Justin Welby on what Disney’s The Incredibles can teach us about evangelism

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In the Great Hall at Lambeth Palace, a large, tiled room that’s not heated to protect the old books lining the walls, Justin Welby gave the annual Deo Gloria lecture, hosted by the London School of Theology.

Referencing the baddie Syndrome, who nearly loses out to the superhero Mr Incredible from the children’s film because he is lured into overtalking, Welby said: “Let’s be honest. How much of our evangelism is monologuing?” he asked. “Any credible witness requires us to be in dialogue with the other.”

 

The Archbishop of Canterbury was speaking about how to balance evangelism with respecting people of other faiths and told the audience that Christians need to listen when they speak to people about their faith and remember that the Christian message has been intertwined with Imperialism in the past.

 

He started by saying becoming a Christian was for him the best decision he ever made and was through no work of his own, praising God’s grace, he said: “This good news is free, undeserved, a sure gift from God, available to all.

He then explained the danger that sometimes follows: “When we make our evangelism a product in the market place or an expression of cultural superiority, then we are falling short of the message given to us, in fact we are blaspheming and denying it.

“It is possible to embark upon evangelism in a way that denies, and even contradicts, the very…

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