer for and outreach to those who do not know Jesus. One of the steps I have taken is to take regular prayer walks through the apartment complex next door to our church, praying that God would open doors and help us to make connections there, so that we might love our actual neighbors as Christ has loved us. As I reflected on this emphasis, I was reminded by a powerful video by Penn Jillette of the Las Vegas illusionist duo Penn & Teller...Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Evangelism, Hell

June 11, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Farming with Senior Citizens

On the second Wednesday of every month, I lead a service of worship for about 25 senior citizens at the Glastonbury Health Care Center. I play a few songs of worship on the guitar, share a brief teaching from the Bible, and always close by singing Amazing Grace. It‘s quite the scene: there‘s me up front, shouting my sermon, trying to proclaim the gospel to a crowd that inevitably includes one or two people talking loudly about who knows what, another person whose hearing aid is squealing because the volume is up too loud, and about five people who have dozed off before I have even begun to speak....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Senior Citizens, Evangelism

March 5, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Hypocritical Christians

One of the biggest reasons people turn away from God and the Christian faith is the hypocrisy of Christians. Even those who have very little knowledge of the Bible know that the message of Jesus had something to do with love and moral living, and when they see followers of Jesus who preach love but live lives marked by looking down on the world, judging others, or moral failure, they are turned off from Christianity. Add to the everyday hypocrisy of believers bigger scandals such as the Catholic sex abuse scandal or the shady dealings of some televangelists, and it’s no wonder that many people in our world have a hard time embracing the Christian message....Keep Reading

Tags: Gospel, Evangelism

May 22, 2012 by Anthony Varesio 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Anthony Varesio (May 22, 2012)

My faith light has been shining through more and more as my walk with Christ has grown stronger, attracting more and more questions from non-believers and “on-the-fencers”. After a while, a common denominator emerged in their queries; they all begin with: “Why does God...” Why does God permit suffering; why does God let children die; why does God permit wars; why does God never answer my prayers; why does God let evil go unchecked. Usually I would just respond with the same look most people would have if under interrogation; turns out that didn’t help much in the witnessing or saving department....Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, Guest Blogger

March 27, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The kindness of God

“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?” (Romans 2:1-4)...Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, God

April 5, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

What UConn basketball teaches me about Jesus

I am a huge UConn basketball fan. I attended UConn many years ago, and during my time as a student, I attended every home game, often waiting in line for hours in order to be as close as possible to the court. This past Monday night culminated a few months of great excitement as the UConn men won the national championship. Having followed the team for years, I was amazed that they pulled it off" after all, they weren’t even picked to make the NCAA tournament in most preseason publications, let alone compete for the title. But under the leadership of Jim Calhoun, and guided by the play of Kemba Walker and his supporting cast, they shocked even this diehard fan....Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, Discipleship

March 22, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Tsunamis and the problem of evil

Last week, I was watching an interview by MSNBC’s Martin Bashir with Rob Bell on his new book, Love Wins, and Bashir began the interview by asking Bell point blank, “The tsunami in Japan" which of these is true" either God is all-powerful but he doesn’t care about the people of Japan, or he does care about the people of Japan, but he’s not all-powerful. Which one is it?” Bell danced around the question with his answer, but I am sure that I would have done far worse if I had been asked that question on national television and had only two minutes with which to answer. Not only is the “problem of evil” a question that has challenged philosophers for centuries, but for the majority of people, it is not a philosophical question but a profoundly personal question, a question often filled with despair or rage towards God. Why, God? Why would you allow this devastation in my life? Why did you allow me to be abused? Why did you allow my son to be killed? Why have you allowed this crippling illness in my life? Is it that you just don’t care? Or you’e not powerful enough to stop it? Why, God?...Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, Suffering

August 25, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Church vs. Strip Club

In my last sermon before I went on vacation, I told the story from Luke 7 about the sinful woman who crashed the Pharisees’ dinner with Jesus and honored Jesus by anointing his feet with her tears when she saw how Simon the Pharisee was publicly shaming Jesus (read Luke 7:36-50 if you have no idea what I’m talking about). Near the end of that passage, Jesus says “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven - for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” This incident is just one of many where, in the end, the proud religious man is challenged and the “sinner” is shown love and compassion instead of judgment and condemnation....Keep Reading

Tags: Evangelism, Outreach