Because of the predominance of the teaching grace in American churches, we have embraced a dysfunctional over-emphasis on teaching as the means of evangelism.

Realize this, whenever you are with anyone, you create an experience with that person. When you keep trying to teach those who are not postured to learn, what do they experience?

I suggest that it’s like scratching someone where they don’t itch.

It is irritating.

Trying to teach those who don’t want to learn creates the experience of annoyance, condescension, and frustration—not openness.

What is worst of all, we do this in the name of Jesus.

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at


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