Got to have lunch with Ed Stetzer today. (Will you pick that name up for me so that I might drop it again at a later date?)
It was wonderful to meet him and get acquainted. He's a great guy and I was blessed by our chat immensely.
One of the things, among many, that we talked about was the difficulty in doing gospel-centered ministry in the Bible Belt. I recalled Soren Kierkegaard's reflection on bringing Christianity to Christendom.
I like to say it is like trying to sell something to people who think they already have it. "Jesus? No thanks, I'm good," Bible Belt's cultural Christians say.
I liked how Ed described it. He said we are preaching the gospel to people who've already been inoculated against it with a false version.
I've got a lot to say about this subject -- in many ways, this entire blog is about this subject -- but I will save it for a future post.