So I’m out on my regular mid-morning run listening to one of my favorite podcast, This American Life. This episode was called “Bait and Switch.” I laughed at the story of the hotel room service that disguised itself as a pizza chain, I became concerned about police tactics that caught 2 do-gooders, but the third story almost stopped me dead in my tracks.
It was a 13 minute piece on evangelism tactics. At first I was annoyed. They led with a disillusioned evangelical describing the kind of methods he used as a part of his Christian college group, but then the story took a remarkable turn. They interviewed Jim Peterson. You may know him as the author of books like, Living Proof, and Lifestyle Discipleship. Ira Glass asked him probing questions on why Christians do what they do and his alternative to the bait and switch. It was amazing. Definitely worth the cost of a download or CD. For a limited time you can check it the full episode but I also found the just this segment entitled: Act 2. Raw Sex. Don’t worry, there’s nothing inappropriate here. I guess it’s This American Life’s own little bait and switch.