“I hate evangelism!” my friend Edward said as he wrinkled his nose in disgust.
“No you don’t,” I said. “You just don’t know what it is yet.”
To be honest, I used to think I hated evangelism. To be extra honest, I have a personal preference for the word ministry, but that’s just because I’m working through my own evange-baggage.
The dictionary defines evangelism as “the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness.”
The reason why Edward thinks he hates evangelism is because all he’s heard about it is that he should go knock on people’s doors and pressure total strangers to start believing the way he’s been told he’s supposed to believe.
Edward’s a pretty socially savvy guy and that whole concept just totally wigs him out. His dilemma makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. It makes me want to sit him down for a cup of tea and tell him how crazy I used to be.
But Edward is on the other side of the country now, so I’ve …
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