Ray Comfort and the “Audacity” of In-Your-Face Evangelism

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I’ve known Ray Comfort for a number of years, and one thing I admire him for is getting out there and interacting directly with nonbelievers. You may or may not like his methods, but the truth is, he’s not harsh, condescending, or rude – he simply tells people the truth. In fact, I’m constantly surprised at how many people he meets who actually start re-thinking their opinions about evolution, same-sex marriage, abortion, and other hot button issues. So as Ray launched his recent “Audacity” campaign, I asked him some questions.  Read his answers, and let me know your thoughts:

Why I’m Recommending Christians See the Movie “Noah”

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You’ve probably heard the controversy about the upcoming Paramount Pictures movie “Noah.” In the last few weeks, I’ve seen numerous blogs, social media posts, and commentaries on the movie – usually criticizing it and detailing how far it strays from an accurate Biblical portrayal.  But as of this writing I’m one of only a handful of people who’ve actually seen the movie. Which is probably why I’m a bit bothered at the condemnations and protests from Christians who have never actually watched it. That’s why I felt compelled to

What’s the Next "Gideon Bible" Idea?

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I think it’s time to revisit this post I did a couple of years ago when I was interviewed on Crosswalk.com about the presence of Bibles in hotel rooms. Since the Gideons started the idea in 1899, they have become a global organization impacting millions of people. As I say in the article, it was a brilliant back idea then to place copies of the Bible in millions of hotel rooms, but in today’s pluralistic society, everyone else is going to want equal time. I travel about 150,000 miles a year, and in most hotels I already find a Book of Mormon next to the Bible. Before long, I predict we’ll find a Koran, Tao, Torah, I Ching, Writings of Confucius, and more. Pretty soon, there won’t be room for a bed.  So the big question becomes –

Why Para-Church Ministries are the Best and Worst Thing to Happen to the Church

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In the early decades of the 20th century – for the most part – the church dropped the ball.  Secular philosophy, spiritual anemia, poor leadership, locked-in traditions, and more were keeping the church from making a real impact in the culture.  In some cases, local churches farmed out the work of the Great Commission to their respective denominations, but even many of those efforts were poorly executed.  Seeing that impotence, a generation of entrepreneurial thinkers moved outside the Church to accomplish what the church wouldn’t do.  Here’s a few examples:

Connecting with the New Media Audience

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Television was once called a vast wasteland, and it’s hard to argue with that description.   Even today, with multiple cable and satellite channels, religious and family channels, and other positive signs, there are still a lot of deserts out there in the media landscape. But recently, the mass media has changed in a way no one expected.  In fact, I predict our lifetime will be remembered as the era mass media died.  The truth is,