Archive for March, 2011

Hollywood Anti-War Protest, Pt. 4: Preaching on the Frontline

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

I found this short, 2 minute version of my preaching at the Hollywood anti-war protest on YouTube from a stranger who was listening and filming. We delivered our message many times after the march started.  I am actually in the middle of the protest itself—and the police helped to get me there. How? I’ll tell you that story next week…. In the meantime, notice the barrier my faithful friends provided, surrounding me, just in case something untoward happened, like if the lady who was cursing decided to rush and plow me down. (Read the previous 3 parts by clicking here.)


Notes from the “Bound with Them” Conference

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011


I went to the Voice of the Martyrs Conference last Saturday. Man, we sure take our freedom for granted. You have to try real hard or be a real jerk to get arrested or persecuted for your faith in this country. If only Christians realized how truly valuable and precious our faith is, and how freely we are able to share it. I remember a line from a Joni Mitchell song of long ago: “You don’t know what you got till it’s gone….”

Here are a few notes from the conference:

  • More people have been martyred for Christ in the last 100 years than all previous centuries combined.
  • A visitor from another country was curious about why a church in a land that persecuted Christians had a rooster in place of the cross on their roof. The reason: When the time comes that they are persecuted for their faith they do not want to deny Christ like Peter did. The rooster was a reminder to stay faithful lest they hear it crow three times. (more…)

April Evangelism Adventures

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

This Saturday, April 2: Santa Monica Pier. Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool. Difficulty on a scale of 1-10, 10 being extremely challenging: 2

April 9: Huntington Beach w/Ray Comfort. Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool. We leave promptly at 12:15. (more…)

Stone the Preacher Turns 5 Today!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

On March 29, 2006, a blog about Biblical evangelism went public; it’s name was “E-vangie Tales and More.” Of course, it’s now called Stone the Preacher and after 2,229 posts, 14, 631 comments, and nearly 169,000 visits, it’s now 5 years old!

Here’s a little history of how it all came to be: (more…)

Atheist Tuesday: Does God Have to Obey the 10 Commandments?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

If it is immoral for us to kill people, why is it okay for God to kill people? Doesn’t God keep His own commandments? And if He doesn’t keep His own commandments, then what does it mean to call such commandments an absolute when God Himself doesn’t have to keep them? And, if they are not absolutes, then why do we have to keep them? Then one begins to wonder, maybe God’s rules are not necessary, they are just things He cooks up for us that apply to us and mess up our fun. This is a tact that people take in raising this particular issue. So, how are we to take the commandments seriously?

The first thing in answering the objection is to make sure we understand exactly what the commandment says. “Thou shalt not kill” is actually a misquote. (more…)

Hollywood Anti-War Protest 2011, Pt. 3: Infiltration

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

I have to be honest here. Whenever I go to an evangelism destination, especially one that may be hostile, like the Hollywood Anti-War Protest sponsored by ANSWER Los Angeles (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), I have mixed feelings. One part of me is excited by the possibilities of reaching a lost people group: atheists, Communists, extreme leftists, Feminists, gay activists, etc., while another part of me would prefer to stay home.

It’s safer at home. (Click here to start at part 1 of the series.)

Knowing that only 2% of Christians actually share their faith (according to Bill Bright, but it’s probably less), and a Barna study that shows that only 55% of born-again Christians even believe it’s their responsibility to evangelize  motivates me to get out of my comfort zone.

The question is always: How do we get the message out before they kick us out—or knock us out?

Thousands had congregated on Hollywood Blvd. to hear furious women and red-faced blathering men scream anti-war epithets against the government, rich people, corporations—anyone, or anything that smacks of Conservatism or rationality.

What would they do to us if they discovered we were fundamentalist Christians?

To complicate matters, a hater guy with Jesus signs and a bullhorn was there on his corner screaming insults at the protesters. When an elderly woman tried to stop him he shouted, “Back off, Grandma! Back to the retirement home for you, Grandma! Back to the trailer park with you, Grandma! Take your Geritol! Take another two tablespoons of Geritol!”

To the marchers he yelled: “Shame on you, Americans! You call yourselves Americans? You hate America! Bible! Bible! Bible! Get yourself a Bible, people!”

A protester shouted back, “You hypocrite! You hypocrite!” Then he blew a whistle in the Hate Preacher’s ear.

A bald-headed man screamed and shook his fist: “Am I going to Hell? Am I going to Hell because I’m protesting the war?”

The preacher continued with, “You’ve got one foot on a banana peel, and one foot in the grave! Jesus Christ said ‘My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you…'”

Some peace. Some example of Christ-like love. Sad. Very sad. And a very wrong way to preach the Gospel. (See the 6 minute video yourself by clicking here. WARNING! Rough language the first 12 seconds.)

What would you do? How would you approach this tense situation as an evangelist?

We decided to go in with Gospel money tracts. (Hey! Even anti-capitalist socialists like money!

We gave out Giant Hundred dollar bills

Presidential trillion dollar bills

and million dollar bills, all with the true Gospel written on the back.

Walking in the midst of the protesters we’d hand them out saying, “Peace money. Peace money.” By no means would we try to talk about eternal things in the “now” of this hot bed of fury and tension. We would smile and say, “Peace not war; peace not war,” and gently hand them a tract. And smile, smile, smile. We were friendly, warm and accommodating. How did these marchers respond? (more…)

Sudden Death: Cubicle

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Though this woman died on Friday, she was unnoticed at her desk in the Department of Internal Services until Saturday. Click here to read the rest.

(Submitted by David H.)

Hollywood Anti-War Protest 2011, Pt. 2: Signs of the Times

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

There were protesters of every color at last week’s anti-war protest in Hollywood: from the Green Party, to Code Pink to the deep atheist red of the Communists.  (Read part 1 by clicking here.)


And people were angry, I mean really, really angry!

But the evangelism team—and others of like mind—had a message of Hope for all those given over to their frustration, their angst, their hatred of the system, our government, Israel, capitalists, rich people, Bush, Obama, fossil fuel users, and, of course, war. Still, we were able to give them signs from God, signs that beckoned them, Come.


Though most were at war with God and were enemies with him in their minds through wicked works, we had a message that offered peace with him through his Son Jesus Christ, peace that surpasses all understanding, peace not as the world gives.

But the big question was this: (more…)

Voice of the Martyrs Conference

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Since the beginning of this year on Wednesdays I’ve been posting about modern day Christians being persecuted for their faith. Now’s the chance to hear from some of those who have survived. We will be attending the Voice of the Martyrs “Bound with Them” Conference this Saturday. Carpool and details below.

Here is the list of speakers and what happened to them.

  • Gracia Burnham A militant Muslim group, the Abu Sayyaf, kidnapped Martin and Gracia Burnham, missionaries to the Philippines, on May 27, 2001. The Burnhams were in captivity for 376 days. During an eventual rescue attempt by the Philippine Army on June 7, 2002, Martin was killed and Gracia was wounded. Her story is told in the books “In the Presence of My Enemies” and “To Fly Again.” (more…)

Evangelism Adventure: Redondo Beach Pier

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

It’s always good to have a local fishing hole that is easy and non-threatening for those who are new to your team and as a refreshing respite for the seasoned evangelist.

The Redondo Beach Pier is just such a place.

When describing it I tell my evangelism  class that on a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a negative 3; in other words, it’s sooooooo easy, even a kid can share their faith. (In fact, that’s my eldest daughter D. D. on the box at the pier at age 9. Read about it here.)

Want a gentle excursion? Join us this Saturday. Meet at Hope Chapel at noon to carpool.

Click here to read some good news from a past outing.


Atheist Tuesday: The Unbeliever’s Soapbox

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

I thought, as a change of pace, that I would let an atheist have a shot. Here, without further ado, is an atheist’s answer for morality without God, by a man whose Web name is Vagon. (I won’t have time to write my own exceptions to this very selfish perspective, but  I do encourage you readers to offer your own.)

So Steve Sanchez has been suggesting that atheists have no grounds by which to judge Ted Bundy’s serial killings as immoral. A commenter under the handle Ryan Shirtz then asserted that atheists cannot logically support morality apart from God and cannot objectively define good and evil. He then said, “Show me any objective proof under a truly atheistic worldview that Ted Bundy’s actions are evil.” Finally another commenter, Dennis, suggested that without God all you are left with are subjective values. [He] later implied that all morality required a higher authority. You can view the chain of thought under Steve’s post here.

Despite several attempts to provide the theists with some objective ways to approach morality, they continued to assert that atheists had none, so I asked Steve if he’d be willing to have me guest post on objective morality without religion and he accepted, providing the post was interesting and provocative enough. I can guarantee neither, but this is that post and it will mean that Steve and his commenters can have no excuse for their continued assertions that atheism has no objective morals. (more…)

Hollywood Anti-War Protest 2011, Pt. 1: Radical Evangelism Now!!!

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Want to know what happened at the Hollywood anti-war protest fourteen evangelists attended last week? How many casualties, bruises, insults and one finger salutes we endured? Fortunately none. (Oh a salute and insult or two….)

Stay with this multi-part series and you will learn:

  • Why the police suggested we preach inside the parade
  • The 30 angry black men who claimed that they were descended from the original tribes of Israel and how Jesus was really a black man
  • The cool sign guys
  • And how I was able to proclaim the Word from the first floor of the gay and lesbian community center

It sure was a privilege  to explain to the demonstrators how they could achieve true peace: peace with God. Click here for part 2.

(Almost) Sudden Death: Hike

Monday, March 21st, 2011

This one hits close to home. This man is a dear friend, beloved member of our congregation and… my chiropractor. We almost lost him.

As Brian Carrico lay nearly freezing to death in a three-foot snowdrift on Mount San Jacinto, he said, he called on his faith to help him survive.

Two weeks after his rescue near the summit above the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Carrico, 57, a chiropractor who runs a practice in Riverside and Orange County, has a new respect for the fragility of life and the elements of nature.

Rescue teams from across Southern California spent three days canvassing the San Jacinto Mountains wilderness searching for Carrico after his family reported him missing from a cross-country skiing day trip. (more…)

Evangelism Tips from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Friday, March 18th, 2011

We tried something new at our local St. Patrick’s Day parade—and it was highly effective: Hand out tracts and preach to the people who will be marching in the parade before it starts! At most small town parades people don’t arrive until about 15 minutes beforehand. So, you may as well do something constructive with your evangelism team while you wait…

…like preach to the beer ad marchers. That’s what “Mad Mike” Stockwell did (at my urging).

As you can see they were held in rapt attention, barely able to stand upright before dropping to their knees in repentance.

You can also climb aboard the ubiquitous double-decker bus that is in every parade—and hand out tracts to the riders (like “Mad Mike” Stockwell did—on his own initiative.

You can also do more creative things, like these… (more…)

Evangelism Adventure: Hollywood Anti-War Protest

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The best way to describe this event is that there are 3-5,000 adults convening who were never disciplined by their parents as children. Or: If God took the restraining power of His Holy Spirit from the earth, it would look something like this gathering.

These people are against everything we as Christians are for, and are for everything we are against, for the most part. They are so far left President Obama is considered a conservative. (Read the whole 10 part series from the 2009 protest here.)

We are going to have a blast as an evangelism team, because—Hoo-Boy!—these people need the Lord.

At a previous time we were able to get Gospel tracts into most of the demonstrators hands; see the creative way we did it below:

If you’d like to get an overview of what the whole event looks like from a preacher’s perspective—all the yelling, screaming, anger and foolishness, and this from the marchers—watch this next video:

ALL HANDS ON DECK! WE NEED YOU TO COME THIS SATURDAY!!! Here’s the agenda and meeting times: (more…)

Martyrs: Woman Sentenced to Death, Critics Silenced

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

On Nov. 8, 2010 Asia Bibi was the first woman to be sentenced to death by hanging under Pakistan’s blasphemy law. (Please watch the 3 minute CNN video here.) Asia Bibi was arrested on June 19, 2009, after she engaged in an intense discussion with a group of women who worked with her. Answering their calls for her to accept Islam, Asia told them Jesus is alive, but Mohammad is dead. “Our Christ is the true prophet of God,” she reportedly told them, “and yours is not true.” Upon hearing this, the Muslim women became angry and began to beat Asia, who was taken into police custody and then later condemned to die.


Atheist Tuesday: Charlie Bit My Finger

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

AN ATHEIST PUBLIC SERVICE: Because unbelievers have no happy eternal future to look forward to, they must experience all the joy and laughter and cuteness now. Enjoy this today, for there may be no tomorrow. (This video has gotten over 8 million viewings.)

To see another incredibly adorable video in a different context click here to watch “The Sneezing Panda.”

For more silliness in the here and now,
click to watch this Charlie video as a re-mix.

Evangelism Gone Wrong, Pt 9: Notes from “The Shepherds’ Conference”

Monday, March 14th, 2011

What has this post to do with evangelism? Read on. (Start at Part 1 of this series here.)

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the “Shepherds’ Conference,” an inspiring, equipping event hosted by Grace Community Church, which had over 3,000 pastors and leaders in attendance. It was refreshing and exhilarating to hear the Word of God preached accurately, God exalted highly, and His Son, Jesus, worshiped rightly: It was like being at a three day banquet where Fillet Mignon was served at every meal. The expository preaching properly exegeted was to be expected, but I was most impressed with the level of service  I witnessed.

This was just a simple shoe shine stand manned by volunteers from the church; and it was free to all the men who attended the conference and had  shoes. The “Shiner” at the front of this image certainly modeled humble service in action: He’s a Superior Court Judge. (more…)

Sudden Death: Japan

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Please pray that there would be a
Great Awakening
as a result of this terrible catastrophe.

Evangelism Gone Wrong, Pt 8: Sign Guys: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Thursday, March 10th, 2011


For this latest installment of the series I thought it best to refer you to an article from two years ago when we visited an anti-war protest in Hollywood and encountered the worst kind of sign guys: The Haters. (Read Part 1 of this series by clicking here.)

If you are an ardent evangelist and attend major events you will run into them, too. What should you do? What should you say? How will it affect your loving witness? To read a very effective strategy on dealing with these misguided people, click here.