Friends in Low Places

by Dion Todd

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming close to him to hear him. The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, ‘This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them.’ Luke 15:1 WEB

Everyone knows that Jesus came to save the lost sinner, and they were all drawn to Him like a magnet, but the religious establishment of the time grumbled about this constantly. If they had their way, the religious leaders would have driven the sinners far, far away, but Jesus did not allow this to happen. He came to seek out and save the lost (Luke 19:10). In Luke 15:10, Jesus said that the angels rejoice over one sinner that repents.

I was playing in a band at a party one night when He found me during the middle of a song. It is odd to explain, but I suddenly saw myself in third person view and He instantly gave me a new outlook on life. He refreshed my hope that there was something more. His loving presence came upon me in such a way that I put my bass guitar up, went home, laid on the floor and surrendered to His calling in tears. No one had to preach to me.

The next morning, I went to church and was soon baptized. I prayed about quitting the band I was in, but He said no. So I had the pastor pray with me, and he said no. I needed the money anyway, so I continued playing in bands while wearing a Jesus t-shirt and a strap with a cross on it. Soon His presence began showing up in the bars and prophetic words would come to me for those in the room. I preached my first sermons in bar parking lots and they were powerful. People would begin trembling under His power, and I led some to the Lord.

Jesus has friends in low places. They may put His statue in glorious sanctuaries, but you will still encounter His presence outside those walls in the dust and the dirt. He still wants to speak with you today, but some of the super religious will look down on you and try and drive you away from Him just as they did then. Don’t give up, and know that it is not Jesus that is driving you away today. He will reach people right where they are, using your hands to touch them, and your voice to speak to them.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for leading by example. You are not a respecter of persons and in Your eyes, all of us are created equal. Let me see people as You see them, and fill me with Your discernment, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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The Relationship Between Evangelism and Apologetics

Have you ever wondered why so many of us confuse the relationship between evangelism and apologetics? I talk about this in this podcast which supplements this comment by Mark Denver.

“People mistake apologetics for evangelism. Like the activities we’ve considered above, apologetics itself is a good thing. We are instructed by Peter to be ready to give a reason for the hope that we have (1 Pet. 3:15). And apologetics is doing exactly that. Apologetics is answering questions and objections people may have about God or Christ, or about the Bible or the message of the gospel. Apologists for Christianity argue for its truth. They maintain that Christianity better explains that sense of longing that all people seem to have. Christianity better explains human rationality. It fits better with order. They may argue (as C. S. Lewis does in Mere Christianity) that it better fits with the moral sense that people innately have. It copes better with problems of alienation and anxiety. Christians may – and should – argue that Christianity’s frankness about death and mortality commends it. These can be good arguments to have. Answering questions and defending parts of the good news may often be a part of conversations Christians have with non-Christians, and while that may have b a part of our own reading or thinking or talking as we came to Christ, such activity is not evangelism. Apologetics can present wonderful opportunities for evangelism. Being willing to engage in conversations about where we came from or what’s wrong with this world can be a significant way to introduce honest discussions about the gospel. For that matter, Christians can raise questions with their non-Christian friends about the purpose of life, what will happen after death, or the identity of Jesus Christ. Any of these topics will take work and careful thought, but they can easily lead into evangelism. It should also be said that apologetics has its own set of dangers. You might unwittingly confirm someone in their unbelief by your inability to answer questions that are impossible to answer anyway.


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The Best Question to Ask When Starting a Conversation About God

194 copyEver found yourself looking for a way to initiate a conversation about God, but not sure exactly how to start? I’ve been in similar situations with people I don’t know (i.e. on airplanes, while waiting for a seat in a restaurant, or while watching a soccer game), and I’ve tried a number of approaches. I continue to return to one simple, effective question, however, to start the most important of all conversations. I’ve come to believe this is the most essential evangelistic question we can ask: “What do you think happens when we die?”


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