Brandon Smith, campus minister at Northwest Missouri State University, wrote an article about how he used my book last Spring with his students. Of the experience of eating with sinners he wrote, Something sacred happens as bread is broken. Barriers are destroyed. People are connected. Lives are shared. Goodness and mercy are experienced.
The magazine also includes an interview with me about my book and related issues.
Here’s an excerpt from one of my favorite questions from the interview:
What if your testimony isn’t dramatic? What if you grew up in church and never experienced radical life transformation? A story is not powerful because it’s dramatic; it’s powerful because it’s true. If you’re telling your story to me, it would have power as I reflected how God had done true and meaningful things in your life that are important to you. A testimony is not powerful because it’s filled with all kinds of stories of blatant sin and a radically changed lifestyle; it’s powerful because of what God has done for you whether it’s dramatic or simple. God has done something in everyone’s life. Everyone has a story.
You can read the rest of the interview here: Interview with Arron Chambers
I also want to let you know about the Eats With Sinners’ Church-wide program (called The Party Program) that is now available for download. I believe this program has the potential to reach countless people for Christ. We used this program at our church this past Spring and saw God do incredible things.
This program led to a revival in our church with 52 people getting baptized on the last day of this church-wide program! Our average attendance grew from about 463 during the month before we started the series to an average of 558 during the last month of the campaign. We baptized 82 people during this church-wide event and we’re still baptizing people!
The Party Package is a 19-week program (the program can be adapted for programs from 1-19 weeks) consists of The Jesus Series 13-week Church-wide Campaign, plus The Party 6-week Church-wide Campaign.
This package includes:
- Access to the audio for all 19 sermons (available online)
- Full text of 19 sermons.
- PowerPoint presentations for 19 sermons.
- Small group lessons for 19 weeks (13 included at the end of every chapter of Eats With Sinners and 6 lessons in The Party series).
- Big Ideas for each week to help you communicate the message.
- Outreach ideas for each week of the program.
- 1 signed copy of Eats With Sinners*
The entire program is available for download for only $199, but any church that orders this program in June (must be ordered by June 30, 2010) will receive a $30 rebate.