Posts By: Larry Stamm

Spiritual Conversations: summing up the process

I like to describe evangelism as a process. From a witnessing perspective, we as believers are in the process of being conformed more into the image of Christ through what the bible calls sanctification. This takes a lifetime. And so it takes time to grow as a witness for Jesus. Unbelievers with whom you’re engaging… Read more »

Spiritual Conversations: Answering Objections (part 2)

Earlier in my life I was a professional tennis coach for fourteen years. And I can assure you no beginner ever took a lesson or series of lessons with the expectation of becoming an accomplished player in that brief time. To play well requires some basic instruction and lots and lots of practice. Spiritual conversations… Read more »

Spiritual Conversations: the Power of Questions

“How are you doing?”  We hear it and use it all the time.  Often the response is, “I’m fine, thank you.”  But there are times where that seemingly benign question can open up deep meaningful conversations about the most important issues in life! In fact, there are times when a seemingly benign question may open… Read more »

Spiritual Conversations: the Foundation of Prayer

One morning while enjoying breakfast with a pastor friend named Luke, he shared something about his devotional life that moved me – something simple, yet profound and powerful. Luke said everyday he includes his morning prayers with this: “Lord, today please give me divine appointments, ministry opportunities and open doors.” I have seen God answer that… Read more »

Spiritual Conversations: like a Box of Chocolates

In the well-known movie simply titled in honor of the lead character, played by one Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump famously evoked one of one of his momma’s sayings when he quipped: ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’ Oh the mystery! As we think about the witnessing endeavor,… Read more »

You can handle the Truth: about Different Worldviews

You can handle the truth about different worldviews. As we’ve noted, various religions and philosophies can be distilled down into a few basic worldviews – including naturalism, pantheism, theism, spiritism & polytheism, and postmodernism. Naturalism holds that the physical universe is all that exists. There is no spirit or soul – therefore man is simply the… Read more »

You can handle the Truth: about Postmodernism

You can handle the truth about Postmodernism. In simplest terms, this complex and abstract worldview holds that people are simply products of of their social setting or culture and truths are mental constructs of individuals based upon their own individual cultural setting.  Therefore values are individual based upon those same cultural paradigms – the implication being… Read more »

You can handle the Truth: about Spiritism & Polytheism

You can handle the truth about Spiritism and Polytheism. According to this worldview, the earth is populated by spirit beings who govern what goes on. Gods and demons are the real reason behind “natural” events. Material things are real, but they have spirits associated with them and, therefore, can be interpreted spiritually. In many primitive… Read more »