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Michael Merrill

You didn't give the church's web address so I can't comment on their outreach, but it seems you are being overly critical. How can an evangelistic outreach be consumeristic??? And how would you conduct an outreach that would fit into your type of Christianity?


I don't want to list the church website publically b/c I think it would be inappropriate. Email me and I'll send it to you if you really want to see it though. Also, click on the "big expensive outreach campaign" link above in the post and read that guy's blog about his thoughts on it (you may have to scroll down a bit).

How can an evangelistic crusade be consumeristic? Well...I didn't say the crusade itself was consumeristic. What I was referring to was the type of Christianity being proclaimed.

How would I do an outreach? Good question. I'll have to mull on that one and blog about it.

Thanks for posting, Michael.

Reed & Tab

Greg, I understand the rant. Dittos to you and Seth concerning the philosophy being put forth by the unnammed institution. However, I will say this "whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice." Phil 1:18 I have serious issues with the way these folks are going about it, but they would likewise have serious issues with how you, Seth or I go about it. The fact remains that they will reach people that we would not. If they get someone started on a journey with Jesus, I am all for it. Granted they will turn some people off, but so do we. I think we would do well to take a cue from Paul.


Right...that's the balance. But it could also explains why so often I'm full of rage and love.

Perhaps the largest question looming is "What is the gospel?" Could we say that the Jehovah's Witnesses or the Mormons or the back country snake handlers are also getting people started on Jesus journeys...?

Reed & Tab

That is a worthy question. What is the gospel? Of course, everyone has their own particular angle (angel in the Mormon case) on what the "good news" really is and how it plays out in life. I personally think we will be scandalized by who is in heaven, and who is not (if any). I think the ending line of the priest's sermon in Chocolat is an exempliary illustration of the inclusivity of Christ opposed to the exclusivity normally attached to the evangelical presentation of the "good news".


Keri you are so right! I think we are leading inaslcringey privatized lives in which people don't often take the time to get to know their literal closest neighbors, and there is no easier way to start building in missional habits than to build relationships with those right around you. Suburbia gives moms plenty of opportunities to live missionally if their eyes and ears are open to the needs of those around them. Speaking of being compassionate to one's neighbors, to those who might not know Keri, she is a wonderful writer and one of her many excellent books is entitled Simple Compassion: Devotions to Make a Difference in Your Neighborhood and Your World. A great devotional guide for those who want to, like Keri, lead missional lives by serving those right around them.

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