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B.U.M.P. bridged a neighborhood man to Payne Avenue Evangelical Free Church in St. Paul, Minn., where he found Christ, family and reconciliation.

When Othalee McDonald moved from his Mississippi childhood home in 1977, he never imagined a journey that would lead him to B.U.M.P. at Payne Avenue EFC in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Payne Avenue EFC’s vision of “Loved. Set Free. Changed.” perfectly describes McDonald’s path after growing up in the days of Martin Luther King Jr., “making a lot of people unhappy,” as McDonald put it. He and his brothers worked all day, frequently absorbing racial epithets, and so hatred became a natural outflow of the times.

The pay his mother received for their labor would be whatever the employers felt like; anything but fair wages. He never wanted to work picking cotton, or whatever crop was in season, knowing how he would be treated. “I can’t talk about it. It makes me sad,” McDonald said at the emotional memories.  Continue Reading…

The Gospel From 30,000 Feet

Dan Jester – November 19, 2014 Leave a comment

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What does the gospel look like from the ground and from the air? Sounds confusing right?

It was to me until I read, The Explicit Gospel, by Matt Chandler and Jared Wilson. I hope to give you a new perspective on sharing the gospel, in light of the thoughts of these two pastors!

First of all, Chandler and Wilson describe the gospel in two ways. The “Gospel on the Ground” pertains to “the biblical narrative of God, Man, Christ, Response.” The “Gospel in the Air” refers to how, “Paul connects human salvation to cosmic restoration in Romans 8:22-23.”

I love the picture Chandler uses to describe the specific view of New York City from the middle of the city and then from a plane at 30,000 feet. Both perspectives, from two different people, would claim and be right that it is New York City, but each would have a vastly different perspective on the city. This causes me to rethink the way I teach evangelism to others and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Continue Reading…

Do Unto Others

Dan Jester – September 17, 2014 Leave a comment

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As I write these words I am moved to share the wisdom of someone else. First, I am an evangelist currently serving the Lord as a youth pastor. Second, what my friend has to say will explain the heart of Jesus and what he and I, and all who are believers in Jesus Christ, are called to model. You see, Dan Owens is approaching his final days due to terminal cancer. He is now home in California from Stanford University Hospital and with his family. I asked if I could share his heart when it comes to caring and loving others and how to share our faith in Christ as well. As I have recently performed two funerals this summer, and I am walking through another friend’s incurable cancer locally, I feel the urgency to encourage those around me with the profound words of a dying man. What you will read from here on comes from Dan Owens, a husband, a father, an author and an evangelist.

“I am honored to bring you just a word of encouragement with regards to evangelism and these are the same words I give my teenage son. In a society that has become so incredibly self-absorbed, mean spirited and fearful, living out of the words of Jesus’ simple command creates the most light. ‘In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you…’ Matthew 7:12. Treat people as you would want to be treated. How do we do this? I give you three points to remember. Continue Reading…