Several years ago I had the pleasure of being in the audience when the Rev Dr Kurt Marquart came to my church to preach and speak and was well edified by it. Because of my love for his knowledge and teaching, I happened to find the following interview of Pastor Marquart on Issues Etc (an oldie but great one from March, 2003) that is worth listening to — it was originally posted on WittenbergMedia.org; I found it by a posting on facebook by Brian Yamabe, who operates WittenbergMedia. This segment talks about Evangelism — what it is, what it is not, and how it is done. Even 7 years ago he is talking about many of the problems in the church today and how we are getting things wrong.
Just one very interesting point from about 13 minutes in:
Pastor Wilken’s question:
Is Matt 28:18-20 the most important passage in scripture regarding evangelism and as some might contend the most important part of scripture period?
Part of Pastor Marquart’s response:
No, I think the Modern Church suffers from a dose of feverish activism. Sometimes you find that for example in the impatience in the training of gospel creatures .. if the Gospel does everything, then the man proclaiming it has got to be prepared for it. It’s not a matter of sending him out with a few bare notions and .. somebody has well said that there is not in the New Testament that breathless hysteria that you find in much of today’s so-called evangelism propaganda.
When the Lord met the first disciples, he didn’t say “quickly, Matthew, get up, go, tell all your friends”. This is nonsense. It took three years to indoctrinate themselves and then he sent them away. Today we think that we can’t take the time to prepare preachers properly, but that’s irresponsible.
A few other segments thanks to Alex:
The Limits of Science: [podcast]http://www.issuesetcarchive.org/mp3/Issues5/Issues_Etc_Mar_21a.mp3[/podcast]
The Life and Death of Dr Kurt Marquart: [podcast]http://www.issuesetcarchive.org/mp3/Issues6/Issues_Etc_Sep_19b.mp3[/podcast]
See Alex’s comment below for others.