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Evangelism via cursing, misogyny, and violence

This has got to be one the strangest faith-related news stories I have seen in years. the guardian (UK) reports on insane clown posse’s revelation that they are, in fact, christians who have been attempting to use their crude and violent music for evangelistic purposes.

a couple snippets:

…All of which made Violent J’s announcement a few years ago really quite astonishing: Insane Clown Posse have this entire time secretly been evangelical Christians. They’ve only been pretending to be brutal and sadistic to trick their fans into believing in God.


Violent J explained himself unapologetically to a New Jersey newspaper: “You have to speak their language. You have to interest them, gain their trust, talk to them and show you’re one of them. You’re a person from the street and you speak of your experiences. Then at the end you can tell them: God has helped me.”

in the best seth myers and amy pohler voice i can muster up…


i suppose this should serve as an absurdist case study to make us ask some good, hard questions about the approaches to evangelism we use in youth ministry. we might not be insane, but we often manipulate and masquerade like clowns.

(thanks to bob for sending the link)

does street evanglism work?

i recently purchased the unlikely disciple, by kevin roose (because he interned with a.j. jacobs, who wrote the year of living biblically, and loved how jacobs treated christians in his book). roose writes about a semester spent at liberty university, undercover. i haven’t read the book yet, but salon.com published an excerpt from the book about roose’s experience, with a dozen fellow liberty students, of doing ‘cold-turkey evangelism’ in daytona during spring break. it’s an interesting read, and i like the compassion he seems to have for his fellow students.

and, now, our friend greg stier (of dare 2 share), has written an interesting “response” — really, more of greg’s personal journey as it pertains to this kind of evangelism.

i’ve never been much of a fan of this brand of evangelism; but both articles are worth the read, and i really appreciate greg’s heart.