Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Evangelism, or community?

“...if a Christian group is lacking in love, justice, a sense of community and richness of life, then its evangelistic programmes are unlikely to succeed because either the unattractiveness of the community will dissuade potential converts from joining or, where there are conversions, these converts will be unlikely to grow to maturity. Little more will be achieved than fostering the illusion of community growth.”—To Preach or Not to Preach?, page 74

<idle musing>
Wow! That's not what most sermons and exhortations I've heard say! But, it sure does ring true. Why would anyone want to become a Christian if they only see superficial changes and cold love?
</idle musing>

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