evangelism as a teeter-totter (see-saw) OR it’s not working

i would say evangelism isn’t about saving souls. the word itself lends this idea that someone is learning or being changed or being introduced to a new idea that is shifting the way they see their world. if that’s true, then evangelism is more about how we are changing and less about who we are changing. sure, in the conversational transfer there will be an apparent teeter-totter of thoughts and ideas that each person shares that will whet the appettite for more. evangelism is more a two way conversation and less a verbal terrorist attack of overspiritualized jargon. it becomes a humble exchange of ideas that drip from tongues and hearts. it is an exchange of discoveries where people share truths they find and how they allow those truths to unwrap and unfold. and the unwrapping and unfolding become naturally transformational because it is shared as a gift not as a obligatory token of forced ideology.

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3 comments

  1. mark townsend · January 12, 2010

    ‘evangelism is more about how we are changing and less about who we are changing.’

    Love that sentence and it’s so true. In fact I never used to see myself as an evangelist at all (because of the baggage etc.).
    As part of my Priest-ministry I used sit in the local pub, deck of cards in hand, and no ulterior motives. Not a preacher but a friend. Conversations would inevitably arise, from the trivial to the profound, and I would leave, night after night, as if riding a magic carpet – for the natural wisdom of authentic souls can literally carry us to heavy. Yes I was changed… thanks be to god!

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  2. mark townsend · January 12, 2010

    oops – error there: lol
    Correction:

    for the natural wisdom of authentic souls can literally carry us to HEAVEN

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  3. Jim Henderson · February 2, 2010

    I really like the real life – human and organic feel of this way of thinking. This approach provides for change to occur in the giver and the reciever. It democratizes power and moves everyone into the discipleship process. It also explains why we need to “hide” ourselves in our humanity and take on the form of a servant. We need to enter into the life sphere of others and carry Jesus with us as they allow us entrance. Great thinking and great language George

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