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Real-Time Connections?

March 11, 2010

I have a guest post today over at Dan King’s Blog, where I am reviewing Chapter 8 of Bob Roberts’ book, “Real Time Connections.”

I must confess to you a scandalous secret: I have an aversion to Evangelism.

Oh, dear reader, please do not hate me! This distaste does not stem from a lack of love for my God – it’s just that my experience with evangelism has always been so – um, what’s the word? Fake.

I think it started in early childhood, when I was repeatedly pushed and prodded and terrified by various authoritative adults into “accepting Christ,” which I dutifully responded to by repeatedly raising my hand or walking down the church aisle. I did this at least six times, just to be safe.

This guilty conviction tracked right through to my youth, and later into college, when I joined an enthusiastic group of good Christians swarming the streets of our college town on Saturday evenings so that we might witness to the rowdy students making their rounds at the various drinking establishments. Our goal was to intercept these unsuspecting strangers on their way to the next bar, and strike up casual conversations about their relationship with Jesus. Awkward!

No one ever converted.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2010 9:41 am

    I am pretty bold, so evangelism comes “easy” for me. But I do shy away from the formulas — which might be good for those whom evangelism isn’t so easy.

    David, http://www.redletterbelievers.com

  2. March 11, 2010 12:30 pm

    we all only have one job,
    and we all have the same job.
    no matter what we are doing…we do this job.

    Love God with all our heart.

  3. March 11, 2010 3:17 pm

    Jesus ain’t a Hoover Vacuum. Thats why we shouldn’t try to sell Him by using canned sales approaches.

    How about talking about Jesus the same way we talk about the “real” friends we love.

    Regards,

    Dan Rockwell

  4. March 14, 2010 7:58 pm

    I’ve always admired your writing skills and appreciate the way you think. Regarding this, or your previous post, I recalled that I’d once read something William Carey (Founder of modern missions) said:when someone asked what his business was. He replied: “My business is preaching the gospel, and I cobble shoes to pay expenses!”; Keep up your good work. I’m confident that God is using you to serve Himsslf and to “brighten the corner where you are,” and “to bloom where you’re planted, etc.” donkimrey

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