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A “Canned” Gospel

June 12, 2009

I’m reading Kevin Roose’s book, The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University. Roose, a student at Brown, transferred to Liberty University for a semester to get a firsthand look at the evangelical world. It is an insightful and generally fair look into the Christian subculture through the eyes of an outsider.

He spends the semester under the guise of a born-again Christian, but during a previous trip to Liberty he encountered a couple of students who start to tell him about Jesus:

“When I told the Liberty students at Thomas Road that I hadn’t accepted Christ as my savior, the entire dynamic of the conversation changed. It began to feel distant and rehearsed, like a pitch for Ginsu knives” (10).

Pretty perceptive – this is my experience with much of evangelism as well. Do we understand the gospel well enough to live it, speak it, and have a conversation about it, or do we have to settle for canned presentations?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark Turner permalink
    June 12, 2009 10:58 pm

    You just blew my script out the water! Are you telling me that a natural follow-up to a discussion about sports is not a simple question such as, “In your personal opinion what does it take for a person to get into heaven?”

  2. June 15, 2009 4:07 pm

    HAH! When I read that part I almost died of embarrassment.
    ::shakes head::

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