I resonate with Peter Enns’ personal story which he reviews briefly in the first chapter of The Bible Tells Me So. For a long time I believed in the inerrancy of Scripture. But increasingly, I found this standard evangelical doctrine dying the death of a thousand qualifications. Like Enns, I couldn’t simply ignore the questions I was facing. But unlike Enns, I come out rather differently at the end.
Evangelicals today are rather embarrassed about doing evangelism. In part this is due to our wanting to distance ourselves from the reality of immoral approaches to evangelism practiced by the church, both present and past. But, as John Fletcher points out in the conclusion to his book, perhaps there is a more telling and current reason for our embarrassment about evangelism.