Thursday, November 08, 2007
Rob Bell, Evangelism, & Chreaster Christians
My friend Rebecca has a wonderfully rambling way of weaving life-experiences together with deep reflections about theology, ministry, relationships, etc. when she writes. Recently she posted one of these long reflections on her blog. In it she touches on Chreaster Christians (people who only go to church on Christmas and Easter), why she doesn't like evangelism, and her experiences as Rob Bell's recent speaking tour here in Chicago (entitled "The God's Aren't Angry"), while also managing to weave in references to Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, Bill Hybels and Gordan Gano.

She has so many random good thoughts that you'll just have to go read the whole thing. However, here are some of her thoughts about evangelism that I especially liked:

There are a lot of people out there who are lonely. Who believe they are worthless. Who want to talk to God but flinch because of the previous times the Church has slapped them. They are leading the lives of quiet desperation that Thoreau talked about.

I want them to know that God loves them.

I don't care if they go to my church.

I don't care if they call themselves Christian.

I don't care if they say the magic words and get baptized.

I care that they have a community.

I care that they believe that they are valuable.

I care that they be able to talk to God when they need to.

I want for them life in all its fullness and I don't care how they find that.
Go read the rest of her post here right now.

posted by Mike Clawson at 8:23 PM | Permalink |


At 11/11/2007 07:53:00 PM, Blogger PrincessMax


I've been away from the computer for a couple of days so I'm only just discovering the wave of traffice that you've sent my direction. Thanks for your kind words and for wanting to reproduce them on your site. I'm sorry you couldn't be there for the talk. It would be great to hear what you would have thought. My own randomness tends to blends well with your much-less randomness.



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