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kgp-blue-grayI would love for you to join the discussion on a post I wrote on CruPressGreen:

KGP: Awkward and Outdated or Invaluable to College Ministry? Discuss

The short of it: in working with college students, is there value in using a gospel tract such as the Knowing God Personally (KGP) or a “canned approach” like The Bridge? Or, are those tools irrelevant/awkward/harmful to a post-modern, secular college student?

Mike Schatzman is on staff with Cru and has served in Eastern and Western Europe (as well as in the U.S.). I thought his comments were worth highlighting.

Great insight:

I would add that the KGP is great for post-modern folks too. I have spent 11 years doing campus ministry in post modern countries with less than 2% Christian populations. These students want to know what a Christian is. The KGP is a simple way to explain what a Christian is in a way that makes sense. I was talking with a student named Gui not too long ago. He has never been to church and never held a Bible before. He asked me how a Christian is different from a muslim, etc. We went through the KGP and opened up the Bible to Eph 2:8-9. It was his first time to read something from the Bible. He understood it. Now I didn’t ask him to pray to receive Christ – he was still an atheist. But he understood the gospel. So much so that 3 weeks later we were walking by a church and he talked about Catholics doing penance to earn forgiveness. Then he said to me, “But you don’t believe that you have to earn forgiveness by doing stuff. You believe God gives it freely through Jesus.” I am not sure that he would have gotten that if we had just done the chit-chat approach to explaining the gospel. The KGP helps people understand the gospel.


The last thing I would add is that I have rarely (if ever) seen someone effective in relational evangelism who was not trained, at some point in time, in initiative evangelism using the KGP, Roman Road or some other “canned approach”.

God-Music-Culture – an ongoing series exploring the many connections between music and spirituality

Let me make the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.

Andrew Fletcher – 18th Century Scottish Writer

You can learn a lot about the beliefs of a culture, especially the young people, by the songs that are sung.

Music shapes our culture. And Music reflects our culture.

It’s a bit of a chicken or the egg situation. I think, often, music reflects a small segment of the culture and is a megaphone to spread that view to the masses (thus eventually shaping the culture).

Hip Hop music is a perfect example of that:
“Hip Hop, like all art, holds up a mirror to society and shows us who we are. It doesn’t matter whether I agree or you agree with every message – it reflects what many people are thinking and feeling. And that’s why we all need to pay attention” – Oprah

Last night I watched Jay-Z Master Class from Oprah’s new OWN channel (watch the video below).
This entire series looks incredible.

Most of the video deals with his life and career. Some interesting insights from Jay-Z:

  • On Success/Failure: “I’ve learned everything from failures. I haven’t figured out how to learn from success yet.”
  • He spent the first 35 years of his life dealing with anger and brokenness from an absent father

  • The last part of the video (part 4 of 4) deals with Jay-Z’s faith. His views as Oprah says, “hold up a mirror to society – [they] show us who we are”.
    Jay-Z has a very All-American Postmodern (Oprah-esque) mix of beliefs in Karma, a pluralistic God, and being true to oneself.

  • “I think people who are reading the Koran and who are reading the Bible are really reading about the same person. I think we’re all praying to one God.”
  • Jay-Z does believe in a creator based on how amazing the design of human body is; he can’t believe that we just started from a big bang.
  • In an interesting conclusion, he highlights a hole in his belief in Karma belief. In speaking about the untimely death of his nephew : “I really can’t figure out that day– Just the most beautiful respectful kid. . . and I really can’t apply that to anything” [meaning, I think, “I can’t apply Karma to that]

  • And in a line straight out of a Joel Osteen book, Oprah ends with, “Follow what is true for you. Follow your own instincts. You will become the best that you can be.”

    What are your thoughts on the video and how Jay-Z’s views mirror the religious views of today’s youth?

    photo courtesy of NRK P3