Sunday, June 21, 2009

Praise, Flattery, Ministry, and Evangelism

This morning in church, the preacher asked about the difference between flattery and praise. He distinguished the two mainly by saying flattery wants something from the flattered--it has an ulterior method, whereas you ask nothing from the person you praise.

I suppose I knew of this distinction. It is quite obvious. When I heard about it in church, I was able to see a similar nuance between ministry and evangelism. Evangelism asks something of the evangelized, whereas ministry seeks to help people.

Set next to praise/flattery, we can see ministry/evangelism in a new light.

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