Thursday, 7 February 2019
The good news man
I only heard him speak on a couple of occasions but I have gained so much from his books, particularly as a young Christian.
He was a great,wise, and warm hearted evangelist, who loved nothing more than to share the good news about Jesus - something he was still doing as a hospital patient in the last days of his life. (According to Twitter he wrote from hospital saying: 'I want you all to know that I am full of inner joy and have lots of opportunities to share the gospel') ‘
He could write weighty, books of theology. I particularly remember his book, I Believe in the Holy Spirit, and his 570 page blockbuster, Evangelism through the Local Church.
But he also had the knack of communicating the Gospel clearly, simply, and humourously to those outside the faith. One of his best books in this area was 'You Must Be Joking', subtitled 'Popular excuses for avoiding Jesus Christ' in which he answered the common objections to Christianity that had been posted to him by the 'jokers' he had met during his long ministry.
It was a model of how to communicate Christian truth.
So, thank you Michael, and thank you God for your wonderful servant who proclaimed with boldness and love 'the unsearchable riches of Christ.'