Sunday, April 05, 2009
By Kevin Roose
I thought we'd try something new before class today," says Nathan, the Evangelism 101 teaching assistant. "A little cheer."
My roommate Eric turns to me. "God is good. Bet you ten bucks."
Before I can ask what he means, Nathan sets down his microphone and shouts through cupped hands, "God is good!"
"All the time!" responds the class in unison. Eric pumps his fist.
"Awesome!" says Nathan. "You guys must remember this from your youth groups. Now, let's see if you remember the second part: and all the time..."
The class shouts back: "God is good!"
Nathan waves his arms with brio, conducting the class like John Philip Sousa leading a parade march.
"God is good..."
"All the time!"
"And all the time..."
"God is good!"
I've been back from spring break for two days now, and I'm starting to settle back into my classes. As you might guess from a lecture that begins with a cheer, Evangelism 101 is somewhat of a gut. Our professor, Pastor Andy Hillman, conducts the class like a large, for-credit session of Sunday school, with test questions like:
God wants to be your ____.
b) Best friend*
The ultimate goal of the universe is to show ____.
a) the love of God
b) the glory of God
c) the power of God
d) all of the above*
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