Wednesday, March 7, 2018

WOTM Evangelism Training

Way Of The Master video training class coming up on Saturday, March 24th

Using the concepts explained by Ray Comfort, we are going through a simple, Biblical training process on a monthly basis to equip the saints to be more comfortable in sharing the Gospel and carrying out the Great Commission. 

This training is being held at Shiloh Community Church at 19021 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85050
Room 1 in the Community Center (north most building), from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, with an opportunity to join us out on the streets of Tempe afterwards to see how this works in a real world application.

If you’d ever like to join me any Saturday night on Mill Ave, contact me for details (  We normally go out on Saturday nights from about 8:30pm until whenever, to hand out Gospel tracts, open air preach and talk to people one 2 one. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Early Christian Beliefs by Nicholas Dylewsky

Early Christian Beliefs: The Importance of Interpreting Scripture with a 1st Century Worldview
By Nicholas Dylewsky

The Importance of Interpreting Scripture with a 1st Century Worldview Christianity, being born in the Roman empire, has endured millenniums of growth,
persecution and prosperity. Christianity is surely a faith that has grown despite immense pressure on those that call themselves Christians to recant their beliefs and has withstood the test of time more greatly than any other religion despite the cost to those that persevere.

The problem that presents itself is that in that wide gap of time, the truths that are found within scripture are often distorted by modern interpretations that fit more with the culture of today’s society then with the culture of early Christianity.  Thus, the intended message of the original author remains hidden in the text rather than coming to light.
With the distiantation that is applied between ancient and modern times, one can only expect that the context in which we interpret scripture today might be distorted and therefore be less edifying to the Church. But why then are we as Christians today, especially in America, so eager to hold to modern interpretations of scripture despite there being so many resources that point towards a more accurate reading of the text? Furthermore, if one is to examine closely the early interpretations and beliefs pertaining to Christian doctrines, would a major paradigm shift occur for those that had been interpreting scripture with modern eyes after taking off their modern lenses?

I propose that answer to the first question is that the modern reader, especially in the western world, approaches scripture with a presupposition of comfortable individualism that causes the believer to search for interpretations that cater to the individual’s comfortability rather than the openness to be confronted and convicted with Biblical truth. Therefore, the second question is answered; Yes, a major paradigm shift must occur.  (Richards & O'Brien, 2012) argues that people of all cultures approach scripture with a lens that filters everything through their cultural worldview.

As followers of Christ however, we should make a proper attempt to remove those lenses and bring the text to our culture rather than the culture to the text. In support of this argument, a lot of times when modern Christians such as myself interpret scripture, a tendency to lean towards a view that fits our modern cultural standards or morals is often developed. For example, a believer that is reading scripture in the United States may have a “western” bias when interpreting scripture. An individual that was raised in India may likewise view scripture under the filter of a more “Eastern” perspective.

More specifically, western readers are likely to approach things with and individualistic mindset whereas and eastern reader would be more likely to view things with a more communal interpretation. This is also alluded to in (Richards & O'Brien, 2012), which focuses more on the filter that westerners put on scripture but also refers frequently to eastern cultural as well.  Now, while bringing culture to the text can certainly assist the reader with formulating a modern application of certain verses or passages of scripture, it is essential to take a fresh look at what the author intended and how the early church would have understood said verse or passage to avoid missing the point. The result being that the true meaning of the verse or passage is revealed and therefore applied correctly even when brought forward to a modern application.

One way to read scripture is to focus on what it would mean if someone gave us similar instructions today, then we can start formulating an application. However, the argument that is being made in (Richards & O'Brien, 2012) is that a contrary and more effective method of interpreting scripture is necessary. And, if the authors are right and it is this so important to understand the correct interpretation of scripture, then the only viable to do so is do dig in to what early Christians believed about the correct interpretation of a scripture. Another way to say this is something like “The effective Biblical interpreter, when interpreting scripture, takes off his/her cultural beliefs and steps in to the shoes of the early Christian and reads scripture as if he/she was an early Christian.” Only then can the reader take the same principle and apply it to modern culture in the manner originally intended by the author.

Revelation 3:15-16 is a perfect example. These two verses are in the center of Christ’s letter to the Laodiceans. This is where Jesus tells the audience at Laodicea that He would prefer them “hot” or “cold” over “lukewarm” lest He spit them out. The traditional reading of this passage is that Jesus would prefer the individual to either be a devout Christian (hot) or a completely uncommitted individual (cold) over a Christian who is half in but not fully committed. In this interpretation, the “cold” is an unbelieving person and both the “lukewarm” and “hot” person are interpreted to be believers. In other words, “outright denial is better than [phony] piety” (Morris, 2009) (Beale, 1999).

The problem with this interpretation is that it would imply that God would spit out those who are believers, those who are saved but still prefer someone who is completely non-committed. Granted, the proponent of this view might argue that the “lukewarm” individual is not one that was truly saved; the conclusion is still that God would prefer a professing unbeliever to a professing believer that is not fully committed when logically He would either view them both the same. After all, the terms of following Christ are essentially all or nothing.  

An alternate view that seems more likely has emerged more recently, notes (Beale, 1999), that what is more likely happening here is that Jesus is using the circumstances regarding the water supply in Laodicea to effectively bring about His point.  Evidence exists that supports that the neighboring city of Hierapolis had a “hot springs” like water supply that had a healing effect on those that bathed in it and the neighboring city of Colossae had a supply of fresh cold water that was very pleasant to drink. In this scenario, it was also likely that the water supply in Laodicea was run off from the water supply in Hierapolis that was extremely unpleasant to drink by the time that it reached Laodicea and therefore would have likely caused the Laodiceans to spit the water out upon consumption (Morris, 2009).

This interpretation allows for the interpretation that seems more likely due to the positive description in the passage of both he “cold” and “hot,” whereas the traditional interpretation doesn’t explain why the negative is accepted by God more then the “partially positive” (Beale, 1999). We can now interpret the scripture as describing the two descriptions of “hot” and “cold” as positive while understanding the “lukewarm” to be the negative resulting in an application less separated from that of the original audience. Now we see that God prefers “hot” which is a good thing along with “cold” as a good thing but does not approve with “lukewarm”

The problem is, however, that this is not as simple as it sounds because there are still multiple views on most passages including this one. We still need to determine other things that are now in controversy within the passage such as is the “lukewarm” Christian being spit out to eternity in hell or is the passage just referring to the “lukewarm” works of the Christian being spit out while the believer remains eternally safe.  However, the important part is that we have in either case approached a more accurate reading of the text by taking off our modern lens and applying the circumstances that were taking place to the early believers at Laodicea instead. 

Likewise, the same can and should be done with all the other texts.  As we just saw, after looking at the historical context of a passage or after looking at the remote and immediate context, many scholars still come to contradicting conclusions. There is sometimes no choice but to choose between one of multiple possible interpretations of a passage.  Thus, one must then wrestle with the fact that there is only one true interpretation that is correct or inadequately settle with the idea that there could be multiple interpretations that are correct.  While we hold to the belief that there is only one accurate interpretation to a passage, ensuring that one doesn’t hold a view that is incorrect can become a heavy conviction to the genuine Biblical scholar or even the daily devotional Bible interpreter.  
It is possible therefore that a necessity arises to hold lighter positions on some of the views that are more secondary as a solution and a focus that is on the truths that are more salvific such as Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection are magnified. Granted, the latter might be true; but it does not change the fact that the only way to truly begin understanding many important issues in scripture is to do sufficient historical research on a passage. Not only is this essential, but the correct context must be considered as well once the historical data is collected.

While there is admittedly some difficulty even amongst the most devout Biblical scholars to determine the true meaning of certain passages, historical and cultural background research; jumping in to the worldview of the 1stcentury audience is still arguably the most important aspect of interpreting scripture correctly.

And, although some passages may still have an unclear meaning it is still more possible to now determine which interpretation is more likely whereas before doing the research we might have been un aware of some of the possibilities of what the passage truly means. The only way to effectively to this, however, goes back to the original purpose of this paper which is solely to emphasize the importance of avoiding to read scripture with our modern eyes lest we come to an inaccurate conclusion that leads to an inaccurate application.

Works Cited
Beale, G. K. (1999). The Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Morris, L. L. (2009). Revelation: An Introduction and Commentary. Nottinham, England: InterVarsity Press.
Richards, E. R., & O'Brien, B. J. (2012). Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Binders to Better Understand the Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Monday, February 5, 2018


We do not post these things for the praise of man (Matthew 23:5-12).  Sometimes we’re accused of this.  In the context of this verse, the Pharisees and religious leaders of the time were seen as important, and people looked at them with respect. 

It’s not the same in modern American society today, where our Christian heritage of this country is denied, religious leaders are mocked more than respected, while more and more of the population declare themselves “atheists” or hold to some sort of mixed up smorgasbord of spirituality, attempting to combine all the different religions together, or simply picking and choosing what they like from each one creating their own hybrid worldview.    
And then they accuse those who are holding to historical Biblical Christianity of trying to make ourselves look important in front of people.  As if standing on a stepstool on the public sidewalk, in an area littered with bars and clubs, proclaiming the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and calling people to repent of their sins (Matthew 4:17), somehow makes people exalt and praise us.  Quite the contrary (John 15:18-19).  They are out there looking to party, lusting in their hearts and enjoying their sins for a season (Hebrews 11:25). 

Since we’re out there to call them to repentance and to consider eternal things, it kind of ruins their sinful time.  As their conscience bears witness (Romans 2:15), they want to suppress it.  They hate us, they laugh and mock us as they stumble by, looking for their next drink, and possibly some stranger to hook up with. 
But we do this for good reason.  First, the Lord has given us the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 10:42), commanding us to go out and proclaim the Good News.
Second, we actually care about people and don’t want them to end up in eternal hell (Matthew 25:41, 46, Daniel 12:2, Colossians 3:6)  We explain the Gospel to them that they might repent and be saved (Acts 17:30).  Eternity is at stake, and that will last much longer than a few hours of pleasure in a drunken stupor over the weekend. 
Third, God doesn’t want them to end up in hell, either (Ezekiel 18:32), but being a just and righteous God, that is where they will end up – where all of us deserve to go (Psalm 53:3, 1 John 1:8).  When judged by God’s Law, we’re all found to have broken it (Romans 3:23) and the fine must be paid.  The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:46, Revelation 14:11). 
God has provided a way to pay that fine for us, through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, and He uses people to proclaim that good news to others. 
God doesn’t need us, but has granted us this privilege, to use us in reaching out to the lost, just as someone once reached out to us in our lost state before we were saved! 

It is the loving thing to do.  How could you possibly NOT tell others, when you know that they are headed to hell without Jesus Christ? 
If you call yourself a Christian, and you’re not going to say something to them about their eternity, you might as well say it out loud as you walk by, “Go to hell”, because that is exactly what you’re saying by your silence.  You don’t care enough about these people to give reason for the hope within you (1 Peter 3:15), and yet call those who do so “unloving” and “judgmental”? 
Fourth, the Lord says that if we deny Him or are ashamed of Him and His Words before men, that He will deny us before the Father and the angels (Matthew 10:33, Mark 8:38).  Is it not denial of the Lord, remaining quiet instead of warning them as we are commanded (Luke 6:46)?
And why would we remain silent?  We are not in fear of our lives here in America for proclaiming the Gospel.  The only thing we are afraid of is looking foolish in front of a bunch of lost people who are on their way to eternal hell.  That is nothing more than selfish pride, which is a sin in itself (Proverbs 16:18).

Well, I will look foolish for Christ (1 Corinthians 1:27-29), I will not deny the One who gave His life that I might be saved (John 3:16-18).  They can mock me, ridicule me, throw things at me and hate me, but I will NOT deny Him, nor will I stop proclaiming His Word (Acts 4:18-20). 
We are following the Biblical precedent that has been set forth before us, and I am not ashamed of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And lastly, we post these pictures and witnessing encounters, not in an attempt to exalt ourselves before men, but rather, as an encouragement to other believers.  In order to demonstrate that it's not too difficult, that you are not alone - there is a remnant, holding to God’s Word, proclaiming His Gospel to the lost and here to help equip anyone who might consider joining us. 

Soli Deo Gloria


Monday, January 8, 2018


We’re starting off the year going through Psalms in church.  Today, as I was listening to some music on YouTube, I came across this song.

This one really stands out to me.  Back in October of 2006, I heard of an Evangelism “Crash Course” on the radio (KLove), so I went to it on 10/14/06.  This class was based on the Way Of The Master that Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron teach, explaining how to evangelize using the Law to show our need for a Savior.  I always knew that as a Christian, we should be sharing our faith, but I really didn’t know how to do so.  This class explained how to do it in a simple, Biblical way.  I have attended and even taught many of these classes since then. 

This class was life changing for me, and I started going out on a regular basis to share my faith with others.  At first, there was a pretty good sized group of people going out there doing this.  But slowly, over the years, the numbers got smaller and eventually it was just me.  By then, my daughter, McKayla was old enough to join me, and she’d been asking to go for years prior to this, so she started coming with me.  Occasionally, we’d see someone else out there doing the same thing, and it was encouraging when we did, it just wasn’t often. 

But as the quote in the picture shows, I would still follow Christ, alone or not.  I knew this was something that I had to do. 

Then I met Chris and Nick, who introduced me to Rachel, and all of her amazing songs.  And now we have a group of people evangelizing and street preaching again.  Matt, who I’d met before, David, who I met online, Leigh, Aaron, Jamin, and my youngest daughter is getting old enough to come out now, too. 

I had been praying for a long time for more people to get involved, per Luke 10:2, and to be able to teach this in my church on a regular basis.  God has provided, in His timing, and we now have monthly classes available and more workers in the harvest field. 

 Long ago, when my mother was alive, she had told me that she felt God had some sort of special purpose for my life.  I was really nothing more than a false convert at that time, so I really didn’t think much of it.  I figured every mother probably felt that way about her children.  But years later, my sister told me that our mom had told her the same thing about me.  And my younger sister was a Christian long before I really was. 

Although my mother is no longer on this earth, maybe this is what she was thinking of.  Or maybe God has even more in store, I don’t know.  I just know that I want to follow after Him, to trust in Him with my whole life and eternity.  I praise God for all the blessings He’s given me, and want to live my life in obedience to Him, whether I walk alone or He blesses me with a group of like minded believers. 
We follow Him not to try to earn our way, and not because we think we deserve it, but out of gratitude that He would save us when we were found guilty, condemned and without hope of saving ourselves.  The God we serve is an awesome God!

Soli Deo Gloria



Thursday, January 4, 2018


It is amazing how God works.  I actually had an opportunity to pray at work with my coworkers in a meeting today.  Unfortunately, it often takes some bad news to open up a door like this.  One of my coworkers recently had a lump removed that turned out to be cancer from melanoma that had gotten into the lymph nodes.  She’ll be getting treatments for this and just wanted to let everyone know what was going on, so we had a quick unit meeting. 
After explaining the situation, and expressing her faith and trust in God through all of this, another coworker said that it might be a little different, but asked if we could pray for her.  Our manager agreed and they asked me to do so.  It’s not often in these days of attacks on the Christian faith that an opportunity like this would come up in the workplace. 
I thank God for this opportunity and pray that He would be with my coworker, encouraging, strengthening and helping her deal with whatever comes in this experience and that He would heal her in a miraculous way.  I also pray for my other coworkers, as well as myself, that God would draw us closer to Him.  It is so easy to get distracted with all of the day to day activities in this world and neglect to put Him first, as per the first of the Ten Commandments. 
Please keep my coworker and her family in your prayers.
Soli Deo Gloria


Monday, December 18, 2017

Saturday 12/16/17

Matt, Chris, Aaron and I met together for prayer and fellowship before heading out to Mill Ave for evangelism. It turned out to be a crazy night. It started out kind of dead, not a lot of people around as the weather gets cooler in AZ, but it did get busier as the night went on. We talked with a few people, handed out some tracts and did some Open Air preaching.

I didn’t know that the Black Hebrew Israelites were KJOnly. Did you know that King James was black? Yes, the King of England, that is what they believe! And if you’re a white person, you’re going to hell, there is no hope for you, whatsoever. Quite the racist group, and they usually won’t even talk to me. There is no reasoning with them, either. So, this guy, carrying a fifth of vodka on the street was telling Matt how his HCSB was “changed” and “wrong”, and how all the tribes of Israel can be traced to specific races today. He usually stood a few inches from his face and yelled very loudly. Still, he was more friendly than most of these guys that I’ve come across.

A couple of guys almost got into a fight in front of us while Aaron was preaching. The first I was aware of was when one man smashed the other guys soda container and started yelling at him. Apparently, they knew each other a little bit, but were having some sort of disagreement that got out of hand. I managed to get between them and calmed the aggressor down. I was also able to leave a tract with him as he went about his night.

Aaron took a homeless guy to get a burger and went over some verses, having a little Bible study in the restaurant with him for a while. The guy had a lot of questions and seemed to really want to understand what the Bible says. He stopped by and asked more questions to the rest of us later on.

Chris bought a meal for another homeless guy, and we talked with him for a little while in the restaurant. He had a Roman Catholic background and seems to have moved on to some sort of new age idolatry now. We didn’t have a real productive discussion with him, but perhaps God will use this as a starting point to get him turned around and on the right track.

  Please pray that God would work in all of those that we talked with or gave tracts to, and any that heard the Open Air preaching, that He would convict them of their sins, show them their need of a Savior and turn to Him for salvation.
May we glorify God in all that we do.

Soli Deo Gloria

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Saturday 12/09/17

Nick, Chris, McKayla and I met Matt, David, Marcus and Brandt in Tempe for evangelism. 
Sometimes you can just feel the darkness out on Mill Ave when witnessing.  This was one of those nights. 

It’s not really something you can explain, but more like something you can just feel.  I was trying to explain this to McKayla, and she said, “You feel it, too?”

When you feel the spiritual warfare around you, it’s important to stay strong, pray and trust in God.  His Words will not return void, but will accomplish the purpose He has sent them out for.  It makes me wonder who we might reach that the enemy does not want reached. 

There was a group of drunk men, one of whom really seemed interested to hear and discuss spiritual things, while his friends wandered around attempting to be a distraction to him and to us.  Then another guy, a self-proclaimed drug dealer joined in to mock us. 

Meanwhile, we did distribute a few tracts to those walking by. 

A guy stopped to drop off some clothes for homeless people, telling David that they might be more helped by those than just us preaching to them.  David started to explain what we were doing and the importance of eternal salvation, but the guy said that he knew what we were doing.  He seemed kind of neutral towards us, it was just a little weird. 

I talked with another guy, who seemed a bit crazy.  McKayla walked away, because the guy had barked at her earlier.  No, that’s not an idiom, he actually, literally barked at her, “Arf!” 

He calmed down a little bit while I was speaking with him, but then ran off with another friend and was messing with other people along the way.  Still, he took a tract with him.  Pray that he reads it when he is sober and repents of his sins, trusting in Christ alone for his salvation. 

Soli Deo Gloria