Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Thinking about Evangelism

"Ever since the inception of the Billy Graham Crusades in the 50's, the rise of the ecumenical movement, and the proliferation of parachurch groups, evangelism has come to mean different things to different people. To some, doing evangelism means inviting people to a church service or a Crusade where they are urged to walk an aisle and pray a prayer. Indeed, many can scarcely imagine genuine conversions happening otherwise. To others, evangelism is much less a monologue and invitation than it is a dialogue and conversation. The thought of a speaker imposing his own seemingly speculative views on a helplessly captive audience is too much for some broad spirits to bear. For others, evangelism has become equated with initiating conversations with strangers, sharing gospel tracts, praying a prayer, and sometimes even downplaying the importance of theological development. Waiting for unbelievers to observe something different in Christians is perceived in some quarters as naïve and even lazy. Still others leave evangelism to the pros - pastors, seminary professors, youth leaders, and the like. After all, if evangelism is so important, who am I to try it?"
(from 9Marks.org)

2 comments:

thekingpin68 said...

I reason the graphic would be just as good and perhaps funnier if you did it.;)

Jeff said...

Thanks, Russ!

Sat. my brother was here installing a few minor items to help with home security, after the attempted break-in.

Today and yesterday I am spending time trying to find a job, since being laid off Fri. My neighbor behind me was recently laid off from a big company, after working there many years.