Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Simple Gospel on a Cold February Day

Went out preaching with a brother last Saturday, the 11th, at the call center across from the Tannery. This is a small segment of the work that day which lasted about half an hour before we were kicked off the property. May you be blessed as you hear the gospel being proclaimed on the streets of downtown Fredericton. Download below:

Eli Brayley - Simple Gospel on a Cold February Day (Open Air)
(Click the link above, then click Download, Save, then rename and place the file)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Eli,

Visit this website: www.desiringgod.org.

You need, along with your passion and zeal for God, a deep-rooted, white-hot passion for theology. This site can help. Listen to his sermons. Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Eli,
I beg to differ that you need a passion for theology.As I am listening to teh audio,i believe you are fully equiped.God bless you and keep preaching.

ricky earle said...

God bless the ministry in Fredericton brother Eli. Keep reaching souls with the Gospel.

ps - who are all these anonymous critics?

Burdened said...

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"I bed to differ that you need a passion for theology".

What do you mean, really? Are you saying that Eli does not need to learn more about Theology or that he doesn't need to worry about it at all?

By the way, I agree completely. John Piper is incredible! We should all learn from his deeply rooted biblical faith. He's very influenced by Puritan preachers! Amazing!

Logic said...

In response to this:

"I beg to differ that you need a passion for theology"

If you do not have an understanding of who God is, i.e. if you do not have a well developed theology, evangelism is impossible. How can you explain something you have no knowledge of?

Furthermore, if you do not have a passion for who God is, what is your motivation for evangelism? John Piper would certainly say that God's glory should be the fuel for missions/evangelism. Read his book: "Let the Nations Be Glad."

-Logic

Eli said...

First of all, who says I don't have a passion for "theology"?

Second of all, I also like John Piper.

Thirdly... I have no idea who these anonymous critics are.

Anonymous said...

I am the first anonymous. Eli, I did not mean that you don't have a love for theology. What I meant to do was to encourage you in your quest to become a preacher of the gospel in that you would prepare more and more; everyday speant in serious study of the word. Piper did not begin his pastoral ministry until he was in his thirties. He prepared on his knees over books about God and for God for years and years. Continue to be encouraged.
By the way, I am not a critic... Theology is the study of God and this only happens when we think, plunder, delve, explore, crave his word.
Eli you have an audience that is growing; international in my case. There will be more and more people who are anonymous. Be encouraged by this.

anon said...

Hey Eli,

I don't think these people are criticizing you so much as the the second anonymous poster....the one who "begs to differ that you need a passion for theology." Its this post that has generated criticism, especially that of Burdened and Logic (I also have a big problem with that comment, but their criticisms are sufficient). They are not criticising you. I think its quite clear that you do have a passion for theology. Furthermore, there is nothing in the very first post in this thread that suggests that you DON'T have a passion for theology. In fact, no one in any post has suggested that you don't have passion for theology. I think that the first poster was simply trying to say that theology is crucial in preaching (which is true), and was passing along a webiste that he believes will benefit you in your ministry endeavours. Like he said, he was trying to encourage you, and make your passion for theology stronger than it currently is. After all, we all can have a deeper passion for theology!

On the subject of anonymous posters, I don't think it makes a shred of difference whether posters give their real names or not. I am one who has chsen to remain anonymous. My comments would not change in the least were I to leave my name. In the end, its God who has the authority to call us to account for what we post. He knows who all us anonymous posters are. He knows our motives for posting. To me, thats all that matters. Furthermore, real names attached to posts can give rise to bias (positive or negative) in the minds of readers (Example of negative bias: "STEVE wrote that?!?! Pppfffttt!! Now I'm not even going to think about that post!!!" Example of positive bias: "Ooohhhh, STEVE wrote that!?!? I thought that was a terrible point and I didn't agree with it at all, but now that I know Steve wrote it I agree 100% because Steve is a great/smart guy!!!). Secrecy ensures that all posts are read without such potential bias. Furthermore, you might not know some (even most) of the anonymous posters anyway. So what does it matter??? Name or no name, these are all real posts from real people with real concerns, comments, encouragements, criticisms.


-anon

Eli said...

I appreciate all comments so far. Thank you anonymous 1, 2 and 3. (and 4? Getting confusing)

Brother, this is how it feels regarding anonymous posters:

It's like I am addressing a meeting of people I know and I begin to receive criticisms left right and center via handwritten notes, but no one names themselves on it.

I feel (and I could be wrong) that if you have something to say, you should put your name on it and stand up for what you are saying. Leaving yourself anonymous is 'safe' so you can never make a mistake (which is kind of prideful), and cowardly, because then you don't have to face the consequences of posting. Maybe this is just me, but it is not in my character to say something and hide from the responsibility of saying it.

Yes, you are right, if the person is someone I don't know, it doesn't make a difference... then if in those cases it doesn't make a differece, why not post your name?

It would make the threads much easier to understand who is talking and how to address posts.

Again, I just feel it is like a 'cheap shot' to come on the blog, blast away, and leave unnoticed. Something is not right about that.

Anyway, God bless all.
-Eli

PS- And yes, it is God who calls to account all that is said.

PSS- I don't want commenting to be a scary thing, there's just a more mature way to do it.

Luke Coughey said...

Eli,

You can restrict the ability to comment to those who are registered or signed on. I do believe that this would eliminate the anonymous posting.

Luke