Smelling something fishy?

fish badgeI wonder if anyone has ever been won to Christ through a fish shaped badge? I had a friend who used to wear one at work (like the one shown here), one day it accidentally slid through 90 degrees so the fish was facing down. Someone saw it and asked him about it. Why? They thought it was an upside down bomb and he was against nuclear weapons. As far as I know he never had any other conversations about it.

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I guess there is still a very good case for the incarnational model of evangelism practised by Jesus, Peter, Paul and a few others.

Who will see Jesus in you today?

2 Corinthians 4 – For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.

I didn't know the Bible was dead

This guy (RC Sproul) gets the Bible,

“When I was hired to teach the Scriptures in required Bible courses at a Christian college. The president of the institution phoned me and said, “We need someone young and exciting, someone with a dynamic method who will be able to, ‘make the Bible come alive.’” “I had to force myself to swallow my words. I wanted to say, ‘You want me to make the Bible come alive? I didn’t know that it had died. In fact, I never even heard that it was ill. Who was the attending physician at the Bible’s demise?’ No, I can’t make the Bible come alive for anyone. The Bible is already alive. It makes me come alive

R.C. Sproul, Knowing Scripture (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1977) pp. 14,15

 

 

Against the flow?

I saw the images below on Ed Stezer’s blog – and it set me wondering about the way Christians are perceived in the US. (Note that the survey was very limited in scope.)

Why aren’t Christians in general more popular? I know we might argue about light and dark, spiritual battles etc. but surely there should be something in the way that Christians are that simply makes them attractive as people – in exemplifying the fruit of the Spirit aren’t we ‘nice’ people?

Why of the denominations asked about are Methodists most popular? Is it a social thing – they do are renowned for their good works and social activism? Is it because increasingly Methodists are less evangelical, more inclusive and therefore less ‘hard-lined’ in the way they declare the Gospel?

How do Catholics survive all the sex abuse scandals, and remain more well thought of than Southern Baptists? Proportionately the number of Catholic priests etc. involved in sex abuse scandals is proportionately very small – so people do not throw the baby out with the bath water, possibly they continue to appreciate much of what Catholics do and stand for.

I did find it interesting to see Southern Baptists rating pretty low – my experience of SB’s is limited, I have more of ‘Baptists’ in general. My guess here, (though you might disagree with me), is that SB’s see themselves declaring God’s position in US society – standing for traditional view of marriage and against abortion, standing as defenders of the Word of God – and in so doing they become unpopular.

As the peculiar people of God at times all Christians will have to go against the flow of societal norms. My hope is that we can do it in a way that is appealing without compromising.

 

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