Randy Newman

  • Music Is a Great Gift... But a Lousy "God"

    People are incurably religious. If they do not worship God, they will find something to worship.
    Randy Newman
    August 6,2013
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  • Deeper Answers for Deeper Questions

    Are there unanswerable questions? Should we opt to not answer some questions and choose instead to just “accept some things by faith?”
    Randy Newman
    February 25,2014
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  • The Question Behind the Question

    I’ve been interviewing a lot of new Christians to hear how God has worked to bring them to the Savior. One pattern intrigues me. I often hear of people asking one question but really seeking an answer to something else.
    Randy Newman
    June 11,2013
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  • Three Ways to Weave Evangelism into Daily Life

    We should “wire” our Christian experience so that evangelism is woven into daily life. Here are three ways to do that.
    Randy Newman
    November 13,2012
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  • Evangelism through Research

    Who would have ever imagined that research could be a vehicle for evangelism? But if God could proclaim his prophecy through a donkey (see Numbers 22), he can proclaim his gospel through a doctoral researcher.
    Randy Newman
    February 4,2014
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  • Students Witnessing to Professors

    what’s an 18-22 year old undergraduate to do when intimidated by someone older, seemingly wiser, and more educated? Here are three suggestions about how to witness to a professor.
    Randy Newman
    January 28,2014
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  • Applying the Gospel to Parenting

    I did not do the best job I could as a parent. By God’s grace, I did a lot of good things. But I did quite a few bad things as well.
    Randy Newman
    January 21,2014
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  • A Theme Verse for Thoughtful Faith

    There are some things only God knows or can know. People are not omniscient. But there are some things that people can know, should know, and would find great “glory” in seeking out.
    Randy Newman
    January 14,2014
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  • The Power of Anonymity

    I continue to learn valuable lessons about evangelism by interviewing recent converts. Hearing what they report as significant in their journey from darkness to light encourages and instructs for further outreach.
    Randy Newman
    January 7,2014
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  • New Year = New Trend? Let’s Hope So

    At the beginning of a new year, it may be worth praying that a new cultural trend will accompany the new calendar.
    Randy Newman
    December 31,2013
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  • Reading C.S. Lewis (Carefully)

    In some recent blog debates, some people have defended unorthodox theology, seeking support from C.S. Lewis. “Lewis believed some questionable things and people don’t reject him,” they reason. It has caused me to reflect on why I like Lewis so much, even when I think he occasionally misses the mark.
    Randy Newman
    December 17,2013
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  • Evangelism and Social Justice

    I have wrestled with the balance between evangelism and social justice for a while, and I’d like to offer a way to think about the relationship because this is becoming a frequent topic of discussion.
    Randy Newman
    December 10,2013
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  • The Problems (Plural) of Pain

    I find that the experience of suffering or, more specifically, the handling of physical pain, entails a combination of many different problems, not just a singular difficulty.
    Randy Newman
    December 3,2013
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  • Yadah: Giving More than Thanks

    The Biblical notion of giving thanks digs deeper than merely making a list. It is worth reflecting on the Hebrew word yadah, often translated “give thanks,” to see all that God has in mind for us. There’s more to it than we might think.
    Randy Newman
    November 15,2012
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  • Keep It Complicated

    What if “keeping it complicated” really did justice to the subject matter and “making it simple” misrepresents it? What if we can’t “keep” it simple because it never was simple to begin with? What if we’re not “making” it complicated but reflecting the truth as it really is?
    Randy Newman
    November 19,2013
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  • Weaving Evangelism into Small Groups

    One area where compartmentalizing (the opposite of integration) has hurt the church is the isolation of evangelism. Outreach has often been seen as a separate or unusual “program” in the church rather than a core component of its existence.
    Randy Newman
    November 12,2013
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  • Another Paradox of Evangelism

    Here’s another paradox of evangelism. When we accept that evangelism will never be easy… it actually gets slightly less difficult.
    Randy Newman
    May 14,2013
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  • Mystical Prayer vs. Biblical Prayer

    When Jesus was asked by his disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray,” he did not say, “Well, for one thing, don’t use words. Just listen.” Instead, he told them (and us) to use words and, in one instance, he even gave us the exact words to say.
    Randy Newman
    October 29,2013
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  • Telling Your Story

    The task of evangelism often includes telling our individual story along with the larger gospel story. Weaving the two together makes for a powerful articulation of God’s gracious work through all times and his specific salvific work in an individual heart – namely, yours.
    Randy Newman
    April 23,2013
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  • Ten Reflections on Hearing Forty Testimonies

    As part of a research project I’m conducting, I have just completed listening to 40 college students who say they have become Christians within the past two years. Here are ten initial thoughts by way of observation and concerns.
    Randy Newman
    October 15,2013
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