Tulip Time Outreach

Do I have to be an extrovert to share the gospel?

That’s a question I’ve heard many times. We watch the bold proclamation of the gospel in open-air preaching and see them reasoning with antagonistic unbelievers on the street. That leaves many Christian’s with the impression that you must be an extrovert to be an evangelist. But this is a...

Posted on July 16 2019

Tulip Time Outreach Summary 2019

God has blessed our outreach with growth and many laborers. This year we had a great turnout of volunteers; those experienced and seeking opportunity to reach the lost, as well as many new to evangelism. Thanks to Chief of Police, Robert Bokinsky, for connecting us with Joel Rietema, the Bible...

Posted on May 21 2019

Pella’s Biblical Roots

The city of Pella Iowa was founded by a group of Dutch Immigrants, who suffered from religious persecution in Holland by the state-sponsored church (Hervormde). Rev. (Dominie) Hendrik Scholte established an emigration society of over 800 non-Catholic Christians to leave Holland and travel to...

Posted on March 21 2019

6 Reasons to Share the Gospel: God

When we share the gospel with others, we are not simply doing it for the benefit of others, or even our own benefit. The mere act of sharing the gospel is an act of obedience to the God we serve, because He commands it. All we do, is done for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

In this third...

Posted on January 21 2019

10 Reasons To Share the Gospel That Benefit You

When we consider missions and evangelism, we mostly think about the benefits of others, rather than ourselves. At Christmas, we often say ‘Giving is Better than Receiving’, because we recognize our own benefits as well. While the welfare of the unbeliever is our focus, we also recognize the...

Posted on January 11 2019

12 Reasons To Share the Gospel: Others

After taking part in sharing the Gospel with others for the past few years, I thought it would be beneficial to list the reasons we should tell others about the good news of Jesus Christ. This applies to individual co-workers, friends, and family, but also strangers in public settings. For many,...

Posted on December 23 2018

6 Ways We Lower Our View of God

As Christians, nearly all of us have too low a view of God. Yes, we’ve probably all heard sermons on the holiness of God and agree. We’ve read Isaiah 6 where he sees a vision of the Lord sitting upon a throne and his response is “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips”....

Posted on December 15 2018

The Church’s Search and Rescue Mission

The US Coast Guard is a well-respected branch of our military. It is also unique in that it has multiple missions and conducts other activities besides national defense during war. They are renowned for their search and rescue activities in our seas.

As I was meditating – reading, studying, and...

Posted on December 02 2018

Evangelism in the Church Order: Christian Reformed Church

In an effort to encourage pastors and church leaders to support and engage in public evangelistic efforts, I am sharing and commenting on how the church government supports this activity. My own denomination is the Christian Reformed Church of North America, so I start here. These are notes from...

Posted on November 04 2018

He Had Compassion For Them

When you picture an evangelist in your head, what comes to mind? Is it a gentle compassionate person, or is it someone with a superior intellect who compels others to repent and believe?

One of the primary verses that comes to mind when Christians talk about sharing their faith is 1 Peter 3:15. You...

Posted on March 23 2018

Make a Joyful Noise!

Are you a good singer?

Most Christians will not claim to be great, or even good, singers. Yet every week we gather together in churches and sing together in worship. It is not perfect, yet there is beauty in its imperfection. Many churches have choirs. As they seek new recruits for the choir we are...

Posted on March 19 2018

How Do I Proclaim the Gospel Boldly, but with Gentleness and Respect?

Most Christians understand that we have a responsibility to the Great Commission, to go preach the gospel and make disciples. However, we’re not sure how to do that with gentleness and respect as Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:15. In our human weakness, we can easily fall into arguments or attacks...

Posted on January 21 2018

Iowa State Fair Gospel Outreach

For those of you who volunteered at the Tulip Time Outreach booth this year, first I want to extend my thanks. The number of volunteers and the commitment of those to share the gospel with the lost was humbling and beyond what I expected for our first year. Stay tuned, we will plan on doing this...

Posted on July 12 2017

Christian History of Pella

Sharing the gospel in Pella, during Tulip Time, is a great pleasure for me as a Christian. It is a festival devoted not only to the wonderful beauty of God’s Creation in the tulips at the festival, but also to the Christian history and foundation built by the early settlers in Pella.

Sitting in...

Posted on April 01 2017

How to Gain Salvation

“It is about being good. That’s what ALL religions are about anyway”, said Raven-Symone on a segment of “The View”. They were discussing the American Atheist billboard which stated, “Go ahead and skip church! Just be good for goodness’ sake.” This statement by Raven expresses the...

Posted on March 18 2017

Evolution and the Origin of Life

“I’m an atheist,” the young man stated boldly. He had a typical hipster appearance with long straggly hair and tattoos. His girlfriend was hanging on his arm.

“Would you say you’re an atheist or an agnostic?” I asked him. I explained, “An atheist says they know there is no God, but an...

Posted on March 14 2017

God’s Grace in the Gospel

A framework for understanding and explaining the gospel highlights God’s grace. It also highlights His justice. There are many foundational questions that people ask and are explained in a proper understanding of the good news of Christ and the redemption, or salvation, of His people. At the root...

Posted on March 01 2017

Always Be Prepared

The Apostle Peter says in 1 Peter 3:15, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” As we go into a situation where we are seeking gospel...

Posted on February 22 2017

Astonished by God’s Word

As we approach the task of sharing the gospel with our neighbors, we look to scripture to better understand the message of good news. Take a moment to read through Acts chapter 13. Watch how Paul and the others were sent and presented the gospel.

[Please read Acts 13]

In chapter 13, we have three...

Posted on February 13 2017

Sharing with Gentleness and Respect

There are two things that we are told never to talk about: religion and politics. Many people follow this common adage and avoid any discussion about religion. According to a recent Pew Research survey, it is nearly evenly split between those who Never or Seldom discuss religion with those outside...

Posted on January 23 2017

6 Ways to Make Disciples

In the Great Commission Jesus told us to make disciples. Every Christian must do this first, in his own life, then with his family, and stretching out to make disciples of his neighbors. The foundation of growth in our faith is built by feeding ourselves through reading the Bible, praying,...

Posted on January 17 2017

Tulip Time Outreach – Introduction


In 2017 we are planning the first Tulip Time Outreach to “proclaim the absolute truth and authority of the Bible with boldness.” As Christians, we have a desire to “obey God’s call to deliver the gospel of Jesus Christ” to all nations. Many refer to this as the Great Commission....

Posted on January 16 2017