Chapter 7

Reaching the Secular Culture During Christmas

Editor's Note: Every preacher is aware that the Christmas season provides exceptional opportunities for reaching people with the gospel. But how do you reach people in an increasingly secular culture? We posed that question to Rico Tice, our preaching colleague from across the pond and the author of Honest Evangelism.

Preaching Today.com: In your book Honest Evangelism you observe that England is about 20 years ahead of the U.S. in terms of the secularization process. So what do you think we're facing in the U.S.? Where is your culture and our culture headed?

Rico Tice: As London has become an increasingly secular city, I have come across three basic attitudes related to faith in Christ: Christians are weird, Christianity is untrue, and Christianity is irrelevant. Now, increasingly, I am also seeing a fourth attitude: Christianity is intolerant.

According to a recent survey carried out by Barna (please see www.talkingjesus.org), in my homeland, Great Britain, 67 percent of respondents ...

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